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Your Threshing Floor

Everything just seemed to come together. I was being like Martin Luther. I was in the restroom reading my Bible on my phone app when I received a revelation as I read from Luke 3:16-17. “John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.””‭‭Luke‬ ‭3:16-17‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Your Threshing Floor

Everything just seemed to come together. I was being like Martin Luther. I was in the restroom reading my Bible on my phone app when I received a revelation as I read from Luke 3:16-17. 

“John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.””
‭‭Luke‬ ‭3:16-17‬ ‭ESV‬‬

The Holy Spirit highlighted the phrase “to clear his threshing floor” (emphasis added).  Then I heard the Holy Spirit say, “if Jesus had a threshing floor do we all have a threshing floor?”

This got me thinking.  Bernie and I discussed it.  Then I started getting ready for my Saturday outing. Many hours later as I was driving, God brought different things all together which seemed to come together suddenly.  Thus, this message was born! 

God took me back to Resurrection Sunday! Jesus came out of His tomb by the dunamis power of the Holy Spirit. Many of us are trapped in our own tombs. We may have been resurrected with Christ in our spirit man, but our thinking is still in the tomb.  
These next three scriptures tells us what to think about and that what we think about is in our hearts. Whatever we think about is who we are. 

Proverbs 23:7 KJV 
“As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”

Matthew 12:34
“Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”

Philippians 4:8 ESV
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

These are not new scriptures to me.  I quote them often, especially to my children. 😁 
God revealed to me that every person has their own threshing floor. We use God’s winnowing fork to drive out the things that should not be in our lives.  This includes the way we think. 

How do we change how we think? We are supposed to think about things that are pure, noble, etc.  What do we think about ourselves? Then how do we change what we think about ourselves? How can we do this? 

We meditate on God’s word. Psalm 1 tells us to meditate day and night!  Basically, that means that we are to meditate on God’s word consciously (when we are awake) and subconsciously (when we are asleep). 

To me that sounds so cliché.  How many times have I heard to meditate on God’s word?!  Hundreds if not thousands!   I memorized Psalm 1 in the second grade.  It’s been a long time since I was 8 years old. 

I heard God say to me that is the problem.  Many people have heard  to renew their minds and meditate on scriptures. I heard it in church for decades.  However, the “how to” part has been missing. 

Welcome to the “how to” part of this message. (Resources will be listed below.). 

Then it was like three book reports morphed into one book in my spirit. 

The first book that God reminded me was my own book (The Revelator Book Series: Book 4: Spirit of Self, Negative Self Talk, Positive Affirmations).  In that book I discussed how we are influenced by the spirit of self. I tell my story of how God showed me that I dealt with that spirit. I tell how God revealed to me to break the soul tie and covenant between me, myself, and I. How I forgave myself and asked God to forgive me for everything that I had done to my body because of something I didn’t like about my body or about me. 

Next, God reminded me of the book What to Say When You Talk to Yourself by Shad Helmstetter. This author defined and described how we program our minds for success or failure by the words that we say.  As it says in Proverbs, “we have life and death in our tongues”.  We must be careful of the words that we say to ourselves and to others. We should say words that have the phrases “I can” and “I will” instead of phrases that say 
“I can’t” or “I need to”.  Take an inventory of what you say to yourself. If you had everything you said in a 24 hour period would the outcome be positive or negative? 

The third book God brought to my mind was Psycho-Cybernetics by Dr. Maxwell Maltz.  He was a plastic surgeon, but he noticed that after a person had plastic surgery that they still didn’t like themselves.  Thus, he researched and wrote the book.  This book describes how our brains work. It gives directions on what to do to change the mental picture of how we see ourselves. This book describes how our brains are like a machine because our brains don’t stop processing the things we input into it.  When you think negative thoughts or have heard negative words then your brain keeps operating negatively.  When you input positive items your brain continues to operate positively.  When you set goals then your brain continually thinks on how to accomplish the goal.  Your brain doesn’t stop. These inputs are how our self image is created. In order to change a negative thought about yourself we must visualize ourselves the way our Creator made us and what He says about us. We must see ourselves having already accomplished the goal. We must already see ourselves being the finished product that God says we are. 

The visualization of seeing ourselves already as the finished product God designed is seeing ourselves in a positive way.  The more we see ourselves as a finished product of God’s creation the more our brains will work toward becoming more like that finished product. It’s the way to keep thinking about things that are noble and true!  

I don’t know about you, but when God brought all of these things together it was such a rhema moment for me.  We renew our minds daily by reading God’s word.  We already see ourselves as God’s finished product. Then as we read God’s word the Holy Spirit will remove the negative thought we thought about our self and then replace it with God’s word.  We keep seeing ourselves as God’s finished product then our actions, attitudes, and behaviors will start to line up with God’s image of ourselves. 

The biggest take away from this message is that we are on our own threshing floor. It is the threshing floor of our mind. We must continually pour positive things into our minds.  We must see ourselves as having accomplished the goal of being perfected by God. We must speak positively about ourselves. We must forgive ourselves for our past failures and mistakes. As we do these things the Holy Spirit transforms us into the image of God’s finished work!  This will happen when we are conscious and unconscious. Thus, we are thinking in our hearts the way God says that we are, and we are continually thinking of positive things while we are both awake and asleep. We are becoming more like Christ everyday! 

I challenge you to see yourself as the already finished product that God has designed you to be.  See yourself healthy, see yourself healed, see yourself financially secure, see yourself out of debt, see yourself free from depression, see yourself free from oppression, etc.

Father God, I pray for the person reading this message right now that you will help them see how you see them.  That they are Your child, and that they have been adopted by You.  That as Your child they already have all that they can ask for or think.  Father, I pray that you will open their eyes to see themselves the way You see them.  Thank you, Father God, for your revelation on this topic.  I pray that this message helps each and every person receive what You have for them. May you, Father God, get all of the glory and honor for this. In the mighty name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. - amen.


Sources: 
https://moms-hope.org/lessons-from-the-threshing-floor-2/

https://www.touchoftammyanderson.com/book-4-the-spirit-of-self-self-talk-and-positive-affirmations.html

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/321982.What_to_Say_When_You_Talk_to_Yourself

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psycho-Cybernetics

English Standard Version Bible. (2001). ESV Online.

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