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How to Create Altars for Spiritual Growth in 2024

We don’t just stumble upon spiritual growth. We must intentionally prioritize it and learning the way of the altar is the best first step.

Today I’m sharing three more components for creating powerful altars to God. We have A LOT to discuss so lets get started with the next thing that makes an altar powerful, which has to do with the priest servicing the altar.

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1. Purity of the Priesthood

The only people in the Bible who were allowed to offer sacrifices to God were priests. Priesthood is how we stay connected and tapped into God and the activity of Heaven.

A major key behind building powerful altars to God is the quality of the life of the person who stands before God. The heart and the purity of the priest are what matter to God.

Psalms tells us “who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord. Who shall stand in this Holy place? Then we’re given the answer. The one who has clean hands and a pure heart. In Matthew 5:8, CSB Jesus says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” The amplified version says, “Blessed [anticipating God’s presence, spiritually mature] are the pure in heart [those with integrity, moral courage, and godly character], for they will see God.” The definition of the Greek word for pure means free from corrupt desire, sin, and guilt; blameless; innocent.

Proverbs 15:29, CSB tells us so. It says, “The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.” The Hebrew word for wicked means one who is guilty of sin. So this text puts two things in juxtaposition to one another. It places two things side by side in order to contrast them for us and show us just how differently they are treated by God.

Apostle Peter addresses this same thing in 1 Peter 3:12 which he is actually quoting from Psalm 34:15-16. But it says, “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” So now the question becomes, well who are these righteous people that God is watching and hearing their prayers? Well, according to the Greek definition of that word used there which is dikaios (di-kye-yos), the righteous are those who observe God’s divine laws. The righteous are the upright. They are also those who keep the commands of God.

The bring the point home that the purity of the priest makes an altar powerful, i want to share one more text. It’s from Proverbs 21:27, AMP. It says, “The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable and offensive [to the Lord]. How much more [unacceptable and insulting can it be] when he brings it with evil intention?”Listen, God is not playing when it comes to this. Holiness is not a game.

This makes sense why James 5:16 tells us that the effective fervent prayers of the righteous avail much! We are righteous not because of anything we did but because of Jesus’ sacrifice atoning for our sins. But remember that 1 John 3 tells us that those who commit sin are of the devil. It says:

Here's the truth about sin...

"Everyone who commits sin practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. You know that he was revealed so that he might take away sins, and there is no sin in him. Everyone who remains in him does not sin; everyone who sins has not seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. The one who commits sin is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God was revealed for this purpose: to destroy the devil’s works. Everyone who has been born of God does not sin, because his seed remains in him; he is not able to sin, because he has been born of God. This is how God’s children and the devil’s children become obvious. Whoever does not do what is right is not of God…"

Sin and righteousness...

So even though we don’t do anything to make us righteous, we can do things that make us wicked and guilty of sin which in turn causes the Lord to be far from us. The wicked are far from God and according to these texts, that means their prayers are affected. This also plays a huge part in spiritual warfare and how the enemy attacks our prayers.

If you are living in sin, please don’t hear this and be discouraged. See it as motivation to pray more. You’re probably like, wait, why would I pray more if he doesn’t hear them. I’m not saying He doesn’t hear them, but they are hindered by the spiritual distance. I want you to see your consistency in prayer as a snowflake, turning into a snowball, which ends up being an avalanche. So what ends up happening is where your prayers may not reach the throne room of Heaven as a little snowflake because it melts before arriving, but now as an avalanche made by consistently gathering multiple snowflakes, your prayers are now bombarding Heaven.

Kinda like how when Moses’ arms needed to be raised for them to get the victory??. I hope that helps.

Grace to live for God...

Oh and when you pray, ask God to give you the desire and grace to live for Him. The sin will fall off. Keep reading your word and desiring to be more like Jesus. I was talking to one of my homeboys recently and he was sharing with me how he stopped going to clubs, which he used to really enjoy. What he said was, one day his friends invited him out to the club and he declined. When someone asked him why he said, “because God isn’t there.” I was like, “dannggggg.” Can’t argue with that. God is not in the club honey lol.

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2. Sacrifice

A sacrifice is a physical or spiritual element that a worshiper brings to a deity to express devotion, thanksgiving, or need for forgiveness. This is a definition that I remixed from the Holman Bible Dictionary, which I linked to in the description, but at its core a sacrifice is an offering.

There are many different types of sacrifice, and before we dive into some of the types of sacrifice I want to remind you that spirits respond to sacrifice. This is the part of the activity of an altar that draws the spirit. It is much more about who you are and what you do, then it is about what you say.

What you offer has to be an actual sacrifice though. It can’t just be something you have in abundance and you give it. It has to cost you something. We see this across the Old and New Testaments. In 2 Samuel 24:21-24, CSB, King David had traveled to a man’s land and told the man he wanted to buy his land so that he could build an altar there in order to make a sacrifice to the Lord. He needed to make the sacrifice so that the plague that had killed thousands could be stopped. The owner of the land was like, nah you’re the king. You can have it, but David’s response is instructive for us all. David told the man, “No, I insist on buying it from you because I will not offer to the Lord that which costs me nothing.”

Then in Mark 12:41-44, CSB we see Jesus bring this point home for us. As Jesus was, “Sitting across from the temple treasury, he watched how the crowd dropped money into the treasury. Many rich people were putting in large sums. Then a poor widow came and dropped in two tiny coins worth very little. Summoning his disciples, he said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. For they all gave out of their surplus, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she hadall she had to live on.”

By the widow woman giving a true sacrifice that costs her something, we see Jesus teaching us that her tiny two coin sacrifice weighed more than those who actually gave wayyyyy more money. Because the other people gave out of their surplus, it didn’t cost them anything to drop the money into the treasury and because of this, the weight of their offering is minimal. Their offerings hold very little, if any, spiritual weight in the eyes of God.

So let’s look at different types of sacrifice and explore how God responded to some of them.

a) Types of Sacrifice

Alright, now that we established what makes something a sacrifice, we can look at the different types of sacrifice.

Prayer

The first type of sacrifice is prayer. Consistent prayer is similar to when Moses had to hold up the staff for the Israelites to get the victory. Consistent prayer helps create the atmosphere necessary sometimes for your victory.

We see a great example of this in Daniel 10:12, NLT when an angel appeared to Daniel and said. “Then he said, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer.

Peter was in jail and the saints were praying. Reinforcements were sent by way of an angel that broke him out of jail. “Then he imprisoned him, placing him under the guard of four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring Peter out for public trial after the Passover. But while Peter was in prison, the church prayed very earnestly for him”. Acts 12:4-5, NLT. In response to their prayers, God sent an angel.

Both of these men were praying and we see God, a spirit, send angels to both of them in response to their prayer. And what are angels? Hebrews 1:14, CSB tells us. It says, “Are not all the angels ministering spirits sent out [by God] to serve (accompany, protect) those who will inherit salvation? [Of course they are!]” God, a spirit, responded to their prayers by sending spirits to answer them. This isn’t to say that God will send an angel to answer all of your prayers but understand that prayer is a sacrifice that can be offered to God and He may respond. Alright? Ok. The next type of sacrifice we can offer to God is our body.

Body

Scripture tells us that we are to present our bodies as living sacrifices. Romans 12:1 says, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1, NKJV. Our bodies matter to God.

Recently I was talking to someone about sex before marriage and shifting how we think about abstaining from it. Because let’s be real, Christians know and understand that sex outside of marriage is a sin. Like, we know, right? We know this, BUT that doesn’t always stop people from having sex outside of marriage though. So I said, consider how God may show up in your life if you abstain from sex and present your body as a living sacrifice to Him. Something to think about.

Alms to the poor

Another type of sacrifice is alms to the poor. Alms are donations to the poor; it’s another way of saying charity. We see an example of this with Cornelius in the book of Acts. Cornelius was an officer in the Roman army, BUT at the same time he was a devout, God-fearing man. And the Bible tells us that he made many charitable donations to the Jewish people, and he always prayed to God. Well, one day an angel comes to him and “…the angel said to him, “Your prayers and gifts of charity have ascended as a memorial offering before God. Acts 10:3-4, AMP. Then the angel gives Cornelius instructions and those instructions lead to the gospel of Jesus being preached to the Gentiles.

Time

Time is another type of sacrifice. Contrary to popular belief time matters to God. When Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemane with Peter, James, and John, he asked them to pray with him. Jesus goes off a little further into the garden by himself and when he returns he finds the disciples sleeping. The first thing he said to Peter was, you couldn’t watch with me for one hour? But even if we look at time from a natural perspective, think about some of the things the Lord requires of us. That stuff takes a lot of time. This episode alone took several hours to plan, shoot, and edit.

Praise

Another type of sacrifice is praise. Hebrews 10:15, NKJV says, “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.”

Some other types of sacrifice include fasting, giving money, valuable items, thanksgiving, worship, and our will.

Big Picture

Now, I want you to think about what this means in the big picture. Remember that altars run the world, so if more people are building altars by these standards I just outlined, then we wouldn’t have demonic principalities over regions. Think about the state of a city like Atlanta right now. It’s a region full of sexual immorality. Why is that?? It’s because the strongest altar in that region has won. Instead of the people there building altars to God and ushering in his presence over the region, they have used the spiritual principle of sacrifice, that I just shared with you, they have used it to usher in the presence of evil spirits.

Think about all of the types of sacrifice we as humans give to the kingdom of darkness. We give our bodies to the works of the devil by committing sexual sin. While followers of Christ give alms to the poor, the kingdom of darkness is being raised through the purchase of porn, gambling, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and buying counterfeit goods. These are billion dollar industries dedicated to the works of the devil. Oh and don’t even get me started on the praise and worship we give to the kingdom of darkness when we go to clubs and secular concerts. Have you ever seen footage of a concert audience without the sound? It looks a lot like praise and worship doesn’t it? It doesn’t stop there though, when it comes to the club and concerts there is also time and money at play.

Let’s take a look at the Beyonce concert for example. Beyonce is not quiet about the false god and demonic spirit she worships, which is an orisha named Oshun. Nor is she quiet about her lack of respect for Christianity given her lyrics about defiling the Holy Bible, which is God’s word and her song Church Girl. I broke this down in an episode of the podcast which I linked in the episode description and show notes. But her Renaissance tour had 3 different shows in Atlanta in 2023. There were only two U.S. cities that had 3 stops and Atlanta was one of them. The show was in the Mercedes Benz Stadium. According to Pollstar, 156,317 people are said to have attended during those 3 days which earned her $39,849,890. So, you have over 100,000 people worshiping with Beyonce for 2 hours after having sacrificed nearly $40,000,000. Powerful altar right.

This is the epitome of raising hell. So if you were ever wondering how a demonic principality gains control over a region, please know that the people in that region put it there by offering sacrifices to it and welcoming it in like an old friend.

b) Strength of an Altar

Now that we’ve looked at some types of sacrifices, I want to share this. The strength of an altar is determined by the weight of the sacrifice. Remember earlier when the widow woman gave her sacrifice in Mark 12:43, AMP? The text says in the amplified version that she gave proportionally more than ALL the contributors. Her sacrifice weighed more. Let’s look at some examples of how the weight of a sacrifice can be handled by God.

The first example I’ll share is Solomon which we find in 1 Kings 3:4-5. King Solomon offered 1000 burnt offerings on an altar to God. This was a big sacrifice. It wasn’t just large in number. The sacrificial process was very structured and it required certain things to be done to the animal, so this whole process for 1000 animals took a long time. Not to mention the cost of procuring the animal.

This sacrifice was so big that God responded and told Solomon to ask me for what you want me to give to you. The God of the whole universe asked this one man to ask Him for anything. That’s how weighty of a sacrifice it was.

Later, Solomon decides to 10x the size of his sacrifice. This time during the temple dedication, King Solomon and the ENTIRE congregation of Israel sacrificed so many sheep, goats, and cattle that they couldn’t even count the amount. God responded by filling the temple with so much of His glory that the priests couldn’t even stand to minister.

I think now is a good time for me to remind you that because the way of the altar is a spiritual principle, it works on both sides. We see this played out in

2 Kings 3:26-27

king Mesha sacrificed his oldest son to the demon God Chemosh. King Mesha’s son was the crown prince, the heir apparent and he killed him as sacrifice on top of the city wall so that everyone could see. The wall became his altar. What was the result?? Great wrath fell on the Israelites, God’s chosen people.

      • Acts – men bound themselves under a curse until Paul was killed 

Jesus

    • Jesus Christ became the ultimate sacrifice so we no longer need or have these altars.
    • Because of Jesus, we can now go boldly before the throne of God. Hebrews 4:16

3. Consistency

I want to touch on this third component of establishing a powerful altar and that is consistency. This is an easy one to grasp but not easy to implement for a lot of people, so I recommend being realistic about how much time you can spend each day meeting with God. If 30 minutes is what you can commit to moving forward then start there. Offer whatever sacrifice you feel led, pray, worship, praise, thanksgiving, whatever. The point is to meet with God every day. He’s going to be there waiting for you.

And how do we know consistency works? Well, remember in Daniel 10 when the angel appeared to Daniel and told him he came in response to Daniel’s prayer? Well, Daniel had been praying for 21 days straight about the same thing.

Want More?

If you enjoyed this episode detailing to create an altar to God for spiritual growth, then you may also enjoy the episode of the show about the way of the altar or this episode detailing what to expect when operating in your purpose.

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