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- He was a man of divine establishment; he understood that there is order in heaven. Twelve is the number of establishment; the twelve stones represents the twelve tribes of Israel. He is not a true worshipper who is not worshipping the God of Israel. Elijah knew where the fire was going to come from. But water on the wood meant for fire? It sounds ridiculous. That is however, where the fire is. The water symbolizes the water of the word of God and according to Jer. 23:29A, “Is not my word like as a fire? Saith the LORD”. Elijah was actually pouring fire but the people were seeing water; the carnal man was seeing water but Elijah was pouring the word of God, he saturated the altar with the word of God. Elijah satisfied the necessary condition for fire to fall; talking about doing the ridiculous for the miraculous. Sometimes God can ask you to do the ridiculous for the miraculous to happen.
- Elijah laid the sacrifice on the altar. He was a man of sacrifice; he understood the power of sacrifice. Elijah laid his life on the altar of sacrifice, he was not selfish at all, his life was sacrificial. He understood the power of laying his life on the altar of service of Jehovah the living God.
- Elijah was a man of divine timing.1 Kgs 18:36 says, “And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word”. the Bible says there is time for everything. After doing all that he needed to do, Elijah waited, in fact, he allowed the prophets of baal to waste their time from morning until evening. He already knew that nothing was going to happen because they were connected to the wrong god. However, as the evening set in, Elijah capitalized on this. There is a time for evening sacrifice. Many people miss their miracles because of wrong timing. If you have the calling of God, please don’t jump. Many have made a shipwreck of their ministry not because God did not call them but because they jumped before the right timing. Some of them did not survive it. Wait for the right time. God had to call Samuel three times before he jumped. For everything, there is a time, if you don’t do the right thing at the right time, you will not reap the right result. The perfect time is God’s timing not yours.
- Elijah was a man of prayer. I Kgs 18:37, “Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again”. Once the stage is set, once you prepare the necessary atmosphere for fire to fall, there will be no need for you to pray long prayers before the fire falls, your prayer will be very brief just like Elijah’s. Today, many people pray and pray, yet no fire. If you are a man of God’s presence and you follow the steps enunciated here, you need not pray for too long before fire comes down. You must make the presence of God your lifestyle because you don’t know when and how the challenges of life will come.
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