“His winnowing fork is in His hand to thoroughly clear His threshing floor, and to gather the wheat into His barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. (Luke 3:17, Mt 3:12)”
It’s a painful process.
The process to be a grain of wheat in his barn is not pain free, far from it and the pain is not over yet either.
- First you must die once planted into the ground so you can produce many more grains of wheat.
- Then you produce sugars that you secrete into the soil around you that mixes with the soils minerals that create nutrients that you now absorb as food.
- You then push roots downward for water absorption, and to create even more nutrients, while pushing stocks upward to break through the soil so you can also absorb the necessary vitamins from the sun’s rays.
- You continue this process to naturally replicate your wheat DNA. That’s how you were created, how you are creating and how the grains you create will recreate.
- When ripe you are cut away from your roots and bundled into sheaves, gathered with other sheaves into stocks to dry out in the field.
- When dry you are threshed (beaten with a bat, walked on by animals or run through a grinder) to separate you, a grain of wheat, from every other part of the plant you were created with. In Luke 1:17 we see that Jesus is standing ready to completely clear his threshing floor. We have been separated from the husk we were protected by and formed in; we now need to be separated from what brought us life so we can live out our destiny.
- Now this pile is winnowed. Thrown, or dropped, into the path of wind that blows the chaff away and since you are heavier/weightier you fall straight down into a pile with fellow grains of wheat. Each pile is winnowed many times.
- We may be used right away or set aside for a while. We might be eaten, crushed by someone’s teeth, as we are; ground into flower and baked in a hot oven or planted in the soil to die so we can reproduce grain just like us.
A moral of this process; we, like wheat, are destined to be beaten, dropped, crushed or called to die to live out our DNA (Divine Natural Ability) just like Jesus.
“’Let me make this clear: A single grain of wheat will never be more than a single grain of wheat unless it drops into the ground and dies. Because then it sprouts and produces a great harvest of wheat—all because one grain died. The person who loves his life and pampers himself will miss true life! But the one who detaches his life from this world and abandons himself to me, will find true life and enjoy it forever! If you want to be my disciple, follow me and you will go where I am going. And if you truly follow me as my disciple, the Father will shower his favor upon your life. Even though I am torn within, and my soul is in turmoil, I will not ask the Father to rescue me from this hour of trial. For I have come to fulfill my purpose—to offer myself to God. So, Father, bring glory to your name!’” Then suddenly a booming voice was heard from the sky, ‘I have glorified my name! And I will glorify it through you again! (John 12:24-28, TPT)’”
Father is glorified when we submit to his plan for our lives and lay aside ours.
“I enjoyed my time with the Lord this morning. Many good thoughts. It is like a satisfying meal. The one that I wanted to share comes out of Psalm 100 and says, ‘Serve the Lord with gladness.’”
“There are many ways to serve the Lord and I think that gladness is low on the list, if it makes it at all.”
“Many, I suspect, serve the Lord from a sense of duty or obligation. It is what we ought to do, what we should do, what we must do. There is no joy in it. And when you have labored hard…there is yet more to do. The work is insurmountable.”
“Some, I think, serve the Lord from fear. The fear that somehow God will ‘get’ me, punish me, express displeasure if I am not working hard. No joy here either”
“Some, I think, serve the Lord from a desire for glory and out of pride. You collect a team of guys, you speak well, you shine in the disciplines…there is glory and pride there. We all want the approval and applause of men.”
“But…to serve the Lord with gladness.”
“I think it is impossible to do whatever relationship, without a focus on our relationship with Jesus. Impossible without a conviction that we are desired, loved, delighted in. Impossible without the humility that understands that it is our Father’s work and he invites us to participate for His glory now we’re good.”
“It has taken me years to move or grow to this point in my thinking. And it comes and goes. None of us get it right all the time and perhaps not much of the time. We don’t have to. A compass and a good heading will always get us out of the swamp. It is still true that a righteous man falls 7 times and rises again.”
“When our father looks at us (and we are always under his gaze) he sees us through the righteousness of his son Jesus. We are acceptable, delighted in, and loved.”
Letter written to Michael from David Coffield, postmarked 21 Nov 20.
“The Gospel, Good News, is more about how good God is than how bad we are.” Michael Jay, John 3:16/17:3, J3 Khai Restoration.
The Good News, The Gospel, is more about how good God is than how bad you are. God sent Jesus to restore our relationship with him becasue he “so loves us.” Please listen to Father invite you into a closer relationship with him through this Prophetic Word : “Latitude & Indulgence” he gave Graham Cooke.
Father so wants you to know and be close to him!!!
Our parents did not control who we are and do/did not love us perfectly!!!
God designed us before he created anything and loves us perfectly!!!
What God say’s about me is most important!!!
I am grateful and thankful for being an American. That Father God ordained me to be born in the United States by Americans and adopted by Americans. I love this beautiful flawed country and consider it an honor to have been a Soldier defending it’s Constitution for 30 years.
But, I am most grateful and thankful for being born again into the family of God, an everlasing citizen of Kingdom of God. That Father God thought of and planned my creation and birth before he created anything. I love this beautiful perfect kingdom and consider it an honor to represent King Jesus as his friend and ambassador on earth.
“Our Father, dwelling in the heavenly realms,
may the glory of your name be the center on which our lives turn.
Manifest your kingdom realm, and
cause your every purpose to be fulfilled on earth,
just as it is fulfilled in heaven.”
Matthew 6:9, 10. The Passion Translation
A number of friends have killed themselves and I, like their family members and other friends, have wrestled with “the difficult moral, societal and religious implications” of how they ended their lives. We have also blamed ourselves for not noticing the warning signs. VA has excellent resources and ways to help you grow through the suicide loss of a military family member, friend or battle buddy. Below is an excerpt from VA’s webpage “Helping survivors work through emotions.” Click the link above to go straight the webpage to read more and find how they can help you.
“Veterans have a significantly higher suicide rate than other adults in the U.S. This means Veterans are also more likely to have known someone who took their own life. Uniting for Suicide Postvention (USPV) helps make sense of a suicide loss. The program connects survivors with resources to help them work through powerful and unique emotions specific to this type of grief.”
“Compared with many other kinds of loss, suicide can be particularly challenging for survivors. Specifically, they must wrestle with the difficult moral, societal and religious implications.”
“Shock at the suddenness of the death may compound their grief. Or they may feel a mix of shame, anger, guilt and, sometimes, relief.”
“Some survivors blame themselves for not noticing warning signs, even though such signs may not have been obvious. And the effects extend beyond close family members. Even first responders, who never personally knew the deceased person, can be affected emotionally by the suicide scene.”
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I could not have served 30 years as a U.S. Army Soldier without the love, support and encouragement of Darlene and family, my Homefront Heroes. Our military spouses don’t pack an A bag or wear the uniform but they do much more than we imagine and thank them for. They need help, encouragement and support when were deployed or not. Please support your local military wives faith based support groups like Protestant Women of the Chaplel, Catholic Women of the Chapel and Homefront Heroes.
The Gospel, the Good News, starts with how good God is, not how bad you are. Jesus died on the cross and went to hell instead you and God raised him from the dead so Jesus could lead you the true way back to Father God. Eternal life is being in relationship with Father God, Jesus and Holy Spirit. God loves you and wants you to experience his love, grace and mercy today and forever. Will you accept his invitation by believing your selfish thoughts and behavior will cause you to be apart from God forever. That God sent his only Son to live a perfect life so he could give his life for your wrongdoing. That Jesus has led the way back to Father God so you could join him and that by accepting the forgiveness of your sins you dedicate your life to follow Jesus.
Wherever you are right now, in the quietness of your heart or out loud, tell God you want his forgiveness through Jesus death on a cross and you dedicate your life to follow Jesus back to the Father.
If you have called out to God please let me know so I can help you know how wonderful Father God, Jesus and Holy Spirit are and teach you how to be a child of God. Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.