I hear the Lord saying, “I will stay close to you, instructing and guiding you along the pathway for your life. I will advise you along the way and lead you forth with my eyes as your guide. So don’t make it difficult; don’t be stubborn when I take you where you’ve not been before. Don’t make me tug you and pull you along. Just come with me!”. Let me make this clear; A single grain of wheat will never be more than a single grain of wheat unless it drops into the ground and dies. Because then it sprouts and produces a great harvest of wheat – all because one grain died. Psalms 32:8-9; John 12:24TPT
Welcome back to the fire place! It’s been a refreshing season for us as we explore the concept of fearing no evil, for the past few weeks. We are glad to bring you another full episode loaded with insights and words of encouragement prepared to equip you in your journey through this earth as a child of God. In the previous episode, we started to discuss about the positive impacts that follow dark seasons and seemingly difficult times of our lives. In this episode, we shall further explore more mysterious packages and plans that God has prepared for His children when they pass through difficult and trying times. These are evidences that makes us understand the intents of God for us in all seasons. So, if we will fear no evil, then we must understand what God is brewing and harnessing for our good in the midst of the pain and whole turbulent season. Get ready for the fire experience!
One of the many questions that crowds the minds of people passing through difficult times is that why will God allow such evil to happen to them? Others find it more disheartening because they believed they sincerely prayed to God for quick intervention and for reasons unknown to them, it seems He didn’t honour their request. We are always quick to forget that we don’t get to choose exactly how God answers our prayers. We are just to believe Him and trust that when we commit anything into His hands, it is safe. Whenever we try to cajole ourselves to believe there is an exact way God will respond to a request, it will most definitely end in disappointment on our end! God is sovereign. He knows perfectly what is best for our lives far more than we will get to know.
Whenever we try to cajole ourselves to believe there is an exact way God will respond to a request, it will most definitely end in disappointment on our end!
In our focus passage, the first two verses explain how God speaking through the Psalmist tries to give us disclaimer alert heads-on that although He promised to guide us through the pathway of life and lead us by hand into our destiny fulfillment, there will be times when that journey we signed up for will lead us into unknown paths in destiny. We will walk through areas we have not threaded before in the past! Situations of life that we never imagined can be captured in our life experience can literarily become our new normal for many years as a result of our saying yes to God’s will! God did not promise us a smooth and all-sweet journey; He only promised us a safe landing, a future and a hope.
God did not promise us a smooth and all-sweet journey; He only promised us a safe landing, a future and a hope.
So, God’s pathway leads us through unknown and unfamiliar situations for the purpose of training and furnishing us for the future He has prepared for us. God’s promises for us stand sure without fail, waiting to be manifested in our lives; but unfortunately, all that we are looking for is looking for us too, but not this particular version of us! Growth is paramount to all that God will be able to do with any man’s life here on earth.
There are diverse ways God uses to make us grow and personally take us through the process of growth in other to make us ready for His ordained future. It is only after this period of growth processes and development that we can now approach life with a more mature view and by so doing, we get strategically positioned to see needs and problems waiting for our attention to solve and then, enter into destiny fulfillment.
God’s pathway leads us through unknown and unfamiliar situations for the purpose of training and furnishing us for the future He has prepared for us.
Don’t forget that, the problems we will now begin to solve are the same problems that have been lurking around for many years but because we were yet to be trained by God and His mysterious ways, we did not see them as issues requiring attention and worthy of our time. The kind of transformation described above is only possible when we fully submit to God and allow Him to take us through the journey of training for destiny fulfillment without minding the difficulty, trials and hardship that come with it!
Our heathen vessels is the entrance of the power and glory of God on earth!
The crushing and grinding process of God is what leads to the full rising of our potentials! We must pass through the crushing process and sign up to the heavenly refinery if we must truly manifest the life of God that we long for! The principle of training before manifestation is an ageless mystery in God’s Kingdom which He used to refine and prepare every single person He used for His purposes all through history!
The crushing and grinding process of God is what leads to the full rising of our potentials!
The Old and New testaments books are filled with stories of men that rose through obscurity, men that were not given any explanation and yet were made to go through some of the wildest difficulties that can ever happen to humans all because they trusted God and His processes. What was their testimony at the end of it all? They gained the life of God! They earned dimensions of God that they presented to their generations as testaments that they met God and till date, we cannot forget them! Until we are willing to allow God do all He wills with our lives, we truly cannot rise and manifest His glory to our world!
Until we are willing to allow God do all He wills with our lives, we truly cannot rise and manifest His glory to our world!
The New wine will only come alive after a period of crushing, grinding and other strenuous processes it must pass through before becoming suitable for the purpose of drinking. There is a direct relationship between the death of a seed and its bringing forth many fruits. No death, no glory! Until we allow God’s path to lead us through a process where we can truly come to the end of ourselves and become totally dead to flesh and its attributes, there is only little we can do for God and humanity! The process by which God brings forth His new wine from our lives is that refining process that gets activated when difficult nights struck! So, we will fear no evil knowing that God is working through that situation for our ultimate good!
Until we allow God’s path to lead us through a process where we can truly come to the end of ourselves and become totally dead to flesh and its attributes, there is only little we can do for God and humanity!
Instead of shedding tears and blaming everyone around you for the things happening to you, why not return to God and submit your life to Him so He can in turn initiate the crushing process and finally bring you to the point of usefulness to your world through the new wine you will become! In God’s Kingdom, if you endure the process then, you deserve the result!
Not everything in this Kingdom is a gift! There are medals and special abilities that only follow your life as a testimony of having passed through the training school of God! Our scar-filled lives will not only be comforted by the dawning of daylight on us, but much more will enjoy the riches and fruits of the results our lives will begin to command because we passed through the crushing process! If we suffer with Him, then we will truly be glorified with Him! Our heathen vessels is the entrance of the power and glory of God on earth! When we finally become the new wine He desires to see, we will start to stand in His shadow and light up our generation with our results clearly depicting that we represent a superior government!
Our scar-filled lives will not only be comforted by the dawning of daylight on us, but much more will enjoy the riches and fruits of the results our lives will begin to command because we passed through the crushing process!
Remember, Nicodemus submitted to Jesus in His words when he said: “…Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” John 3:2b. There is truly a level of result the world can see and clearly discern that it is supernaturally sponsored by a force greater than they know! There are results your life can begin to command as a true ambassador of God’s Kingdom that will totally rubbish what your colleagues have been doing for many years as a result of your staying with God through the crushing process! We will never rise to the level of becoming God’s answers to our generation until the new wine lying inside of us be released through our sacrificial obedience to God! God is patiently awaiting that generation that will willingly surrender themselves to God for crushing and refining knowing that there is little and barely nothing that can be done on earth for God without passing through this God-ordained pathway for results!
We will never rise to the level of becoming God’s answers to our generation until the new wine lying inside of us be released through our sacrificial obedience to God!
The location of this special training school of God is the Secret Place! It is true that God is ever present in all the earth, but He doesn’t meet with people everywhere. There is a definite contact address where you can always meet God consistently all through your days on earth without fail; it is called the secret place! Psalms 91: 1 says “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty”. This is why all the tears and complaints that most people allow themselves to be overwhelmed with doesn’t count before God until it is rightly channeled through the secret place. When we appear before His Majesty in the secret place, He is willing to listen to all our pleas and heart cry. Why? His Fatherhood dimension is manifested the most in this location!
We must run into intimacy with God and stay there for the constant supply of help and strength needed to stand through our seasons of fear and pain.
Prayer is that golden tool that registers our humility and helplessness before God. This is why prayerlessness is highly classified as pride before His presence! It is a sign that you’ve got it all sorted out without His input in your life. The Father’s eyes desperately search out for the true worshippers, the pure in heart that raise their hearts unto Him continuously without fail! It is those ones that He will comfort and attend to with care and love. So, stop doing it the wrong way! “The fountain of your pleasure is found in the sacrifice of my shattered heart before you. You will not despise my tenderness as I bow down humbly at your feet” Psalms 51:17TPT. David was a man that understood this mystery of God and as a result always find His way into the heart of God every time!
The Father’s eyes desperately search out for the true worshippers, the pure in heart that raise their hearts unto Him continuously without fail!
Finally, Intimacy is what leads us into His arms for comfort, protection and training! Until you find your way into the true love of God, there is a longing and deep hole inside you that will never be filled! A lot of people especially ladies are desperately in search of true love because they believe that it is the key to being fulfilled and having rest of mind in life. Sadly, they are wrong! No one can love you like God! Who was there when He made you in His own image and specifically placed you where you are today? Until man meets God and gets to encounter His true love, true love will be impossible and totally out of reach!
Until man meets God and gets to encounter His true love, true love will be impossible and totally out of reach!
Also, beyond being a place of protection and Comfort, intimacy is more importantly the place of training. Intimacy is God’s strategy in keeping us in stillness, comfort and love. Intimacy is God’s system being used in keeping us all through our darkest nights before the dawning of broad daylight in our lives. This is why we must not despise the place of seeking God through quiet time, retreating and listening to His voice. We must run into intimacy with God and stay there for the constant supply of help and strength needed to stand through our seasons of fear and pain.
There is truly a longing in man’s heart that nothing else can fill apart from God! God is our only hope in life and in eternity. We must therefore stay in Him and allow Him to personally bring out His New Wine from your frail and fragile vessels! Were you blessed? Share something new that caught your attention with us in the comment section below. Also, kindly drop your email address below so as to receive update once we drop a new episode. Thanks for visiting the Fire Place. You are blessed!