Topic: Where is the Fire? [November 6, 2016]
Text: Leviticus 9:17-24
Key Verse: "And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces" (Leviticus 9:24).
Leonard Ravenhill, a great revivalist who sought God's will above all else, wrote a book titled: "Where is the fire" to lament the coldness and formality in our churches today. He was a man of prayer who practiced what he preached. He wrote the book, "Why Revival Tarries" which became a classic on revival. His prophetic edge and burden made him respectable by some and disliked by others. Yet, he stayed true to God's call on his life, prayed and pled for true heaven-sent revival.
From our text, Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation after the successful completion of the great atonement sacrifice by Aaron, the priest. They came out to bless the people according to the order. But as they blessed the Lord's people, God's glory appeared in the form of fire which consumed the offering on the brazen altar. When the people saw what happened, they bowed in adoration and worshiped the Lord. The fire coming down upon the altar was a confirmation that God has accepted the sacrifices. It is also a demonstration of the presence of God in the entire service. It shows and proves His power in the midst of His people.
It gives assurance to the people that God was with them. Nowadays, many believers are cold and lethargic. The church that is supposed to be an incubator has turned to a refrigerator in many quarters. Souls are no longer getting convicted with the evidence of breaking down and weeping for their sins during services. Many homilies are delivered as omelets. The people listen without any evidence of fire coming out of it. We must come back to God and ask Him to confirm His word with signs following so that His glory might be seen and experienced once again.
Thought for the day: Oh Lord! send us revival today
Bible Reading in one Year: Jeremiah 46-48
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.