God’s Crucible~ the Sanctifying Process/ the Baptism of Fire
DON’T FORGET THE PROBLEMS, PERSECUTIONS, TEMPTATIONS & UNCOMFORTABLE EXPERIENCES THAT WE GO THROUGH IN THIS WORLD ~ ARE ALSO THE TESTING & SANCTIFYING PROCESSES THAT GOD USES TO CAUSE CHANGES WITHIN US ~ WHICH BRING ABOUT SPIRITUAL MATURITY & WISDOM, A LOVE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS & A DESIRE TO LIVE AS “HOLY UNTO YAHWEH”~ THESE TIMES & PLACES ARE GOD’S “CRUCIBLE” WHERE OUR FAITH AND ANY HIDDEN MOTIVES ARE TESTED & REFINED AS GOLD IN THE FIRE!
The Dictionary says a “CRUCIBLE” is…
AS THE TRIBULATIONS, ATTACKS & PERSECUTIONS AGAINST GODLINESS UPON EARTH INCREASE ~ SO THE TRUE & FALSE BELIEVERS OF YESHUA’S BRIDAL CHURCH WILL BE DISCERNED & REVEALED FOR WHO THEY REALLY ARE ~ SOME WILL STAND AND SOME WILL FALL AWAY INTO DECEPTION OR FEAR IN THE DAYS TO COME~ BECAUSE THEY ARE IMMATURE IN SPIRITUAL MATTERS~ & HAVE REFUSED TO SEE, HEAR THE TRUTH & OVERCOME THEIR LOVE OF THE WORLD. The New Testament says the trial of our faith is more precious than gold that is tried in the fire. Natural gold is very valuable and may eventually perish but those who believe in the Heavenly Father and accept His Son as their Savior from their sins will receive the indwelling Holy Spirit and live with Him forever as the sons and daughters of Elohim! HalleluYAH.
TRIALS &TRIBULATION & LEARNING TO RESIST SIN & TEMPTATION IS WHAT MATURES THE BRIDE OF MESSIAH~ WE ALL MAKE MANY MISTAKES & FAIL IN THE IMPERFECT WILDERNESS OF THIS WORLD~ BUT IT’S WHAT WE DO ABOUT IT AFTERWARDS THAT MATTERS! LIFE IS A LEARNING PROCESS~ IT TAKES COURAGE & FAITH TO FACE THE THINGS WE WANT TO RUN AWAY FROM~ FEAR BLOCKS & EVEN IMMOBILIZES US AT TIMES~ WE DON’T USUALLY CHANGE OVERNIGHT BUT WE WILL MAKE PROGRESS ON OUR SPIRITUAL JOURNEY IF WE DON’T GIVE UP~
THE HEAVENLY FATHER KNOWS BEST & WANTS US TO GROW UP & NOT STAY AS BABES OR RELY ON OTHERS~ THAT MEANS NOT DOING EVERYTHING FOR US EVEN IF WE KICK & SQUEAL & COMPLAIN~ HIS LOVE ALSO HAS TO BE TOUGH AT TIMES~ WE HAVE TO LEARN OUR AUTHORITY AND PUT OUR ENEMIES & FEARS UNDER OUR OWN FEET~ WE HAVE TO LEARN BY TRIAL & ERROR TO BECOME THE “OVERCOMERS” OF REV. 2 & 3~
WE ARE TO STAY HUMBLE & AWARE OF OUR HUMAN WEAKNESSES WHILST LEARNING TO DRAW ON GOD’S HELP TO SERVE HIM WITH A SENSE OF VICTORY~ AS A WARRIOR BRIDE! Paul said “I don’t come with confidence but with fear and trembling”… “Our help comes from the lord who made heaven and earth” WE HAVE TO BECOME “Strong in the Lord and in the power of His might” SO THAT WE CAN FACE & DEAL WITH PROBLEMS, OPPOSITION OR ATTACKS ON OUR FAITH WITHOUT BEING SHAKEN AROUND WITH DOUBTS & FALLING IN A HEAP~ ARE ABLE TO HELP AND ADVISE OTHERS~ TEACH & ENCOURAGE NEW BELIEVERS & KNOW HOW TO MAKE “RIGHTEOUS JUDGEMENTS”~ MATURITY IS BEING ABLE TO FORGIVE YOURSELF & OTHERS~ GET UP AND TRY AGAIN BUT NOT LOOK BACK LIKE JOB’S WIFE~ WE HAVE TO LEARN OUR LESSONS AND BECOME MATURE SONS & DAUGHTERS OF GOD~ LEARN TO FACE OUR RESPONSIBILITIES~ AMEND WRONGS OR HURTS TO OTHERS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE & KEEP MOVING FORWARD IN UNION WITH THE LORD’S SPIRITUAL PRESENCE~ “Obedience is better than sacrifice”…”There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh but after the spirit”… “I am with you until the end”… “Having put your hand to the cart do not look back”… “we shall not be ashamed before Him at His coming”
SO GOD’S CRUCIBLE… is all those hard and unpleasant places and relationship we find ourselves in… and beg to be released from. It can be dealing with our deep hurts, confusion, disappointments or battles with inner conflicts and secret temptations… “Father take this cup from me, nevertheless not my will but thine be done”… IT MAY SEEM TOO HARD TO BEAR AT TIMES & WE MAY CRY OUT WITH TEARS AND FEEL TOTALLY ALONE NOT KNOWING WHAT TO DO~ BUT OUR LORD JESUS / YESHUA SAYS… “My grace is sufficient for you for my power is made perfect through your weakness”. God’s Crucible can take many different forms but with the same end results. He alone knows what we need to become mature saints and how much pressure and heat we can stand! Willingly drawing close to God is SO IMPORTANT to find His peace and direction IN our problems and impossible situations rather than battling against Him and falling into negative and upset emotions and soulish outbursts. “In the world you will have tribulation but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world”. We MUST draw on the FATHER’S SPIRITUAL STRENGTH & GRACE through personal Surrender, Prayer and Worship in the Holy place of our own hearts. God always hears and answers our heartfelt prayers in some way and we MUST LEARN to TRUST in the FATHER’S HIGHER WISDOM & RIGHTEOUS JUDGEMENTS. In “the form of a man” even Yeshua had to humble Himself and do this! “It is not I who does these things but the father in me who is doing it”
Thank the FATHER we are not alone!… the Blessed HOLY SPIRIT has been sent to comfort, help, teach and guide the SAINTS OF GOD into all TRUTH. So be encouraged to press in with FAITH & COURAGE and learn to be an OVERCOMER through the blood of the LAMB and the word of your testimony. Rev. 2 & 3 & 12.
THE HEAVENLY FATHER & HIS HOLY SPIRIT ARE PREPARING THOSE MEN & WOMEN OF FAITH FROM JEW & GENTILES WHO MAKE UP THE BODY / CHURCH/ BRIDE OF MESSIAH TO BE PRESENTED TO YESHUA/ JESUS AT HIS COMING AS A CHASTE VIRGIN TO HER BRIDEGROOM~ “”Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” Eph. 5:25-27…”I have espoused you as a chaste virgin to Christ”. Even now they / we are being changed & transformed from worldliness to holiness in preparation for this. “But we all with open face are being changed from one degree of glory to another as by the Spirit of the Lord” Please be encouraged that whatever you are going through will all be over very soon and Yeshua will bring His rewards for you with Him. “Well done good and faithful servant, enter in to what has been prepared for you”… “There hath no temptation taken hold of you but what is common to man but the Lord will with the temptation make a way to escape”
So let us do what we can to shine our Light, witness about our faith, love and do good unto others, pray, serve and please our Father God so as not to be ashamed before our King at His coming, like the “lazy” servants in His parable about the Master of the vineyard returning. We are all accountable for our own lives, faith and behavior and cannot blame others. The “wise virgins” are faithfully preparing their hearts and lives for Yeshua / Jesus Christ and Eternity with Him NOW! “The bride has prepared herself” (and please see the Parable of the 5 wise and 5 foolish virgins in Mathew 25)
1 PETER 1:1-10
2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied .
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice , though now for a season, if need be , ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth , though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
8 Whom having not seen , ye love ; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing , ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory :
9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
“Behold I come quickly and my reward is with me to give every man according to his work”…”Know that whatever you are going through now is nothing compared to the glory that will be revealed in you at His coming”
WILL YOU JOIN ME IN LOVING KING YESHUA & SEEKING ONLY TO PLEASE HIM? HE HAS DONE SO MUCH FOR US & SET THE EXAMPLE OF HOW TO LOVE & SERVE THE FATHER AND HIS OTHER DISCIPLES~ For both brothers and sisters that means the “Way” of death to self & being alive to Him in the “communion of the HOLY SPIRIT” (2 Cor.13:14) through daily surrender, humility, repentance, obedience & faithfulness in everything.Our Lord and Spiritual Bridegroom loves righteousness & hates evil, so we have to be very discerning and be in the Father’s will & not take our salvation for granted as many do by saying such things as ‘I’m not under law but grace!’ Religious pride, arrogant attitudes, envy, ambition, criticism and a superior attitude over others is not the Way of our Master.
Yes we ARE saved by grace, through faith and no, we aren’t under the law as the way of salvation now (Gal. 2:16-21) because we are under the promised Holy Spirit of the New Covenant… but Apostle Paul also said “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death” (Rom.6:1-3)
OUR NEW RIGHTEOUS, BORN AGAIN SPIRITUAL NATURE KNOWS WHAT IS RIGHT AND WRONG BY THE INDWELLING SPIRIT OF GOD. He guides and leads us into all truth and teaches us through our own spirit / heart what is God’s will and renews our minds. Our conscience is the voice of our spirit. So the Lord’s bride is being changed into His own image and likeness by the Holy Spirit. She is producing the fruit of the spirit (Gal.5) She is blessed with the “Beatitudes” Mathew
Those who are part of the Beloved Bridal / Church should be seeking to please their Beloved Lord & be an example to others Eph.4:1-3, 17, 22-24.We are to move from worldliness to holiness. From childishness to spiritual maturity. Not to look like, think like or act like the multitudes of unbelievers, pagans and atheists who are lost, without God in this world with no Godly upbringing, contact or interest in Jesus, the Church or Bible. (Eph.2) Yet they casually say OMG! Lot’s righteous soul was “vexed” by the sin & immorality around him which the pagans took as normal! (2 Pet.2:8) So is the Bride of Lord Yeshua / Jesus to keep her/ himself from unrighteousness in any form. They are to “abstain from all appearance of evil”… “Be in the world but not part of it”. Those who are part of the Body/ Church of Yeshua / Jesus are like the pure dove Noah kept releasing from the ark which wouldn’t dwell on a dead and putrid earth.
(NOTE: the Shulamite woman is called the King’s “dove” in the Song of Solomon 5:2-6 which denotes her purity, innocence and a meek and sweet spirit. He waited and watched her until she matured into a marriageable age just as King Yeshua is watching over His people until they come into maturity as His Royal Bride.)
Blessings from Susan, Gold Coast Australia. email@example.com
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