LiV Purified By Fire

The biggest problem in the church today is compromise, tolerance of evil and the practice of hiding sins by the self-appointed or handpicked ‘servants’ of God. These people have a problem with purity. They have not been purified to offer any acceptable sacrifices before God.

One would ask, why do people appoint themselves or appoint each other to the positions of ‘service’ to God?

The real reasons could be very subtle. There is monetary gain, creating a name for themselves or simply to cover who they really are. Such people have a seed of insincerity, ignorance and a demonic inspiration to ‘serve’.

With the increase of wickedness in the Christian leadership, we would all wonder what could be done!

The bible is very clear of what is, and what is not important. Luke 10:20 (NIV) However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

It is important that whatever you do in the name of God, you do it in Spirit and in Truth. John 4:24. You cannot be in Spirit if you don’t recognize the Holy Spirit. You need to embrace the power of the Holy Spirit to help you get rid of falsehoods in your personal life. You will not be going anywhere if you do it on your own.

If you cannot stop sinning, hiding sin will only make the situation worse. Proverbs 28:13 (NLT) People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.

Confess your sins to someone and pray with that person and you will be forgiven. If you can’t stop sinning, seek a deliverance ministry from persons living right with God. Sometimes, deliverance takes time but eventually demons leave you and you are then able to stop the habitual sins. You will also be healed permanently from the consequences of these sins. People have be delivered from incurable diseases, sexual sins, hate, jealousy, drugs and fear! It may take time but you have to be on it for a while with the help of other people.

James 5:16 (NIV) Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

If you are involved in seeking God and letting Him deal with your sins, His peace will come as soon as you get delivered. This is the kind of peace that cannot be explained! Philippians 4:7 (NIV) And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

When you sincerely endeavor to pursue righteousness, God comes in to help you finish the job. If you wish to serve God in your life, then let God purify you. Serving God is synonymous to being a Levite in the old testament. You cannot serve God in your own standard of righteousness. No, He Has His own standard! You must be ready to go through the fire! Zechariah 13:9 (NLT) I will bring that group through the fire and make them pure. I will refine them like silver and purify them like gold. They will call on my name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘These are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The LORD is our God.’”

Then after the fire, you will be able to offer sacrifices in righteousness. Malachi 3:3 (NIV) He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness…

It took me long to get it. I had gone through every other thing other than the fire. I walked around feeling spiritual and able to tackle any demon on my way. I had peace, I had overcome habitual sins and felt very comfortable in my Christian life. I thought I was ready for the ministry of serving God. Only God knew that I was not. Why? I still had compromises in the name of being good or accepted. I compromised and let in a lot in my space that did not please God. In His love for me, He allowed me to shove myself into the fire. It was hot and smoky! I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t hide faults that came to the surface but I accepted his whipping. In the end, I emerged on the other end refined in my spirit. I was a notch higher in humility. I allowed God’s Holiness to dwell within me. Something I only talked about before but didn’t really know how to allow it in my innermost being! It has been a delight and a privilege to serve God in my life after this fire!

I hope this message has been a blessing to someone! May God richly bless you!

[Article Author: Joseph GM]

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