Purified by Fire

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In order that we may consistently, day to day, be the people God wants us to become – the sanctifying (purifying, cleansing, being made holy) work of the Holy Spirit requires that we continue to ‘personally‘ work out ‘own‘ free gift of our salvation.  The Bible says “Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear.” Philippians 2:2 NLT.  For the traditionalist the King James translates the words of Paul in this way “but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” The Orthodox Jewish Bible reads “but now much more in My absence, work out your own Yeshu’ah (Salvation).”  Purified and strong in HimThe easy to read version says it is even more important for you to obey now that I am not there. So you must continue to live in a way that gives meaning to your salvation. Do this with fear and respect for God.” Phil 2:12 ERV – At 3:00 am this morning i was wide awake to pen a desperate prayer to God for HELP in my quest to consistently “live in the Spirit”.  The whisper I heard after writing my prayer request was “Work out your salvation”.  Using BibleGateway I looked up the scripture reference in various versions.  Working out our “own” must mean that our salvation is a personal gift, and it is a personal task (work) and journey to keep living in the Spirit 100 % of the time. Running the race that is before us, requires work, and pushing through the pain of our failures. We all fall short of God’s glory, and when we fall down, we cry out, His mercy is assured, and we get back up. We live in a fallen world and it is easy to succumb to pressures and temptations. When we are pricked, we are wise to obediently confess.  His mercy is that He will never depart from us. AMEN Originally our Father formed us out of clay,  and today we are the cracked pots that the Potter mends as we confess our sins.  “the Lord God forced the man out of the Garden of Eden to work the ground he was made from. Then He put Cherub angels and a sword of fire at the entrance to the garden to protect it.” Genesis 3:23-24 ERV 🌹 “It is an easy thing to argue from precedent because it makes everything simple, but it is a 82613335_1075147332823815_2011454148175724544_nrisky thing to do. Give God “elbow room”; let Him come into His universe as He pleases and do things His way. If we confine God in His working to our religious beliefs, or to specific ways according to our limited understanding, we are then placing ourselves on an equality with God, and this is very dangerous ground.” 🌹Oswald Chambers 🏁 The good news is as we keep working out our salvation, His grace is sufficient and all believers will be fully sanctified when we step into eternity. Working out our salvation requires a daily surrender, a choice, a preference to deny ourselves as we tune into what the Holy Spirit is whispering, NOT what the world is shouting. PRAYER:  Lord use me today, challenge me to personally tell one person per month about Jesus Christ. Your purpose in saving me was not just for my comfort. Lord increase my faith and courage to speak boldly about what truly matters most to You.  Lord, I also do NOT want to remain the way i have always been. Help me Lord to welcome problems as opportunities. In 2020 give me eyes to see, and a willingness to obey … take me out of my comfort zone and into Your glorious Presence. AMEN 🌹 With surrender, all striving stops after a funeral of our ways, and our desires is attended. 🌹 “There are three of you. There is the person you think you are. There is the person others think you are. There is the person God knows you are and can be through Christ.” Billy Graham 🌹81964307_1073675706304311_1857438261618671616_n

Based on this verse “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”  Phil 4:13 early this morning I penned this prayer: “Dear God, forgive me once again. Oh how i need Your grace and mercy. At times my soul desires dash my hope of ever being pure and holy in Your treasured sight. My spirit desires to live more of my everyday life walking in “Your Spirit”. Nothing compares to Your power, and Your plans for me. Through Your merciful forgiveness, I ask in the name of Jesus, that my fear of failing you – is transformed into a deeper reliance on God’s unsurpassed power. As the Joy of the Lord is my strength, help me Jesus, by the power of Your Spirit to stand strong and courageous in the midst of any temptation. Give me Thy power to truly crucify my will, so that i may visit the tombstone of my selfish ways.  I trust in You oh God, purify me!  Create in me a pure heart, and fortify me with Your strength to resist the devil and all his schemes. Thank You for Your promise that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN  We work out our personal salvation with fear and trembling  “because our God is like a fire that can destroy us.” Hebrews 12:29 ERV but in His mercy “But I did not destroy them. The other nations saw Me bring Israel out of Egypt.” Ez 20:14 After reading chapters 20-223 of Ezekiel.   82310944_1074254422913106_2590394629912264704_n (1) the sanctification of my soul continues. With an ear to hear what the Holy Spirit is saying, this morning in the wee hours I confessed a long list of what God shined His light on. We are equipped by God to live holy lives, but we must surrender daily to listen and obey the Spirit’s leading. Do you question Is the devil real? When the Holy Spirit does His job and convicts us, it is best to stop whatever we are doing, and go to a quiet place to genuinely examine our own ways, and what has been keeping us apart from God. Confess any idol worship that has gotten in between our personal relationship with God. Idols are simply anything or anyone we pay more attention to than God. “If you really listened to Him and 1248145699954were instructed about Him, then you learned that since what is in Yeshua is truth, then, so far as your former way of life is concerned, you must strip off your old nature, because your old nature is thoroughly rotted by its deceptive desires; and you must let your spirits and minds keep being renewed.” Ephesians 4: 21-24 The Complete Jewish Study Bible.  Most people tend to wander off into whatever entertains the hours of their day. As little children we adopted certain habits and perceptions of those we admired.  As adults we tend to go with the flow of fashion, and keep tuned into world news. What is our Father’s perception of how much time with spend with Him versus the voices in the world?  Do we reflect Jesus in our preferences? Many of our early beliefs about our worthiness is based on mirrors that people have held up to us. As children we all have admired others and we sought their approval.  We saw ourselves, even our faith through the eyes of our parents, siblings, teachers, and even strangers. Their simple facial expression or tone of voice could non-verbally communicate fear “uh oh, I’m in big trouble.”  48653975_lighten_the_load_5peInaccurately, many people have measured their walk of faith and their value by the beliefs they borrowed from people they had hoped to please.  If parents or anyone else neglected us as we were maturing, or seemed indifferent to us, most people who were disconnected to God withdrew into self-examination, to only resurface with a strong determination to impress others with the changes they made themselves.  The estimation of our value is not based on what other might see in us. God says “Faith is being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see.” Hebrews 11:1  People who see us cannot see what the Spirit of God is doing inside of us. We can let Jesus take away our burdens, our extra baggage if we trust Him at His Word. Let us strive to please God and not those we admire.  If those we looked up to told us that we’re smart, talented and capable, we might have grow up believing that we can do wrong, that we are superior somehow. If our heroes told us that we are stupid, selfish, or bad, we may have had a hard time overcoming a world perception based on our appearance, our education, accomplishments or our performance. The truth is, most people look into mirrors that are distorted, however, if we look into Gods word we see who He says we are, and we are wonderfully made in His sight. Who shall I seek to please or mirror in this life? You guessed it 😍 Burning up in the quiet, returning on fire in 2020 “your beauty should come from inside you—the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit. That beauty will never disappear. It is worth very much to God.” 1 Peter 3:4 ERV

 

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  1. We were buried with Him…that just as Christ was raised from the dead…even so we also should walk in newness of life. —Romans 6:4
    No one experiences complete sanctification without going through a “white funeral” — the burial of the old life. If there has never been this crucial moment of change through death, sanctification will never be more than an elusive dream. There must be a “white funeral,” a death with only one resurrection— a resurrection into the life of Jesus Christ. Nothing can defeat a life like this. It has oneness with God for only one purpose— to be a witness for Him.

    Have you really come to your last days? You have often come to them in your mind, but have you really experienced them? You cannot die or go to your funeral in a mood of excitement. Death means you stop being. You must agree with God and stop being the intensely striving kind of Christian you have been. We avoid the cemetery and continually refuse our own death. It will not happen by striving, but by yielding to death. It is dying— being “baptized into His death” (Romans 6:3).

    Have you had your “white funeral,” or are you piously deceiving your own soul? Has there been a point in your life which you now mark as your last day? Is there a place in your life to which you go back in memory with humility and overwhelming gratitude, so that you can honestly proclaim, “Yes, it was then, at my ‘white funeral,’ that I made an agreement with God.”

    “This is the will of God, your sanctification…” (1 Thessalonians 4:3). Once you truly realize this is God’s will, you will enter into the process of sanctification as a natural response. Are you willing to experience that “white funeral” now? Will you agree with Him that this is your last day on earth? The moment of agreement depends on you.

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