By Kathi Pelton
I woke up out of a dream this morning that immediately became a revelation. Rather than share all the details of the dream (many were symbolic)— I will share with you the revelation that came forth from it.
The Lord showed me a great fire that has been sent by His hand upon the Church. This fire has been sent to refine, purify and burn away the “underbrush” from our lives. It has been and continues to be a necessary fire so that His people are prepared to walk in the authority of a royal priesthood. This is a holy preparation that is removing compromises that have diluted our authority and power. It is preparing us to be agents of change and ambassadors of Christ that walk in spiritual and governmental authority to decree and establish all that He asks us.
As I saw this fire, I knew that it that could only be contained by the hand of the Lord and the completion of the work of refinement in our lives. There is a yielding to this fire that changes us and raises the standard of the fear of the Lord in our lives.
Then I saw these widespread fires coming together into one single fire; it appeared more like a massive single flame. When this happened I saw something come out of Heaven that had the appearance of a clear “glass chimney”; such as you would put upon an oil light or lantern. As this glass chimney came down upon this single flame (which was birthed from the Refiner’s fire) and fully encircled it- suddenly, it was a glorious lamp or light to the whole world.
As this happened I heard the words, “Now is the time. This is the new beginning.”
As I shared this dream and visionary encounter with a group of international leaders, there was agreement that we are in a time of great refinement— even discipline. The Lord disciples those that He loves. Just as a parent disciplines their child because they love them and want to see them walk in an upright manner, in integrity and in godly character— so the Lord disciplines His sons and daughters so that we might be entrusted through the refinement of our actions, integrity and character to carry spiritual authority that changes earthly things.
One person shared that this refinement is not merely dealing with issues of “right and wrong” but it is narrowing the flexibility in what the Lord is permitting and what He no longer is allowing. More like a standard being raised. Of course a refining fire will deal with blatant sin and compromise of truth but this is touching many leaders to “put away childish things” and to walk in a way worthy of our call.
The Lord has sent this fire because He loves us. He is disciplining us because He has a great call for us to walk in. He is preparing us so that we can be entrusted with that call. And, He is drawing us together to produce one holy flame that He can put this glass chimney upon for the sake of His Ecclesia being the “light on a hill”; a bright light in the time of gross darkness. We will emerge as His lamp.
If you are facing refinement then know this— you are not alone. Yield to His fire and let it purify your heart and your life. Allow it to burn away all compromise and concessions that lead to compromises. These may not be “wrong” things as much as things that are not aligned with the call of God upon your life or the standard that He is calling you to live in.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
1 Peter 2:9
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