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Get Ready to Burst Under Pressure with the Glory of God!

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God is turning up the heat! Get Ready to Burst Under Pressure with the Glory of God!

God gave me tonight a vision of a thermometer. The temperature in the room started to get hotter, the hotter it got the more the mercury in the thermometer would rise, until finally the thermometer burst due to the amount of pressure from the rising temperatures.

Have you been feeling under a lot of pressure in this season? So much pressure that you are ready to burst, maybe you’re at a breaking point, then get ready because God is turning up the heat!

The thermometer represented us. The heat that was turned up represented God taking us through a Refiners Fire! A fire to bring to the surface all impurities and negative toxins so that He can scrape away anything that doesn’t belong in us! Fear, anxiety, doubt, shame, guilt, and sin must go in Jesus’ name! The bursting of the thermometer represented God’s glory that will be released in us and through us, but only those who will not resist the refiner’s fire. Those who will not give up the fight, those who will remain in faith, and those who will not lose hope knowing that God is in control! When our life seems as if it’s out of control, then it’s time to give the control back to God!

Don’t allow the pressure to implode you on the inside, instead get ready to explode with God’s glory!

Malachi 3:1-3(NKJV)
“Behold, I send My messenger, And he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, Will suddenly come to His temple, Even the Messenger of the covenant, In whom you delight. Behold, He is coming,” Says the Lord of hosts. “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like launderers’ soap. He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, And purge them as gold and silver, That they may offer to the Lord An offering in righteousness.

When God brings correction to our life it is not to hurt us, condemn us, scold us, or belittle us. Correction comes because He loves us, cares about us, convicts us, refines us, and builds us up!

When we’re under pressure a lot of times it because of the choices we make. So it’s not God’s fault when we are under pressure. But there are times that even in the choices we make that God will allow us to simmer in it a little while. The more we experience the pressure, then the less we will want to be in it, till eventually the breakthrough comes and we are able to learn from it. Learn how not to allow ourselves to be under pressure again. Every season, every step of process should be a learning experience to better equip us.

So God will refine us, He will purify and purge anything that is negative in our life. So that we will shine like silver and gold!

Isaiah 60:1-2 (NKJV)
Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people;
But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you.

If you endure the heat and the pressure then like a Diamond you’re going to shine bright! A diamond in the rough!

Natural diamonds are formed at high temperatures and pressure at deep depths in the Earth’s mantle.

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Just think how deep we suppress our emotions, those emotions that cause us to feel under pressure. Now just imagine that while that junk is buried deep inside of you that as God turns up the heat and the pressure is intensified, start looking at your situation as a way God is preparing you to shine like a diamond! That God is trying to mold and shape the situation for breakthrough!

Man has the ability to make “fake” or “synthetic” diamonds out of carbon containing materials. And with being man made the gem is not as precious as a real diamond, it’s not valuable.

But when God creates a real diamond, the gem is precious and is highly valued to Him. Even natural diamonds have to go through a process. It has to be polished, cleaned, and cut to make it look like a beautiful gem.

When we allow for man-made ways in dealing with pressure, it takes control of our lives then we create a fake sense of security. We no longer value ourselves because of trying to hide behind a mask.

Philippians 2:14-16
“Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.”

God’s Refiner’s Fire should make us want to turn back to Him!

Malachi 3:4-7 (NKJV)
“Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem Will be pleasant to the Lord,
As in the days of old, As in former years. And I will come near you for judgment;
I will be a swift witness Against sorcerers, Against adulterers, Against perjurers,
Against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans, And against those who turn away an alien—Because they do not fear Me,” Says the Lord of hosts. “For I am the Lord, I do not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob. Yet from the days of your fathers You have gone away from My ordinances And have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you,” Says the Lord of hosts. “But you said, ‘In what way shall we return?’

Don’t allow the pressure to make you turn against God!

Malachi 3:16-18 (NKJV)
Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, And the Lord listened and heard them; So a book of remembrance was written before Him For those who fear the Lord And who meditate on His name. “They shall be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts, “On the day that I make them My jewels. And I will spare them As a man spares his own son who serves him.” Then you shall again discern Between the righteous and the wicked, Between one who serves God And one who does not serve Him.

“I make them My jewels” – it’s time to shine church! It’s time to shine!

God is turning up the heat, get ready to burst under pressure! Get ready to burst with the glory of God!

God bless,

Mike Gates
www.opengatesministries.com

IT IS TIME TO PRESS THROUGH!

A Word by Dana Jarvis

Do not wait for the tide of your situations to turn, but keep contending for what God has promised to you. You face a choice right now which is contend for the ground that God has given to you through His Word of promise, or hold back.

Do not give place to fear or hesitancy that would keep you from stepping up into the power of this warrior anointing he is releasing. It is time to press through! Don’t settle for less than what Jesus has already paid for. Don’t put up with less than what Your Father has appointed for you.

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Mike is a prophetic revivalist with a passion for evangelism. His desire is for people to be radically changed by the power of God. In Sept. of 1995 God delivered him from paganism & the occult, depression, and addictions. Since then Mike has been committed to telling other's about Jesus. Mike ministers God's freedom, deliverance, and healing. He demonstrates the love of Jesus and believes that actions speak louder than words. Mike carries an anointing to equip the body of Christ to release and activate their God given destiny. Mike and his wife Kim are co-founders of Open Gates Ministries which was started in May of 1998. They are youth pastors and worship leaders. Mike and his family are members of Dayspring Church in Seminole, TX. For more information visit: www.opengatesministries.com