Sifted and Pressed
Gideon was threshing wheat at the bottom of a wine-press to hide the grain from the Midianites. When the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, “Mighty hero, the Lord is with you!” Sir, “Gideon replied, “if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, The Lord brought us up out of Egypt?” But now the Lord has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.” Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I’m sending you!” “But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!” Judges 6:11-15 (NLT)
Gideon was at the threshing floor at the bottom of a wine-press. The threshing floor is where the wheat is separated from the chaff. The wine-press is where the grapes are squeezed and the impurities are removed from the wine. I believe that it was at the threshing floor at the bottom of the wine-press that Gideon’s heart became positioned to hear the word of the Lord. It was there the angel of the Lord called Gideon who God said he was. “Mighty hero” go with the strength that you have for the Lord is with you. It was there Gideon questioned the angel of the Lord and told him how unqualified he was.
Although scripture often speaks of the threshing floor and the wine-press. It is not often that we choose to go to the threshing floor or the wine-press in the spirit realm. After all who whats to be sifted or pressed. But there are times when God calls us to the threshing floor or the wine-press to separate us from the world or our carnal nature. There are times when He just wants to get us alone to love on us and tell us who we are to Him.
It is at the threshing floor we will come to realize where the true treasure of our heart is. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. Matthew 6:19 -21 (NLT)
We must go alone to the threshing floor. It is a secret place of the deep and personal revelation of God. “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” Ps. 91:1 (NLT)
Many have often thought of the trashing floor as a place of correction only. But I have found it to be a place of the deeper revelation of God. As I position my heart to hear His voice in the secret place, I can hide all that He has put within me in the shelter of His mercy and grace. I am drawn to a higher place of intimacy with the Father in the place of rest with Him as He gently separates the carnal nature in me so His spirit within me can shine brighter.
May he work perfection into every part of you giving you all that you need to fulfill your destiny. And may he express through you all that is excellent and pleasing to him through your life-union with Jesus the Anointed One who is to receive all glory forever! Amen! Hebrews 13:21 (TPT)
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