By Kathi Pelton
As I sat down today to spend my morning time with the Lord, I let out a sigh (in pain) due to the sore muscles that my physical body is experiencing because of a new workout routine I began this week. There are muscles I didn’t even know that I had that ache from being used for the first time in so long.
As I pondered how I would get into a comfortable position the Lord spoke to me,
“Kathi, many of my people are feeling stretched right now. They are experiencing pain as they work spiritual muscles that have not been active before. Tell them that they are gaining strength and they are getting healthy!”
Wow! This season has been a very intentional time of soul healing, spirit strengthening and a holy purification. God has been ridding His people from unhealthy spiritual, mental and emotional behaviors and beliefs. Just like with a physical workout, it can leave you feeling stretched and sore. Learning new ways and new behaviors takes time, energy and discipline.
I find it interesting that I see many believers getting their physical bodies into a healthy place as well over the past several months. The amazing transformations are posted all over social media. Often the natural things will speak of the invisible things and this is one of those times. It is a time of transformation and there is a beautiful grace being extended for those who will respond.
God is preparing His Bride!
Just as Esther was taken through the long process of itreatments to prepare her to go before the king or when Joshua the High Priest’s filthy garments where removed and new, white linens where placed upon him in Zechariah 3; we too are being prepared, beautified, purified and changed to represent our King.
It is causing many to feel stretched emotionally and spiritually but the Lord wants you to know that you are gaining strength and you are getting healthy. The pain is worth the gain! Keep pressing through because there is a great reward. You will walk in greater love, greater authority, deeper intimacy, purity, holiness and your character will represent the character of Christ.
Be aware that there is also a great resistance by the enemy against this work in your life. The enemy does not want to relinquish places that he has occupied in the souls of God’s people. He will try to stir up resistance against the exposing of strongholds of the soul. But those who yield (surrender) to the work of the Spirit will find great freedom. Minds will be renewed, addictions will be broken and wounds will be healed. The very image of Christ that you were created in will emerge with light and beauty.
This is a time of transformation. Invite the Spirit of the Lord to complete this work within you and to help you when it is stretching you and making it difficult to find comfort.
When the world sees you transformed; they will see Jesus!
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