Topic: Fire Witness
[DCLM Daily Manna 5 September 2018 Daily Devotional]
Text: 1 Kings 18:30-40 (KJV)
Key Verse: “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” (1 Kings 18:37).
Fire remains a decisive force in spiritual warfare. The Bible says, “…our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews12:2. Fervent commitment to the Lord is marked by one’s degree of holiness and the fire that the soul possesses.
God’s honour was at stake in Israel. The prophets of Baal had infected the hearts of the people with their idolatrous practices to the extent that the people derailed alarmingly. This was because Ahab, the king of Israel and Jezebel, his wife, worshipped Baal (1 Kings 18:18,19). It was such that the prophets of the Lord were slain (1 Kings 18:13). The worship of Baal, therefore, became the official national religion. In this situation, being a mere prophet or servant of the LORD could not help. Obadiah, a servant of Ahab, who “feared the Lord greatly” (1 Kings 18:3), lived in fear and silence due to intimidation. He hid 100 prophets of God away from murderous Ahab (1 Kings 18:13). It took the “fire witness” of a burning prophet like Elijah to restore Israel to God. He challenged the prophets of Baal to a contest and won back the glory for God.
Every action of revival always begins with a few whose love for God is deep-rooted. They risk their lives and worldly honour for eternal life and heavenly approval. Thus, God confirms them as the apple of His eyes, being fire witnesses of His supremacy.
The passage for reading challenges us to seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness with committed hearts. When we do this, we will make a difference on earth by proclaiming God’s standard of holiness and righteousness. True believers ought to be harbingers of fire revival to a dying and decaying generation.
Thought For The Day: The presence of holy fire in a soul is greater than a cold multitude of people in an assembly.
Bible Reading In One Year: Ezekiel 28-31