I heard the Lord say, “Although the path to the promise I have spoken is not always an easy one, those who embrace the process and are obedient to My leading will see the manifestation of the promise. The process is one of refining and revelation. I am refining them to prepare them to carry what I will release to them, for they must be refined in order to carry the new I will entrust to them. As they walk the path and embrace the process I am releasing greater revelation and truths to them. They are receiving revelation on who I am, My ways, the times and seasons, and what needs to be brought into alignment. Alignment comes before acceleration. Just as I am unveiling what needs to be brought into alignment in the lives of individuals so too I am revealing areas that need to be brought into correct alignment in regions and nations. As My light pieces the darkness, enemy strongholds are revealed and overcome by the authority My people have in Me. In individuals unveiling leads to repentance, surrender and freedom. In regions unveiling leads to change in occupation of territory in the spirt as those who stand for My righteousness and justice take territory for My kingdom as they intercede and use their authority in Me to shift things in the spirit. Great acceleration and fruitfulness is ahead for those who yield and embrace the process of refining.”
There are many in the body of Christ who are in the refining fire at this time but the Lord is encouraging you that it is the path to the promise as He is preparing you to carry the fullness of what He has planned for you. The manifestation of the promise is close and the Lord is encouraging you to continue on the path, fix your eyes only on Him and be moved only by the leading of His Spirit. The Lord is looking for those who will embrace the refining process so they will come out as vessels that can carry the new thing. There is a call from the Lord to stay close to Him and be obedient to His direction and strategy. He delights in your heart cry to be used by Him in a greater way and the refining is in preparation for the magnitude of the promise ahead that you will walk in. It is not by might, nor by power but by His Spirit that you will move through this process of preparation. His strength is made perfect in your weakness. We are invited to yield to and embrace the refining process. This process will reveal such unimaginable treasures from the heart of God and there is so much beauty to be found in the process. In every season, He is there walking the path with us; He is our strength and we can walk the path filled with hope knowing that He is faithful and is working all things together for our good.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV) – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV) – Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
Hebrews 12:2 (The Passion Translation) – We look away from the natural realm and we fasten our gaze onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection.
God is in the process of refining His church. He wants a pure, beautiful bride upon whom He can pour out His anointing and His power. We need to realise that God wants to purify our lives of the things that keep us from moving forward with His plan. We can't control whether or not God will take us through His refiner's fire, but we can control how long we stay in the fire. The more we resist Him, the longer the process will take. The more we cooperate with Him, the quicker we will be accelerated into all He has planned for us. The Lord is calling us to have heavenly perspective and to begin to see our trials and struggles as opportunities for Him to do something transformational in our lives as He works all things together for our good. If you feel His refining, you are being drawn into a place of greater intimacy and knowledge of Him. He is developing your faith and your character. Hold onto the truth that you will come forth as gold and will be ready to step into the next level the Lord has for you to steward.
Job 23:10 (NKJV) – But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.
Isaiah 48:10 (NKJV) – Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.
1 Peter 1:6-7 (NKJV) – 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.
The Lord is revealing so much depth of revelation in the process and this revelation will be a gift to you for the season ahead as you will need this greater revelation to navigate the next season well. The Lord is revealing details for the path ahead to those who will be purposeful about spending time in His presence. As we walk on the path of promise and embrace the process, the Lord is building deeper intimacy with Him and greater trust in Him and His ways. This will be critical for the season ahead when the Lord opens the door to the next level in the destiny He has for us to walk in as we will be called to take greater steps of faith and obedience.
Ephesians 1:17 (The Passion translation) – I pray that the Father of glory, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, would impart to you the riches of the Spirit of wisdom and revelation to know him through your deepening intimacy with him.
Embrace the refining process as it is the path to the release of the promise of the greater level the Lord wants to release to you in the months ahead. Much revelation will be given to you on this path and great fruitfulness and acceleration into the purposes God has for you awaits as you embrace the process.