The God Who Answers By Fire

chad Faith, Revival

We sit at the beginning of a new year, a new decade.  Where do you want to go?  Are you planning on making resolutions that you may or may not keep?  Will 2020 be just another year?  Will you be content with the status quo?  I challenge you to let this be the year that you choose to go after the fire of God like never before.  You will not be disappointed.

In 1 Kings 18 the children of Israel are given this same challenge.  They have divide their devotion between God and Baal. Elijah sets out the challenge in verse 21.

Then Elijah stood in front of them and said, “How much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him! But if Baal is God, then follow him!” But the people were completely silent.  1 Kings 18:21 (NLT)  

How often have we been where Israel was?  We want to pursue God, but there are too many other distractions that call for our attention.  Staying where we are at can seem so much safer and easier.  Too often, just as they were, we are silent when we hear God calling us deeper.  We remain content with just doing what is comfortable.  It has become much more simple and convenient to put God in a quiet church box, one where no one is bothered or uncomfortable.  I challenge you, when feel the pull of God do not remain silent any longer.  Take a step of faith and use your voice to declare:  I choose to pursue God beyond my comfort zone, beyond the excuses.  When we make the decision for God, to pursue God above all else, to declare that God is who He says He is, He will answer.

Just like many of us the Israelites were at a point of decision.  Who was more real, the God of their father’s or the idol Baal?  In 1Kings 18:24 Elijah took a stand.

“Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the LORD, and the God who answers by fire, He is God.” And all the people said, “That is a good idea.” 1 Kings 18:24 (NASB)  

Elijah rebuilt the altar and God answered with fire that not only burned up the sacrifice but the wood, the stones of the altar, and the water in the trench around the altar.  When the people saw this they fell face down and declared “The Lord  – He is God.”

Elijah had the courage to step out and declare that his God was the God who answers by fire.  He simply let God be God.  It is amazing how people respond when they see proof of who God really is.  It is time we step back and allow God to be who He is.

At the Altar Church we believe that God is who He says He is.  We are stepping back and making room for God to move.  We don’t wonder if something miraculous will happen. We come with the expectation that the sick are healed, the lost are saved, the bound are set free because that is who God is.  As we make room for God, He answers.  In the past few weeks we have seen healings happen not just during times of prayer but also during worship and preaching of the Word. 

We refuse to remain silent.  The decision has been made.  We are building an altar and believing for the fire of God to fall.

Join us at The Altar Church as we continue our pursuit of revival.

Sundays 10 AM  – 1630 N College unit D (behind HR Block)