Scriptures: 1 Kings 18:21-39
The Bible tells us that we can be filled with the Holy Ghost and fire and we are told to stir up the gift which is in us. Deutronomy 4:4 calls the Lord "a consuming fire," and in Hebrews 12:29: "For our God is a consuming fire." Elijah said the true and only God will answer by fire.
In these verses we understand that fire was necessary for the people's survival. Elijah asked them to have their gods consume their sacrifice with fire, and despite their best efforts nothing happened; only the true God responded. They needed the fire to see who God truly was, because sometimes we can become cold and indifferent. There are times when we need something to turn us back to God: we need an encounter with the fire.
The people played a part in bringing the fire: man prepares and God provides. The key is that human action was required. Elijah repaired the altar, dug the trench, placed wood on the altar and cut up the sacrifice. The people brought four barrels of water three times. At this time there was a drought and water was their most important possession. The people felt what they needed was water, but God knew that it was fire that they needed.
The fire changed their perspective. Elijah was not interested in a miracle, he was interested in the results of what a miracle would provide: restored lives to God. God's fire is life-changing: it restores souls and bring victory. When the people saw and felt the fire they yelled: "The Lord, He is God, the Lord, He is God."
Take by your life.Take back your fire.