Dear Fellow Believers,
We are in a refining fire season. That is probably obvious! I went through a season in that refining fire from last fall until just a few weeks before the COVID-19 virus hit the US, so I know how that season looks and feels! I am changed. You can't go through that fire without being changed! "I will bring that group through the fire and make them pure. I will refine them like silver and purify them like gold. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘These are My people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God'." Zechariah 13:9
“I have heard your prayer and have chosen this Temple as the place for making sacrifices. At times I might shut up the heavens so that no rain falls, or command grasshoppers to devour your crops, or send plagues among you. Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to every prayer made in this place. For I have chosen this Temple and set it apart to be holy—a place where my name will be honored forever. I will always watch over it, for it is dear to my heart." 2 Chronicles 7:12-16
Sometimes God "hits the reset button" (as I put it). God is using this difficult season to purify His people. It is time. Many of His Believers, the church and ministries have gotten too much of the world in them and they have become powerless. This refining fire will remove the impurities just as it removes the impurities when refining gold or silver. Many Believers have prayed for revival and prayed for salvations. But, God is first allowing a fire to refine the church and His people! I have seen many salvations that were just a number and there was no change or growth in that person. They came into the church and found the world so why should they seek God's righteousness and feast on His Word?
We will come out of this pandemic. Nothing takes God by surprise. But whatever comes our way, He will use for our good! We only have to trust Him. But we will come out changed. The things that should be removed from our lives and from within, will fall away. If we submit to this refining fire we will come out more spiritually wise and discerning that ever before. But trusting God is vital!
There will be churches that close and ministries that will fade away. Don't blame the devil! Not this time! It is God's refining fire. Other churches and Believers will re-evaluate everything they do. Belts will be tightened. Areas of ministry that aren't fruitful will be ceased. Wasteful spending that is being used on unnecessary and unfruitful projects will be stopped. In business, there is a term called "lean manufacturing". Well, there is coming a season of "lean ministry" and the "fat" and the waste will be burned away by the refining fire. It has nothing to do with lack, but with the church (individually and corporately) becoming humble, efficient, pure and holy before God and before the world. They will get a fresh revelation of what it is to be a steward of God's property.
If you were expecting company to your home, would you prepare? If you hadn't cleaned or done any laundry for months, would you receive those guests into your home without cleaning up? First we order the natural to usher in the supernatural! Our house needs order! We pray for revival and that must first begin in the Believers. To ignite that revival, first requires the flames of a refining fire. Lord remove everything from us that is not of You! When you have been refined, you are strong and unbreakable....unshakable! And you shine!
For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ. Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames. 1 Corinthians 3:11-15
There will also be Believers and churches/ministries that will thrive after this refining fire! They have already been removing the impurities that prevent righteousness and holiness. They were quietly working with the right "materials"--Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:33 They have been humbly serving and seeking after His righteousness.
Don't mourn for what was... rejoice for what it coming! When it is finished it will be beyond what was lost! For His Glory and for our good.
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