Summary: Surviving today requires that believers develop a godly mentality, a strategic plan and an understanding of the spiritual tools given to us by the Holy Spirit. Survival requires dedication to press in to God and in following His lead. In part 4 of this

How To Build A Fire

Soul Survivor Pt Four

One of the most prized possessions of a survivor is fire. You simply have to have fire to stay alive. (I’m going to try not to preach yet).

Things change around the camp when you have the fire.

Moses ran away from Pharaoh to the back side of the desert and ran right into God at the burning bush.

Elijah Showdown on Mt Carmel

• 450 tried to produce their own kind of fire

• Elijah cleared the spot –

None of their stones

None of their wood

None of their dead carcass

Text: 1 Kings 18:30-39

30 Then Elijah said to all the people, "Come near to me." So all the people came near to him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down. 31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord had come, saying, "Israel shall be your name." 32 Then with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord; and he made a trench around the altar large enough to hold two seahs of seed. 33 And he put the wood in order, cut the bull in pieces, and laid it on the wood, and said, "Fill four waterpots with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice and on the wood." 34 Then he said, "Do it a second time," and they did it a second time; and he said, "Do it a third time," and they did it a third time. 35 So the water ran all around the altar; and he also filled the trench with water. 36 And it came to pass, at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near and said, "Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel and I am Your servant, and that I have done all these things at Your word. 37 Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again." 38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench. 39 Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, "The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!"

1. Called the people to “come near”

2. Twelve Stones

a. “in the Name of the Lord” Jehovah:

1) Hoseenu Our Maker

2) Tsidkenu Our Righteousness

3) M’Kaddesh Our Sanctifier

4) Jireh Our Provider

5) Rophi Our Healer

6) Nissi Our Banner (battle cry)

7) Shalom Our Peace

8) Rohi Our Shepherd

9) SHammah Our Presence

10) Makkeh Our Discipliner

11) Gmolah Our Recompense (reward)

12) Tsebaoth (host) Our Ruler (of armies)

3. Put the wood in order

In preparation for the fire – the branches need to be placed in order. The branches need to get some things in order!!!

1) There’s some moss that needs to be scrapped off the branches..

2) There’s some stray limbs that need to be trimmed off – keeping other branches from getting close.

b. Placed together - sticks off to themselves…..

4. Called for the water

a. Four barrels full - Three times - Trinity

b. Ran off the alter – over the trench – on to peoples feet!

c. But the water wasn’t enough – they needed Fire

John the Baptist – forerunner of Jesus

Matthew 3:11

I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Elijah had no fire until he called on the Fire Starter!

The bush had no fire until God touched it.

The alter had not fire until God touched it.

I had no fire until God touched me!

You’ll have no fire until…..

Jesus told the twelve to go into all the world and make disciples – but not until they had the fire!

Luke 24:46-49

46 Then He said to them, "Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And you are witnesses of these things. 49 Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high."

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