Yesterday I recorded a podcast on Anchor about being in God’s pressure cooker and the very next day I found myself in a situation and a fire so hot that I truly felt I could not bear it! I bring this up to say that the things I am sharing with you here and on my podcasts, truly come from my own walk with the Lord and experiences! It is a humbling posture to be in, but also one that although often painful and even humiliating at times, is necessary in a season of transition and movement forward into new lands and promises. Experiencing the refiners fire is inescapable if we want to keep moving forward with God, especially so that we can fulfill the new calls on our lives and new assignments with the purity and integrity God wants us to have.
Here are a few excerpts from the podcast where I talk about, among other things, how punishing this refining process can sometimes feel to us!
“We hear people often talk about the fires of affliction and also that God is a consuming fire…the idea that God has to sometimes turn up the heat and the pressure in our lives and that this is the way that impurities within us can come to the surface and be removed. I just want to say here that if you have felt alot of pressure coming for instance from your life circumstances, relationships, or maybe in your finances and health, it is possible that you are experiencing a refining process with the Lord, and it can be easy to feel like you are actually being punished. I want to encourage you that the Lord’s fires are actually meant to ultimately bless and prepare you for what He has planned for you in the future! We often want instant results…I began to experience having to go through the fires with the Lord and I was basically not getting out of anything! I could no longer go around obstacles, or even pray those obstacles away, but instead the Lord was teaching me to take hold of His hand and go through the trial or fire with Him. If you are recognizing that…the only way out of something unpleasant or unwanted is to hold onto the Lord with all your strength then you might very well be in that cruscible or pressure cooker with the Lord.”
I hope you will be able to tune into the podcast to hear more about why God has us go through these fires, as well as why we at times resist Him. Be Blessed and encouraged today as you keep pressing and moving forward and know that whatever fiery trials you might be facing right now the Lord has not abandoned or forsaken you! You are not being punished, but refined to reflect more and more of His heart and image! God Bless you all!