Sifting and Being Sifted

Since I am the resident family cake decorator, I know the best shortcuts, the best icings and the best way to make all kinds of decorations. From volcanoes to Barbie Doll swimming pools I’ve made them all. The most recent feat was a camping cake complete with edible tent, trees and fire pit. One thing I am sure of, it pays to sift the powdered sugar before you make the icing. Skip that one small step and you’re going to have clumpy icing most of the time. Sifting removes the lumps.

When you and I have a problem, or a lumpy situation, you can know its been sifted through two sets of hands. Satan wants to sift you and I as wheat – and he thinks there will be nothing left worth saving after he does the sift. But the same things are sifted through God’s fingers of love. He knows that whenever things are sifted, what remains is pure gold, removed all lumps – and He knows what you and I are made of.

Oh beloved, God wants you to know this morning that He is with you through every situation – including the sifting of life. Even though you didn’t choose the sifting situations, you can rest assured that God is the one who is purifying your life for His glory and your good. Even though the enemy of your soul desires to sift you leaving only chaff, God says you are mine and every opportunity to walk through the sift is going to do what it needs to do – get you closer to Me, remove what doesn’t need to be there, and give you more beauty to show forth for Him. It’s a win win situation! We are considered pure and spotless in God’s sight to begin with – and each time things come your way you can be assured that God will see you through it and display you for His Glory! You aren’t being reduced at all through the things that you go through – you are being increased! In volume of love, mercy, peace and joy! In anointing, appointing and service! He will never leave you or forsake you no matter what you are going through – because He is there to see you go through it all and into the new and better part of your life!

God loves you and He’s for you! Thank Him for using you to be the icing on the cake of His plans of life! Thank Him for removing the lumps you don’t want to carry around with you! Thank Him for keeping you safe by His side – and all foes who try to ruin you are going to be confounded – because you belong to the Lord! Whatever you go through you will get through as you live in the Light of His awesome plans for your life!

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.

Psalm 91:11 For He will give His angels charge concerning you, To guard you in all your ways.

Job 42:5 I had heard of You [only] by the hearing of the ear, but now my [spiritual] eye sees You.

Isaiah 43:2 When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up—the flames will not consume you. TLB

Psalm 57:3 He will send help from heaven to rescue me, disgracing those who hound me. My God will send forth His unfailing love and faithfulness.

About Rebekah Beene

In a Women’s meeting in 1983, I went up for prayer and to see if God had “anything for me”. The woman of God who was praying for people spoke over my life. She said these words: “You will write books. You can go to the bank on it. Rivers of living water will flow from your belly…”
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