From the Pastor’s Desk:
AT THE ALTAR OF GOD
“Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” Psalms 85:6. How many times have you heard the Pastor say, “The church is going to have a revival.” This is to pump up the church members, and try to get others into the church. To revive means to bring back to life, bring around, wake up, renew, and refresh, to recover.So, in comes some Evangelist to perform C.P.R. on the members of the church. However, have you ever asked yourself, why should they have to have life breathed into them? To be woke up, to be recharged. Is not the Spirit they have, the Spirit of the all mighty God, capable of breathing life into them? There are some so dead, that they do not need a revival, they need a resurrection. What has happened to the fire around God’s altar? Who poured water on the altar of God today. Elijah, on Mount Carmel, put the wood in order, and said, “Fill four water pots with water, and pour it on the wood. Then he told them, “Do it again.” In addition, he said, “Do it a third time.” And when Elijah prayed the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones of the altar and the dust.” I Kings 18: 30-39 What has happened to God’s Ministers today, the Shepherds of God’s people? The Evangelist comes in for a week or two, preaching the same things they have heard from their own Pastors. However, because they are different, they seem to strike a spark in a few people. The members seem to be revived for a few days. We are supposed to be ‘lively stones in the building” Where is the joy of the Lord? Where is the Rock of our salvation? Where is the fire around God’s altar? It is not our altar. When we come boldly before the throne of God, we come into the presence of the Lord, and it ceases from being a wooden altar at some church, or at home, and instead becomes an altar of God. Are we today, not cable of bringing that holy anointing of the Holy Ghost down around God’s altar?Do you think the Lord wants a Luke Warm Services? He tells us in Revelation, “Because you are neither Hot nor Cold, I will spue thee out of my mouth. That is what Jesus thinks of our Luke warm services. One would think we are breeding a church full of puppets, having to tell them everything to do, “Let us give praise to God in the house of the Lord.” or “Let everyone say Amen” or “Let everyone stand or sit, or raise your hand to praise the Lord.” We are not a bunch of robots, if we feel the fire of God burning in us we should be able to freely lift our hands in praise to our Lord and God, without feeling embarrassed and people staring at us as if we are a bunch of freaks. Jesus says, “If you are ashamed of me, I will be ashamed of you before my Father.”Do you think someone would be asked to leave the church if they were to say aloud, “Thank you Jesus.” Or “Halleluiah.” Whose church is it suppose to be any-way? To some man or to some group of people, or to the Almighty God? The word of God tells us that, “Upon this rock I will build my church.”The Holy Ghost is the fire, if you do not have the Holy Ghost, then how can you have any fire in the church? That is the way it came in the book of Acts, and it has not changed. Jesus tells us, “I am the same yesterday, today and for evermore.” Man is trying to change the word of God to suite himself, but they are heaping coals of hell fire upon their own heads. Where is the Holy Ghost today? It came with “other tongues and with power, as the Spirit of God gave the utterance,” so tell me, why is there no fire around God’s altar? Because too many people are professing to be born again, when they are not, they are professing, but not possessing the Holy Ghost. We are living in the Laodicean church age, neither hot nor cold. The rich-poor church. Rich in the things of this world, poor in the things that have to do with God.People are being taught what a particular church or pastor believes to be right, what they reason it to be, but it is not always, what the Bible says. They give their own opinion, and everyone has an opinion, but they seemed to have left Jesus out. What does the word of God say? The Holy Ghost came on the day of Pentecost and it has not gone anywhere, they spoke in tongues then and we speak in tongues today. It has not changed. God has not changed. Show me in the word of God, where the tongues were taken out of the Holy Ghost. Why do we fight so hard against the obvious? Because the one that we are listening to, Sunday after Sunday, cannot preach what they do not have, and what they do not have is the same Spirit of God, the Holy Ghost. Get the Holy Ghost with the tongues and there will be fire around God’s Altar.