And he stretched himself out on the child three times, and cried out to the LORD and said, “O LORD my God, let this child’s soul come back to him.”
Then the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came back to him, and he revived. I Kings 17.21-22
Elijah cried out and the boy’s soul, which was already with God, came back to him.
How many answers are obtained when we cry out, fast or do a chain of prayers?
However, there are other answers that require much more of our faith.
Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel to find an answer, which would prove that his God was the One true God.
He wanted fire to come down from heaven.
Something supernatural would have to happen, leaving no doubt as to who was the True God.
In this case, he had to present proof of his faith, which was a sacrifice.
When it comes to sacrificing, it will always be the highest expression of faith, regardless of the altar where it is presented. The worshipers of Baal presented a sacrifice to Baal.
And Elijah presented a sacrifice to God.
The result could not be different: God responded with fire!
Today there is hypocrisy among those who call themselves believers, evangelicals and even Christians. These supposed “brethren” criticize those who present a sacrifice on the altar of the Living God in the name of their faith.
If these “brethren” would strive to show a faith that works to those who are deceived by religions, with the same intensity they persecute and criticize those who sacrifice, the Kingdom of God here on earth would grow much faster. The truth is that they cannot show what they do not live, and they don’t live this sacrifice because they do not believe.
I often wonder:
If these “brethren” were on Mount Carmel during Elijah’s Challenge, whose side would they be on? On God’s side or Baal’s side?
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