- There are no short cuts to becoming the person God wants us to be.
- Let us learn to be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to wrath.
- Much refinement comes when all is quiet and silent. It becomes deafening….
- We must KNOW GOD is working even when we don’t feel or see it.
- Being impatient can cause competition and jealousy.
Impatience will provoke us to take things in our own hands instead of waiting on God.
The LORD will often provoke us to jealousy and provoke a reaction to action. Why? To get to our heart so WE can see what is in us and repent! Those that the LORD loves HE corrects.
King Saul took upon himself to do the sacrifice instead of waiting on the prophet Samuel and obeying Gods command. He took upon himself an office that was NOT his to take.
“And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams,” 1 Samuel 15:22.
“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king,” 1 Samuel 15:23.
For those who steal others words for fleshly benefit are actually for false benefit and false prophecy. Witchcraft, manipulation and control to gain popular approval.
When we compare ourselves among ourselves and compete, we thus have pressure to perform for the eyes of man to see and to appease our insecurities.
Did you know prophets can have a false anointing? Balaam was a false prophet and yet God used him to bless Israel.
“And God said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed,” Numbers 22:12.
Yes it feels like anointing and seems like it but one must discern by the Holy Spirit and scripture. False prophecy was a problem then as it is now. See the many palm readers and psychics out there and the church has a problem with seeking out prophets like many seek out psychics.
Again, there are no short cuts to becoming the person God wants us to be. Being refined takes time and many testing’s by the LORD. Silence is one of them. Wait upon the LORD and refuse to speak or write until HE refines you in silence. As a mouthpiece a prophet must become quiet to hear God. In time the silence becomes a settled place of peace.
Refinement in silence brings much to the surface. It causes us to move and do it our way instead of waiting on God. The flesh often operates if there is fear in the mind. Something must be wrong since we can’t hear the LORD in silence! Often insecurities and fears provoke us to act instead of wait. Waiting is NEVER wasted time, it is preparation time.
We must ask ourselves… are we driven to insecurity? God does not drive us, HE corrects and leads us like sheep.
Are we trustworthy with authority? Are we seeking popularity?
What do we do in silence when it feels like the ceilings are brass? God will purposely pull back His presence for some time. What do we do? We must ask ourselves about motives. God knows us totally but we don’t know ourselves as HE see’s us.
The evidence of our faith in areas is produced by refining in silence and waiting of GOD for HIS voice. He shows us areas of error in us to teach us to learn to change as we mature.
We will never mature if we never cooperate in the process. We may say we want the Word to become flesh in us, but the only way that happens is when we yield to Him. HE is the refiners fire and HE defines us and burns away those things that hinder our walk.
This walk and the way we mature is through seasons as we walk from the mountains to the valleys. Part of our maturity is learning to wait as long as it takes for God to speak to us. We have nothing to offer unless God gives it to us. Amen? Amen!
In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey