REPAIRING THE ALTER OF THE LORD.
Dr. Paul Cushman.
And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down. 1 Kings 18:30 KJV
Q: Why was the alter broken down?
Q: Why are alters broken down today?
Abraham was alter builder. Genesis 22:9
Moses was an alter builder. Exodus 17:15
Noah was an alter builder. Genesis 8:20
A pastor on a mission trip was driven though a poverty stricken area, he noticed satellite disks on most of the shacks, He asked how can they afford those? The people can hardly afford food, they have little or no medical care. The answer was, its was a matter of priority.
What are your priorities?
At one time the alter was an important part of a church design. It was a priority. The alters were the center of worship and praise. They were front and center. It was at the alter that intercession was done for loved ones, and prayer for those who are lost. People were healed and burdens were lifted. People were filled with the spirit and sanctified. It was there that the power of God changed people's life's. Many churches today are done with alters, they have pulled them out, they don't see the value in alter time. Get them out and make room for the next service. How fast can we get to Cracker Barrel? The spiritual alter calls are being lost too, at the end of a service there is no invitation. There is not a call or opportunity to bring change in life. America today is in spiritual crisis. Just watch the news and you will see the effects of a nation that has turned away from serving God.
“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”
Proverbs 14:34 KJV
The church as a whole needs to find a place to pray and have a move of God that will shake our foundation.
Q: What makes an alter?
Q: What are we to use an alter for?
We all need an alter where we can bow before God and give thanks for the blessings of God.
We need to be thankful, like the kid on thanksgiving who was asked what are you thankful for? He said "I am thankful I am not a turkey"
3 VERSES ANOUT PRAISING GOD:
1- In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
1 Thess 5:18
2- Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him,
and bless his name. Psalms 100:4 KJV
3- Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord. Psalms 150:6 KJV
God wants you to have alter where you come and give thanks and praise to him.
People have drifted so far from God that they don't even know what sin is anymore. People go through life covering their sins, they are good at fooling people. But they will NEVER fool God.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” 1 John 1:9-10 KJV
Q: Have you prayed that God would forgive you of your sins?
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV
You can go to the alter and find forgiveness of your sins.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:1-2 KJV
Look to Calvary and see the man who did the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of humanity.
FIVE QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL ALTER:
1- When you are there can you see Jesus on that cross and what he did for you?
2- Do you have and alter where you can go and speak to God each and every day?
3- Do you confess you sins to him?
4- What shape is your alter today?
5- Does the alter of your heart need to be repaired today?
When people get right with God at an alter the rest of the things in life fall into their proper place. When you confess your sins, he will forgive you.
Take a moment and find a place to pray and repair your alter today.
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