The words of the Lord are pure words:
as silver tried in a furnace of earth,
purified seven times.
It is the method of God that His holy things are brought forth through earthen vessels who are being inwardly purged by His fire. The place of purity and holiness is the place of judgement: it is the realm of God’s dwelling wherein all the hidden secrets of men’s hearts are naked and exposed before the eyes of Him to whom each shall give an account. It is the habitation sought diligently by those who seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness. For righteousness is seen in the free flow of that lively river which makes glad the city of God, and it is heard in the pure words borne of His fiery trials. Each soul in God’s city is to be the open conduit of that river, and each one of them the earthen furnace bearing His perfect silver.
So let the wise rejoice, those who seek the “seven times” refining of His furnace, that only the purest of silver might be brought forth – yes, let them be glad; for He has placed within the hearts of His redeemed a lamp unto their feet and a light unto their path, if they would but look to that indwelling Counselor. And do not be restrained by the falsehood of men who minimize the salvation of the soul, as though it remained the perpetual enemy of God even in faith. For the soul of a man yields to the will whomever’s word he believes, and the soul of the redeemed can always freely yield to the Spirit of God. “He restores my soul” – it is the truth, let it be so! The soul trusting in God despite the Accuser’s voice is the soul which presently finds the benefits of its restoration: it is the redeemed heart being capacitated to house the greater and deeper things of Go, that His righteousness might be walked in.
Blessed are they who do not harden their hearts to Him who is speaking to them today. The over-analysis of man’s fickle outward countenance works to the paralysis of faith; but through abiding in the living obediant faith of He whose Spirit dwells within us, we find ourselves inheriting the promise of the guarantee already deposited within the creature. For doubtless He gladly delivers us today into a holy ability by the power of His Spirit; but “weeping and gnashing of teeth” is the inheritance of the faithless, who cast the disobedience of doubt upon the Lord’s very present provision.
The wise keep ready with their lamps ever full of His oil; but the foolish must feign spirituality, for theirs are filled instead with the lengthy excuses of man’s darkened understanding. O, that they would see, and such grievous vanity be displaced by the beaming brevity of the Spirit of the Lord! The foolish refuse to discover and interact with the Lord’s inheritance within them so that they may preserve the familiarity of their emptiness; but the wise freely acknowledge His inheritance within them so that His living waters might liberally burst forth from out of their own being…
…that the communication of thy faith may become effectual
by the acknowledging of f every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
Every member of God’s house has the ability to quench the fire and dam the river. Many have gone to a certain point in the things of the Spirit and become content not to continue beyond whatever satisfies those around them. But those who refuse to become dull of hearing and weary of seeing the things of God are not content to stay behind the lines which their forefathers have drawn. My participation in THE faith, which is mine in Christ Jesus, becomes effectual not by the wishful admiration of things beyond me, but rather by the acknowledging of every good thing which is verily in me through Him! Let the veil of shame and false humility be removed; and let the redeemed souls of the Lord not shrink back from walking in He who is the Truth.
Those who never step forward despite the darknes they see within themselves will never pass through that blinding shroud and cast it off behind them. What (or who) we behold is that to which we become beholden in our walk; and we are to behold the glory of the Lord as in a mirror! For as much as it is not a matter of beholding ourselves, it is yet also not a matter of beholding a thing outside of ourselves. For we shall only walk as children of light by beholding that Light which resides within us. At all times He is there, eagerly shining forth to the end that His illumination would be acknowledged and not neglected for the compromising ways of men. We are commanded to walk as children of light because we ARE already alight in the Lord (Eph 5:8). And in the confidence of this soul-anchoring hope, we may turn our eyes with singularity upon He who hereby liberates us to walk in the fuller victory to which we have been called…
…whenever one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
And we all, with unveiled face seeing the glory of the Lord as in a mirror,
are transformed into the same image from glory to glory,
even as from the Lord, the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:16-18
Is not your life hid with Christ in God? For He is the Shepherd Whose very habitation is His sheep: this is why they shall not want – unless they seek the ministration of another. The church of today are lounging at the Dead Sea rather than wading through the Jordan: not only do they err in their manner of participation, but they also partake of the wrong sort of waters! They hang upon the empty dead words of men, whose rivers are long stilled and their fires long quenched; rather than allowing the living, flowing word of the Lord to become as a fire in their very own bones, constraining them to act upon the things which they have seen and heard from Him, unto the overflow of their own waters into others. The true Life of God begins flowing in the secret place; and it calls for the same dynamic in others. True things cannot be settled for apart from the Truth Himself – it is a matter of Life or death.
While men sit their entire lives, contemplating th truth that there is nothing good in them apart from Christ, the wise are found obediently exercising those good things which He has indeed planted within them. That which we commit to the Lord He is able to keep; let us therefore apprehend that for which we were already apprehended by Him, guarding the good deposit entrusted to us. For that good deposit of His Spirit is guarded by the using of it; through which He brings forth the increase.
Whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap.
For this reason I remind you
to fan into flame the gift of God,
which is in you…
2 Timothy 1:6