GOD’s CRUCIBLE~ the Testing, Purifying, Sanctifying & Transformation Process to Prepare & Mature the Bride of Messiah

God’s Crucible~ the Sanctifying Process/ the Baptism of Fire
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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!
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The Dictionary says a “CRUCIBLE” is…

crucible

: a pot in which metals or other substances are heated to a very high temperature or melted

: a difficult test or challenge

: a place or situation that forces people to change or make difficult decisions

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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.
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bride_flame_sanctificationTRIALS &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~
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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”end_of_world 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”
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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” yeshua_praying_gethsemeneIT 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.
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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~  pray_bible“”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”
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candle_verseSo 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)
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TO SUM UP… GOD’S CRUCIBLE... is the place and time of our calling and preparation, here on earth, to become as the Elohim… by the testing and purification of our natural, human ego/ selfish motives… so that we may come forth as the sons and daughters of YAHWEH… changed for His Glory and reflecting His likeness as pure shining gold does! “I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire that thou mayest be rich”. Rev. 3:18.
crucible_melt_downThis is a learning process and “There is no condemnation for those who walk not after the flesh but after the spirit”. Born again believers are not perfect yet and can and do still sin in thought, word or deed… because of our human flesh… but not habitually or without a conscience as the unbelievers do. The Holy Spirit convicts of sin and righteousness and causes us to repent quickly. We need to be sensitive to His Voice each day and keep close. Then we will be very discerning and learn to avoid sin in all it’s many forms. If our eye is single and our heart set of God… then we need not sin on purpose but walk in His Righteousness for His glory.  God knows we are made of dust but He has put His Holy Spirit in those who put their faith in Him. This is what changes us… the Spirit joined to our spirit and working within us… transforming and changing us. The natural mind cannot understand the things of God but the Lord even puts the mind of Yeshua / Christ into us so that we can think and have the same values as He does! God isn’t looking for perfection… only a right attitude. That we keep on going… learning from our mistakes. HalleluYAH.
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RESIST THE GUILT MERCHANTS/ PHARISEES WITH THEIR RELIGIOUS EXPECTATIONS! The Son of God came to save not condemn us. HIS WAYS ARE LIGHT AND EASY TO BEAR FOR THEY ARE OF LOVE… BUT THE PHARISEES LADEN US DOWN WITH MAN MADE LAWS THAT EVEN THEY CANNOT KEEP! Some say we shouldn’t ever be sick or suffering… that God wants us healthy, happy and well off with no problems, as if that means we lack faith or aren’t ‘using’ God’s Word in the right way to ‘manifest’ what we want!!!! (witchcraft?) Do they forget the millions who have been and still are being martyred & in prison for their faith in Him and the millions of others who simply trust and pray for His help and guidance every day and night? Such teaching is NOT a comfort to the sheep. They say things like ‘He became poor so that we can become rich’ and “I’m a King’s kid!”. Such teachings are just arrogant and presumptuous but they are as the last days church of Laodicea in Revelations who brags about being rich and needing nothing else. These do not please our Lord! The true God of Israel will not be used or taken for granted as some sort of vending machine to do our bidding. He is both strong and humble of spirit and that is the likeness of Himself, as our Heavenly Father, that He wills to work within us to make us spiritually rich and whole/ Shalom.
This work of the Holy Spirit is all about spiritual salvation and character growth into His image not making money!!!! We call this the sanctification process and it goes on continually. In a sence we are always in His crucible but there are times, maybe for years, that He will allow problems and even certain attacks from Satan to test our faith. (like with Job) We are meant to rise up in faith and LEARN to be the OVERCOMERS in all situation. To not be shaken around, distracted, flinch or doubt God’s Love and Goodness. God is able to deliver in His right timings as we trust in Him and His Word and Holy Spirit. That is real FAITH! Sure there are many blessings, provisions and answers to prayers for the righteous ones in Messiah (anointed ones) but it’s also about our proving to Him, ourselves and others, to be faithful through every day and night… even if there is pain and seemingly unanswered prayers.
A friend (Steve Spindler) Christian_Martyrssaid to me QUOTE ‘if Yeshua learned obedience by the things which He suffered, why would we think that somehow we are immune from suffering? Though our flesh resists suffering in any form, the Lord uses it to make us grow and become more like Yeshua in character. If our Bride-Groom has suffered, His Bride will too’ END QUOTE
  
THE LORD TOLD HIS BELOVED APOSTLE PAUL THAT HIS GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR US TO BEAR ANYTHING AS LONG AS WE “COME TO HIM” AND “ABIDE” IN HIM… WILLINGLY SURRENDERING OURSELVES AND OUR WANTS AND WISHES. He knows best and as we accept that, Spiritual Peace comes and we cannot complain about God’s “prunings” to make us produce more fruit of the Holy Spirit… (John 15) or fight against His dealings with us as the gold that has to go through the heat and pressure of the crucible. Instead we see His hand of blessing and higher purpose in and through everything and everyone! (think about that)
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FAITH ~ TRIALS ~ SANCTIFICATION ~ SALVATION ~ GLORY .
ARE THE GODLY PROCESS OF BECOMING THE ELOHIM, THE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF GOD, WHO SHALL BE SEEN & “REVEALED” IN THE LAST DAYS THROUGH THE RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD OR THE ASCENSION WITH THEM AS HIS ANGELS GATHER US TOGETHER UNTO HIM AT HIS COMING/ APPEARING… (whichever comes first)
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*Please carefully see the correlation in all the following verses I have shared to show the principal that there is no GLORY for the SONS OF GOD… (that is for a human being to “receive the power to become” a son/ daughter of YAHWEH and receive Eternal Spiritual Life instead of eternal death!) ….without SANCTIFICATION and that includes some sort of personal SUFFERING. In fact Paul said in Romans 8… “the whole creation GROANETH AND TRAVAILETH IN PAIN together until now“.
*Even Lord Yeshua SUFFERED in this world to be made perfect in obedience as a man and is our role model. He is now resurrected and GLORIFIED with the Father and so shall we be after we are CHANGED/ REVEALED/ SEEN/ MANIFESTED at the resurrection /or ascension. This is where we are headed… to so keep up your FAITH no matter what! We are children of Abraham by FAITH and inheriters with and part of the Holy Nation of Israel through Yeshua the promised “seed of Abraham” who would bless all the nations. (those who would come to receive Yeshua as their Savior and Messiah)
*This is the complete summation of YAHWEH’S eternal plans and purposes through the  creation to bring forth a TRANSFORMED & GLORIFIED family of “sons” born in His Son’s image! Adam was His first human son but he sinned and DIED! Yeshua is called the second Adam and through Him and the gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit is created the new breed of humanity who are predestined to be “born of the spirit” then changed to become the GLORIFIED sons of God/Elohim… and LIVE forever in Union/ Oneness with Father Yahweh, Yeshua and the Holy Spirit. Gal. 4:6 “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.” Isn’t this the most wonderful news on earth? To be a son or daughter of the Most High Elohim?
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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:
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JOHN 1:11-13 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to BECOME the SONS OF GOD, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.(that is to become God’s own spiritualy born children and family!)
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1 JOHN 3:1-3 “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him PURIFIETH himself, even as he is pure.”
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ROMANS 8:14-22  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the SONS OF GOD. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the CHILDREN OF GOD: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that WE SUFFER WITH HIM, that we may be also GLORIFIED together. For I reckon that the SUFFERINGS of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the GLORY which shall be REVEALED IN US. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the MANIFESTATION OF THE SONS OF GOD. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature (creation) itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the GLORIOUS liberty of the CHILDREN OF GOD. For we know that the whole creation GROANETH AND TRAVAILETH IN PAIN together until now.”

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1 COR. 15:20-26 But now is Christ risen from the DEAD, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came DEATH, by man came also the RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD. For as in Adam all DIE, even so in Christ shall all be made ALIVE. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is DEATH“…

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and verses 51-54 “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be CHANGED, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be CHANGED. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, DEATH is swallowed up in victory.”

Come Lord Yeshua / Jesus Christ come!

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“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”
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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 aryeshua_thornse 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)
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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… love, joy, peace, kindness, patience, meekness etc. (Gal.5) She is blessed with the ‘attitudes’ of the “The Beatitudes”, the Lord’s sermon on the mount, Mathew 5.
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 faithful remnant of Israel, the Body/ Church / Bride 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.)
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Blessings from Susan, Gold Coast Australia. harp_peace@yahoo.com.au
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