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1 Kings 18:38-39 38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench. 39 Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!”

After the altar and the sacrifice are ready, then it is time for the offering. The sacrifice here is a burnt offering and any burnt offering needs to be offered by fire. Elijah did not put manmade fire under the sacrifice. The test of this conflict is to test it with fire; the God, who answers by fire, is the real living God.  What this has to do with our spiritual conflict?

When we are filled by the Holy Spirit and we are focused to resolve the conflict which is at hand, His Fire will fall on us. It consumes the conflict and leaves us with a revelation to resolve the conflict. It gives us the wisdom to choose one opinion. It gives us the encouragement to see His faithfulness through our conflicts.  This is His power and His manifestation among His children.

Many can think it is easy to say than to execute this strategy during our difficult conflicts. Yes, it is true, but that is what the burnt offering means. Only burnt offerings are consumed with fire. If you want to see His manifestation by Fire then you need to submit yourselves as a burnt offering. The sacrifice was cut into pieces; likewise, there is suffering or persecution involved in that submission or sacrifice. The more intense is your conflict then there will be powerful manifestation. God will decide how He will manifest His power through that situation. He will operate in His own way and we have to give way for that to happen. God does not show personal favoritism; when we give way for Him fully, fire that was manifested in front of Elijah and the people will be manifested in our lives. The key for fire is the sacrifice for a burnt offering.