Enjoy the Fire's Benefits
Elijah was no able to move on to the final step of the process. He enjoyed
the benefits of God's holy fire being rained down. God's fire accomplished
Reap the Harvest of Sinners (18:39)
Elijah reaped the harvest of sinners. They saw God's power and realized he
was real. People don't need church; they don't want church. They need God
and we, as the church, need to show them God not us. Revival is for the saints
but it's affects always reach the lost. When they see what you have is real
they will want it too.
Remove Sin (18:40)
Israel removed the false prophets the sin for their nation. We too
must acknowledge sin when the light of God's fire shines upon it and remove
it. We can only have the victory over sin when we have the fire of God burning
brightly in our lives. We must act and get rid of sin in our life. The clean-up
of sinners comes after their commitment not before it. As long as we have
God's fire burning in us we can be victors over sin and not victims of sin.
We must however confront our sins first and then sin in others as Jesus indicated
when he spoke of removing the log in your own eye before the speck in your
Rejoice in God's Blessings (18:41)
Lastly the nation of Israel rejoiced in God's blessing as the drought ended
and life returned to the "good life". Mercy drops round us are falling but
for the showers we plead.
Jim Cymbala in his 1997 book Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire writes, "If our churches
don't pray, and if people don't have an appetite for God, what does it matter
how many are attending the services? How would that impress God? Can you
imagine the angels saying, 'Oh your pews! We can't believe how beautiful
they are! Up here in heaven, we've been talking about them for years. Your
sanctuary lighting it's so clever. The way you have the steps coming
up to the pulpit is wonderful'? I don't think so. If we don't want to experience
God's closeness here on earth, why would we want to go to heaven, anyway?
He is the center of everything there. If we don't enjoy being in his presence
here and now, then heaven would not be heaven for us. Why would he send anyone
there who doesn't long for him passionately here on earth?"
Should we not be doing everything we can to get back on track and call down
the God's consuming fire from the heavens? Your church may be a small number
in a large unchurched world but it can be used, empowered, and consumed by
God for his glory. We just need to call down the fire of God.