by Joe Alain

The Day the Fire Fell
Joe Alain
1 Kings 18:38-39

It was the day the fire fell. And when the fire fell, everything changed for the people of God. When the glory of God came down, God's people turned from their empty idols back to the true and living God. When the fire fell, the people of God got on their faces before a holy God in repentance. Then, the showers of blessing began to fall in the land once again.

Life Application: Holiness of life leads to "wholeness" of life. When sin is dealt with God can bless and refresh us!

Isn't that what we need in our land today? In the church? In our lives? We need the hand of God and a fresh touch of His Spirit. We need to seek His face rather than just His hand of blessing. We need the cleansing fire and the refreshing rains of God to fall upon us again. When the fire falls and people look up from bended knees, they experience the showers of blessing again.

The great need of our day is for God's cleansing fire of revival and God's rain of true righteousness and blessing. Revival is for God's people and has been described in most vivid terms as "the inrush of the spirit into a body that threatens to become a corpse." The church is need of reviving, renewal and in 1 Kings chapter 18 we discover some of the keys to experiencing true and lasting revival and renewal.

Read 1 Kings 18:1-2, 17-24, 36-41. In this passage we discover that idolatry was robbing Israel of God's blessings. That is essentially what sin does. Sin robs us of God's best for our life. Jesus has come to give us life to the full (Jn. 10:10). When God revealed Himself in power the people turned back to Him and the drought subsided. A forsaking of sin is essential to receiving the blessings of God. Holiness of life does lead to "wholeness" of life.

An Obedient Prophet
The first thing that we notice in this story is that there was an obedient prophet (18:1-2).
1. The First Key to Revival Is Hearing from God
The word of the Lord comes to El ...

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