God refining fire

Have you ever had a day where you are wondering “What in the world am I doing in this city?”

Come on, be honest.  You’ve had quite a few bad days and suddenly you’re reminiscing about what you used to have.  Thinking about “At least I had a home, a job, an income, my family…you fill in the blank.  I thought back over all the stories I’ve heard since moving here two years ago.  Stories of tragedy, pain, suffering and discouragement.  I began to talk to God about that. “Lord, why would you bring all of us here and allow such suffering?  After all, we came here because we knew there was hope here.”

Instantly I thought of  the story of the Israelites in their exodus from Egypt.  They were so thrilled to see all the miracles to set them free.  They witnessed a huge body of water opening up for them to cross over and then it swallowed up their enemy; but eventually as they travelled on, they became hungry and doubting if they should have come.  Somehow they forgot the problems they had in Egypt and remembered that at least they had meat every night.

EXODUS 16 2 In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. 3 The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the LORD’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.”

Why has God brought us here?  So many people have lost homes, income, jobs, even loss of loved ones, and believe they are following God.

What if God is bringing us here to know Him in a way we’ve never known?  What if He’s saying “I want you to be here to know Me and I’m allowing everything in your life to fall away so all that’s left is you and Me.”  Teaching us to be content with only Him.  As if we’re being rewired to trust Him when we have nothing else to hang on to.  As if we’re starting at the beginning again and He’s saying “When I created you I put a destiny inside of you and you’ve been looking everywhere to tap into that.  You’ve done a good job and gone many places building up your character and you’re going to use that for the plan I have for you ahead.”

What if we all came to Redding with our skills and comforts and He’s stripping all that away and saying “Now I’m taking you back to the very beginning.  You’ll still use everything you’ve learned, but we’re going to go a different direction now.”  Think of where we’d be if we had our old life?  We’d depend on the same things we did then.  Now, it’s only God who is our hope.

Maybe that’s what we should have!  A school that everyone goes through when they get here learning how to be reprogrammed and come out with a new destiny on the other end!

JOb 23:10 But he knows the way that I take;  when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.

Believe it.  The dross is being scooped away and the gold is emerging.  God knows you.  He knows you’re going to make it through.  He trusts you.

I hope all you golden children of God will join us Friday to pray for the marketplace.  To understand the kingdom of God in the marketplace in greater ways.  To be a walking temple that doesn’t need to go to a place to go to get healed, delivered, raised from the dead:),  divine connections, finances happen…we carry around the Presence of God in new ways and He opens the doors as we listen to Him.

See you at noon at Frank Consulting to pray for His kingdom to come in new and exciting ways.

Hope to see some of you at the Business Plan Workshop this Saturday (presented by Amber and Mike!) and then some at the Entrepreneur Bootcamp on February 9,10,11.  This is going to be fun!!!



P.S.  Yesterday Mike received some prayer from some friends totally not related to his neuropathy and within an hour his right leg suddenly stopped having pain!  Thank you Jesus!!!

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