SERVICING YOUR ALTAR
*MONDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2021*
BIBLE READING: LEVITICUS 6:8-13; EXODUS 29:35-46; REVELATION 8:1-4
SERVICING YOUR ALTAR; now the fire on the altar shall be kept burning on it; it shall not be put out. And the priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and lay the burnt offering in order on it; and he shall burn on it the fat of the peace offerings.
A fire shall always be burning on the altar; it shall never go out. Leviticus 6:12-13 (NKJV).*
An altar is a place of prayer or worship. It is a contact place between the physical and spiritual world. It is also a place of spiritual sacrifice and covenants.
Throughout the Old Testament, we see that all the great men dealt with God through active altars: Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David to mention but a few.
In the new testament, the greatest Altar; The Cross was erected and God offered on it the ultimate and final sacrifice— His Son, Jesus Christ. That Altar is represented in the heart of the believer today.
In our key text, we see God’s requirements in servicing the Altar by His priests. He emphasized that the fire on the altar must be kept burning at all times.
This fire represents the presence of God which the Holy Spirit ignited in our hearts when we became born again and as new testament priests, we have a responsibility to keep it ablaze at all times through
— prayers, worship, praise, thanksgiving, study of God’s Word, service, soul winning and giving of our material and financial substance for the advancement of the Kingdom.
When an Altar is not serviced, the fire goes out and it becomes cold and powerless. In the same way, when we as believers neglect any of our spiritual acts of service, our hearts grow cold, the Holy Spirit is quenched, our relationships with God and His people suffer, then sin and the devil will have free rein in our lives.
Heavenly Father, please help us to continually service our Altars, so that Your fire will continue to burn in our hearts. Amen!