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You Must Repair The Altar

Text:
1 Kings 18: 30-38

Memory Verse:
“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” (1 Kings 18:30).

The first time we see Elijah, a man passionate about God, is when he confronts King Ahab. The confrontation is not about Elijah, but about God and the wickedness and corruption in the land. He pronounces divine judgement on the land saying to Ahab, “As the LORD God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word” (1 Kings 17:1).

After three years of drought, God sends Elijah back to Ahab to announce that there would be rain. Elijah uses the opportunity of famine to stimulate a national revival. Israel needs to know that Yahweh is God. His strategy is to challenge Israel to know the difference between God and Baal, an idol. If you find the growing wave of crime and immorality around you discomforting, then you must be desperate to see changes in your community.

Like Elijah, you must desire to see revival come to your community, which is exactly the mind of God. God is still interested in bringing salvation to the lost and He wants to use you too as His instrument. Like Elijah, I encourage you to:
1. Talk to people about God.
2. Seek for opportunities to show them the difference and encourage them to
make Him their God.
3. Break down the false altars around you.
4. Pray to God for his presence and manifestation in your community.
5. Invite the Holy Spirit to break stony hearts.
Do not wait until everyone agrees with you but pray that God manifests Himself through you.

Prayer Points:
1. Lord, help me to demolish every altar that dishonours You in my life.
2. Lord, purge me and make me an instrument of honour in Your hands.

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