The body of Christ has been in the midst of a time where both fire and water has been upon us. Fire comes to purify and water comes to cleanse and refresh. There has been such a work of the Spirit to purify the bride from the places that brought her (and others) harm and misrepresented her Bridegroom. There has been a time of washing the deepest places that only the Spirit knew needed cleansing and refreshing.
This season of preparation has been both difficult and beautiful. The process of seeing deep roots that bring harm revealed and removed can be a painful one but once they are removed and replaced with truth and healthy roots, it brings a deep refreshing that is like a hydrating drink to a thirsty soul.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.”
There is always a time of preparation before positioning. Esther was prepared before approaching the king and becoming a queen, the disciples were prepared before they were positioned, Moses was prepared, Jospeh was prepared and every leader is prepared before they are positioned. The Church has been in a time of preparation through a refining fire and cleansing water that will now position us. We will walk forth with in the consuming fire of our God and release the water that leads to eternal life.
“…but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”
The emerging move of God will carry both fire and water upon it. Those who have allowed their lives to go through the preparation of fire and water will be positioned in this move of God. As the harmful ways and unhealthy roots have been purified they will be able to lead with humility, love and honor. They will represent the Bridegroom as they are clothed in His righteousness, strength and authority.
If you are in the midst of preparation, do not resist the fire or the water. Yield to His work; the benefit will position you even as it sets you free. The beauty of His holiness will emerge and crown His people with His identity.
“…he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory.”
Come Holy Spirit with both fire and water that prepares us so that we may be carriers of Your fire and water!
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