This blog has *nothing to do with that song* (LOL). It just seemed like a cute title!
Tomorrow marks December 1. The 12th month of the calendar year and also World AIDS Day. I find it fitting that the Comforter (John 14:26-AMP) would have this song on repeat in my head as I read another praise report from another "On Fire" sistah who will be jumping a broom (relatively-speaking) in a couple of weeks in Australia (much peace, love and blessings to you, sweet Miriam!).
12. Apostolic Fulfillment. That's what the number biblically-symbolizes and personally, I am excited with anticipation to hear how this month turns out...for a lot of you. I think if you pay close attention to the workings of the Father, it just may blow your minds (Ephesians 3:20) *and* lift your spirits.
Anyway, as most of you know, PURITY has been a big theme word for me this year. I went to research Scriptures that referenced 12 months. A very popular one came up. However, what caught my attention was that the Amplified Version had the word "purification" in it:
"Now when the turn of each maiden came to go in to King Ahasuerus, after the regulations for the women had been carried out for twelve months--since this was the regular period for their beauty treatments, six months with oil of myrrh and six months with sweet spices and perfumes and the things for the purifying of the women--then in this way the maiden came to the king: whatever she desired was given her to take with her from the harem into the king's palace.
In the evening she went and next day she returned into the second harem in the custody of Shaashgaz, the king's eunuch who was in charge of the concubines. She came to the king no more unless the king delighted in her and she was called for by name."---Esther 2:11-14 (AMP)
The commission is simple. As we enter into the 12th month of the calendar year and due to the fact that "12" symbolizes apostolic fulfillment, I encourage you to pen 12 things that you would like to have purified in your life...moving forward (Philippians 3:12-15). And then commit your ways to the Lord re: instructions that *he will give you* on these matters. Psalm 37:5 assures us that when we do (commit ourselves), he will bring such things to pass.
Purify: to make pure; free from anything that debases, pollutes, adulterates, or contaminates; to free from foreign, extraneous, or objectionable elements; to free from guilt or evil; to clear or purge; to make clean for ceremonial or ritual use
It could be your sexual status. It could be your relationships. It could be your junky closet. It could be your attitude. It could be your diet. It could be your perspective. It could be your sleeping habits. It could be your fetishes. It could even be your senses. ONLY YOU KNOW. All I know is that when the Comforter introduced me to Esther 2:14 and a line in my very first "big girl poem", "I'm Single and That's All Right With Me" back in 1997 ("Esther 2:14 states that I'm to wait on my king and when he's delighted in me, he will call me by my name. My Mama didn't name me 'Needy' or 'Desperate'."), he was onto something...BIG! Elohim always is.
Psalm 37:4 says that when we delight ourselves in the Lord, he will give ourselves the desires of our heart. When we have "a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment; joy; rapture" in the KING OF KINGS (and Lord of lords-Revelation 19:16), he will give us our hearts' desires. Focusing on the King of all kings gets us what we want in this life...what we need to want, that is (wink). Hmph. Seems to me what it also does is puts us in a *pure place* of seeing our value, therefore not needing to feel the anxiety, impatience, neediness...desperation of having to go before our "human king", our future Ish, before he calls for us. And what I'm sensing is when he calls, it will be when he awakens, when the Lord awakens him (Genesis 2:18-25); when our husbands look at us and verbally acknowledge us as be the "bone of their bone and flesh of their flesh". Yeah. That was a light bulb moment right there: to know that when our own individual king calls us by name, he will call us his "Ezer Kenegdo" because he will take a pleasure and joy in us unlike any other. Because we are his and his alone.
THE PURIFICATION PROCESS PREPARES US FOR THAT.
All we have to do is focus on bringing the Lord joy and he will take care of the rest.
ALL OF IT.
"He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.---Psalm 24:3-5 (NKJV)
Love to you,