MALACHI 3:1-2

1.  Behold, I will send My messenger, and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, He shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.

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. KJV

DEFINITIONS

Stand  – c)  Abide, arise, cease, dwell, endure

The definition of stand is five key words.  Each play an important part in our walk with Jesus.  the number 5 also means “grace,” the divine influence in our lives without which we would fall.  By covering each word we can put them together and concentrate on being able to stand.

  1.  ABIDE  –  to stay, continue, remain.

Romans 8:5 “For those who are according to the flesh and controlled by its unholy desires, set their minds on and pursue those things which gratify the flesh. But those who are according to the Spirit, set their minds on and seek those things which gratify the Spirit.” Amp.

We all have the desire to be with Jesus and enjoy His love and presence. But we live in this fleshly prison that is hostile to God. (Rom. 8:7) The flesh has to die so we can stay and remain in that place of constancy where we are safe.

2. ARISE – accomplish, to strengthen, to succeed, d) to move upward, ascend

Isaiah 60:1 “Arise from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you, rise to a new life! Shine – be radiant with the glory of the Lord; for your light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.” Amp.

The darkness will cover the earth (vs.2). It is God’s judgment on the inhabitants of the earth who have rejected Jesus, His sacrifice, His ways and His will for their life. It means misery, destruction, death, sorrow, ignorance and wickedness.

God’s people have the option to rise above the darkness, the same as the woman in Rev.12:14 had the option to take up the two wings of a giant eagle which represents the Holy Spirit.

Depression and circumstances can keep you down, sad and in misery if you allow it. He made a wonderful way for those who seek His face to gaze upon Him as they look up for their redemption draweth nigh. He is revealing Himself and His glory clearer and clearer as the days draw near.

3. CEASE – to end, stop, discontinue. Rest – to settle down, desist.

Hebrews 3:19 “So we see that they were not able to enter into His rest because of their unwillingness to adhere to, trust in, and rely on God. Unbelief had shut them out.

Hebrews. 4:9 “So then there is still awaiting a full and complete Sabbath rest for the true people of God;

To rest in God means faith in Jesus (Rom.4:24-25). He is the author and finisher of our faith. When we enter into His rest, fear and anxiety cease. We must learn how to stop protecting and providing for ourselves. He must be our only refuge. We must give our burdens to Him and enter into His peace which is calm and serene. This is only possible when the Holy Spirit is in control and not our flesh. It simply must cease.

4. DWELL – To tent or encamp. A symbol of communion and protection.

John 14:23 Jesus answered, if a person really loves Me, he will keep My Word – obey My teachings; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him.

Psalm 91:1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty (whose power no foe can withstand). Amp.

We must come to Him with a personal trust and confidant reliance on Jesus. We learn trust by getting to know Him, by spending quality time alone with Him learning His voice and becoming His House of Prayer. Through the trials in our life we learn how he reacts to the cry of our hearts and we are changed.

5. ENDURE – Bear trials, persevere

Matthew 24:13 But he who endures to the end will be saved.

If we follow the Holy Spirit, He will not lead us into wasteful, impatient living. Impatience means annoyance because of delay. Much of the learning to endure has to do with waiting. If the Lord was impatient with us, we would have no hope. But He is extraordinarily long suffering with us, taking so much time with us so we can learn our lessons and be able to stand when he appears.

It is not easy to endure His refiner’s fire, but if we know why we are suffering we should be so very grateful to Him for taking the time to prepare us for Himself. He loves us with a perfect love that will not stop until He has accomplished the perfecting of His Body. Let us not stop until we are complete!

SONGS — THE FIRE OF YOUR LOVE — PAUL WILBUR

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