New Foundations Ministries
  Vital words to the body of Christ
Teaching the Everlasting Gospel of God's Kingdom
Revelation 14:6-7

George and Jeannie Kirkpatrick, Authors
and the Harvest Team at New Foundations Ministries


God's Refining Fire  


Many words have been written.
The true story has been told.
How Jesus will bring His children
through the fire, as refined gold.

Now comes the test
of My saved souls
They will go thru the fire,
as refined gold.
By Darl Dinger

"Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction." Isaiah 48:10
    
God purified Israel in the iron furnace before He could take them into their promise land.
"Which I commanded your fathers in the day [that] I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying, Obey my voice, and do them, according to all which I command you: so shall ye be my people, and I will be your God:” Jeremiah 11:4

The same is true today. God uses the cleansing fire of the Holy Spirit to cleanse His chosen before He can take them into their promise land, the Kingdom of God.

The Iron Furnace was Israel's place of refinement. God was preparing Israel to inhabit His promise land. In the natural, one of the uses of the furnace is to soften metal. Today those who do not have a soft, malleable heart of repentance toward God will be tried in God's Iron Furnace of His judgment.

Those whom God has chosen to possess His land are in the furnace of affliction being refined as pure gold. God has brought them into His circumcision where the flesh is being removed from their thinking. Their flesh no longer hinders the move of His Spirit. These, who as Paul, will proclaim:

"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20

God will again sit as a refiner of His silver and gold. We, too, will be tried in God's Iron Furnace of Affliction.  The prophet Malachi asks:

"But who may abide the day of His coming? And who shall stand when He appeareth? For He is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap: And He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness."  Malachi 3:2-3

The sons of Levi are His priests. Those who enter the priesthood realm will be refined as gold and silver are refined. They must endure the refiner's fire in the Holy Place of God. They must be washed with fuller's soap to be cleansed through and through. Their lives must become an offering in righteousness unto their God.
As Paul revealed to the church at Ephesus, His glorious church will not have any spots or wrinkles. They will be holy and without blemish, Ephesians 5:27. Our God is going to purify and cleanse a people. These will make up His church, the body of Christ. This work will be accomplished in the Holy Place in the presence of the golden candlestick, and by the pure white light of the Holy Spirit anointing.

Many today who desire to be part of God's eternal temple are not willing to come into the refining process. They refuse to be prepared as silver and gold are prepared. They refuse the refining process that will remove all defilement from their lives that they may stand before God, holy and without defilement. Malachi declares:

"And He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness." Malachi 3:3

God is in the process of doing this today. He is purifying His silver and His gold. He is turning up the heat in their lives to loosen all the dross and the things that do not profit, so they can be skimmed off, and only the pure silver and the pure gold will be left. Nothing of the world or the old man will be left in their lives. This was the purpose of the Holy Spirit coming on the Day of Pentecost as cloven tongues of fire. This is God's refining fire. Yes, God is turning up the heat in us today to make us ready for sonship. These are those who will make up His manifested sons.  We look again to Isaiah for further understanding:

"When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the Spirit of judgment, and by the Spirit of burning." Isaiah 4:4

When the Bible speaks of daughters in the Old Testament, it is speaking of the church in the New Testament. When it speaks of the daughters of Zion it is speaking of God's true church. The Lord will purge (wash clean) the blood (life) of Jerusalem (true worshipers) by the Spirit of judgment and the Spirit of burning.

When the Spirit of judgment is ministering to our lives, it brings to light all the impurities that God wants us to deal with so He can wash us clean of all unrighteousness, so we may stand clean before Him on the Great Day of Judgment. He will do this by the Spirit of burning.

On the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came as cloven tongues of fire. This is the Spirit of burning which will cleanse us of all unrighteousness. God is purifying His silver and gold by the intense heat of the Spirit of burning. Many cannot stand the fire. But those who do withstand the intense heat will come forth as pure gold and pure silver to be used by the King of Glory in the days ahead. The heat may seem difficult to endure, but Paul revealed to the church at Thessalonica:

"So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure: Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the Kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:"
II Thessalonians 1:4-5


God has given us the Spirit of judgment - - - not only to judge righteous judgment - - - but also to cleanse us - - - to make us worthy of the Kingdom of God. Our suffering is only to cleanse us and make us ready to rule and reign with Christ during His millennium, and for all eternity.

Why Lord? Why?

To become God's precious jewels, His peculiar treasures who are able to stand when He appears we must endure suffering. Why? The brightness and beauty of gemstones can only be revealed to their fullest only after cutting and polishing. Their beauty may be greatly diminished, however, if they contain internal flaws or bits of foreign material. Totally clean, high-quality gemstones are exceedingly rare, because minerals are usually formed in nature under stress. It is only by this cutting, polishing and being put through the refining fires that God's precious jewels shall shine forth in all their brilliancy.

Our God sits as a refiner and purifier of His silver and gold. The only way silver and gold is purified is by turning up the heat. As God's Spiritual silver and gold, we can only be purified by this refining process. All things that do not profit God in our lives must be brought to the top, and skimmed off. Then, and only then, will we come forth as argentiferous gold, purified in God's infolding fire. By the Spirit, the prophet Haggai proclaimed:

"The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts." Haggai 2:8

Only those who dwell in vessels of silver and gold will make up the Holy City, New Jerusalem, the Mount Zion. God is going to purify those who are yielded to His Spirit. He will turn up the heat in their lives, until all the dross comes to the surface to be dealt with. Only these can offer the Lord an offering in righteousness. Only these will clothe the Holy City in righteousness. This is when the cloven tongues of fire has completed its work. Jesus came to have a hundred fold body. This will be those who have gone all the way to become what the Word says they must become, so that they can rule and reign with Christ. The prophet Zechariah prophesied of this hundred fold realm in the Old Testament:

"And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on My name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is My people: and they shall say, The Lord is My God." Zechariah 13:9

God is going to bring a third part through the fire, to purify and refine them. This is not the multitude, but the little flock whom the Father will use to make up His Kingdom.  Why is this so necessary?    

"That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ." I Peter 1:7

Let's look at gold. Gold starts out with impurities, dross. We, like gold, start out with impurities.  But by putting gold in the fire it becomes more and more pure as the flame gets hotter. But many of God’s people  would rather stop at being gold plated, which has hardly any value at all. Some people will go on to 10K gold; disliking the pain of growth, but receiving some reward from going on in the fire of God. (Remember, our God is a consuming fire.) If sin (dross) is in your life He will burn it up.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego allowed God to purify them in their steady walk in Christ. They went way beyond 24K gold. They were of the most purest gold. Their faith, being more precious than gold, was put to the ultimate test - - - total obedience unto death. They too, like Jesus, were obedient unto death but came out more alive, more pure, and with more freedom than they had ever had before. God is a consuming fire that burns off all the dross in our lives, (disobedience, unfaithfulness, foolishness, rebellion, hatred, and death). When our Father is through with us, we will be as transparent gold. There will be nothing hidden in our lives. Our lives will be transparent before all the world. Our Father will proudly and boldly display us. We will be vessels of honor, fit for the Father's house. Where will you stop? Gold plated ? 10K? 24K? Or will you go on to be the finest, transparent gold?                   By George Kirkpatrick


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Beloved, the day is at hand.  Look up!  For your redemption draweth nigh! Luke 21:28   
         

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