The fire of God does not come cheap and will cost you! It comes with a high price and as in the parable of the wise and foolish virgins, is not transferable. You, and you alone are responsible for the presence or absence of the fire of God in your life!
For the fire of God to come down into your life, you need to:
(1) REPAIR THE ALTAR
The first thing Elijah did was build an altar of twelve stones. The nation of Israel at this time was divided into two kingdoms; Judah with two tribes and Israel with ten tribes. Elijah repaired the breach by building an altar of twelve stones.
An altar is the place of sacrifice within a temple.
You are the temple of the Holy Spirit.
“What, know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which ye have from God, and ye are not your own?” – 1 Corinthians 6:19.
Every temple has an altar of sacrifice. Your heart is the altar of the Lord Jesus; that is where His throne is, where He dwells.
“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love.” – Ephesians 3:17.
A divided heart can never produce the fire of God!
Like Elijah, you need to repair the altar of the Lord; your heart. Uproot the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches (Matthew 13) that has invaded the hearts of men, becoming the image of jealousy and squeezing the presence of God from our life rendering us unproductive spiritually.
“Then said he to me, Son of man, lift up thy eyes now the way towards the north. So I lifted up my eyes the way towards the north, and behold northward at the gate of the altar this image of jealousy in the entry.” – Ezekiel 8:5.
The North Gate was the most influential gate; of both the City and Temple.
“And the gates of the city shall be after the names of the tribes of Israel: three gates northward; one gate of Reuben, one gate of Judah, one gate of Levi.” – Ezekiel 48:31.
Dedicated to, reserved for, and given to three tribes: Reuben, the first born son of Jacob; Judah, the messianic tribe and Levi, the priestly tribe. All three tribes prefigure our Lord Jesus Christ.
He should have the preeminence and rule in our heart; but behold, some other thing is there represented by the cares of this world and the deceitfulless of riches!
“For thou hast said in thy heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:” – Isaiah 14:13.
The North, reserved for the King of kings, now has an intruder!
“When therefore ye shall see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoever readeth, let him understand,)” – Matthew 24:15.
We have to deal with the intruder! Uproot his representatives else fire will not come!
We need to dethrone the image of jealousy. It distracts us from the Lord and His Will. That is why He said:
“This people draw nigh to me with their mouth, and honour me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.” – Matthew 15:8.
We need to repair the altar of the Lord, by “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” – 2 Corinthians 10:5.
Beloved, in this dispensation, the fire of God is not something physical. His servants are fire! He will make you fire if you do not waste your precious and expensive time worrying over what you have or do not have. They are not important! The devil wants you to see them as important and so steals, kills and destroys your God-given joy and peace, and keeps you cold!
Seek, more than anything, the Way and Will of God (His Kingdom), and all your need will be met!