Bringing Fire from heaven has been done by the Lord Jesus Christ. However, being turned into fire for God is difficult because of the cares of this world that has invaded the hearts of men. So, we have to constantly repair the altar of the Lord by examining ourselves to ensure we are still in the Faith.
“Examine yourselves, whether ye are in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye are reprobates?” – 2 Corinthians 13:5.
We also need to “dig a trench” round our heart, the altar of the Lord in the Temple called “Man“, guarding the heart with all diligence.
All these were done by Elijah, not just to bring fire from heaven but to also bring a revival in Israel; the people went on their knees, acknowledging the Lord is God.
“And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.” – 1 Kings 18:39.
The third cost of bringing fire from heaven was the next thing he, Elijah did, PUT THE WOOD IN ORDER.
“And he put the wood in order. – 1 Kings 18:33a
Wood hates fire and runs from it!
I remember when I lived with my grandmother in my secondary school days. We cooked with fire wood. We would be around the fire not only to keep an eye on what was cooking but also to keep pushing the wood back into the fire. Left unattended, the fire would go out.
The human body, like wood, is stubborn and resists the fire of purification.
The fire of God will not fall when your flesh is in the way. You have to keep putting it “in order”, pushing it back as sacrifice, into the fire of revival.
Paul acknowledged that there is nothing good in the flesh.
“For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing.” – Romans 7:14
You have to keep forcing your body to comply with the Word of God. Put it under, subject it to the Word of God; drag it and not let it behave the way it wants. This is your duty, your “reasonable service“. (Romans 12:1)
The human body is like an animal; a stubborn animal. When brought as a sacrifice, the animal must be bound to prevent it running away.
“God is the LORD, who hath shown us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even to the horns of the altar.” – Psalms 118:27.
If the animal is not bound to the altar, it would run off!
Paul said “mortify“, which means to subdue the body, conquer it and not let it have its wants and desires; restrain it, humiliate it and do not let it have its way.
“For if ye live according to the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” – Romans 8:13.
Your body should be presented as a sacrifice to the Lord.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” – Romans 12:1.
Your flesh has to be bound!
It wants to fornicate and indulge in adultery, restrain it! Drag it to church; force it out of bed in the morning even when it suggest continued sleep! Shun its suggestions and make it do the Will of God! Put the wood in order!
Part of putting the wood in order is in praying for your enemy.
“Bless them who persecute you; bless, and curse not.” – Romans 12:14.
Often times we “feel” like praying against them. Our flesh reminds us of what they did against us, how painful it was, the shame we went through and we “feel” like cursing them.
Whereas the Word of the Lord says pray FOR, NOT AGAINST, them!
“But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them who despitefully use you, and persecute you;” Matthew 5:44.
It can be painful! Yes. However this is what being a disciple is all about! We do not act what we feel, but obey the Master, even in much pain, agony and tears. The body must be shunned and not followed!
Beloved, the flesh is an enemy to the fire of Revival. If there is coldness, it is from the body! It resist everything God.
As disciples, we are to deny ourselves, even our comfort, a thing the body indulges in.
“Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to be My disciple, let him deny himself [disregard, lose sight of, and forget himself and his own interests] and take up his cross and follow Me [ cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying, also].” – Matthew 16:24. AMP.
May we find grace to put the body in order.