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Build An Alter

Today, I build an alter of praise, to the King, I thank You, for the many, blessings, You bring, beauty for ashes, out of the dunghill You bring, a once broken vessel, new strength, to regain.

As I bow down before You, and humbly bring, all the tears, You will bottle, so tenderly, I can't thank You enough, for I am finally set free, no more lies believed, from an enemy that tried to destroy me.

And I cherish You, I so love You, I bring a sacrificial song, to Your feet, for once this heart thought it could not live, nor be, anything for my Lord and King.

So dear sweet precious Lord, I offer this alter of praise, and I will continually remember the deliverance that came, how the bands of shackles that chained me, are broken off of me today.


Romans 12


Romans 12 (New International Version, ©2011)


Romans 12

A Living Sacrifice
 1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform 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.
Humble Service in the Body of Christ
 3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
Love in Action
 9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.[c] Do not be conceited.

 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[d] says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:

   “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; 
   if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. 
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”[e]

 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.



 “Building An Altar For God” 

Text – Gen. 35:1-7, I Kg 5:1-5
- What Is An Altar?
- Ingredients of an Altar Building 
- The Benefits of Building An Altar

What is An Altar?
- An Altar is a place that is designed or separated for worship unto God; a place of fellowship with God.
- It is a place where praises and prayers are rendered unto God. 
- An Altar symbolizes holiness and represents the presence of God; a higher place where untarnished (spotless, blameless) services are offered to God. 
- Altar is a place of refuge and comfort from the troubles of this world.
- An Altar could also be a place where intercession is being made for the well being of others inspired by the Holy Spirit.

An Altar could be a part of a building or a room. For instance the church serves as an Altar where Christians meet and fellowship with God. Men of God in the Bible built Altars for God after He had done things for them like Moses (in Exo. 17:15) Abraham, Isaac, Solomon e.t.c. 
Altars, in the olden days are built with or out of stone where worshippers seek God’s face and offer sacrifice of animals but now our sacrifices are of praise, thanksgiving and prayers through our Lord Jesus Christ unto God.

Classification of Altars – 
Altars could be classified into three; mainly 
i) Personal Altar- As the name implies is a personal means of communication and fellowshipping with God. It is otherwise called ‘Quiet Time’. This is a time you have assigned/committed/set aside for God to meet with Him on ‘one-on-one’ level or basis. It comes with a specific time at which you seek the face of God through worship, praises, thanksgiving and prayer. It is better early in the morning when there would little or no disturbance from any quarters. The essence is to hear and talk to God; it ensures a direct link with God. Lk 5:16
ii) Family Or Home Altar – a place where family members meet for the purpose of communing, fellowshipping, praising, worshipping and praying to God. It comes with a specific time of meeting
iii) Church Altar – The Church itself is an Altar. It serves as a unified place of worship for Christians or individuals coming together to pour out their hearts to God. Heb 10; 25
Others include: - 
Corporate Altar- The coming together of Individuals from different denomination or churches to pray, worship and render praises unto God.
Note – An Altar is not a place where you place your Bibles, Anointing Oil, Symbol of Cross, Holy Book and any other Christian items. Altar is a thing of heart. Jer. 29; 12-13

Factors That Are Necessary For An Altar Building
- Genuine Salvation Ps 24: 3-4
- Passion / Hunger for presence of God. I kg 5: 5 Solomon did what is fore-fathers Could not do.
- Faith- Heb.11; 6 you need faith to erect an altar. 
- Holiness – Altar is sacred that is why you need to be holy to build a holy place for God. 
I Peter 1:16; Ps 99:9

Why Is An Altar Necessary? 
Þ To Worship, praise and communicate with God. Ps 99; 9, Gen.13: 4
‘If the people who are called by name shall humble themselves & pray & seek my face7 turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven & will forgive their sin and will heal their land’ – II Chro. 7: 
a For thanksgiving – Ps 100:4
b To make vows and consecration unto God.
c To live a victorious life Rom.8 ; 37
d A blessed and satisfied life. Ps 24. 5, II Corin.9: 11
e To meet God for divine intervention and breakthrough.

Others are – Healing, Deliverance, Provision, Breakthrough e.t.c.

For you to get closer to God and have an intimate relationship with Him; to know and understand Him better, then you need to build a befitting place of worship (House of grace needs to be put into proper shape) for God by contributing your own quota to Church building through cash, kind and prayers. And you could also build one in your heart and home now!

An Altar brings you closer to God and there is a constant flow from God to you.




Building an altar for the Lord


      Throughout world history there have been all kinds of altars built for all kinds of reasons. From a Biblical perspective, there are a number of altars spoken of, including the Brazen Altar, which was a place of redemption and forgiveness, and the Altar of Incense, which was a place of communion with God, and a place of prayer, praise, and worship. There are 16 altars in God's Word that stand out (and many more throughout Israel's history).

 As we look at the following, allow the Lord to speak to you about what your responsibility is toward BUILDING AN ALTAR for the Lord.

        (1) Noah built an altar after the flood: Genesis 8:20.
        (2) Abraham built an altar and met with God: Genesis 12:7.
        (3) Abraham built an altar to sacrifice Isaac (his promise and his future): Genesis 22:9. In Verse 14 we have the word Jeh-Jireh—"God Will Provide."
        (4) Isaac built an altar unto the Lord: Genesis 26:25.
        (5) Jacob built an altar unto the Lord: Genesis 55:20.
        (6) Moses built an altar unto the Lord and called the place Jeh-Nissi—"The Lord My Banner of Victory": Exodus 17:15.
        (7) Joshua built an altar after a great victory: Joshua 8:50.
        (8) Gideon built an altar unto the Lord and called the place Jeh-Shalom–"The Lord of Peace": Judges 6:24.
        (9) Israel built an altar for repentance: Judges 21:4.
        (10) Saul built an altar unto the Lord: 1 Samuel 14:55.
        (11) David built an altar unto the Lord: 2 Samuel 24:18.
        (12) Solomon built an altar to worship and give thanks: 1 Kings 9:25.
        (13) Elijah built an altar to demonstrate the power of God. He covered it with water, and God sent down fire: 1 Kings 18:30.
        (14) Zerubbabel built an altar unto the Lord in the seventh month (an altar of Ingathering, the Feast of Tabernacles): Ezra 3:1-4.
        (15) God built an altar for mankind at Calvary: Matthew 27. Jesus was the sacrifice for all our sins.
        (16) You have an altar to build for the Lord.
        Romans 12:1: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
        1 Corinthians 6:19: Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?

        Will you allow your life to be an altar unto the Lord, an altar of worship? Hebrews 13:15: Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
        Psalm 51:15-17: O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise. For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite (repentant) heart–these, O God, You will not despise.
        We need to realize that the altar we are building unto the Lord is ourselves. This altar must have a good foundation which means building our lives on the Word of God and the person of Jesus Christ. For this altar to be acceptable unto God, it will need all the right materials, such as: Repentance, Righteousness, Holiness, Obedience, Faith, Love, Peace, Patience, Courage, Wisdom, and Spiritual Growth.
        Now look at what King Solomon built. He built an altar that released the glory of God, recorded in 2 Chronicles 5:1-14: When Solomon had finished all the work related to building the Temple of the Lord, he brought in the gifts dedicated by his father, King David, including all the silver and gold and all the utensils. These were stored in the treasuries of the Temple of God.
        Solomon then summoned the leaders of all the tribes and families of Israel to assemble in Jerusalem. They were to bring the Ark of the Lord's covenant from its location in the City of David, also known as Zion, to its new place in the Temple....King Solomon and the entire community of Israel sacrificed sheep and oxen before the Ark in such numbers that no one could keep count! (An altar had been built.) Then the priests carried the Ark of the Lord's covenant into the inner sanctuary of the Temple–the Most Holy Place–and placed it beneath the wings of the cherubim.
        ...Then the priests left the Holy Place. All the priests who were present had purified themselves, whether or not they were on duty that day. And the Levites who were musicians–Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and all their sons and brothers–were dressed in fine linen robes and stood at the east side of the altar playing cymbals, harps, and lyres. They were joined by 120 priests who were playing trumpets. The trumpeters and singers performed together in unison to praise and give thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals, and other instruments, they raised their voices and praised the Lord with these words: "He is so good! For His mercy endures forever!" At that moment a cloud filled the Temple of the Lord, to such an extent that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud, for the glorious presence of the Lord filled the Temple of God.
        1 Kings 18:38 says that Elijah built an altar which released the fire of God. Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench.
        In Matthew 3:11, John the Baptist declared: "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire."
        On the Day of Pentecost, the fire of the Holy Spirit fell upon many believers. Acts 2:2-3: And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.
        Revelation 1:14 gives a description of Jesus: His head and His hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire.
        God makes His minister a flame of fire. Psalm 104:4: Who makes His angels spirits, His ministers a flame of fire.
        There is a song we sang many years ago: I am a priest of the Lord, and the sacrifice I bring is praise. I am a priest of the Lord, and to Him holy hands I raise. I come before Him singing, shouting "Hallelujah!" Shouting, "Hallelujah! Glory! Hallelujah!" When I offer up my sacrifice, He sends down the fire. Glory to His name.

        Our prayer today should be: Lord, release Your GLORY. Lord, send the FIRE. Allow the cloud of Your glory to fill me, Your TEMPLE. Amen. 

Let's Build an Altar



“Abram built an altar there to the Lord” (Genesis 12: 8).

Abram was asked of God to leave behind all that he had known, his country, his relatives and his home (Genesis 12: 1). Abram was asked by God to become a immigrant and a nomad. There are many who have left behind their homeland and homes, but what is different about Abram is that he is seventy five years of age when he starts out for his new homeland. Caanan proved the place where God wanted Abram to settle, a new land. Once Abram arrived in Caanan, he travelled through the land. The Scripture makes a note - “At the time the Caananites were still living in the land” (v. 7). Abram was the foreigner or stranger in the land, but he knew it was the land of promise. Caanan was not yet his possession, but it would be! As Abram travelled through the land he must have thought, how is God going to make this land his, for Caanan was a harsh and unwelcoming place. However, it is God who comes to Abram and reassures him, “This is the country that I am going to give to your descendants” (v. 7).

To this stranger and nomad God appeared! God’s very presence was realised and God’s voice was recognised. These are two important elements in the spiritual journey - to know God is present and his voice heard. God does not leave us wandering or wondering in life, he appears and speaks. Abram responded to the divine presence and pronouncement in a particular way. He got up and gathered some stones and built an altar to the Lord. They were rough stones that he piled one on top of another. Thus, Abram marked this occasion of confirmation on his journey by a ‘religious act’. For Abram the act of building the altar was a sign of surrender to the will and purpose of God. Abram was moving on with God. Interestingly, we find as Abram moved on with God he builds other altars and worships God (v. 8). Repeatedly, Abraham pitches his tent and builds an altar. He makes ‘space’ for himself, but also makes a ‘place’ for God. 

Abram’s response to God’s presence and voice is something that we should take notice of for ourselves as we journey with God. When God’s presence is felt, when his voice is heard, we should mark the occasion by surrender and worship. So often we sense God has come to us and we do not mark it with significance and meaning. So often we hear God’s voice, but we fail to acknowledge it. God comes to Abram and Abram moves toward God in a visible and tangible manner. Indeed, after Abram moves toward God in an act of surrender and devotion he is able to move on in his journey with God into the unknown (v.9). 

Abram’s story shows us the importance of continually acknowledging what God is doing in our lives. That is what God desires - a ready response. In our day and age we might not go out and gather up rough stones to build an altar. But, there is an altar here. A place where we can surrender and worship God.

Has God been leading you? Has God been blessing you? Has God shown you new ‘things’? How do you respond to God’s presence and direction in your life? Abram gives us a clue! Let’s mark the occasion with an act of worship, and in a very real sense we are buil[ding] an altar to the Lord. A persual of the biblical texts reveals that the men of God often built altars to commemorate God dealings with them. 

We have built an altar of rough stones tonight. I invite you to come and worship God for all that he is doing in your life. 

Abram having built an altar returned to the place where he had built the altar and worshipped God again at that place. Just may be it’s been a long time since someone has acknowledged God by coming again to the altar, remembering the times God has been good to you.

The erected altar becomes a holy place for us. 





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