I have been hearing the Lord say " shift" for the last year. Shift in the atmosphere, shift in our nation, shift in the church, and a shift in me. When I think about the word shift, I see a grand swope of the hand of God moving all into a direction of peace and wholeness.I believe without a doubt He is doing so, however I never once entertained the though He'd have to do some sifting.... sifting in me.
Sifting is a process, a two part process, when sifting wheat. First comes the threshing, the beating of the grain using a flail. Second part is the winnowing, throwing the mixture in the air allowing the wind to blow away the lighter chaffs and the heavier grains to fall back down for recovery. I take a closer look at this process and begin to meditate on how it applies to my life.
The threshing is the process of removal; removing those things which will cause me to stumble.When God begins to remove, He does so with the intent of replacing; replacing with those things which are of Him. This process can become quite uncomfortable and even unsettling, but then again I have asked to be less of me and more Him, so the threshing is necessary.
Winnowing I believe is to allow the residual remnants of those things to be scattered as far as the east is to the west, never to be seen again. Moving into my destiny requires seasons of removal, seasons of sifting.
Grain must be ground to make bread, however it is not done forever as Gods word tells us.....
Grain must be ground to make bread; so one does not go on threshing it forever. The wheels of a threshing cart may roll over it, but one does not use the horse to grind grain. All this also comes from the Lord Almighty, whose plan is wonderful, whose wisdom is magnificent.
In His wisdom, for His wonderful plan to be fulfilled in my life, there are seasons when the "grain" must be processed for the bread of life, Jesus, to shift/move in my life. I see a great deal of sifting in the world. I believe before the Lord will shift He must sift. If you feel a sifting in your life, know that the Lord is making way for a shift of things to line up according to His word and plan for your life.
And the threshing does not last forever.
Sifting Before the Shifting........
Forever His Daughter,