This post is about altars in the bible
The topic of altars in the bible and breaking evil altars is not a light matter! However, I believe this topic is absolutely necessary! Understanding it is crucial to ensuring that you are fully engaged in walking in your purpose journey. ❤️
For you to better understand how to break evil altars, it’s important that I go step by step in providing vital information about altars. You will notice that I’ve prepared a table of contents for you. Feel free to use it. However, I think there is a benefit for you to read this blog post from start to finish if this is a topic that the Lord is leading you to research. My goal is for you to have all the information necessary to equip you for further research and reflection on your end.
This blog post will also discuss 10 steps to destroying or breaking evil family altars. I will also look at applicable scriptures.
Ready? Let’s go!
Why I’m writing this post
As always, I like to explain why I’m writing a post. I believe that writing is my calling and purpose, and I like to re-iterate that I always write posts for seasons I’m currently in.
So lately, God has been teaching me about altars- for three weeks straight! I got numerous confirmations; for example, they brought it up out of the blue in my prayer meeting! So I have received multiple indicators that this is a “now” word for me.
After 3 weeks of research, reading the word, and watching countless sermons, this blog post was birthed. I hope that it blesses you!
What is an altar?
An altar is a sacred structure upon which sacrifices and offerings are made. Altars can be found in many different religions, but today we will specifically look at the biblical definition of an altar and its significance in Christianity.
The Hebrew word for “altar” is mizbeach, which means “a place of sacrifice.” An example of an altar in the bible is the one Abraham prepared (Genesis 22:9).
Let’s take a closer look at more details about altars in the bible…
What was an altar made of?
Physical altars were typically made of stone or earth and were used as a place to offer sacrifices to God. The person in charge of the altar was a priest.
In the Old Testament, there are many examples of different types of altars that were built for various purposes. For example, the Altar of Burnt Offering was where animals were sacrificed to symbolize atonement. The Altar of Incense was where sweet-smelling spices were burned as an offering to God. And the Altar of Thanksgiving was built to give thanks to God for His blessings.
Significance of altars in the bible (their purpose)
In the bible, altars are used for a variety of purposes. They are places where we can meet with God, worship Him, and make sacrifices to him. Altars are also used as places of remembrance. For example, the altar in the temple was a place where the Israelites could remember all that God had done for them.
Bottomline- the biblical significance of altars cannot be understated.
Let’s break down some super important points regarding significance:
- Altars were a physical representation of man’s relationship with God. They were a place where people could go to offer sacrifices and give thanks to God.
- Altars remind us that even though we are sinners, we can still have a relationship with a holy God.
- Altars also teach us that sacrifice is an essential part of our faith. When we make sacrifices, we are reminded of what Jesus did for us on the cross.
- Altars are a powerful reminder of our need for a Savior and our need to put God first in our lives.
Altars in the tabernacle
The altars found in the tabernacle were of great importance to the Israelites. They were made out of different materials, each with a specific purpose.
The first altar that we will discuss is the brazen altar. This altar was made out of bronze and was used for sacrifices.
The second altar is the altars of incense. These altars were made out of gold and were used to burn incense.
Bible verses of people who built altars
If you would like additional reading, review the below:
– David built an altar (See 2 Samuel 24:25)
– Nehemiah built an altar (See Ezra 3:1-6)
– Job built an altar (See Job 1:5)
– Solomon built an altar (See 1 Kings 6:20-21)
Family altars in the bible
A family altar is a place where you gather as a family to worship God. It can be in your home or anywhere you feel led by the Lord. The bible has a lot to say about family altars and their effect on generations.
In Genesis 12: Abram built an altar to worship the Lord. From that time on, family altars became a part of Abram’s family tradition. In fact, the bible tells us that every time Abram moved to a new place, he would build an altar and worship God there (Genesis 13:18).
Family altars were also common in the time of Moses. In fact, one of the instructions that God gave to Moses was for the people to build altars in their homes and offer sacrifices to them (Exodus 20:24). This was a way for the people to remember and worship God.
The family altar can be a great blessing to our families if we use it to worship God. It can be a place where we come together to pray, read the bible, and spend time with the Lord. However, it can also be a curse if we use it for evil purposes. Using it to worship false gods or idols can lead our family astray from the truth.
Gideon’s family altar in the bible
Biblical Reference (See Judges 6:24-35)
When God called Gideon to free Israel from the Midianites, he built an altar in honor of Yahweh. He named this altar “peace” and dedicated it to the Lord.
Next we see that Gideon’s father had an altar on his property, but Gideon destroyed it and broke down the idols that were on it. The bible tells us that Gideon did this because he knew that his father’s altar belonged to Baal. Gideon understood the importance of breaking down family altars and dedicating them solely to the Lord.
By doing so, Gideon was able to lead Israel to victory against the Midianites.
Lessons from Gideon:
Here are two lessons:
- Gideon’s story reminds us that we must always be on the lookout for idols in our lives. These idols can take the form of anything that we put before God. Family altars are a common place for idols to reside, but they can be found anywhere.
- Gideon’s story teaches us that we must be willing to break down these idols and dedicate our lives to the Lord. Only then will we be able to experience true peace and victory in our lives.
Why we don’t need a sacrificial altar anymore…
Do you remember the scene in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom where Indy has to sacrifice a goat in order to get into the temple? Well, that’s not how things work anymore. We no longer need physical altars like in the Old Testament.
The Old Testament sacrificial system was not about animal blood taking away sin. Instead, it was about sending the sins of the people back to God every year. This is why repentance was such an important part of the Old Testament sacrificial system (read more on day of atonement/Yom Kippur ❤️).
However, all of this changed when Jesus came along.
Let’s take a look at why Jesus’ sacrifice is superior:
Jesus’ sacrifice was far superior to any animal sacrifice that could have been made. This is why:
- For one thing, His sacrifice was voluntary. He didn’t have to die; He chose to die.
- Furthermore, His sacrifice was once and for all. Animal sacrifices had to be made over and over again, but Jesus’ sacrifice took away our sins once and for all.
- Finally, and most importantly, Jesus is the high priest. This means we don’t need a mediator (priest); He is the mediator.
Because of this, we no longer need physical altars like in the Old Testament. Jesus is our only mediator, and His sacrifice was far superior to any animal sacrifice that could have been made.
Spiritual altars in the bible
In the old covenant, physical altars were used to offer sacrifices to God. But with the new covenant, spiritual altars are now erected in our hearts as a way to connect with Him.
So, what exactly is a spiritual altar? A spiritual altar is a place where we offer our prayers and worship to God. It is a place where we can go to connect with Him on a deeper level. Just as physical altars were used in the old covenant, spiritual altars are used in the new covenant as a way for us to offer our lives to God.
When we erect a spiritual altar in our hearts, we are making a commitment to God. We are saying that we want to have a relationship with Him. We are giving Him control of our lives and asking for His guidance. When we do this, we can be sure that He will be with us always. He will never leave us or forsake us.
If you are looking to build a spiritual altar in your life, there are a few things that you can do:
- First, you need to find a quiet place where you can be alone with God. This can be anywhere that you feel comfortable. It could be in your room, in your backyard, or even in a park.
- Once you have found a place, you need to sit down and spend some time talking to God. Tell Him what is on your heart. Worship Him and thank Him for all that He has done for you.
- Then, simply listen. Listen for His voice and see what He has to say to you.
Building a spiritual altar is a great way to grow closer to God. If you have never done it before, I encourage you to try it! You may be surprised at how much it changes your relationship with Him.
Repairing a godly altar
Repairing or restoring an altar of God is something that should be taken seriously. We see Elijah doing this very thing in 1 Kings 18:30 when he confronts the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel. Elijah first repairs the altar!
Fact: an altar in disrepair or that has been abandoned for years can easily fall into spiritual ruin.
We must also remember that our relationship with God is the most crucial thing in our lives, and repairing or restoring His altar is essential to maintaining that relationship. Repairing or restoring an altar of God can be a difficult and challenging task, but it is so important.
Bottomline-repairing or restoring an altar of God is a spiritual responsibility that we must take seriously!
Evil altars in the bible
Do you know what an evil altar is? Many people don’t. An evil altar is a place where corrupt or evil transactions take place. This could be sickness, curses, failures, etc. They follow generations and can be identified by repetitive patterns.
If you have ever wondered why your family has always had a particular issue or problem, it could be because of an evil altar. An evil altar is a place of corrupt or evil transactions that follow generations.
One way to identify an evil altar is by the repetitive patterns in a family. If a family always has a particular problem or issue, it follows generations. This is because of the corrupt transactions that take place at an evil altar.
Biblical stories and verses re: evil altars
One of the most well-known stories in the bible that talks about an evil altar can be found in Numbers 23. Here, we see the story of Balaam (non-Israelite prophet) and Balak. Balak was the king of Moab, and he hired Balaam to curse the Israelites. Balaam went to Balak and built an altar to curse the Israelites. However, whenever Balaam tried to curse them, a blessing came out instead. Note: There is so much to unpack in this story; I hope to create a post solely discussing this.
Another story that talks about an evil altar are in Exodus 34:12-17. Here, we see the story of Moses and the Ten Commandments. Moses went up to Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments from God. However, when he came down, he saw that the Israelites were worshiping a golden calf. This was an evil altar that they had built while Moses was gone. As a result, God was very angry and sent down punishments on the Israelites.
If you suspect that there is an evil altar in your midst, the best thing to do is to destroy it.
10 steps to destroying or breaking evil altars
Here are ten steps to destroying evil altars:
1. Genuine repentance
You must be truly sorry for the sin that has been committed in your family. This includes any and all idol worship, sexual immorality, child sacrifice, or anything else that has been done in the name of Satan.
2. Declare the word of the Lord
Once you have repented, you must make a declaration using the word of God. This means that you need to study His word and spend time with the Lord.
3. Go to the courts of heaven and plead your case
This is where you will ask God to forgive your family and break the curses that have been placed on them. You will also ask God to protect your family from any future demonic attacks.
4. Raise a Godly altar
This is where you will worship and praise God with all of your heart, soul, and strength. You will also offer sacrifices to God on this altar.
5. Maintain and service your altar continually with the blood of Jesus
This means that you will need to cleanse your altar regularly with the blood of Christ. You will also need to pray over it and ask God to protect it from any demonic attack.
6. Destroy any evil or demonic altars present
You must renounce any and all evil altars in your bloodline. But it is essential that you destroy any and all altars that have been set up to worship Satan.
7. Service the altar through sowing and giving
This means you will need to give offerings to God on your altar regularly. You can do this by giving money, time, or anything else that you have to offer.
8. Pray and fast
This is where you will need to continually seek God’s face and ask Him to break the curses placed on your family. You will also need to ask God for strength and wisdom as you go through this process.
If you want to learn more about how to pray and fast, read this post I wrote titled, “8 Tips on How to Fast and Pray for a Breakthrough.”
9. Seek spiritual counseling
This is where you will need to find a spiritual warfare expert (i.e. deliverance minister, pastor) who can help you through this process. They will be able to offer you guidance and support as you go through these steps.
10. Continue living in victory
This means you will need to keep your eyes on Jesus and continue walking in obedience to His word. You will also need to pray and fast and give offerings to God regularly.
Also, this post I wrote on breaking generation curses fits seamlessly into these 10 steps. It’s very detailed, and I chose not to repeat much of what I stated in that post.
If you take these ten steps, then you will be well on your way to destroying or breaking family altars.
And that’s it, folks, all about altars in the Bible
In conclusion, although we no longer have the brick-and-mortar altars as in the Old Testament, spiritual altars are a big part of the new covenant and something we should all be aware of. Spiritual altars are very intimate and a place where we can encounter God. They are a place where we can reflect on our relationship with God and remember what He has done for us.
As always, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in all truth.