Altar A Living Sacrifice

Death to self, the path to change, freedom, and the power of God.

The altar needs a sacrifice—the fire comes down at the altar, but it is the sacrifice that the fire burns and consumes, without a sacrifice, there can be no fire! Everyone needs a personal altar, you cannot depend on another person’s altar because everyone needs to make a personal sacrifice—YOURSELF!

by: Pastor Ovet Tamayo

Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

2 Tim 3:1-5 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.

We all want change, and to some extent you know that we have achieved that change; but it’s not yet complete—for as long as we are in the flesh, there will be a need for continuing change. But we must learn to sustain change! We need to understand that  the blessing is not forever, if we cannot sustain change we will go back to where we were before—vices, poverty, depression, sickness, sickness…

1 Kings 18:30  Then Elijah said to all the people, "Come here to me." They came to him, and he repaired the altar of the Lord, which was in ruins. (the altar that was broken down-KJV)

What is an altar, and why is it important?

An altar is any structure upon which offerings such as sacrifices and worship are made for religious purposes. Altars are usually found at shrines, and they can be located in temples, churches and other places of worship. Altar in Hebrew is mizbe'ah, which means "a place of slaughter or sacrifice." An altar is important because it is the place where God and man meets every day, it is the place where we talk, worship, and plead with God, it is the place where you communicate from, it’s the place of relationship, a place of covenant (tagpuan). An altar is a sign that the place had been conquered—whoever has conquered you, it is he that has an altar in your life, a broken altar means a broken relationship, a broken covenant! The altar during the time of Elijah the prophet was broken down that’s why the people were confused as to whom they are to worship, Baal or Yahweh?

1 Kings 18:21  Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”

Baal is the god of this world, he brings greed, lust, selfishness, sickness and death and much more; but Yahweh God is the God of all love, joy, peace, and everything good in this world! But the question we ask is, why would the people waver or be confused of this? Doesn’t everyone want joy and peace, and prosperity, and health? The answer is because the altar of the Lord is broken down, that brought confusion among the people!

1 Kings 18:24  Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by fire — he is God."

Elijah had to rebuild the altar because without the altar, the fire of God cannot come down! If the altar (relationship) of God is broken in your life, then you have no fire, there is no place for Him to come—that means you are cold, dead even! Without the fire from God, whatever you have gained, you will lose! When problems and difficulties come, even when you call to Him, your prayers remained unanswered because there is no place for His fire to come down!

 Anyone can reach the top, but you need an altar to keep and to sustain what you have achieved.

ANOTHER THING:

Rom 12:1  Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship.

The altar needs a sacrifice—the fire comes down at the altar, but it is the sacrifice that the fire burns and consumes, without a sacrifice, there can be no fire! Everyone needs a personal altar, you cannot depend on another person’s altar because everyone needs to make a personal sacrifice—YOURSELF! But really, nobody wants to do that, its ok if others make the sacrifice, but not you!

Rom 7:18-19  I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do — this I keep on doing.

Rom 7:21-24  So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God's law; 23 but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?

Even the Apostle Paul had to deal with matters of the flesh, he had his own battles of the mind—he even called himself wretched, (unhappy, miserable, worthless)…Until you go to your own funeral, you will never experience the power of the resurrection! We are living in very difficult times–the world will always give you the opportunity to live in the flesh! The problem lies in the abuse of “grace” by many Christians, not ordinary Christians but Pastors and leaders, they think they know their way around God, but in truth they are playing with their souls!

Jude 4  For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.

This year we need to die to ourselves so we can be resurrected into the new man and experience the fire of the Lord fresh every day, the supernatural now!

WE NEED TO ASK:

Why do we behave the way we do?

Why are we easily angered? Because someone had come ahead of us or has overtaken us!

Why do we lie?

Because we think that lying is an advantage to self!

Why are we dishonest?

Because the self doesn’t want to lose!

Why do we still envy and get jealous for other people’s success?

Because someone has beaten you, or somehow has reached your level!

Why is it so easy for many to get back to others and take revenge, or spit out cuss words for what they have done?

We think we get more value for ourselves when we do it, you actually feel good when you do it!

Why do we behave the way we behave?

Paul calls it sinful nature, body of sin, but it is simply ‘self’! Humility is so beautiful and so precious, yet more choose to act like foolish, absurd, insensible, and insensitive men!

Do you like being with prideful, arrogant men?  Or would you rather be with a humble man?

What is the origin of self? Where does this poor, evil, and malicious conduct come from?

Self-came from the seed of Satan! When Adam and Eve believed the lie of the devil, it gave birth to self, and man became independent and rebellious towards God!

When Abraham believed Gods Words and His promises, it was credited to him as righteousness, but when Adam and Eve believed Satan’s lie, it was credited to them as sin! All sin is based on self—self-serving, self-seeking, self-absorbed, self-righteous, self-conscious, self-fish! When all these manifests in your life, then it is yourself  that is seated at the throne! Every man that is centered on self falls into sin very easily, because every sin is based on self! As long as you are gratified or satisfied, you are happy because you seek your own gratification, and  not of Christ!

But you must be warned; even those who serve the Lord, watch out that you do not seek self-gratification, for Christ looks at the motives and not the actions; He asks the why’s and not the what’s. This is the test: when you feel angry and frustrated when your name is not on the top, or when someone receives more recognition than you, then ‘self’ is strong in your life, that is pride, it is not Christ who is seated in your throne! All self are rooted in pride and you cannot disconnect self and pride.

YOU NEED TO DIE TO YOUR ‘SELF’, LEST YOU DIE IN YOUR SOUL!

God wants all of us to reach the top, but we can reach the top only by going down!

1 Peter 5:5a-6  All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”  6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

1 Kings 18:30  Then Elijah said to all the people, "Come here to me." They came to him, and he repaired the altar of the Lord, which was in ruins. (the altar that was broken down-KJV)

Losing what you have gained and sliding towards sin and misery is the result of a broken down altar, a broken down relationship with our Abba Father! We need to rebuild our broken down altars!

Matt 6:6  But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. KJV

Elijah calls it an altar, but Jesus calls it a ‘closet’. When you enter your closet you will receive a  realization of ‘yourself’, what you are doing wrong in your life, what you ought to change—your attitude and your ways, you begin to see yourself as God sees you, who you truly are! With humility, as our true selves are revealed, we just surrender them all to be burned in the altar of God—broken lives, broken dreams, sinful minds, anger, bitterness, pride of life—God will take them all, but an exchange will follow! God then will give you a revelation of His assignment to you, what you will do, where you will go, and how to do it—but it will all be different for it will all be for the Glory of God! The self dies, the spirit becomes alive:  

Rom 12:2  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.