9/19/16 In the Fire
“Get ready! I am about to raise up a holy, valiant people. You can choose to become part of it, or you can wallow in fear with the drooling, wide-eyed masses. Those of you, who have been in My training, have already heard My call to prepare. Now! I am about to call you forth.
"Begin this day to remember what I have been teaching you. Remember your priorities. Time with Me is essential. Trusting in the truth of My Word is your watch word. Submitting to My plan for you, as Jesus did, is your hope for the season ahead. Do not look at the world and its ways. They have no hope. Concentrating on them will cause you to live in fear and walk in untruth.
"Keep your eyes on Jesus. Walk where He is walking. You will be a vessel of honor and bring hope to a dying world. You have been in training. Now get ready. I am about to raise up those who have learned from Me, having My promises in their hearts and on their lips.”
Romans 8:28 NIV
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
II Cor. 4:6-7 AMP
6) For God Who said, Let light shine out of darkness, has shone in our hearts so as [to beam forth] the Light for the illumination of the knowledge of the majesty and glory of God [as it is manifest in the Person and is revealed] in the face of Jesus Christ (the Messiah).
7) However, we possess this precious treasure [the divine Light of the Gospel] in [frail, human] vessels of earth, that the grandeur and exceeding greatness of the power may be shown to be from God and not from ourselves.
Heb. 12:2a AMP
Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection].
In Christ, there is always a time for preparation, and then a time for moving in what we have been taught. God’s preparation is lovingly called a “refiner’s fire.” That term gives little impression of the painful timeframe that one goes through while simultaneously being burned with immense love and experiencing the relentless death of fleshly ways. Once through the fire, however, we come out on the other side, looking and acting a little more like Jesus.
Because our Father is in need of valiant, honorable people to represent Jesus in the times and seasons in which we live, the intensity of the more recent fires has grown. More needs to be burned away in those who choose to serve God with all their hearts.
I am convinced, however, that our loving Father is doing a deeper work in each of us than we could ever know. He is emptying us of all that will not serve Him. He is solidifying our commitment to Jesus and His work. He is eliminating all fear in us, so that we will go wherever He asks us to go without reservation. It is a good time for those who want Jesus to be glorified in their lives.
Keep me in the fire until You have finished Your work in me, Lord,