The Brightness of the Day

He watches over my heart

Tenderly

Lovingly

He makes no mistakes

With every move He is intentionally guiding me through

How I look forward to the days

And to the nights

When we dance to the rhythm of His love for me

As He tenderly looks into my eyes I feel like a doe – a well springing with His love

As we take each step, I feel like the only one

He leans in gently and whispers into my ears:

“My dove

My flawless one

I love you with a love that is sculpted into eternity

It is an everlasting love”

Tears stream

Uncontrollably

Down my face

Then I say , “I feel loved”

Ours is a love that cannot fade;

It is always the brightness of the day.

Anuoluwapo Kalejaiye .

This is a love song with the Lord Jesus !If you are feeling down ! Just know He loves you this much !

The Refiner’s Fire: What God Hopes to Achieve with Your Trials and Tribulations.

Hebrews 12: 7-11 (NIV)
Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”      

When a smith is refining silver or gold he must remove its impurities(dross) to get the final and purified product . The precious metal is subjected to a high level of heat which melts it and the impurities(dross) is separated from it. This process is called refining. “This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The LORD is our God.”Zechariah 13:9 (NIV).

Are you going through a a rough time?Does it feel like you are dwelling more in darkness than light? Have you cried out for help and it seemed like no one answered? Are you in a tight corner and feeling pressed on every side? Believe it or not you are  being refined by God! 

The heat you feel (the feeling of being pressed on every side ) is the glory. You are the precious metal . You feel this way because the closer you draw to God , the closer you get to His glory. This Glory burns with a fire that can and will melt away all the impurities in your heart and this process of removing impurities from you will be painful. “At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.”The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken,let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” – Hebrews 12:26-29 (NIV).

God in His mercy and great kindness coupled with Him being a good Father must let the process be completed. Keep in mind that you are not under punishment and God does not hate you. He must let His fire have its full work within you.. That same burning Glory will be a shroud of light, love and peace over you when God’s work in you is complete and by then you will be able and ready to carry the full weight of His Glory within and round about you. If He let you get and be all you want without first refining you, it will definitely be for your destruction.

When you begin to acknowledge and comprehend what God is doing in your life – that you are being refined, the pain will become bearable (you will be able to persevere) and it will then feel like love is at work within you thus making the process quicker (Philippians 2: 13 & James 1:4). This is because you have surrendered your heart  and your will to Him. This is called dying to self. (I will write more about this some other time).


WHAT TO DO IN THIS SEASON… – Spend more time in prayer, studying the bible, meditating on the scriptures, waiting on God and speaking to Him. Don’t do the above seeking some relief or an end to the season but do this with the mindset of surrendering and letting Him completely work in you. 

DON’T BE SCARED – God is not mean, some instructions will come in this season that will seem beyond your ability to do but it is all part of the process.For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfil his good purpose.” Philippians 2: 13 (NIV).

DON’T HOLD BACK – Give 500% into all God has instructed or called you to do in this season. Harden not your heart. Listen for His voice and open up your heart to Him.“So, as the Holy Spirit says: Today, if you hear His voice,do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness, where your ancestors tested and tried me,though for forty years they saw what I did.” Hebrews 3:7-9 (NIV).

HE WILL PROVIDE – You will not go hungry, broke or poor . He will supply all your needs.

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:28-34 (NIV)Philippians 4:19.

LET GO OF FRIENDSHIPS THAT DO NOT SPUR YOU ON TOWARD GOD – He will require you to cut off relationships that don’t glorify Him . At that time, these relationships will seem like the world to you . They will also seem like you cannot do without them and they will seem like the best relationships you can and will ever have! This is not true ! It is a big fat lie of the devil!. 

God wants to get you alone so that He can have fully have  His way in you and He doesn’t want any hindrances when He is at work – those people will be and are hindrances! Trust me! “Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33 (NIV) & 2 Corinthians 6:11-18.

BE FULLY PREPARED –  Be prepared in all seasons . You need thick skin and a soft loving heart! People will come at you. It is not that they hate you but because the devil is trying to derail you from going through the process. You may even encounter Him during this phase! Just like Our Lord Jesus did! Therefore put on the full armour of God! Ephesians 6: 10-18 (NIV). Don’t be afraid. 

YOUR LIFE WILL GET WORSE – Yes! He will definitely shake those things that must not remain. In this season, you will think your life won’t get better ! Do not believe the lie. Those things leaving your life were just temporal – they are like trash that needs to be thrown out! They do not and cannot equate or compare to the glory coming. Therefore let Him shake it out. Your life is being prepared in love and not destroyed!  Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless” Ephesians 5:25-27(NIV) & Hebrews 12:25-29 .

YOUR SUPPORT SYSTEM WILL BE THROWN OUT OF THE WAY OR OFF BALANCE – This is great because He is teaching you to lean on Him as your only source and hope and to put your trust in only Him and not in human beings or material things. But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the streamIt does not fear when heat comes;its leaves are always green.It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit ” Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NIV), Psalm 42: 5Psalms 40:4.

YOU WILL LOSE HOPE JUST TO GAIN HOPE – Why? This is because you were used to putting your hope in and hope for things which had no eternal value. God will re-calibrate that system of thinking/living. Now, all your hope will be in what God can do for you in Christ. “Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,whose hope is in the Lord their God.Psalm 146: 3-5 (NIV) & Psalm 42: 5 .

ALL THIS WILL RESULT IN WHAT EXACTLY!?

It will result in you being purified, refined and becoming a beautifully crafted precious jewel that you have always been!- you couldn’t just see it! Glory to God! You will be spotless! Without blemish or wrinkle! Hallelujah! So thank Him because He is faithful.

WHAT THEN IS HE TRYING TO TEACH/REVEAL TO YOU?

Deuteronomy 8: 2-3 (NIV)

“Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.”

From the above scripture He wants to teach/reveal to you the following:

  1. Humility
  2. To reveal and show you the contents of your heart – your thoughts, attitude,character and mindset. 
  3. Obedience – Test if you would obey His commands/commandments.
  4. To increase your hunger and thirst for Spiritual things, things that are of Him and in Him. (I may write about this at length later but a quick summary of what this means/entails – When the Isrealites were in the wilderness they received manna  that came down from Heaven to eat. When they were thirsty in the wilderness a  rock was struck in which water gushed out from for the Israelites to drink . Hence, when they were hungry and thirsty they received both manna and water without cost.

In John 6: 32- 35 (NKJV), Jesus stated – “Then Jesus said to them, Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.” And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.

Also, in 1 Corinthians 10: 2-4 , Paul stated that,  They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea.  They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. Furthermore, in Isaiah 55: 1- 3 (NIV), the prophet revealed  – Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters;and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,and you will delight in the richest of fare.”

In quickly tying this up, He is bringing you into a place (wilderness/trials/tribulations) that will cause us to hunger and thirst for Christ, who is both manna and water that  satisfies.In this season and after, nothing will be enough for you more than Him. It is an invitation to drink from the well that never runs dry, like the Samaritan woman at the well {see verse 13 &14}. )

In conclusion, this season is meant to bring you closer to Christ. You will produce fruits of the Spirit and you will grow hungry and thirsty for the word- Jesus, you will be fed by Him and partake of Him and you will be moulded into His likeness.

P.S : Please note that you can decide to back away from the process but it will be to your detriment and you will soon regret it. 

P.P.S: Remember that He loves you with an everlasting love. Don’t give up! You can do this! You can make it!

A WORD FROM THE LORD 

The fire is the Glory 

The Glory is the purifier 

That same fire is pleasant when you have been purified 

But that fire is painful when it is purifying you

The fire is the Glory

The Glory is the fire 

It is purifier of men 

So that they can be like their maker.


Shalom.


 

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