Saturday, November 15, 2014

THE REFINER'S FIRE



Hello, beloved friend.  Once again, I find myself sitting at the computer, waiting on the LORD for the words to share with you in The Invitation this week.  So many thoughts run through my head – words that would strengthen and build you up, as well as words that would challenge you to come up higher in your walk with our Beloved Bridegroom, Yeshua/Jesus. I believe the word He’s given me will bless you.  It certainly blesses me!

First of all…Never be satisfied with where you are!  Draw closer still!  Cry out to Him everywhere you are and listen to what He has to say to you.  Regardless of what some people may say, He absolutely still speaks to His bride today.  If He didn’t, He would be a liar.  His word says that He doesn’t change…  Therefore, if He spoke 2,000 years ago, He’s still speaking today.  If He performed miraculous signs and wonders directly and through His followers, He’s still doing those things today.  If He revealed things to His prophets back then, He’s still doing it today.  (Actually, all of these things I’m writing are written in His word, so this isn’t just some tangent – it’s scriptural reminders of the work and words of our fabulous GOD!)  With GOD, ALL things are possible.  Those are His words.  And I believe them.  How about you?

Precious child of GOD, stop fighting against the things He’s asking you to do.  His word is full of the things He wants from you – all of which are completely attainable.  Nothing is done by might or power.  It’s all done by His Spirit, remember?  Proverbs 3:5,6 says to trust Him – not yourself – with all you are and He will direct your path.  He promised to keep working in you until the day He returns to get you.  He said that nothing can take you out His hand!  He promises to be your Provider in times of need, your Comfort in times of difficulty, your Defender against the enemy, your Strength in times of weakness and your Peace in the midst of the storm!  He vowed that He would always be with you – never turning His heart away or abandoning you – His Beloved Bride – but staying right by your side in every circumstance in which you find yourself.  Whether good or bad, sick or well, sorrowful or filled with laughter, He wants you to know that you can always depend on Him to be with you and to be exactly WHO He says He is in you and for you.    

Let Him have His way in you with the least possible resistance from you!  You are going to be purged, purified and cleansed and it’s probably not going to feel very good.  Embrace those times, Beloved.  Know that it’s all for your good – this cleaning up the LORD does in you.  He is washing you down and building you up in humility.  He is singing over you and His banner over you is LOVE!  He will absolutely allow hard things to come your way, simply because of His abundant love for you.  He’s watching and testing and encouraging and blessing you all along the way.  Take it all in with your mind determined and your heart set on becoming and doing all He asks of you.  Show Him your love!!!

Tell me, how is it possible to be too close to the Savior?  How is it possible to turn away from the ONE who is so powerful and patient – so loving and strong and determined to make you the most beautiful bride of all time?  How could you ever say ‘no’ to that Guy?  I don’t believe that you can get too close or say ‘no’.  Neither can I. 

Trials may be fiery, but that doesn’t matter.  He knows when the temperature is too hot – and knows when and how to take you out of the furnace.  When you’ve made up your mind that He is absolutely all you could ever want or need – when your face is set like flint – you will sit in the heat of the fire and praise Him for His great goodness and love for one such as yourself.  You will joyfully endure the cross for the glory that is set before you.  You will cry out for Him to do all He needs to do to get you where He wants you… by His side for all eternity.

I leave you with this story I heard years ago…

There was group of women in a Bible study group studying the book of Malachi. As they were studying chapter three, they came across verse three, which says: "He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.”

This verse puzzled the women and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God. One of the women offered to find out about the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible study.

That week this woman called up a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work.  She didn’t mention anything about the reason for her interest in silver beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver. As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up.

He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest to burn away all the impurities. 

The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot - then she thought again about the verse, that he sits as a refiner and purifier of silver. She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined.

The man answered yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left even a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.

The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, "How do you know when the silver is fully refined?"

He smiled at her and answered, "Oh that’s easy, when I see my image in it."

 Blessings, peace and strength to you!

Vicky

Saturday, November 1, 2014

WORSHIP GOD!

"I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg you in full view of {all} the mercies of GOD to make a decisive dedication of your bodies {presenting all your members and faculties} as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to GOD, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship."  Romans 12:1 Amplified Version (emphasis mine)

I have nothing new or profound to say to you, precious daughter of the Most High GOD.  You have heard me say it many times before and I will keep saying it until He takes me home.  FOLLOW YESHUA!  Love Him! Obey Him!  Make it the first thought in the morning and the last thought at night.  Pour all that you are into it!  You will find incredible moments of joy along the journey and deep moments of pain and brokenness as well.  You will have to bite your tongue and submit your will to Him at times when that is the last thing in the world your flesh wants to do.  You will stomp and scream and cry, perhaps.  That's okay.  At some point in time, if you will persevere, you will do less stomping, screaming and crying.  

And if you are not doing it now, there will come a time when you will dance in the rain while the enemy is screaming at you to give up, sit down, shut up and go away.  And when that time comes, you will laugh with a sound that comes from deep within your spirit, borne out of the love and faithfulness you've seen your Bridegroom/King, Yeshua/Jesus demonstrate in your life time and time and time again.  You will run and not grow weary, you will walk and not faint, because you will remember and know that our GOD is a CONSUMING FIRE!  

You will shout the battle cry to those who have given up - those who are discouraged or depressed or fearful or doubtful or whatever...  You will lift up the hands that hang down and strengthen the feeble knees that threaten to buckle at the challenge of the enemy.  You will know as you have never known before that our GOD is Mighty to Save!  He is Constant!  He is Deliverer!  He is Brilliant!  He is your High Tower!  He is your Defense!  He is Warrior GOD and He is coming, riding on the wings of the wind, on His stallion with His sword at His side!  He is NEVER going to give up and He will ABSOLUTELY do all He has said He will do! He will rule and reign and totally destroy everything that opposes the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY!

You and I have a job to do.  We have the glorious joy of being His Warrior Brides, called to walk in holiness!  Called to prepare ourselves for His return!  Called to sound the trumpet to those who don't know Him yet!  Called to heal the sick and raise the dead - to cast out demons and cleanse the lepers!  Called to do all kinds of great stuff for our LORD!  Doesn't that sound wonderful?  It absolutely does.  Yes.  It.  Does.  We are not called to sit around and wait for Him to just snatch us out of here so we don't have to fight.  Nope.  Pick up your sword, Warrior Bride  It's time...

Worship isn't about giving an hour or two a week in a building with other believers, where all have gathered to sing some songs and hear a sermon.  Those are good things, no doubt.  But to worship GOD in spirit and in truth...  Read the verse in Romans 12:1 again...  Make a decision to present all that you are - ALL THAT YOU ARE - be a living sacrifice so that everything HE wants to do in you is more important than anything you want to do.  Give yourselves over to Him completely.  Every circumstance.  Every day.  That is your reasonable service - your spiritual worship. 

Make yourself hungrier for Him than you've ever been, Beloved.  Ask Him to fan the flames of love in you - flames that burn for Him.  Ask Him to make you so hungry for Him that you are not satisfied with the way things are.  Ask Him to help you see how to lay down your life for Him every single day from now on.  That is worship.  That is true worship...  Love Him enough to do what He wants.  No matter the cost.  That shows and tells  the GOD who created you that He is the most important and worthy being in your life.  Actually, it's telling Him that He IS your life!  And that is greater than all of the sermons ever preached piled clear up to the farthest star and back.  He doesn't want lip service.  He wants laid-down-lives service!  He wants totally surrendered men and women who prove their love for Him.  And He deserves it!

I encourage you, Beloved.  Stand in awe and wonder at the glory of our GOD.  Be fearless and faithful in your love for Him!  Go to war for your Bridegroom/King!  Stand up, stand firm, stand strong!  Stand in love!  War in love, Warrior Bride.  Love with abandon!  Love with abandon!  Love with abandon!!!  Answer the call to lay down your own desires and take up the desires of your GOD!  Give Him first place in all things!

His love for you is great, beautiful Warrior Bride.  His love for you is so very great!  So go ahead...WORSHIP GOD!  See you on the battlefield!

Vicky