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Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and He will say, Here I am. If you take away from your midst yokes of oppression [wherever you find them], the finger pointed in scorn [toward the oppressed or the godly], and every form of false, harsh, unjust, and wicked speaking,

And if you pour out that with which you sustain your own life for the hungry and satisfy the need of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in darkness, and your obscurity and gloom become like the noonday.

And the Lord shall guide you continually and satisfy you in drought and in dry places and make strong your bones. And you shall be like a watered garden and like a spring of water whose waters fail not.

And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of [buildings that have laid waste for] many generations; and you shall be called Repairer of the Breach, Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.

(Emphases added)

God revealed to me that He is not only looking for people willing to be purified. It is not good enough to be purified and simply carry the fire inside. The pitchers have to be broken. He is looking for those who are willing to be broken, who are willing to look like fools because God told them to pray for a stranger in public. Who are willing to let their pride shatter to let the world see all of Him. He is looking for those who are willing to “take away from your midst yokes of oppression wherever you find them.”

He reminded me of three people He had pointed out to me the previous Sunday, nudging me to pray for them, but I had walked away. It was like I relived the memory except I was carrying a flaming pot in my hands as I walked by them. It was so very clear that each was an opportunity to throw down the pot and have God’s fire break forth in the earth.

He then showed me a picture of a Christian in elaborate clothing coming from the throne room of God with his arms completely full of bread, humming the praises of God, yet he walked right past a man that was starving to death off the side of the road with his arm stretched out in a silent plea for help. The Christian returned time after time to the throne of God and sang songs asking for more while never seeing the man on the side of the road. A sobering picture. It gave me just the tiniest idea of how it must look to God when we refuse to share His love with people because we are nervous or are waiting for just one more confirmation. Or we make excuses like, “I said I would if I saw them again” or “If I bump into them” or even “If they approach me first.” Yet so many times the opportunity gets away.

What God had against Israel in Isaiah 58 was that they were not doing the things listed in Isaiah 61.

Isaiah 61:1 AMP

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound,

This is what Jesus came to do and He has called us to do the same. I knew that in asking God to fill me with fire, I was accepting a responsibility to share that fire and break the hold of the enemy in the lives of people God brings to me.

Presentation to Encounter

I finished the picture on Friday, September 4th, 2009.

That day, I ended up fasting and working on the picture for approximately 6-7 hours solid. God would not release me to stop. The urgency to finish the picture was very strong. I kept praying, “God, what is the rush? Why do I have to hurry?”

I finally stepped back from it fifteen minutes before having to leave for Encounter. I stood over it and prayed, “God, is it finished? The fire is still white. Is it done? Am I supposed to take it with me to Encounter?”

I felt I was supposed to take it with me. I brought it into church covered up and just set it in the back. I wasn’t even certain I was going to show anyone. The white fire haunted me. Was it done?

For weeks we have been in a verse by verse study of Ephesians. This particular night we were going to finish the second half of chapter 4. After getting that far, John (our young adults leader) felt like we needed to go into the first few verses of chapter 5 before stopping for the night.

Ephesians 5:1-2 AMP

Therefore be imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father].

And walk in love, [esteeming and delighting in one another] as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a slain offering and sacrifice to God [for you, so that it became] a sweet fragrance.

He also shared a picture the Lord had given him for that night of a man being consumed in white, holy, purifying fire. The fire of God burned over him and when it was gone he glowed like Moses did after being in God’s presence. John knew that the man had not only been made holy but that he felt holy.

By this time, I am having a hard time staying in my seat as God confirmed things that He had shown me in what John was saying. I do not even remember all the things he said because I was so caught up in how awesome God was and understanding why He had told me to hurry and finish the picture for this particular night.

John then had us turn to II Timothy 2.

II Timothy 2: 19-21 AMP

But the firm foundation of God stands, sure and unshaken, bearing this seal: The Lord knows those who are His, and, Let everyone who names [himself by] the name of the Lord give up all iniquity and stand aloof from it.

But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also [utensils] of wood and earthenware, and some for honorable and noble [use] and some for menial and ignoble [use].

So whoever cleanses himself [from what is ignoble and unclean, who separates himself from contact with contaminating and corrupting influences] will [then himself] be a vessel set apart and useful for honorable and noble purposes, consecrated and profitable to the Master, fit and ready for any good work. (Emphasis added)

John felt like there was a gift of holiness in the room and he went around and prayed for each of us. I felt God’s presence so strong and was completely in awe of what He was doing.

Directly after, I was able to share the picture and the amazing way God had planned this evening out from the beginning of time. The story touched a lot of the people there and I had requests to get the picture scanned so we could make prints of it for others.

Conclusion

To say the least, this picture has completely rocked my world. I know the explanation is lengthily but hopefully, if you have made it to the end of this, you will come away as impacted as I was while work on it.

The bottom line is this: God is calling a people to a higher degree of holiness and purity before Him. He is looking for people willing to become a radical army that dares to discard the natural way of doing things and be completely consumed with a passion for His fire and praise. This army will accomplish things with small numbers and in ways that the natural mind would call insane. They will know God is with them and will approach the enemy boldly declaring, “Where is the God of Elijah?”

AND THEY WILL SEE THE MIRACULOUS.

Wanting more of Him,

Amanda J. Wunderlich