Presentation on theme: "The Furnace #1. MALACHI 3:2 2 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."— Presentation transcript:
The Furnace #1
MALACHI 3:2 2 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: 3 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. 4 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years.
Faith must be tested to produce the promise The greatest thing that can happen to you He comes to you in the test (revelation) You will know there’s a mainspring Only God’s quickening power, the Holy Ghost, will stand the ultimate test
THE.CONFLICT.BETWEEN.GOD.AND.SATAN_ CLARKSVILLE.IN THURSDAY_ 89 Well, it's the same thing takes place when you become converted from a sinner to a Christian. See? It changes your own opinions. It changes your own will. It changes everything that's in you. And it brings you into another life, and gives you another Spirit, that bears forth another record. See? Then your old life has to die, and the new one has to be born again. And then, see, you're no more the creature you was, at all. That's when you become behind the Blood, fortified with the Word. Don't try to explain nothing, just believe it and go on. "Lord, I believe. Saviour, raise my faith in Thee, till it can move a mountain." See? "Lord, I believe, for all my doubts are buried in the Fountain."
The Final Round All devils are here All temptations are here Deceit multiplied All challenges for the overcomer All mysteries revealed Christ Himself is here Every characteristic of God will be on display
REVELATION 3:18 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and [that] the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.counselbuygoldtriedfirerichwhiteraimentclothedshamenakednessappearanointthineeyeseyesalvesee
116-2 SMYRNAEAN.CHURCH.AGE - CHURCH.AGE.BOOK CPT.4 You see, they could not figure out God's love. They thought that love meant no suffering. They thought that love meant a baby with parental care. But God said that His love was "elective" love. The proof of His love is ELECTION- -that no matter what happened, His love was proven truly by the fact they were chosen unto salvation...
116-2 SMYRNAEAN.CHURCH.AGE - CHURCH.AGE.BOOK CPT.4 If He did not have a purpose, then He would be the author of frustration and not of peace. His purpose is that after we have suffered awhile we would be made perfect, be established, strengthened and settled.
Hebrews 5:8-9 "Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered; And being made perfect, He became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him."
James 1:2-4 "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."
Romans 8:17-18 "And if children, then heirs, heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us."
116-2 SMYRNAEAN.CHURCH.AGE - CHURCH.AGE.BOOK CPT.4 Unless we suffer with Him we cannot reign with Him. You have to suffer to reign. The reason for this is that character simply is never made without suffering. Character is a VICTORY, not a gift. A man without character can't reign because power apart from character is Satanic. But power with character is fit to rule. And since He wants us to share even His throne on the same basis that He overcame and is set down in His Father's throne, then we have to overcome to sit with Him.
224-1 THYATIREAN.CHURCH.AGE - CHURCH.AGE.BOOK CPT.6 "I know your faith." Now he does not say here as He did to the church in Pergamos, "you hold MY faith". He is not talking about His faith now, but He is commending them for their faithfulness. And as He does He also mentions their 'patience.' Now faithfulness and patience go together. In fact patience is the outcome of faithfulness, for it says in James 1:3, "The trying of your faith worketh patience." There is absolutely no other way in which to gain patience. It has to come by the trial of our faith.
224-1 THYATIREAN.CHURCH.AGE - CHURCH.AGE.BOOK CPT.6 Romans 5:3, "Tribulation worketh patience." How highly God regards this outworking of our patience is seen in James 1:4, "But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire lacking nothing." God's will for us is Perfection. And that perfection is patience--waiting on God and waiting for God. This is the process of character development. How highly God has commended these saints of the Dark Ages. Patient as lambs led to the slaughter, lovingly, faithfully they served God. That is all they wanted out of life, just service to their Lord. How great was to be their reward.
GREAT.COMMISSION_ EDMONTON.AB SUNDAY_ A E-46 "Buy of Me, gold tried in the fire," said the writer of the Revelation, God speaking through him, "the gold that's been tried and put to the test." There you are. E-47 So we have to cast away reasonings. Then if we believe God, we must be borned again, and when a man's borned again, his nature becomes of his Parent. God has no reasoning powers. He just speaks, and it's so. And we become His children. No wonder people can't believe in Supernatural. They have no powers to believe with. They try to reason it out. You'll never get it. You just believe it. God said so; that settles it.
JEHOVAH.JIREH.3_ YAKIMA.WA WEDNESDAY_ E-44 "Buy of Me white raiment. Buy of Me gold tried in the fire," the fire of Calvary. "Buy of Me gold," the holy oil of God poured out, buy that kind of gold.
LUKE 18:8 …Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
GO.WAKE.JESUS_ TUCSON.AZ SUNDAY_ E-52 And maybe these troubles is only done... Maybe the revival has let up to see what we'll do about it. Maybe sickness struck you. "This cause not was nobody's sin, but that the works of God might be made known." How do we know if these things happen? Nothing happens in--just commonly. It's not without God knowing it. He knows it. He knowed it at the beginning. And these things happen because it's a test of faith.
GO.WAKE.JESUS_ TUCSON.AZ SUNDAY_ Oh, that refiner's fire, that it'll come out a hundred percent, all the dross melted out, all the unbelief, an experience then that you know. What the Hebrew children could testify after they went through the fire. God is a Saviour from fire. They knew it. Daniel knew after the lions' den experience. Lazarus knew after the grave that He was the Resurrection. Amen. After you've went through these tests and trials, they're glorious to you. Then this was done to test their faith. Maybe it might be tonight that some here has got sickness, and it's a test of faith to see what you'll do about it.
WE.HAVE.SEEN.HIS.STAR_ TUCSON.AZ V-13 N-8 MONDAY_ God is our great Cupola. God is the... He is the great Refiner's Furnace, that where He has to put these things upon us, and trials, and persecutions and things to mold it together to make our testimony ring for a certain time, and a certain note that He wants rang out in a certain day.
Every temptation: In the flesh (bread); in the spirit (tempting God); in the soul (worship) Self (Gethsemane) Mortality Separation
JOHN 5:19 19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
JOHN 14:10 10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
SEEKING.AFTER.JESUS_ CONNERSVILLE.IN SUNDAY_ E-11 A man that professes to be a Christian, must have a Christ-like nature. If it isn't, there's another nature there which it isn't Christ-like.
SEEKING.AFTER.JESUS_ CONNERSVILLE.IN SUNDAY_ If I told you the Spirit of Christ was in me, I must act like Jesus. You must act like Jesus. Your character and conduct must be molded like that. And the Holy Spirit molds that conduct when He comes into you, when you're really borned again of the Spirit of God.
IDENTIFICATION_ PHOENIX.AZ WEDNESDAY_ E-21 But when He seen that His creation had--had fallen, now His own loving character molded Himself into the Person of Christ. God's own character of love projected Himself in the man, Christ. As Paul, speaking here, "Thinking it not robbery, but making himself equal, equal to God," rather. See, His own character molded that kind of a Person. Oh, no one could ever do that but God.
CHOOSING.OF.A.BRIDE_ LA.CA V-2 N-28 THURSDAY_ E 28-2 See, we choose by sight. God choose by character. Character, there never was a Character like Jesus Christ. It lives in Him, manifests in. We see it true. It's not worldly beauty of Him that attracts His Bride; it is His character, the character of the church that Jesus looks for; not whether it's big buildings; whether it's great denominations; whether it's big membership. He promised to meet with wherever two or three are gathered together. Truly. That's where the true believer rests his hopes, is upon that Word of God being vindicated in truth, what it is. Choose by His Word. Not a worldly loving group, they hate that. No wonder she is divorced from Him, because she's missed His revelation, and she don't have it. He cares not for her, the way she acts and does, and how much of this worldly stuff she has; He's looking for her character, the character of Christ.
CHOOSING.OF.A.BRIDE_ LA.CA V-2 N-28 THURSDAY_ E 29-1 Now, just a moment now; that's it. He chooses a Bride to reflect His character, to which the modern churches of today certainly misses His--His program here a million miles, 'cause they deny this to be the truth. So how could it be? Now, He's looking for the day for that Bride to be formed (Hebrews 13:8) just exactly like it was--like He was. It's got to be His same flesh, same bones, same Spirit, same everything, just exactly built up, and them two then become one. Until the church becomes that, they're not one. The character of Him, the Word for this age, must be molded... She must be molded like He is.