Deuteronomy 8:2 And thou shall remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee 40 years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thy heart, whether thou would keep his commandments, or no.￼
Deuteronomy 8:14 Thy heart be lifted up, and forget the Lord thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of thy bondage;￼
17 Thy shall say in thy heart my power and the might of my hand has gotten me this wealth.
18 But they shall remember the Lord thy God; for it is he that gives us the power to get wealth, that he may establish his COVENANT which he swore unto thy fathers as it is this day￼.
This is showing in the hard times, what comes out of us. God wants to see our responses. We are judged by our actions. Not by the junk still in us. When the hard times squeezes us. The junk can be seen and dealt with. It is a good thing!!!
When gold is purified by the fire. The dross or impurities come to the top. Then they get scraped it off. Then repeat the process 7 times. Rejoice when the fire comes. It is a pop quiz of where we are at, and where we need to go. At the foot of the cross, repenting and saying cleanse me Lord! I want to know You!
God loves us like a father, and wants to check out who He can use, and who can be trusted with His great presence, and opportunities or talents. Who is going to go, and multiply His precious seeds of the kingdom on this earth. Who will get rid of bitterness and selfishness to pick up the cross for the souls to be set free when the dross comes up and it will!
Do we scrape it off and throw it away from us? Or do we let it melt back down into us. If we never overcome these things that are opposite of the fruits of the spirit we are taking God’s name in vain. He died on the cross so we can be overcomers. When we don’t pick up our cross daily we are taking His name and what He did in vain.
We have to possess our own souls first. That is a scripture. This is the first land God gave us to take back. Then we can be given more!!! Then we have the strength and talents that can be used to walk it out with others, when they come into the salvation journey. When we are just surviving, and not thriving and overcoming. We don’t have anything to lend or help others with.
Deuteronomy 7:22 And the Lord thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and little; thou mayest not consume them at once, less the beast of the field increase upon thee.
The freed from bondage of Egypt Israelites, were supposed to go take back the land that was theirs. But God didn’t have them do it all at once. The weeds and beasts of the land would have overtaken the land. So the not God people that were the inhabitants, were left there, until the Israelites could be ready and were enough of them, to keep it sustained.
This is how our souls are. Once we start the covenant of salvation, we are in a journey of cleansing and getting set free. We are instantly covered by grace, even though there is junk still in us. But grace is the power to get set free. It isn’t a blanket to cover us so that we can say a one time prayer and be good to go forever!!!!! Grace is for the cleansing process. It is for the forever journey on this earth. It has been so mistaught by most of the church. It has been used to make them twice the sons of hell. That is a scripture as well.
This is why the church is sick and dying with no power. This is why my 16 year old can say mom, people that go to church are living two different lives. The fruit is not there. We are supposed to be a people set a part and different. Our actions at the ballgames, at the long check out lines. When service men do us absolutely wrong!!!!!
But as we move from glory to glory and work out our salvation, junk will manifest. We need to scrape it off through relationship with the Lord. And even cry out, for the fire to heat up again! Don’t stop this process ever, ever, ever. We will overcome by the blood of the lamb and our testimonies. That is plural. Not a back in 1957 I said the prayer. Okay, but what did He show you today????
If we don’t see growth when we look back over our life, we didn’t do the purifying process right. Check the paths and see if we are still on it. Why are we not having victory in areas?
If you have to start that diet every Monday for forty years don’t quit until you get it done! You didn’t quit if you kept starting. That is not overcoming, but we are closer than we would have been. Condemnation is the thing the devil uses when we don’t live up to our expectations. Maybe God has other things He is desiring you to overcome first. His steps will lead you to victory. Maybe we need to ask Him to show us what things He desires to see changed.
There is now no condemnation, to those who love the Lord. Open your heart in faith to that like we never have before. Camp right there, until we are convinced. That we are so full of the fellowship with the Lord and the love of God. That we are strong and sent out to overcome, and take dominion in another area and then another!! Let’s get to where we run into it!!
Look in Revelation and count how many times overcomers is used. Maybe King James only, I am not sure. This is how we will finish the race and run as to win the prize.
This a good work we have. But the whole point is the fellowship and relationship with God and our Messiah during this process and journey. If that isn’t becoming more real and convincing us of the heart of God, that all should be saved, then we aren’t doing it right!!! We may be setting up “laws” of what land we want to conquer.
Also, I should point out that they were tested in prosperity as well, as the hard times. What is coming out in those seasons count as well!! He is using the things on earth and this process of salvation to train us and make us the end time Joel’s army. There is purpose in the cleansing. It will protect us in times against the adversary that hates God, and hates you because of God in you.
With love, and kicking my own butt into action. Let’s run!!!