04: THE ALTAR AT MOUNT CARMEL
- Next week we are having our First Fruits Offering. The heart of this is that we give a special offering, on top of our regular giving, to sow a seed into what God is going to do in 2019.
Throughout the Fall our focus was “Heart Check”
- “God wants to work in us so he can work with us and through us”
- We need to continue to allow the Lord to work in our hearts but He is working in us with a purpose
- As we come into 2019 my heart is stirred that we will individually and corporately go after the callings and purposes of God in our lives. IT’S TIME!
Romans 12:1 (TPT) – 1 Beloved friends, what should be our proper response to God’s marvelous mercies? I encourage you to surrender yourselves to God to be his sacred, living sacrifices. And live in holiness, experiencing all that delights his heart. For this becomes your genuine expression of worship.
The key: I encourage you to surrender yourselves to God to be his sacred, living sacrifice!
ALTAR’D is about building an altar to the Lord where we offer ourselves as sacred, living sacrifices and thus being ‘altered’ or changed and transformed.
For the past several weeks we have been talking about Abraham and the altars that he built – today in the closing message of this series I want to talk about Elijah and the altar he built at Mount Carmel.
I Kings 18:20-39 NLT
Israel was a land that was in drought and filled with wickedness.
- We live in a land that is in a spiritual drought and filled with wickedness
- Our churches are very much in drought as well
Q: How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God then follow Him! If Baal is God then follow Him!
- There were those like Elijah that followed the Lord and there were those that followed Baal but the average Israelite was ‘hobbling between two opinions’ – they were “serving both”
- There is a call to reject lukewarmness in our lives. There is a call to stop flip-flopping back and forth between serving God and serving something else
- Baal had to do with economics and with sexuality.
- What Baal do you keep hobbling back to? If the Lord is God then follow Him!
He repaired the altar of the Lord that had been torn down
- Elijah rebuilt the altar
- This season is about stepping out but it’s also about laying foundations and building an altar
He took 12 stones
- 12 is the number of government
- There is a call to a fresh submission to the Lordship of Jesus in our lives. There s a call to build our lives His way
- We need to bring structure/order to our lives
- 12 also represented the 12 tribes of Israel – there is a call to continue to grow as family… and to have a heart for the family.
Then he poured water on the offering and the wood
- What was the most valuable commodity after three years of drought? Water.
- There is a call to continue to press in to give God our best. Not our leftovers. Not what is convenient. OUR BEST!
Elijah walked up to the altar and prayed
- This year will rise and fall on our prayer lives
- We are called to be a house of prayer!
- Personally and corporately – the degree to which we will ‘go there’ in the place of prayer will set the stage for everything else
The fire of the Lord flashed down from heaven
- The fire of God represents the power of the Holy Spirit
- We are called to fire
- Prophetic Word: Multitudes. Miracles. Millions.
- Prophetic Word: Steward a historic revival
- We are building a alter and presenting our lives as sacred living sacrifices because God is looking for a ‘landing place’ for revival
- 2 Chronicles 16:9a (Berean) – For the eyes of the LORD roam to and fro over all the earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is fully devoted to Him
Psalm 5:3 (TPT) – At each and every sunrise you will hear my voice as I prepare my sacrifice of prayer to you. Every morning I lay out the pieces of my life on the altar and wait for your fire to fall upon my heart.
Where to from Here?
- Continue in the habit of Daily Devotions. Read the Word, Worship. Pray.
- We will be continuing ALTAR’D Fridays once per month. The next one is Friday, February 22nd, 2018
- Join a Connexion group.
- Get involved in serving in a ministry.
- Join a Prayer Cadre.
- Get involved in the Growth Track – classes will be announced next month.
- Youth: Jr. High and Sr. High Retreats in February and March.