Everyone watching Elijah knew the significance of his altar. They knew that the fire from heaven consumed not only the bull, but themselves; not only the wood, but everything they had built their lives upon and all their carnal reasoning. Not only stones, but every affiliation supporting their identity; not only soil, but all the withered seed of doubt & unbelief that might spring to life in the coming rains. Even the water of past moves of the Holy Spirit was being consumed. It was a firestorm resulting in the complete annihilation of who they thought themselves to be. The only thing left was the stunning glory of God.
The meaning of this sacrifice, simply put, was all about purification of His beloved people. Fire not only purifies but transforms individuals into anointed people of God, faces reflect His light, hearts focus solely on Him, destinies are fulfilled in His power. The God who answers by fire–He is God…we are not.
Elijah’s invitation to embrace the firestorm of total surrender confronts is today. The showdown between the influences of Baal in our lives and the influences of the Holy Spirit are coming to a point where we must irrevocably cease wavering between two opinions that create shifting shadows of loyalty within us. If God is God, we must follow Him. In the words of the apostle Paul:
“Therefore I urge you, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–His good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Rom 12:1-2)
Paul urges us to become like the one you behold-Jesus- in whom there is no shadow of turning from intimacy with the Father and fulfillment of His purpose. We cannot seperate the shadows of society until we have seperated them within ourselves. We cannot release fullness of the light of the world until that light shines more purely within us. We are being called to die as a beloved child of God on the altar of total surrender.
As we offer ourselves upon the altar receive healing and step into our inheritance as the beloved of Gos, a firestorm os sure to be loosed in the days to come. Many prophets believe that the past moves of the Holy Spirit will pale in comparison to the sense of His presence and power that God is preparing to reveal. Indeed we are already seeing signs of that increase all over the world, small tokens of what is to come. During this time we find a hint in Elijah’s story that those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs (Jonah 2:8). Those who submit to the purifying power of His outrageous love now–will leap into this coming move with joy.
Excerpt from “Shifting Shadows of Supernatural Power” by Julia Loren