Purge, Purify & Prepare Me
Purge, Purify & Prepare Me
2 Timothy 2:21
Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honour, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.
No matter who you are today, God wants to use you for His glory.
If God can use anyone, He can use you. God spoke through the mouth of Balaam’s donkey to keep him from being killed by the angel in his path.
One way you can make yourself available for God to use is by being intentional in everything you do.
The book of Timothy says that if a man or woman cleanses himself or herself, they would be fit for the master’s use.
Take a look at how God called Moses to himself before sending him to set the people of Israel free. When Pharaoh sought Moses, he was led by God to Jethro. He tended Jethro’s sheep, at the time, Moses might have thought to himself how he had failed, going from being a prince to a shepherd. But God in His gracious mercy, was preparing Moses for the task ahead and he will do the same for you.
The Lord is the one who will qualify you. He will do the job of purging, purifying, and preparing you for the work of ministry. No one can do this in his or her strength.
“This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: Not by might nor by power. But by My Spirit Says the LORD of host.”
To purge means to get rid of something of an unwanted quality, condition, or feeling.
To purify means to remove contamination from something or someone, making it free from impurity.
To prepare means to make something or someone ready for use.
Many times God will call you to go deeper, higher, and closer to Him. His call or instruction does not come to you because you are qualified.
You may have been embroiled in all kinds of stuff. These things will make you feel unqualified for the call of God, but it will come anyway. From the Bible, we see God calling a deceiver to become Israel or a coward to deliver Israel. You are not the one who qualifies yourself for His call. The Lord will qualify your call, and it will have nothing to do with you.
For example, God called a woman named Katie from within the prison to become a messenger to the souls trapped within the prison system.
Sometimes when God wants to purge, purify, and prepare you, he will lead you into the wilderness.
God will send you some people, and He will remove some people from your life. The path that He will lead you through will equip you with the tools you need to be successful in that which He has called you to do.
He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
You need to trust in the Lord above man. People in your life will betray, hurt, and mistreat you. Putting your trust in God gives you the ultimate peace you seek as you continue on your journey to faith.
For example, Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery to stop his dream from coming to pass. Instead of stopping him, it instead placed him in a position to rise to the palace.
Joseph’s ability to go through those experiences without becoming bitter helped him to inherit the palace and refrain from doing his brothers evil when they came from Canaan to Egypt to look for food during the famine. Joseph acknowledged that all of the painful actions of his brothers were the Lord sending him ahead of them all to preserve Israel.
Matthew 7: 21-23
Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven.
Many will say to Me on that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name?
And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you, depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
In the journey of your being purged, purified and prepared, you need to keep your priorities straight.
Serving God is amazing, but you must bear in mind that the only reason you are qualified to serve God is your relationship with Jesus. This will keep you from thumping your chest and boasting.
Be mindful that you do not lose your relationship with Jesus in your journey to serve.
Keep the will of God in view at all times. The only way to know the will of God is to maintain a good and communicative relationship with the Lord. Prioritize your daily fellowship with the Lord.
So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
God has the power to prepare you, sustain you, and get you to the good place that He has planned for you. He has promised to build you up and make you His vessel on the earth through which He will expand His kingdom. He loves you perfectly and is always with you. Trust the process.
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