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I Kings 18:30-32 “Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come near to me.” So all the people came near to him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down. 31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord had come, saying, “Israel shall be your name.” 32 Then with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord; and he made a trench around the altar large enough to hold two seahs of seed.”
When there is a spiritual conflict between spiritual mind and carnal mind then there will arose many thoughts from either side of it. How do we resolve this conflict?
Let’s look at the Incident at Mount Carmel. Here Elijah gathered the false prophets and the people of Israel to this mountain. He asked them the question ‘How long will you falter between two opinions?’ Here three things to be noted that brought the powerful manifestation of God’s power and answer to his prayer.
- The Altar
The Altar: Elijah said to the people “Come near to me.” He and along with the people repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down. How does this help with my spiritual conflict. Altar means coming to the presence of the Lord to call on the name of the LORD or we go to a place where God wants us to be and cry unto Him. The forces of Jezebel spirits destroyed the altar in this incident and it needs repair or rebuilding. When our altar that is our heart, is destroyed by evil forces or by our own flesh, then our relationship with the Lord is somewhat damaged. Somehow, because of the intense conflict between godly and ungodly, we feel that we do not have a place within our heart to cry to the Lord. This needs to be repaired first. Whatever is the intensity of the conflict we should not allow our altar to be destroyed. If you feel it is already destroyed then there is always GRACE of our Lord Jesus Christ to build it up. You can build on your own or you can call your fellow brothers and sister who is in the Lord to pray along with you to repair it or strengthen it.
To be plain and simple, prepare your heart to have fellowship with the Holy Spirit, so that He can come and have fellowship with you. His presence during the conflict will boost your strength tremendously. (Ex 20 :24, Rev 3:20)