A Sifted Reverence
shared by Suzin McNeill

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  Usually, I do not write about myself, and I readily teach to "deny the I".  Today, I'm prompted to share in a new beginning of reverence.

 For the past season The Lord has been showing and teaching me a different side of Himself. It has been a time beyond dying to self. It has been a time of great forbearing and trails. There have been moments where I just wanted to escape from all around me. There have been moments where I have had to look closely at myself and see my own weakened stance before Him and before others. 

 His sifter has pressed the very life out of me that I thought was me, and changed it. Sifters have a tendency to get clogged with flour bits and flesh. Sometimes sifters get rusty and are damaged by the force of their own grinding. The LORD's sifter is not damaged or rusty. It is made for the leadership that is about to emerge. The by-product from The LORD's sifter is the reflection of Himself and all flesh shall be pressed through it.

 When He first called me He said, that I would know Him in ways that few had known Him. Although, I've sung the songs like most to see His face and have sought Him to know HIM, and have had many, many experiences before HIM, I am understanding deep within why Moses only saw His backside and was content with that. The LORD has shown me His terrible side and I have stood frightened and trembling that there has been so little favor for me. I have stayed in His will, and yet, He has seemably been no respector of my heart towards Him. In the past season I have had  days where I've revered Him greatly, but not liked Him. Still, our love together has stood. The One Who Changes Not has brought many changes and a new perspective of holiness in reverence. He alone is Holy. He alone is to be revered. The LORD is The Sifter of  all of  Israel. 

 Again, this has not been a dancing jubilation of revelation. It has brought a quietness into me that causes me to tremble even as I'm standing firm for the causes of His people. It is that I must forbear His terribleness in prayer before He answers or releases my spirit. I know that the troubles of my heart have also been the same troubles that others have faced, in our nation, our churches, and in our families. He has taught me ... that even hell is naked before Him and destruction has no covering. I will declare His greatness. The LORD is The Sifter of all of Israel. 

Deuteronomy 10:17-21
17 For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward:
18 He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving 
him food and raiment.
19 Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.
20 Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and 
swear by his name.
21 He is thy praise, and he is thy God, that hath done for thee these great and terrible things, which 
thine eyes have seen. (KJV)

Job 26:9-14
9 He holdeth back the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud upon it.
10 He hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end.
11 The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof.
12 He divideth the sea with his power, and by his understanding he smiteth through the proud.
13 By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent.
14 Lo, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of him? but the 
thunder of his power who can understand? 

Psalm 47:2-4
2 For the LORD most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.
3 He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet.
4 He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved. Selah.

Psalm 66:3-5
3 Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine 
enemies submit themselves unto thee.
4 All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.
5 Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men. 

Psalm 145:6
6 And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness. 

Isaiah 13:3
3 I have commanded my sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty ones for mine anger, even 
them that rejoice in my highness. 

Isaiah 13:11
11 And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the 
arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.

Ezekiel 24:16-17 Son of man, behold, I take away from thee the desire of thine eyes with a stroke: yet neither  shalt thou mourn nor weep, neither shall thy tears run down. Forbear to cry, make no mourning for the dead, bind the tire of thine head upon thee, and put  on thy shoes upon thy feet, and cover not thy lips, and eat not the bread of men. 

Matthew 4:4
4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that 
proceedeth out of the mouth of God. 

I am pressing My prophets through a sieve that reveals their motives of  why they say they serve Me. There are many, to many self called and self made prophets in the land giving words that I have not spoken. They walk through mindly impressions and speak when I have not spoken to them. They bring forth words at their altars yet no lives are altered or changed. If their words were true and from My lips wouldn't there be changes? Wouldn't there be corrections? Wouldn't there be repentance?

My people need to repent. Where is the church in right order today? Where is the spotless flock? The tinkling edifying word is brought forth for the tinkling of money and My people love to hear it that way. The tinkling words come forth in soundings that bring forth their cry for mammon. Who will buy and who will speak forth My words regardless of the outcome? The iteneraries of men are not My iterneraries.  I am raising up the sifted who will declare My words without thoughts of themselves. There will be no compromises. My words are My words and they come forth in power, even when they are whispered in tremblings.

The sieve of pressing that My true prophets will encounter shall come forth in situation persecutions, yet they will stand firm. The words My truest prophets will bring forth will come with trembling and forewarning. All will know that they are sent forth from Me and that My words are upon their lips and within their hearts but, still the persecutions will come against them from the pulpits of men. Many shepherds will be removed by the words of My power, and I will raise up new shepherds from their midst. 

I am bring forth new shakings and a shifting of power to the kingdoms of men. Degrees and denominations will no longer precede My called ones and My anointed ones. The shallowness of church and religion will be split and replaced by My words, My anointing, and the true freedom of the Holy Spirit. There comes forth correction and division within the house of Israel. For, lo, I will command and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth. 

During the periods called peace the warfare in the Spirit will be greater. Prepare for sifting in the temples first. Prepare for judgment stands first at the doors of your temples. Do My prophets no harm and you will see My power to restore all. Touch not My anointed and do My prophets no harm. Those who speak forth My words will bring changes, repentance and will divide. I am setting My people Israel, into right order. I am bringing forth the old path that will be trodden with new order and true holiness. I have said, Be ye holy for I am holy. Be ye holy in all manner of conversation. Do My prophets no harm for you shall be judged by your own words. I am The LORD who makes manifest the hearts of men. All the sinners of My people shall die by the sword, which say, the evil shall not overtake nor prevent us. 

My prophets are here in great love with the ability to pierce and cut away that which is offensive to Me. I am lifting up an ensign word and My eagles shall carry it as swift messengers to a nation scattered and peeled. The spirit of their independence shall  be broken and they will learn to depend upon Me for all their needs. My prophets shall speak and divide and in this division the natural man will retaliate against the spiritual man. The division will be great, yet as the wheat is divided from the tares I will sift and then I will mend and mold the remnant of the house of Israel.

Romans 13
1) Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers 
that be are ordained of God.
2) Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist 
shall receive to themselves damnation.
3) For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the 
power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
4) For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he 
beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him 
that doeth evil.
5) Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
6) For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon 
this very thing.
7) Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear 
to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

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