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Many are in a time now where they are on the THRESHING FLOOR. Feeling painful waves of refinement separating the pure from the chaff. It may feel like blow after blow in the natural, but let me share what God also says about the threshing floor.
During the threshing process the ears of the grain are literally torn from the stalks and they are loosened from the outer part of grain. This can feel like shaking, that all you know is being shaken in the natural. Don't fear! The only things being shaken away by the Lord is that which is of no use now. It may feel like God's causing you pain, but He is actually saving you from being attached to that which may have in the past served a purpose but has no life left in it.
Then the grain is thrown. Do you feel spiritual vertigo? Aimlessness? Disorientation? That's part of the process. You are being tossed so that the wind of God can blow the removed chaff away from your life. God will catch you! Again, have peace and do not fear. This is a cleansing process.
One of the numbers associated with the threshing floor is 4524. They will say of me, "In the LORD alone are deliverance and strength." All who have raged against him will come to him and be put to shame. Isaiah 45:24 This is a hint at the ending! This process will end in our realization and declaration that the Lord has delivered and strengthened us! He gives us deliverance and hope in this process!
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The Site of Answers
The threshing floor is where Gideon put out the fleece! It is the site of answers. "Behold, I will put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor. If there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I will know that You will deliver Israel through me, as You have spoken." Judges 6:37 It's a place where we have extra clarity in seeking the Lord. He is prominently and unmistakably displaying His answers to our prayers- just ask and ask!
The Threshing floor was the site of Boaz and Ruth's beginning. The site God used to begin a story of REDEMPTION, SECOND CHANCES, and HOPE BEYOND HOPE.
"Now is not Boaz our kinsman, with whose maids you were? Behold, he winnows barley at the threshing floor tonight. Wash yourself therefore, and anoint yourself and put on your best clothes, and go down to the threshing floor; but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. It shall be when he lies down, that you shall notice the place where he lies, and you shall go and uncover his feet and lie down; then he will tell you what you shall do." Ruth 3:2-4
In many places the threshing floor biblically symbolizes the harvest. A time of celebration and praise! So instead of focusing on the refinement happening, praise God in advance for the harvest He is yielding in you! The fulfillment of what years have sowed into. "Celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles for seven days after you have gathered the produce of your threshing floor and your winepress." Deuteronomy 16:13
The threshing floor was also the building site of the temple. God is using this process to be able to BUILD on in your life. "Then Solomon began to build the temple of the LORD in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the LORD had appeared to his father David. It was on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite, the place provided by David." 2 Chronicles 3:1
It was also the site of attack. The enemy knows what's being built even if we don't. He will try to come against it, but just as David had supernatural help and favor against the Philistines in his life, God gives us all we need to fend off these attacks. We must keep our armor on and guard against them! "Then they told David saying, 'Behold, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are plundering the threshing floors.'" 1 Samuel 23:1
To those in this threshing floor season right now, seek Him, praise Him, and focus on the hope that this season eludes to of what comes next!