HOW FAR ARE YOU WILLING TO GO…FOR HIS GLORY?

August 17, 2022
August 17, 2022

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.” Isaiah 60:1-3 ESV

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First Kings 18 shares a story that I would love to have seen in action…the Showdown at Mt. Carmel! Elijah, prophet of the LORD GOD, challenged 450 prophets of Baal (false god) to a face-off, to show all the people who is GOD. They would both build altars, without setting fire to the offering…and the God who answered by fire is the one true GOD. They all agreed to the challenge, and the fight was on!

 

The 450 “prophets” worked hard most of the day, building the altar, dancing, yelling, cutting themselves…everything to try to get the attention of their god. But, alas, Baal was silent.

 

Now it’s Elijah’s turn. He repairs the LORD’s altar with 12 stones, wood, and the offering (a bull). He digs a trench around the altar and proceeds to pour 12 large jars of water OVER the offering! What was he thinking??? Everyone knows that fire will not burn wet wood, let alone wet meat! Those 450 prophets must have thought he was absolutely crazy.

 

Ok…so then Elijah prays a simple 30-second prayer. And then…! And then…! This happens:

 

“Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench. 39 Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, ‘The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!’ 40 And Elijah said to them, ‘Seize the prophets of Baal! Do not let one of them escape!’ So they seized them; and Elijah brought them down to the Brook Kishon and executed them there.” 1 Kings 18:38-40

 

Wow. What an awesome display of GOD’s mighty power. The LORD, HE is GOD!!!

 

Now for the practical application. We know about offering our bodies as “living sacrifices” (Romans 12:1). We sing about HIS “consuming fire, sweet perfume.” But how much of us are we willing to allow the Fire to burn?

We may be willing for HIS Fire to burn the meat… the things in our lives that obviously should be burned away. This is “normal” sacrifice. Every day, run-of-the-mill sacrifice as a child of GOD.

 

…but what about the wet wood, those stubborn areas of pride and rebellion and self-centeredness?

…and the stones? What about the altars that we have set up to addictions and dependencies such as alcohol, pornography, or even addictions to our jobs or social media?

…and what about the very dust? Past sins that have been forgiven, but still, some of the dust remains. Or old habits that just will not die, and you’ve become comfortable with them. Are you willing for the Fire to burn the dust?

…and how about the dirtied water? We are naturally born of water (see John 3:5-6). Are you willing for the Fire to burn up every last vestige of “flesh” …everything you were raised on…every notion of religion and financial management and politics based on human wisdom…until absolutely nothing remains?

 

How far are we willing to go…for HIS Glory?

 

The word of the LORD has revealed that, for HIS Glory to come and to be displayed within us, HIS Fire must come first. You see, the extent to which we are fully submitted, the extent to which we allow GOD's Fire to burn away "stuff" in our lives…is the extent to which HIS Power and HIS Presence and HIS Glory can be revealed and manifested in our lives.

 

How far are we willing to go…for HIS Glory?

 

The result of the Fire is REVIVAL! First Kings 18 tells us that the people of GOD fell to their faces and declared, “The LORD, HE is GOD!” Isaiah 60 says that HIS Glory upon us will cause nations to come to HIS light, our sons and our daughters will return, our children will be brought back from the place of captivity.

 

The Fire of GOD falls on us, and all of the onlookers, even the Body of CHRIST, and those who are waiting to see “who” is GOD, will see HIS Power revealed, and will be revived and declare, “The LORD, HE is GOD! The LORD, HE is GOD!”

 

How far are we willing to go…for HIS Glory?

 

Brothers and sisters, revival starts with us. We ask GOD for revival…but HE is asking us how far are we willing to go? HE is waiting on us to humble ourselves and pray and seek HIS face and turn from our wicked ways (2 Chronicles 7:14). Souls are in the balance!

 

So…how far are you willing to go for HIS Glory? For souls? For lives to be transformed?

 

As soon as we allow the Fire of GOD to burn every single area of our lives…as soon as only a sheer veneer of our skin enshrouds the glorious Presence of GOD within us…is when we will see revival in our homes, our families, our communities, our jobs, our nation.

 

LORD, burn me…that YOUR Glory may be revealed, and lives may come to the light of YOUR salvation.

 

In JESUS’ Name. Amen.

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*All Scriptures are in the New King James Version of the Bible, unless otherwise noted.

 

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