Monday, 3 November 2014

KEEP THE FIRE BURNING (2)

TEXT: LEVITICUS 6:12-13
12 The fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must not go out. Every morning the priest is to add firewood and arrange the burnt offering on the fire and burn the fat of the fellowship offerings on it. 13 The fire must be kept burning on the altar continuously; it must not go out.
If you refuse to flame the fire on your  Spiritual altar, it can be taken over by ashes. If ashes takes any Spiritual altar; it denote that there is no more fire or heat on such altar, therefore the altar can become an  abode for any creature  in as much as there is no heat coming out from the altar any more.
In the book of Acts 28:1-5, the scripture recorded an account that Paul was putting bush wood in the fire made for them by the people of the island of Malta because it COLD. As he was putting the sticks in the fire, the HEAT of the fire drove out a Viper that has been hiding. The snake was able to hide when the place was cold and there was no heat, but when heat came, the Viper could not stand the heat! This illustration shows what happens when your Spiritual is hot and when you allow your altar to be cold and full of ashes.
Ashes can be caused by the situations of life. What are ashes? They are problems that can make you to abandon your Spiritual exercise; it may be any of the following:
·        Unanswered prayer
·        Sin
·        Confusion
·        Death of loved ones
·        Depression
·        Anger and bitterness
·        Problems in marriage/ breakup
·        Hopelessness
·        Unrighteous living
·        Worldliness
“The priest is to add firewood and arrange the burnt offering on the fire and burn the fat of the fellowship offerings on it” (Leviticus 6:12). You can keep your fire burning by adding your “Spiritual firewood” which is prayer/ daily devotion. You can also keep your fire burning by doing the following: repent of your sin, give God the totality of your life by allowing Him to lead while you follow, forsake worldliness, study His word, become a living sacrifice by living in holiness, fellowship with other believers, and lastly everything (ashes) that can hinder or quench your fire must be removed from your Spiritual altar.



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