Summary: When we get back to the altar as a life style and not just a place to go when we have a problem, we will find the presence and the power of God.
Ahab the king of Israel meets Elijah with these words: Art thou he that troubeleth Israel?
Trouble=) stir up, disturb To agitate; 2. To afflict with pain or discomfort. 3. To cause mental agitation or distress
You Have to realize that when you get serious about serving God, 100% sold out, You will be viewed as a trouble maker, why? Because most people are satisfied to live around the altar, but You have chosen to live on the altar= A living sacrifice
(Rom 12:1)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.
Elijah called the nation back to the altar.
The great need of this hour is for men and women who will rebuild the altar
The altar is the meeting place with God, It’s where You climb Mt Moriah and give your Isaacs up to God, it is a place of sacrifice, (death to self) it is a place of consecration.
Elijah took 12 stones= the 12 tribes) Also = divine order or divine Government- He was building a picture of Isreal back under Gods divine government = Living according His Word.
He Rebuilt the altar. He knew that if he could bring Israel back to the altar, and the altar back to Israel, that he would bring them back to God.
This is where were at in America right now.
The greatest structure that we can build in America is not to rebuild the world trade center, It’s not in new york. It’s In every city, and in every church and in every Home
It’s the structure called the altar.
It wasn’t torn down by terrorists attack, There is no terrorist that could destroy the altar, It was torn down through neglect, and decay, and rejection, in favor of a more comfortable and less painful and humiliating way,.
(Only Humble people can pray) (Only weak people can pray) (Only Poor people can pray) Only Helpless people can pray. Only needy people can pray
The Greatest sin of America is pride.
It’s not a symbol of national pride that we need in America today, It’s a symbol of national humility and total dependence upon God, It’s the old fashioned Out dated Place called the altar.
2 Chron 7:14
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.
The stones were whole stones, no tool lifted up on them, for that would pollute the altar before God. Exe 20:25 for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.
#1 God doesn’t want fragments of our lives
#2 No flesh shall glory in his presence, He will never give his glory and his honor to the prideful self efforts of man.
I will dress the other bullock= I will present as God has required.
Contrary to popular opinion, God will not accept any old offering or sacrifice.
Ro.12:1 That ye present your bodies, a living sacrifice holy and acceptable to God
1Pet 5:5 God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
Ps 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.