“If these are the days of Elijah—it is time that we become the Elijah’s of the day.” –
What is an altar? It is the place where a sacrifice is killed. As believers our altar is the Cross. The cross is the altar upon which Christ died for our sins. The perfect sacrifice—Jesus the Son of God—was nailed to the cross for our redemption. The cross is the altar, the altar of the Lord.
Many churches have removed the cross from their buildings. I’ve heard it said that they have done so because the cross makes people uncomfortable, all that bloody suffering well, we just don’t want to scare the children. Oh my, morals are at an all time low, drugs, abortion, and every other sin is abounding in our land, and we are worried about scaring the children. I think its about time that we frighten them by telling them about an eternity in hell. That should be even more scary to all of us.
It’s time for altar-ations. It is time to cut out the things in our life that have replaced the cross. Time to let go of the idolatry and materialism that has devalued the cross. We are a world obsessed with self--it’s all about me. There seems to be no time for “religion”, no time to pursue holiness and right living. We are preoccupied with pursuing prosperity, success and fame. We have neglected the very thing that epitomizes self-sacrifice the Cross, in the process we are rejecting the Lord and all that He has done for us.
It is time to return to our first love, and to the foundation of our faith, to the cross of Jesus. We know we need revival in our hearts, in our church, and in our world. There can be no revival without returning to the altar, we must rebuild the waste places that sin and neglect have destroyed. We must once again alter our thinking from a worldly, hedonistic perspective to holy, and Godly thinking. Then our hearts can be revived.
How do we get to this place of altar-ation? We must repent. We must be willing to walk the narrow way-- the way less traveled. As our steps move away from the world of sin and begin a journey toward sanctification and holiness we will see how the ugliness of this world has filtered into our hearts and into the church. When we truly repent God will begin to revive and restore. We will see our need to repent and turn from our wickedness and God will heal our land.
Elijah told the people of his day to choose, make a decision once and for all. Choose who you will serve. If it is the god of this world, then go ahead continue in your sin, but there is time to alter the course of this nation and turn. If we choose God than we must make a decision to leave this world behind and focus on the truth. It is only by choosing to repent that we can have revival, and only by making a conscious decision to follow the Lord can there be repentance.
It is not too late even for our divided nation to reconcile itself back to God and allow the soothing, healing balm of Gilead pour out on us and revive, restore, and reconcile. The act of repentance will start the oil running and God will again anoint our nation to fulfill its destiny. I believe there is more for us to do as individuals, as the church and as a nation. God’s heart is always open to hear our cries and heal our hearts.
1 Kings 18:21 ….” How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him, but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word.%%detect_both%%