How bright is the fire on your altar? Every believing Christian is expected to be on fire for Christ. The level of the fire on your life determines your level of relationship with God and where the enemy places you on the hierarchy of authority and dominion. This post explains the need for fire on your altar.
And the fire on the altar shall be kept burning on it; it shall not be put out. And the priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and lay the burnt offering in order on it; and he shall burn on it the fat of the peace offerings. A fire shall always be burning on the altar; it shall never go out – Leviticus 6:12-13 (NKJV)
God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29) and wants us to be on fire for Jesus. A Christian on fire is a ready vessel in the Lord’s hand, a true ambassador of Christ and a terror in the camp of the enemy. The Almighty hates lukewarmness, He would rather have you cold (Revelations 3:15-16) so that He can help you to become hot. It pays to be on fire for Jesus.
Where is the present-day altar?
In the days of the Old Testament, an altar is any structure on which offerings or sacrifices are burnt, situated in the temples. It is a place of worship unto the Lord. Since the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, animals are no more being sacrificed on altars. However, at salvation, you become the temple of God, with the Holy Spirit dwelling in you (1 Corinthians 3:16-17), as such the present-day altar is built in your heart.
The fire must not go out
In Leviticus 6:12-13, God instructed that the fire must never be allowed to go off on the altar. You being the priest (Revelations 5:10) must ensure that you burn wood on it and that the fire is always burning on it. It is your responsibility to put on and maintain the fire on the altar. God says that it must never go out.
Why must the fire never go out?
Physical fire is known to give light and warmth; it is used to burn things and to keep beasts away. So also in the spiritual realm, the fire on the altar of your heart gives you light and warmth, enables you to burn off things that shouldn’t be in you and keeps the evil beasts away from you
When you are on fire for Jesus, you are full of revelations of God’s word which lightens you and your path (Psalm 119:105). This ensures that you don’t stumble in life, but enjoy divine direction and guidance.
The fire on the altar of your heart gives you warmth. It envelops you with God’s presence and love. Obedience to God draws the Godhead to come and dwell within you (John 14:23). In God’s presence, there is fullness of joy and pleasure which is forevermore (Psalm 16:11). God being love Himself (1 John 4:8), will fill you up with His love when He comes and dwells within you. When you are full of the Lord, you will be on top.
3. Consuming force
The fire of God in you consumes everything that is not of God in you. The Holy Spirit who dwells in you (the temple of God), will burn every chaff in your life with the fire that cannot be put out (Matthew 3:12). This includes all manner of sicknesses and diseases.
4. Protection from evil beast
When your altar is burning with fierce fire, no evil beast will come near you to afflict or kill you. Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10), however this mission is not carried out in the life of a Christian burning fiercely with the fire of the Holy Ghost. The agents of darkness won’t dare because they know that they would be burnt.
In conclusion, God wants the fire on the altar of your heart to be kept burning always. It is for your own good, so that you may enjoy your Christian life and exercise your authority over the enemy and his agents. Put the wood and light the fire on the altar of your heart and enjoy the benefits today.
Jesus is Lord!
Grace and peace of God be unto you.
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