Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Threshing Floor of Love

Loyalty and Submission
The Book of Ruth

The Threshing Floor of Love

The threshing floor in the bible is symbolic for purification, a time of preparation to meet our God. {I researched it} When I began my threshing floor experience, I felt as if I have been through so much that I couldn't go on.  I was at a point where I got on my knees crying out to God to rescue me.  I wanted this time of trial in my life to just end. It got at a crossroads with God and it was either go on with Him or go back into the world. So, on May 1, 2012, I woke up again feeling this dreadful feeling of depression and I took my bible from my night-stand and crying I lifted it up and pleaded for God to have clemency over my life. When I opened my bible, there in front of me was the Book of Ruth.  I said to myself “The book of Ruth?” “What can this book say to me?” (Mind you, I said it with an attitude) Previously, I had read the book of Ruth and it didn't inspire me in any way, but I decided to read it. As I raised my hands to God, I prayed for understanding; to open my heart to receive His Living Word, but little did I know that this amazing book of only four chapters was going to transform me from the depths of my despair to the heights of hope. To make this long story short but to the point, there are times when God must show us and reveal the things to us that are “weeds “in our life so that we can separate them from the seeds.  God revealed to me things I needed to remove and replace in my life. The chapters that ministered to me the most were chapter 1 vs 16-18: “Loyalty and Faithfulness” chapter 2 vs 8-9: Obedience – chapter 3: Purification and Submission.

To me, Boaz represented Christ and Ruth represented The Bride of Christ – that is how I applied it to my life. God wanted me to take a good look at my life; he wanted me to surrender those things that I was having a hard time giving up.  He wanted to thresh out the strongholds that Satan had over my life. I understood and as I willingly submitted at the feet of Christ, he said: And now, my daughter, don't be afraid, I will do for you all you ask (Ruth 3:11} and I positioned myself to be purified and transform into a Woman of Loyalty and Submission. The threshing floor experience is not pleasant but looking back on it, it is the one time in my life that I realized that God was all I needed.  I am at ease and content with the intimate relationship I have found between God and me.  In that intimacy with the Lord a quiet trust grew.  I know that through whatever storms my life might bring I trust in his promise in 2 Corinthians 12:9 he says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."  (So), Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. I have a safe harbor to rest in with the Lord.  And in Ruth 4:15 he said I will renew your life and sustain you in your old age.

Ruth was an extraordinary woman of God, even though she didn't start out that way. She was a sinner just like you and me, yet God used her in a profound way – just as He uses us today. This story reminds me that God can powerfully use each of us in spite of our past, our background or our behavior. God is searching for men and women who will turn away from sin, come into a relationship with Him through Christ and so that He may work through us to accomplish His ultimate will.

In Conclusion: If you are going through the threshing process today you are blessed.  You see, Our Father loves you so much that He wants to spend quality time with you. Like 1 Peter 5:6 tells us: Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.  He wants to use this time to separate the weeds from the seeds in your life because He has something for you to do. He sees that you are worthy of taking time with because He knows what He has planned for the end product of your life. After going through this process we pass through to another level with the Lord. You are being prepared to enter the Holy Of Holies and God is going to meet you there and you will walk in supernatural intimacy with God that you have only dreamed of and being prepared for His purposes we can minister to others who find themselves on the threshing floor.  To God Be The Glory!!

Carlene Davis Music Video" Threshing Floor"

Written by Maribel Castillo

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