Monday, August 25, 2008

Where Is Your Altar

Throughout the old testament, the Lord had different ones building altars and making sacrifices to Him when they were in need of something. Today, it is the same, we need to make altars to the Lord and sacrifices when we are in need of His help. But we do not make blood sacrifices any longer. That sacrifice was made once and for all. The type of sacrifice I am talking about is a sacrifice to your self, and to put the LORD first. For example, if you are overweight and need to lose weight and you just can't seem to leave those biscuits alone, you should do a cleanse and a fast, and stay in prayer with the LORD over your body. Ask Him to show you in His word where you are not in obedience to a proper diet and exercise. This may mean that you have to sacrifice and not eat at Popeye's or Bojangles, or whatever your favorite chicken place might be three times a week. Then you need to make a place where you can go to be with the LORD and spend time with Him and His word and look up scriptures about your situation. Now, that was just an example of being overweight, yours may be bad health for other reasons, or financial problems, or problems in your relationships. Whatever, the problem, we need to remember to come to the LORD with reverence and obedience to what He tells us to do.

We all have made altars in our lives, where we worship. You may not think of it this way, but when you put the things of this world ahead of the LORD, you are making an altar to those things. Some may make their jobs their altars, where they are spending too much time on their jobs trying to make more money, then money becomes their altar. Some who are not married, and hang out at clubs are making those places their altars. Here is one for you, if you are single and going out and having relations (and you know what I am saying here) with different ones, you are making sex your altar, and you are definitely going in the wrong direction which is away from ever going to an altar at church to be married and blessed with a true relationship that is ordained by GOD.

We need to really take a good look at where we are building our altars in our lives. We need to like Gideon tear down those altars, and quit trying to meet our own needs and let the one true GOD lead us in the direction we need to be going. We need to turn to Him to meet our needs. AMEN!

Judges 6 v 25-26....Now it came to pass the same night that the LORD said to him, "Take your father's young bull, the second bull of seven years old, and tear down the altar of Baal that your father has, and cut down the wooden image that is beside it; and build an altar to the LORD your GOD on top of this rock in the proper arrangement, and take the second bull and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the image which you shall cut down....

You see the LORD told Gideon, get rid of these fake images, and false god idols and altars, and build a real altar unto the LORD and He would save him from the hands of his enemy. In other words, worship Him and put his faith in Him, and not in these false gods. Now remember Gideon was a man of small stature, so he did this at night while everyone was sleeping because he was afraid of his father's household and the men of the city and of what they would do to him when they saw what he had done. He knew that the punishment for this was death, but he was willing to face death to do follow the LORD and to place his faith in GOD instead of in the world. It is the same with us, we need to place our faith in God and in His word, and quit looking to the world to satisfy our needs, because we are only looking to false gods when we turn to the world for help instead of to God. AMEN!


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