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1 Kings 18:22-24 & 38-39 “Then Elijah said to the people, “I alone am left a prophet of the Lord; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men. 23 Therefore let them give us two bulls; and let them choose one bull for themselves, cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it; and I will prepare the other bull, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it. 24 Then you call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord; and the God who answers by fire, He is God.” So all the people answered and said, “It is well spoken.”
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!””
When we read this passage, our hearts will burn with a desire to be a part of this manifestation in our lives. However, we need to notice here how Elijah places himself in this situation. He placed himself in the line of fire. It is a do or die situation; life or death. The audacity that he had, describes his faith in God. Some might say, Elijah saw the providence of God through ravens and he performed many miracles so obviously he had tremendous faith in God. That could be true to a certain extent, but if we look at the Israelites who saw magnificent miracle performed in front of their eyes like never before could not hold on to their faith, why?
The difference between the fallen Israelites in the wilderness and Elijah is the degree of carnality and obedience. Israelites carnal mind did not allow them to endure the sacrifice and their disobedience did not allow them to increase their faith. On the contrary, Elijah endured the blunt force of famine, rejection and fugitive life. He also obedient to what God wanted him to do. These attributes gave him the courage to stand in the line of fire.
How many of us can sincerely say that we can place ourselves in the line of fire. God can do an easy test on us with a conflict. When we put ourselves in the line of fire for our Lord Jesus Christ, then we can expect to see the power of the Holy Spirit manifested through fire. Our God is a consuming Fire.
Do not be deceived when you hear reports that fire fell from above in meetings. See whether there is a sacrifice worthy of burnt offering in the lives of the ministers in that meeting. Without a burnt offering, there is no need for a fire. Other fires are all considered as foreign fire.
(Another example along these lines to mediate, is the life of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego)