By Pastor Segun Doherty
“As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”- Genesis 8:22
Anytime and anywhere you encounter God you must raise an altar. At the altar many things are settled. Our altar is superior to that of the forces of darkness. The old patriarchs knew about the ability of the altar to provide. The altar can protect, promote and can project. The word of God can come from the altar and project into your life. The altar can preserve as it did for Isaac. It can be turned to speak when provoked just like Solomon did with his magnanimous sacrifice. The altar is however dumb and dormant until you stir it up to speak for you and It takes a sacrifice to make the altar speak (Hebrews 10:4; 1 Peter 2:5), the altar responds and answers to the language of sacrifice. Romans 12:1 urges that you give yourself wholly to God. In other words, your body and your praise must be on the altar. Back up your sacrifice with a life of holiness. Praise as the fruit of the lips takes root in the heart (Hebrews 13:15). Let praise be a constant action which puts fire on your sacrifice. Praise must be spontaneous. When you praise, power is released because God steps in. When you praise God for who He is, you will experience His manifestation according to the names you call Him. Praise Him for the promises He has made in your life, for what He will do for you and through you. Don’t give up sacrificing (Ecclesiastes 11:6).
What should we sacrifice?
1. Our time (Colossians 4:5). The moment you sacrifice your time, the altar is empowered to favour you. Be regular, punctual and prompt in God’s service. Many are experts in their field but remain passive in their service to God. Be involved in kingdom service!
2. Our treasures. A sacrifice at this level is a step beyond tithes and offerings and is a sweet smelling aroma to God. Evidently the altar provides as indicated by Paul’s prayer (Philippians 4:18-19). The provision of the altar flows by sacrificial giving. More importantly, you must value your sacrifice because every sacrifice on the altar is salted/seasoned by God (Matthew 9:4-9). Just as salt cleanses may the Lord remove all hindrances to your greater glory In Jesus’ Name. As salt preserves may your life be preserved. As salt flavours, as from today men will delight in you. From now on, nobody is permitted to hate you. Every door you knock will open to you because God will make your life tasteful from now on In Jesus’ Name.