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1 Kings 18:33-35 “And he put the wood in order, cut the bull in pieces, and laid it on the wood, and said, “Fill four waterpots with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice and on the wood.” 34 Then he said, “Do it a second time,” and they did it a second time; and he said, “Do it a third time,” and they did it a third time. 35 So the water ran all around the altar; and he also filled the trench with water.”
Rom 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Once the Altar is ready, Elijah prepared the sacrifice. He put the wood in order and placed the sacrifice on it. What this has to do with our spiritual conflict?
Once our heart is ready and invited God the Holy Spirit to have fellowship with us, then we submit. Sacrifice represents submission to the will of the Holy Spirit. The surrendering at the altar represents our humbleness and willingness to yield to the ways of God. We may think one opinion is better than the other, but God might think differently according to His unfathomable wisdom and purpose. So in order to remove that barrier, we need to submit our understanding about that matter which we have conflict.
How do we submit? We submit ourselves before God the Holy Spirit with a sense of emptiness and discipline.
The wood was kept in order represents our discipline before God towards the conflict and our approach. Instead of juggling around various thoughts in our mind during our approach through prayer, we need to place our thoughts or conflicts in order. Elijah did not pray for the sins of the Israel or complained about the deeds of the false prophets, but He wanted to address the conflict of who is their real God. He precisely did so. Likewise, we have to address our issue precisely not complaining about the situation that brought the conflict in the first place.
The sacrifice was dry and the trench was empty. Elijah said to the people to pour water three times on the sacrifice until it is written, “So the water ran all around the altar; and he also filled the trench with water.” When we submit ourselves before God empty and ask Him to fill us with the Holy Spirit, He will fill us with His Spirit abundantly so that it will overflow from within and around the altar of the temple, which is our heart. When we are filled by the Holy Spirit with a heart that is ready to have fellowship with the Holy Spirit that is when we forget about the sufferings of the conflict and concentrate more on what God wants us to do through that conflict.
When we are filled by the Holy Spirit and we are focused to resolve the conflict which is at hand, then we will see the manifestation of His power and wisdom that pierce through the conflict.