The Light That Pierces The Darkness

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Lately, I’ve come across many articles, blogs, and even current YouTube videos of Christians discussing a season of being in the “fiery furnace”. I assume it’s because of the season I’m in (but sort of coming out of…I think) that I’m noticing this subject more.

That’s the thing about trials. You don’t know when you are out of them completely until you’re out of them completely. I know it doesn’t make sense, but it doesn’t make sense to me either, if that makes you feel any better.

Some Christians say their trial began the week of the Blood Moon while others, like myself, found themselves in a trial long before the Blood Moon appeared.

However, I am sure things are looking better for me now than they did a couple of months ago. I told my brother that I may build a stage in my home (actually just stand on my living room table), throw on a Dianna Ross wig, and croon to her song “I’m Coming Out”.

I am so grateful my life is looking better. However, I can’t help but believe that my kicking and screaming and endless nights on my knees praying to Daddy broke His heart so much so that He allowed some relief to ease my pain through my struggle.

He’s just that good and loving.

While praying, I said to the Father, it’s a good thing He knows me because He created me. My emotions didn’t freak Him out and send Him packing. He stayed right in there with me, comforting me by the Holy Spirit and reassuring me that He’s in control of the furnace.

My season of the fiery furnace reminds me of when a drug addict goes through detox. His body experiences all sorts of pain and discomforts and yet he fights through it all to rid his body of the toxins that controlled his life for far too long.

When it’s over, he is a new being, with the ability to see life more clearly as well as the old habits that harmed his life. His life is a testament to others who struggle with addiction.

I remember when I began to feel the pain of the trial and I heard in my spirit that “these things can’t go into the next level of faith that I’m taking you to”.

By “things” I mean the toxins in my life. The unproductive fruits strangled by dead branches and leaves. The obstacles that prevented the manifestation of the character of Christ in my life and skewed my vision of myself and my life in Him.

One of the lessons I learned in this trial is I will always have a need, whether it be physical, financial, emotional, or spiritual. Having a need sustains intimacy with the Father and strengthens my connection to Him.

God sent two ministers into my life within three days time to speak this message to me through the sermons they delivered. Thank you Pastor Tommy Barnett from the California Dream Center and Katherine Ruonala,a Healing Minister visiting from Australia.

It may sound simple, but I really didn’t understand that by my actions, I was telling God I didn’t need Him. I was praising Him for my life and for the things I had accomplished in my life, but my life was going as I had planned, not the way He planned it for me…until I hit a brick wall.

As I was praying this morning for the Father to complete the work that He started in me during this trial, I remembered my memory verse from yesterday.

Phil 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ“.

I realize that this season of testing is just one of many to come. I will always need God to sustain my life. Therefore, He will continuously produce fruit in my life through the lessons I have to learn.

While continuing in prayer this morning, suddenly a saw a picture of what looked like one of the gold statues entertainers win at the Oscars and a hand was polishing it. I believe it was God’s hand polishing the gold statue as it came out of the fiery furnace.

As I continued to pray I realized that the fiery furnace is not only to produce the character of Christ in our lives, but it’s also to make us shine so bright in the darkness that we become the lighted path leading the lost to our Savior.

I imagined a picture of Christians along a path and the Light from within them shined so bright that it lit up the path leading to Jesus. Some stood along the path and some were the lighted bricks in the path itself.

Additionally, our light shines Truth in the darkness because we have the Light of Truth living on the inside of us. John 1: 4-5 states “In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (emphasis mine).

Our world continues to deny the Truth. They run from the Truth until they begin to believe the lies of the enemy. However, no matter how far they run, we Christians will be there to shine the Light of Truth that pierces through the darkness.

Unbelievers will seek us out for answers because our Light will shine bright in this dark world.

The bible says in 2 Cor 4:6 “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ” (emphasis mine).

When unbelievers need peace and hope, they will seek us because we have the God of all peace and the God of all hope in us which emanates Light. Even now, they are confounded as to our strength and our hope in God and they desire the same which will eventually lead them on the bright and narrow path to Christ.

It is an honor and a privilege to be a chosen vessel, used by God, to lead the lost to the Light. Nevertheless, we are created for God’s glory, the same glory that leads unbelievers to Jesus. The bible says that we were chosen before the foundation of the world and I believe it was for this very purpose.

Ephesians 1:4-6 states “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

The fiery furnace burns up the toxins so that we are holy and without blame before God. The fiery furnace is teaching us to love which will draw unbelievers to the Light which is His will for our lives.

We are the hands, the feet, and even the mouthpiece of Jesus to lead the lost to Him by the manifestation of His love pouring out through our lives.

We are not our own, but we were bought with the precious blood of Jesus for this very purpose. It’s not about us, but it’s all about Him and leading the lost to Him.

If you’re experiencing a season of testing in the furnace, allow God to complete what He’s started in you for this season of your life.

One thing I realized during this trial is that I had to be an active participant in the trial. Fighting God and begging to get out instead of focusing on what He was doing in me only prolonged my trial, in my opinion.

Once I began to say, okay God, no matter how bad this hurt and the fear of not being in control of my tomorrows is whispering in my ear everyday, I’m going to trust You. Then the blessings began to flow to me.

That’s why I’m able to say I believe I’m coming out of this trial.

Also, during your trial, do whatever it takes to protect your love connection with Jesus. The trial can cause you to become frustrated and angry with God. That’s okay. He’s a big God and can handle it. He won’t run when you get emotional. 🙂

However, get over it quick and run back to the Father. He’ll be there waiting on you with arms open wide.

Offense in our hearts towards God creates blockage, like a clogged artery, from our heart to His which prevents us from getting close to Him.

We need to feel His heart beat in us when we are in the furnace. We need to know He’s there, even though He always is.

Therefore hold on. Don’t give up. God will finish what He’s started in you so that God’s love in your heart will shine bright through you lead unbelievers to Jesus Christ.

Prayer:  Father, I pray that every woman (and man) who is in a season of testing will do whatever it takes to defend her love connection to Christ. I pray Lord that You will complete what you started in her life, so she will become one with the Light that shines in the darkness. Let her light so shine before men that it draws all men unto You, bringing glory to Your Name. Father, when her knees buckle, help her to find strength on her knees in prayer. Holy Spirit, comfort her through the tears and the pain that she may come forth as pure gold. In Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.

May God’s love overwhelm you,

Marilyn J.

 

 

 

 

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14 thoughts on “The Light That Pierces The Darkness”

  1. Great post Marilyn Thanks. I wrote a post about going through the fire awhile back and reading your post reminded me the things I had to let go (burned away) as I passed through the fire. It can sometimes be a bit uncomfortable– but the end result is always wonderful! (http://wp.me/p3RXI0-80) Its sort of similar of being pruned…what’s left is the stuff the Lord can use, what was pruned away or burned off only kept us from growing or being used. We all have to pass through the flames to be an effective disciple.

    1. Steve, I still remember your post about pruning and I actually thought about it while writing this post. It had such an impact on me at the time and helped me understand my trial. Thanks for the link to your post. I’ll check it now.

  2. Thank you for this beautiful post Marilyn! The furnace is a place we don’t want to be, but as you said it’s beneficial for getting rid of the ‘toxins’ which can clog our progress. May God continue to perfect His work in you and make you a shinning example to many. God bless you! 🙂

  3. I love your heart Marilyn! Knowing He is the Furnace, and the All Encompassing Fire makes a difference in our attitude as we endure the heat coming closer and closer to Him! The Furnace and the Fire are not places, they are the One we love! Draw us closer Jesus, draw us closer.

  4. Hi Marilyn! Welcome back! It is so true that you don’t know how far you fell until you get up. How wonderful that you can see that you were being purified for his purpose. I don’t think a lot of people ever feel that way. But you see your hardships as a path to the Father. That is so inspiring. Thank you for sharing this very private time. It’s good to see you again 🙂
    Ceil

    1. Hi Ceil! Thank you for welcoming me back and it’s good to see you as well. I’ve been at women’s conference for the past couple of days and one of the women spoke directly on sharing our private testimonies to encourage others. At times, I felt as if I might be sharing too much. But after listening to her speak on it, I know I’m supposed to share. Thank you for your supporting me. 🙂
      Many blessings to you!

  5. Love it! As a recovery addict you used a great example. I tell people I’ve been baptized with water, the Holy Spirit and fire. (Matthew 3: 11) It was the fire that purified me and made a place for the Holy Spirit to dwell. Im glad your shared this soul saving post with us. God bless!

  6. You’ve mentioned, “We are not our own” and often this is something that slips our mind frequently. I believe many Christians are going through right now. Christians really need one another, especially to intercede in prayer.

    I was listening to Bishop TD Jakes the other day, he said something that hit home with me. He mentioned that more Christians should be like the early church who prayed without ceasing, laying prostrate before the Lord. And, he’s right…Each day is a press.

    1. Antoinette, I agree with Bishop Jakes. And you are so right that interceding for other Christians as they face trials should be commonplace for us Christians. To tell you the truth, had it not been for my brother and some other close family members interceding for me during this season, I’m not sure my strength would have lasted. Their prayers encouraged me to “press” into God for hope and strength for each day. And it was a daily process…still is. Thanks for reading and commenting. May the Lord bless you richly!

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