HE WHO ANSWERS BY FIRE I KINGS 18:30-40 KEY VERSE: “Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench” (1 Kings 18:38). A quarter of a century ago, there was this magician who used to perform incredulous miracles on Lagos streets to the surprise of his captive audience. The snag though, was that after each performance, provision shops around the vicinity of the “miracle centers” would have lost some of their wares which were “conjured” to the delight of the audience during such performances. Also, some victims would have lost valuable cash or properties like wrist watches, under the spell of the ace-magician. It is so strange today to see the reincarnation of such fake miracle workers in some Christian assembles. The real purpose of miracles is lost on the gullible audience. Any divinely-ordained miracle is to prove the power and presence of God. And having done that, to draw back the people to the pathway of holiness and godliness. After three and a half years of draught, commanded by prophet Elijah as a mark of punishment for the backsliding of the nation of Israel, Elijah was to signify the end of the famine by praying to God to send down rain. But then, he needed to deal with the imposter-prophets by challenging them to a contest to bring fire upon the altar of sacrifice without the aid of matches or lighters. The false prophets tried all the tricks they could without success. Lying wonders do not endure. When the fire fell upon the altar arranged by Elijah, the people were fully persuaded and convinced that Jehovah is the true God, and Baal was a false god. “The LORD, he is the God”. The purpose of divine miracles today has not changed. Many so-called believers have become willing tools in the hands of illicit socalled miracle-workers. There are those who are ready to sell their heart for miracles without the slightest consideration of their souls. Miracles are good when we experience them and they help fix our gaze on God. Any miracle, however stunning, which renders us hostages to the miracle worker is evil and must be avoided by heaven-bound saints. THOUGHT FOR THE DAY By their fruit, ye shall know them.
Posted on: Wed, 05 Mar 2014 09:21:37 +0000
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