The past few weeks the Lord has led me to read the many stories of old where one had to endure the process of great purification, so that they could be prepared and positioned to receive great favour with not only God, but man— even with their enemies.
Remember the story where the Lord prepared Joseph by allowing him to experience great rejection, betrayal, and abandonment? We know that Joseph wasn’t ready to receive all the Lord had for him, so he needed to first walk through the fire of purification. Was it fun? no, but was it worth it? It most definitely was!
Joseph not only received the position as “man in charge” in all of Egypt, but the Lord honoured him, and exalted him greatly in front of what was once his enemies— His brothers hearts were also restored, and hearts that were once hatred became hearts of flesh— forgiving and asking for mercy from their little brother Joseph.
This has to be one of the greatest turn arounds in all history. From being thrown into a well, then sold by your own family to become a slave, to being accused of assaulting Potiphar’s wife, and thrown into prison. After all this, I wonder if he ever thought he would be loved by a family again, or have any purpose on earth. But little did he know the Lord would allow such offences and accusations to prepared his heart to carry an entire nation!
“And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.” Then Pharaoh took his signet ring off his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand; and he clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck.” Genesis 41:41-42 NKJV
I believe the signet ring was a sign for Joseph that he was a SON of the living God, a son who had returned to the HEART BEAT of the father.
So the day of turnaround finally came— The day he interpreted a dream which brought him before the king. This was his invitation by the Lord to be given the authority over all of Egypt. This is God’s love story for the lives of those who allow the process of purification to take place, who choose to allow Him to BURN AWAY the dross, the pride, the selfishness, and that which hinders ones walk in the Lord.
As I ponder all these wonderful things, I sensed there was an invitation that Lord was inviting His bride into. So I asked the Lord, “What are you saying in all of this?” and He showed me a picture of His hand going into a chest and pulling out a HEART. He said, “I am deconstructing the heart of MY bride. I am preparing her to carry more of my kingdom”
As He continued to speak, It felt like my heart was being pulled out on full display, there was a cry, a groaning deep within my soul that said, “HINENI!” (Here am I..!) I am listening, take all of me, deconstruct me, heal me, burn away that which is not of you.
I believe the bride is in a time where the Lord is turning up the heat, and inviting His bride into the fire of His BURNING LOVE— THE BAPTISM OF FIRE where the final process of purification takes place. It is a time of humbling, a time of feeling the sufferings of Christ, all while experiencing the most intense feelings of LOVE being poured out by the heart of Abba Father Himself.
Through this time of purification, We will experience the most INTENSE times with the Lord where He will break our hearts for what breaks His, and impart within us a BURNING desire for HIM that no trial can put out.
I believe this is a word for the bride, for such a time as this. And I want to encourage you that if you are walking this path of purification right now, and you feel your heart is being laid out before the Lord and it is tender; Trust Him and allow Him to deconstruct that which is hindering your walk in the Lord. Allow Him to remove the things in your life that are only holding you back, things that you rely on, things that you have put your trust in other than Him. As you do; the LOVE of God is going to fill you in a way you have never experienced before.
Purification is for the hundred fold, it is for the ecclesia, it is for the remnant of God. There are no short cuts, allow His fire to come. As fire touches gold, it melts away that which is not perfect. So allow Him to burn away that which is not Holy. Yeshua said, “I am Holy, therefore, you must be Holy.”
“In the same way that gold and silver are refined by fire, the Lord purifies your heart by the tests and trials of life.” Proverbs 17:3 TPT
As you spend time calling out to Him “HINENI” allow Him to take ahold of all of you; Your past, your present, and your future. Trust Him, even though the storms are raging around you, even though you may have been rejected, isolated, miss understood, and not seen for who you really are— I pray you would remember the story of Joseph. The Lord exalted him and gave him the authority over all of Egypt.
I believe the Lord is going to prepare many of you to carry much for the kingdom, but above all; to give you a HEART OF FLESH, a heart of purity, a heart that says, “Lord I want YOU more than anything els.” A heart that runs into the arms of the father, a heart that says, “I am running, and I am RETURNING to my first love. Test me, PURIFY ME, refine my heart, and help me to be holy, for you are Holy!”
“So then, prepare your hearts and minds for action! Stay alert and fix your hope firmly on the marvelous grace that is coming to you. For when Jesus Christ is unveiled, a greater measure of grace will be released to you. As God’s obedient children, never again shape your lives by the desires that you followed when you didn’t know better. Instead, shape your lives to become like the Holy One who called you. For Scripture says: “You are to be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:13-16 TPT
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