Taking it to the Altar

Good Morning my friends
When reading Exodus, we find that the first piece of furniture we see when entering the Tabernacle is the brazen altar.  The brazen altar was the largest piece in the entire Tabernacle.  It is there that the animal sacrifices were consumed by fire.  The altar tells the story of CONVICTED SINNERS.  Imagine an Israelite approaching the altar aware of his own sinfulness.  It’s all brass, reminding them of judgement.  But there is a CONSECRATED SUBSTITUTE.  He brings an animal with him.  He lays his hands upon the animal and then it’s slain in his place.  Thus, there is a COMPLETED SACRIFICE.  As the animal is consumed, the sinner realizes that by this sacrifice, a Holy God is satisfied and a sinful man is justified.  How wonderful to know that we have a substitute—the Lord Jesus Christ. 

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (‭John‬ ‭3‬:‭16‬)

I was raised in a Baptist church so I’m uncertain as to what other denominations do but I do know that there are other denominations that have an altar call after the message.   I’ve noticed at several “contemporary church” that Keri & I have visited over the years, they have done away with the altar call.  Much has been said as to why and for the most part I believe churches have decided to move away from the altar call because like everything else in our society they don’t want to make people uncomfortable.  A lot of the same type of churches have moved away from talking about sin, repentance, Satan & hell.  Their messages are only a “feel good touchy feely” message which is done solely to attract numbers.  Numbers have become more important than doctrine.  The Bible tells us in Romans 3:23, “ALL have sinned & fall short of the glory of God..”  We are to repent of our sins.   Repentance means to turn away and go in the opposite direction.  That means to STOP hanging around those bad influences.  It’s ok to be acquaintances however true repentances is to turn away from them.   
 I love that Willow Park has an altar call. It allows me to go to the altar that’s in God’s house and pray for specific things that might be laid on my heart, things I might be struggling with, to pray for my friends that are unsaved and hell bound, to pray for my church & my church family and to lift up & give thanks to my Lord & Savior.  There is something about praying in God’s House.. 

“Leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭24‬)

MY CHALLENGE  PRAYER to YOU…   Don’t be ashamed to go to the altar and spill your hear to God.  
I hope you all have a SUPER day…   Blessings & much love….D
Live YOUR life like it’s your LAST 24!!

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