By Kathi Pelton
The body of Christ is in a divine preparation time that will bring forth a deep purity of heart. This purity is required so that she can walk in a greater level of authority then she has walked in prior to this time.
So many of his sons and daughters are yielding to the refining process that he has initiated by God. A posture of surrender is required in order to willingly yield to his refining fire. He does not force it, he invites us into the process of purification.
This is a time to be intentional about your positioning and purity. It is a time to partner with the Spirit of the Lord to fully allow the purification process to bring forth gold. Recently I heard a story about how the refinement of gold takes many steps— but the final step is when they extract the silver from the gold. Though silver is a desirable and valuable metal, it too, must be removed to have pure gold.
Like the silver, God is extracting even the things that the world considers valuable from his bride so that she is found pure and without mixture. In John 14:30 Jesus says that “…the ruler of this world approaches but he will have no power over me.” Some versions say, “…he has nothing in me.” The refinement process is a process that brings protection as well. It removes the impurities and the mixture, so that we too can say, “he has nothing in me!”
As we prepare to enter the season of spring, I hear the familiar verses from Song of Solomon 2,
“My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past; The rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; The time of the singing of birds is come, And the voice of the turtle-dove is heard in our land; The fig-tree ripeneth her green figs, And the vines are in blossom; They give forth their fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, In the covert of the steep place, Let me see thy countenance, Let me hear thy voice; For sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely. Song of Solomon 2:10-14
There is an invitation to come away with our beloved in a sacred romance, yet the following verse brings a warning because the evil one desires to destroy the purity and intimacy between the Lord and his bride.
“Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes, That spoil the vineyards; For our vineyards are in blossom.” Song of Solomon 2:15
The vineyards bloom before the tender fruit is seen upon the vines. If protected, each tiny flower will become a piece of fruit on the vine. Each one makes up clusters of grapes which will be pressed to yield new wine. But, the enemy sends foxes, EVEN LITTLE FOXES, in to spoil the blossoms before they can become fruit. We must partner with the Spirit to catch even the “little foxes” that have come to destroy our tender blossoms.
God is even going after the “silver” so that we are pure gold and the enemy will find no place in us to release his foxes.
There is a new level of authority that we will be entrusted with in the days ahead but we cannot walk in this authority and remain protected if we are not first purified from mixture. God is refining the motives of our heart, he is removing offenses, he is asking for us to forgive those who have offended us, he is removing judgements from our hearts and he is purifying love.
This is our protection— purity is protection because we cannot be a “house divided.” This is a divine work of the Holy Spirit and yet, it takes our surrender and cooperation. We must say, “Purify and search my heart, Lord.”
Just as Queen Esther went through many stages of purification or beautification before approaching her king— we too must be prepared before we watch demonic decrees overruled by righteous rulings. We have just passed through Purim, the celebration of when Esther’s act of approaching her king (even revealing her Jewish bloodline— the king had just signed a decree to have all Jews killed) was used to save the her people. I sense that between Purim and late Spring (through May) that we are to intentionally partner and cooperative with our Beloved to “catch those little foxes” that have been sent to destroy thr blossoms and the formation of the tender fruit.
We say, “Extract even the silver, Lord” We come to buy gold— pure gold. We yield to your refining fire that purifies, protects and promotes us into new levels of authority that will nullify demonic decrees and establish righteous justice and mercy over people groups and nations.
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