Christians, as Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and we prepare for the celebration and big meal, I am reminded of a revelation God gave me about…gravy. It is amazing how and when God will show something to you, or speak to you, when you are listening. One night I was making dinner, it included mashed potatoes and gravy. The potatoes were done and I was focused on the gravy.
In this particular batch I had a lot of chicken stock, my seasonings, cornstarch to thicken and I was tasting it as I went along. At one point, I had the mixture seasoned up very well, but I tasted it and I questioned: “what is missing?” “what should I add?” I was in the process of reducing it down, and I felt in my spirit: “Nothing, just wait.” God gave me the revelation that I had put all the necessary flavors and ingredients in the pot, I was just waiting for the excess water/liquid to boil off and the flavors I put into them, would be in the right proportion.
I let the mixture reduce and reduce, it took a while, it took patience. As it did reduce, the flavor got better and better. I did add a couple of little things, a little butter and milk, right at the end. It was to balance the flavor and round it out. I could not have added them any sooner than when I did. Christians, I explain all of this to encourage about a very specific time in our lives.
At the end of a season of test/trial/waiting, I feel that we can experience the same scenario. We are believing God needs to say something or reveal something to add something to our lives, and nothing happens. It feels as though we are under immense pressure, just waiting. I feel that God is reducing us, our flesh. He is done adding ingredients for the moment. He has us at a point where we have what we need, but the intensity is up, the heat is on. He is purposely letting our flesh bubble up, rise to the surface and expel our flaws like steam.
Just like the water in my gravy, our flesh will dilute our spirit. God has poured in insight, revelation, convictions, inspiration, and plenty of salt into our spirit. As our flesh reduces, it will intensify the flavor, the true flavor, and the true work that God has been doing will finally be revealed. As we are finished, He will be glorified through the test, the trial. God’s final product: us, our lives will finally be revealed and enjoyed by those around us. I encourage you, whether you find yourself at this point now, or someday when you do find yourself here, to be patient. Try to understand that God will intensify and reduce you, for His glory, for His honor, for His will and purpose, for your life. As long as you are in obedience to His will living in honor to Him, it will all be for your good. May we all seek to desire such a relationship with God, so that we can show others, what it means to live the true Christian life, in Jesus Name, Amen.
I pray for safe travel, for you and your family this Thanksgiving season. I pray that God give us true gratitude in our hearts for everything He has done for us, to us and through us. I am thankful for you, my readers, who receive what God has given me to steward. I pray you are blessed abundantly for taking the time and being a part of this journey! Thank you and God Bless.
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desires of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Galatians 5:16-18 (NASB)
Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. Romans 8:5-8 (NIV)
The things God is trying to boil off:
The acts of the flesh are obvious; sexual immorality, impurity, and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21 (NIV)
The things God has put in us, that He wants to intensify in our lives, as our flesh is reduced:
But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence) faithfulness, gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge]. Galatians 5:22-23 (AMP)
In this, greatly rejoice even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. I Peter 1:6-7 (NASB)
written and posted by Daniel Poggensee | 2016