A Refiner’s Fire!August 30, 2015
“But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap…” Mal 3:2 KJV.
This verse prophetically speaks of Jesus and His assignment to save those who believe on Him. Israel was expecting a King, Jesus came as a purifier. Jesus said it like this, “Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division” – quite the opposite of what they expected. The religious thought he would come and confirm them but He rebuked them instead. Jesus didn’t come to confirm things He came to fix things. The next time He comes, He’s coming to receive that which has been fixed.
When things are out of alignment, trouble ensues. To be in alignment is to run true to the course we are on. In Ephesians chapter two the word says that believers ONCE lived their lives according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air (satan), the spirit (demonic) that now works in the children of disobedience (unsaved - offspring of disobedience – children of satan). In our sinful state we ran true to the course of a rebellious, disobedient, sinful life against God. When we got born again for real, our lives and our attitude changed. We became sorrowful for our sins and repented to God and believed on the Lord Jesus for salvation.
From that moment on we are supposed to be aflame for Jesus. Jesus is the refiner and a purifier and the scripture says He shall suddenly come to His temple (you and I) to purify us that we may offer offerings in righteousness (see Mal 3:1-3). This purification brings us into Divine Alignment in worship and service to Jesus. True worship, true devotion comes from a sanctified vessel that is full of the Holy Ghost and power. That is the plan of Jesus. Anything less is out of alignment and requires fixing. For an automobile, we can take it to a shop that it might be repaired.
For the child of God, we must go to Him in prayer. Through prayer and supplication, the Spirit of God takes the Word of God and readjusts, recalibrates, and realigns our spirit to be in tune and in sync with Him. He wrecks our desires, transforms our thinking, purifies our ability to believe God (faith), and creates a hunger and thirst for His Word and His Presence. Prayer becomes an addicting delight. We come in Alignment with Jesus.
“For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for
which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren...” Heb 2:11
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