WOW, what a weird title!! Yeah, I know! When I was thinking of this message, this title came to me and I questioned the Lord, more than once. For one, what does it mean? I had to think about it, now I’ll let you think about it for a bit.
The last couple of weeks, my wife and I have been talking, sharing and praying to the Lord above for understanding and wisdom in the face of these current situations that have beset the Nation and even the world.
Those who have been following my teaching and writing have noticed for months now what started out as obvious and blatant corruption in our nation’s political arena has caused my ministry to start sounding the “horn” or trumpet that judgement is coming to our nation. I have read over and over again the various prophet’s writings in the Old Testament and have had insights that I have never had before when reading them in the past. It is as if the Holy Spirit has awakened their voices for a time such as ours!
I mentioned I’ve been praying and seeking understanding because I don’t just write something because it seems good to do. God, by His Spirit has called me to speak His Word and for many years, though I knew my calling, I just “dabbled” in it. It took me a while back then to realize the seriousness of this calling but I finally started “listening” intently to the prompting and teaching of the Holy Spirit. Maybe it was because so many of my peers back then called what I was doing a “hobby” ministry, not necessarily the real thing. Maybe that stuck for a while. At least until the Holy Spirit got hold of me and started showing me the need AND the results! But this isn’t really an exposé on my ministry, it is an introduction into what the Lord has been speaking to myself, my wife and many others in ministries far more widespread than my little service.
As I stated, I truly do take what I write seriously when it comes to the Body of Christ and my role in it as teacher and preacher. One day, my Lord and Redeemer is going to ask me why I said or wrote what I did and I will have to give an account, just as we ALL will!
I’ve been asking God where all these circumstances are leading, well aware that He IS sovereign and definitely in control. I have sensed that for some time now, our nation in particular, but some other western nations as well, are ripe for spiritual judgement for all the unrepentant sinfulness that have been allowed to become laws of their land.
Today, I received confirmation of what I have come to believe God is doing or getting ready to do in our nation in particular, but most likely in other nations as well. God never does things in isolation, but when it comes to His children especially, we are ALL involved in His plans.
Now I still believe God is going to judge our nation for its blatant wickedness. Whether it rises again to the great nation that it once was, only God Himself knows, but I do know this; our nation must decrease in the world for the world powers to rise that will lead to the time of the antichrist. BUT – that could be part of God’s plan in judging our nation or it may not be, in that regard I have no specific insight. What I DO know, is that God, Who is unchanging and just and ever true to His Word, will not, can not, allow a nation as ours, with a motto of “In God We Trust” and “One Nation Under God,” to stand without judgement for its unrepentant wickedness.
However, BEFORE God judges a nation, He always judges or TESTS His own people, His children, His CHURCH! I do NOT believe that all that has happened over the last several months, leading up to the massive civil unrest we are immersed in today is a result of God judging our nation. I believe God is allowing the wickedness and corruption to proceed AT THIS TIME, for one specific reason, to awaken His Church!
The Lord spoke to my heart about the refiner’s fire and it has always been applied in the Scriptures to His people, not the world. Who is going to judge the nations? It is God Almighty, but how does He often do things in these situations? You have to go back to His Holy written Word; He uses His surrendered children. Before we are in a place to be able to SPEAK God’s Word with power and authority to the world, we have to be refined, pure and simple! God does NOT change the way He does things and that is why we HAVE His Holy Word written for posterity!
Now one thing I have learned about writing for a website or a blog, (though I often ignore the point) is that most people do not like a lot of Scripture verses written out. However, this lesson demands that I do add a few Scriptures for it is the Scriptures and not my words, that prove to you what I am trying to say. The following verses refer to God’s refining process concerning His chosen people, His children, and today His Church, the Bride of Christ:
“For You, O God, have tested us; You have refined us as silver is refined. You brought us into the net; You laid affliction on our backs. You have caused men to ride over our heads; We went through fire and through water; But You brought us out to rich fulfillment.” – Psalm 66:10-12.
“For My name’s sake I will defer My anger, And for My praise I will restrain it from you, So that I do not cut you off. Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. For My own sake, for My own sake, I will do it; For how should My name be profaned? And I will not give My glory to another.” – Isaiah 48:9-11.
“And he said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand.” – Daniel 12:9-10.
“And it shall come to pass in all the land,” Says the LORD, “That two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die, But one -third shall be left in it: I will bring the one-third through the fire, Will refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will answer them. I will say, ‘This is My people’; And each one will say, ‘The LORD is my God.'” – Zechariah 13:8-9.
“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love.” – 1 Peter 1:6-8a.
“Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’ –and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked – I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.” – Revelation 3:17-19.
I share this with you to consider and pray about. There are a lot today who CLAIM to be “Christians” and I have heard other preachers give them the term, “liberal or progressive Christians,” or “lazy Christians” etc., and I know they do that not to judge, but I will put forward this thought in closing; the title or label, Christian, has lost all meaning of what it truly is to be a Christian EXCEPT in the lives and hearts of those who are truly following after the example of Christ Jesus. It is not a term we take because we are church-goers or believe in the commandments of God, or believe in an all-supreme spiritual being. It is a term that is endearing to us because it means we are disciples, striving to be examples of Jesus, the Anointed One, the Christ, who came to not only save us, but to redeem us UNTO the Father above! He ABIDES in us and we ABIDE in Him and we STRIVE to maintain that relationship.
If you are one that believes that this is what TRUE Christianity is, then prepare for refining for an amazing and historical time in our lives, for it means that the Father is looking for those who will be obedient to His Word and to His will and plans for the future which is upon us. There needs to be no fear in this refining fire, for those of us who have been praying that God be glorified in all we do, He is preparing us for that purposed glory. It is those who are “liberal and progressive Christians” and “lazy Christians,” etc., that will need to be worried, for either the heart will become malleable and repentant toward Christ Jesus, or they will be counted in the soon coming judgement of the world’s nations.
So, are you walking in the Spirit and in God’s Truth, or are you just along for the ride? This is what is going to separate those who our Heavenly Father can use and those who choose to remain a spectator to all that is happening around us. We are living in a time when the Bible in all its truth is unfolding directly in front of our lives. Do we see it for what it is, or do we remain blind to God’s unfolding plans?
This is something you can, rather, it is something you MUST pray about and seek God’s understanding and truth for your individual selves. We must continue to pray for one another, pray for increased spiritual wisdom and above all, TRUST God in all that we see around us, for He is NOT surprised by what is happening throughout the world! Pray for our leaders!!