2014 — Repair the Altar / Repair the Wall

2014newAs I asked God what He wanted to say for the coming year, I felt that He responded, “Repair the altar; repair the wall.”

Repairing the altar is about our vertical relationship with the Lord, while repairing the wall is about our horizontal relationship with other believers. Both concepts are two-pronged — for the individual and for the corporate body of believers.

Repair the altar:

Repairing the altar involves restoration of true worship by cleansing out every kind of compromise and re-devoting ourselves to the Lord Jesus. Hosea 6:1 immediately came to mind: “Come, and let us return to the LORD: for He has torn, and He will heal us; He has smitten, and He will bind us up.”

Elijah repaired the Lord’s altar on Mt. Carmel (1 Kings 18:30-39). “Elijah said to all the people, ‘Come near to me.’ And … he repaired the altar of the LORD, which was broken down” (v. 30). After setting everything in right order upon it, Elijah prayed a simple prayer, beseeching the Lord to reveal Himself as the One True God and to turn the people’s hearts back to Himself, and “then the fire of the LORD fell” (vs. 36-38).

But there is another incident in the Bible of someone repairing the altar, and I just couldn’t get away from this story. In 2 Chronicles 33:12, 13, we read the story of Manasseh, the most wicked king Judah had ever known, repenting and turning his heart to the Lord:

And when [Manasseh] was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, and prayed to Him: and He was entreated by him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD was God.

Manasseh not only repented, but he took action to repair the great wrong he had done:

And [Manasseh] took away the strange gods, and the idol out of the house of the LORD, and all the altars which he had built in the mount of the house of the LORD, and in Jerusalem, and cast them out of the city. And he repaired the altar of the LORD, and sacrificed peace offerings and thank offerings upon it, and commanded Judah to serve the LORD God of Israel. — 2 Chronicles 33:15, 16

Today, many churches across America have “strange gods” and “idols” right within the house — compromise, agendas that are not inspired by the Lord, side issues that have taken center stage. The idolatry that rests corporately in the Church is a symptom of the idolatry which rests in the heart-temples of individual believers who make up the Body of Christ — and God is putting forth a call for change.

So, what do we do about it? First of all, each of us must attend to repairing the altar of our heart by removing anything that distracts from the Lord Jesus or offends Him in any way. If we ask the Holy Spirit to search our hearts and reveal the things which need to be cleansed out, He will help us.

Intercessors can bring about repair of the corporate Church’s altar through identifying in repentance with the whole body of believers, as Daniel did, in Daniel 9. We should not point the finger at the rest of the Church and say, “God, they are wicked. Clean out their compromise.” We have to develop an “us” mentality, for we are all part of one Body — a Body which Jesus dearly loves, and which He wants us to love as well.

Also, God will raise up prophetic voices, who will be required to speak truth into the compromised Church. That will take courage and self-sacrificing love.

StoneWallRepair the wall:

Each of us must do what we can to repair the defenses around our own life and around the Church by repairing relationships within the Body and fostering renewed unity. In order to repair the wall, we must remove the rubble. What came to my mind was the story of the repairing of the wall in Nehemiah 2:17 – 4:14.

When we allow broken relationships, both as individuals and in the Body at large, we cause holes in the wall of God’s protection around us. As individual believers and as the Church, we are weakened, open to attack, and not able to experience the power-filled lives which God intended for us.

We who are intercessors must take our place upon the wall for our cities and the churches in them. But to do that, we have to fill in the breaches in the wall through prayer, especially to stop up the gaps where the Church as a whole is not functioning healthily. We will need to join hands with other intercessors for a unified wall of prayer around our churches and around our cities.

By cleansing our own hearts through repentance and then humbly joining together in prayer for our churches, our regions, and our nation, we will truly be instrumental in repairing both the altar and the wall. And then the fire will fall.

About these ads

20 responses to “2014 — Repair the Altar / Repair the Wall

  1. When I read your title, I gasped. The Lord has been speaking to me out of Nehemiah for some time now. I have been having visions of the state of the wall. I see plastic covering gaps where stones should be and I feel the grief of the Holy Spirit. It is time for the repairs. Thank you.

    Like

  2. 2 Timothy 2:20 (NIV) “In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. 21 Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.”
    Speaks to me of repairing the altar. Each individual will have to decide to what level they want to take part in God’s work. Here also is the hope given that we can rise from a vessel of “common” use to one of “special” purpose. Other translations make the distinction as such” “some to honour, and some to dishonour.” KJV
    Let us all aim to become vessels of gold through repentance and then follow through by allowing the Lord to assign which part of the wall we need to repair.
    Blessings!
    Costa

    Like

  3. Jonathan Asael hdz

    gracias sister doy gloria al padre por tu vida ,eres bendecida.,sigue adelante el camino que falta por recorrer y sigue aferrandote al todopoderoso y agarrate al manto de jesus el cristo .me agradan tus escritos y la revelacion de la palabra que nuestro padre te regala y tu compartes yevarejeja,la paz sea contigo.y tu nombre permanezca en el libro de la vida.

    Date: Wed, 1 Jan 2014 14:28:38 +0000 To: jony_85_o@hotmail.com

    Like

  4. “And then the fire will fall.”
    I’ve been praying, (repenting), thinking, etc. I just want to bounce a few thoughts off to you.
    Psalm 97:3 declares “A fire goes before Him,
    And burns up His enemies round about.” Such is the consuming fire of the Lord.
    Repairing the altar of our heart is truly important as you point out. This may be a slow process for some of us (me). As the “Fire” comes down we pray it will burn the thorns of our transgressions and purify us! I’m just rambling here, but it seems people are approaching me for prayer and intercession for various needs, etc. At times the needs seem so demanding and at times without any hope. Of course, I can only bring those needs before the Lord.
    Blessings!
    Costa

    Like

    • I think it would be an interesting study to search out all the verses that pertain to the fire of God and read them in context. God’s fire seems to have various applications, such as the destruction of His enemies which you mentioned, the true and living God is the One who answers by fire (1 Kings 18:24), Jesus baptizes believers with fire (Luke 3:16), and the word of the Lord can be like fire in our bones (Jeremiah 20:9).

      As to people bringing lots of needs to you for prayer, that tends to happen, once people see the intercession ministry in us. It is something we have to learn to manage, so that we don’t get burdened down and overwhelmed with others’ cares. What I tend to do is pray right then and there with the person who is asking, and then let it go. I often tell them that I will pray from that point on whenever the Holy Spirit brings their need to mind. At times, I have passed the need on to a prayer chain for more prayer. I know what you mean about needs that look as though they are without hope. I’m so glad that we can give those monumental needs to the Lord in our prayer language, trusting Him to know how best to pray it out, and then cast the burden upon Him. Only He can work the miracles which are needed, but with Him all things are possible.

      Like

  5. Lee Ann,
    Thank you for the words of wisdom in regards to the ministry of intercession which I am slowly “stepping” into.
    I have taken my time to respond since I have been reading over your past articles which are extremely rich and edifying. Added to your postings (past & present), I also purchased & read your books (“Before Whom We Stand.” and “Hearing the Voice of God.) which are excellent! I am gleaning tremendous spiritual insights, encouragement and …. well, let’s say a “balance” in all things!
    Thank you again!
    Blessings!!
    Costa

    Like

    • Hi Costa,

      Thank you so much for your kind comments and also for purchasing my books. I am so glad that the blog and books have been an encouragement to you! If you would ever like to take the time to give the books a short review or star rating at Amazon or wherever you happened to buy them, I would be most appreciative. :-)

      Blessings,
      Lee Ann

      Like

  6. Lee Ann,
    Working on the reviews. It will take time to gather my thoughts. I’m slow at it.
    Blessings! Costa

    Like

  7. Lee Ann,
    First book review – Before Whom We Stand – done on Smashwords. I had to rewrite it 4 or 5 times. Since I come from Eastern Christian roots, I dropped all preconceived notions, definition of terms and other barriers and reviewed the book on its own merits. Heads up – Five star rating. Great work!
    Now to attend to your next book review!
    Blessings!!
    Costa

    Like

  8. Lee Ann,
    The review for -Before Whom We Stand – I also posted on Amazon.com.
    Blessings,
    Costa

    Like

  9. Thank you for you labor to be one who hears the Lord, much appreciative of your clear word Lee Ann

    Like

  10. Finished review on your book “Hot Line to Heaven: Hearing the Voice of God” on Smashwords site. Five stars. Excellent work! ( I told you I was slow.) Blessings, Costa

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s