If you would, turn with me in your Bibles to the book of Job
chapter twenty-three. The book of Job chapter twenty-three.
When you reach the book of Job chapter twenty-three, please
signify by saying amen.
Would you please stand for the reading of the Word tonight?
Job chapter twenty-three. We will read verse eight through
8. Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward,
but I cannot perceive him:
9. On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold
him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see
10. But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried
me, I shall come forth as gold.
Let us pray.
Most holy and gracious heavenly Father, we thank You for
angels on assignment tonight. Father, hide Your son behind
the cross tonight, that Your people would see You and not
me. Dear Lord, as I decrease, I ask that You would increase.
Lord, let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my
heart be acceptable in Thy sight, oh Lord, my strength and my
I thank You that every devil from hell is bound tonight, and
sent back to the dry places, forbidden to operate. We cancel
every assignment of the enemy this night. In Jesus’ holy and
And the people of God said amen. You may be seated in the
house of God tonight.
In verse ten Job said,
10. But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried
me, I shall come forth as gold.
Why did Job use the metaphor, “I shall come forth as gold”?
And what is gold?
We look at our Bibles in the book of Genesis chapter two and
verse twelve. It tells us that gold is good.
And when we define gold by Webster’s standards, he said that
gold is a chemical. It is a soft metallic chemical element,
used especially in the making of coins and jewelry.
Gold is beautiful. Gold is enduring, for it never rusts or
dissolves away. It is the only metal (glory to God) that there
is that when it dips into the fire, it’s unharmed by the fire.
Each time it goes through the fire, it gets more and more
refined. It gets better than it was before.
You see, we as saints have been going through the fire. But
let me tell you something about the fire you’re going through
tonight. You’re tired of the fire. But the fire’s making you
better and better and better and better and better and better
and better than you ever were before.
The Bible says that His Word is a refiner. You see, He’s
refining us. You see, when you look at a refined saint, he’s at
a valuable cost to the Kingdom of God.
When you look at gold when it’s refined, until that point
(glory to God) where all the dross is taken out of it, it’s very,
You see, as I allow (glory to God) the suffering, the
fellowship of His suffering to come forth in me, to take hold
of my life (glory to God), it’s going to cause me (glory to
God) to be more valuable for the Kingdom of God.
You see, it’s going to burn everything out of me. You see, we
don’t like to suffer, but we need to suffer. You see, if I am
going to go higher in Him, I need to learn how to suffer. I
need to learn how to suffer with Jesus, not just my own
suffering, but suffering for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus
We’ve been going through. But let me tell you something
tonight. It’s not in vain. You see, your suffering is not vain.
You see, He’s pulling out those impurities that will cause us
to miss God. You don’t want to miss God. You see, there are
things on the inside of us. And there are things that go on
with us that’ll cause us to miss God sometimes.
You see, a lot of times we’re wondering why we can’t hear a
word from the Lord. It’s that we haven’t got all the... Oh,
you don’t want to hear me. We haven’t gotten all the
But once I allow Him to allow me to go through the fire, He’s
going... Oh, my God. He’s going to refine my hearing, so
that I can hear. He’s going to refine my eyes, so that I can
see. He’s going to refine my praise, that it would glorify His
Name. He’s going to refine my worship that’ll cause His very
Presence to be ushered into the room.
We’ve been suffering. But let me tell you, your suffering and
my suffering has not been in vain. He’s getting us to the point
where He can really use us. I ain’t talking about no pitty pat,
patty cake. I’m talking about laying hands and casting out
devils. I’m talking about prophesying.
I’m talking about going up to the third heaven. Is that alright,
Minister John Michael? I’m talking about being in the third
dimension of heaven, where the angels and the elders and the
beasts lie at His feet and cry, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of
hosts. The whole world is full of His glory.”
You see, when I allow myself to go through, it’s going to
refine me. Look at your neighbor and say, “I’m being
refined.” I become valuable.
You see, when you get saved you’re already valuable. But
the more you let God do what He want to do with you, you
You see, there’s a difference in being valuable and invaluable.
You see, a refined saint, you can’t place a value over them.
Because wherever they’re needed, they’ll step in. Who am I
preaching tonight? Wherever there needs to be done, they’ll
say, “Here am I, Lord. Send me. I’m ready, willing. And
I’m able, God, to do whatever You want me to do.” Oh, my
God. “However you want me to do it.”
Job said, “I shall come forth.” In other words he said, “I
won’t be in the fire always.”
You see, you got to go through the fire. But let me tell you
something. You can’t be in the fire all the time. There’s got
to be a point where you come out of that fire. You don’t want
to hear me preach tonight. There’s got to be a point where
you have peace in your life, and not just a struggle.
You see, too many of us go through a struggle. It’s a struggle
to get up. It’s a struggle to get out the house. It’s a struggle
on the job. It’s a struggle on the way there. It’s a struggle on
the way home. It’s a struggle in the marriage. It’s a struggle
with the children. It’s a struggle with the finances. Every day
I’m going through a battle.
But after while, I’ve got to allow God to take over the battle
and sit back and rest, and bask in His Presence. Christians go
through the fire. But it only makes us better.
See, the devil is so stupid. See, he wants you and I to think
that we stupid. But he’s so stupid. See, he think because we
going through the fire that we going to give up. But Job said,
“Yea, though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” He said, “I’m
coming out. When I come out, you better look out.” My
God, who am I preaching to in this house?
We go through the fire, so that He can refine us. Job said
when he’s tried he’s going to come forth as gold.
We look at gold. Gold can be melted. And when they melt
gold, it’s for the purpose of shaping it into that shape that they
are trying to make it in. It becomes adaptable. It becomes
You see, many of us have to continue to go through. Because
if we don’t go through, we are not pliable. Oh, you don’t
want to hear this. You see, it takes suffering to cause us to be
pliable. You see, because when things are going good, we get
high minded. You don’t hear me tonight. My God, my God.
So He got to bring us down every now and then. He got to let
us know that we can’t think ourselves more than who and
what we are.
But see, when we’re getting melted, it’s so that He can shape
us. The Bible said in Romans eight and twenty-nine that He
wants to cause us to be conformed to the image of His Son,
His Son being Christ.
You see, when I begin to go through, I’m easy to work with.
Oh, my God. I feel Jesus up in this house. You see, I might
have been a hell raiser before. You don’t want to hear me.
But let me start going through something. I become like
Moses, the meekest man on the earth. You can say what you
want to say. You can do what you want to do. It won’t
But see, if I allow myself, every time I go through, for it to
cause me to get into a place of maturity, I have to grow in
grace. But if I don’t learn nothing the first time, let me tell
you something. There’s going to be a second time, a third
time, a fourth time, a fifth time, a sixth time. You still going
through? I’m still going through. A seventh time, an eighth
time. My God. He’s asking a question. Have you learned
The Bible says in the book of James if any lack wisdom, let
him ask of God who giveth liberally and upbraideth not. But
the Bible says let him ask in faith.
You see, when I’m going through something, I’ve got to get
to the place where I begin to ask God for wisdom. I need to
not just be in that place and begin to murmur and complain,
and to spit and sometimes even curse. You don’t want to hear
me tonight. Oh, my God. Take a little sip... No, I ain’t going
to say that.
But, my God. If I would allow Him to refine me, and while
He’s refining me, get Godly wisdom... Like I told you before,
if I got to go that way again, if I already recognize that place,
and I can keep the devil up under my feet... But it’s when I
don’t recognize a place that I’m constantly tussling and
struggling and fighting with the devil. But that’s the time
when I need to get on my face.
You remember when Job started first going through. He
didn’t start jumping up in the air and shaking his fists at God
and saying, “God, why?” The Bible said that he got down
and worshiped. Do you hear what I’m saying?
See, when you start to go through something, it’s time to
worship. It’s not time to murmur and complain. It’s not time
to kick the dog. It’s time to worship.
And in the midst of my worship, I may not get an answer
immediately. But after while... We don’t want to know about
after while. But after while my God going to answer me. But
even in His answer, I can’t put Him in a box. I got to allow
God to be God and speak any way He wants to speak, through
whomever He wants to speak through. However He wants to
come, let God come.
But I’ve been in worship for so long that I’ve seen His face.
And I recognize God when He’s coming at me.
Refined in my suffering. I’m getting better and better and
better. Sister Shirley, I’m getting better. Do you hear what
I’m saying? I’m not getting worse.
See, a lot of times we think these conditions are causing us to
get worse. But these conditions and situations are causing us
to get better. Better.
To conform means to be like. It means to agree. It means to
be on accord. It means to comply with. That’s what He’s
trying to do with us. He’s trying to get us to the place that no
matter what He says, we say, “Yes, Lord. I hear and I obey. I
comply with Your Word when I think I’m right, when I think
they’re wrong. I comply with the Word when I’m wrong,
they’re right. Whatever the Word says, that’s what we are
going to do.”
That suffering is bringing us closer to the image of Christ.
Your suffering’s not in vain tonight, contrary to what folks
around you might try to tell you. “Girl, you need to just go on
and...” “Man, you need to... Man, I wouldn’t.” Don’t listen
The Bible said in the multitude of counsel there’s safety. But
you got to know the counsel that you’re receiving. If the
counsel is leading you away from the Word of God, you just
say, “Okay, thank you. See you later.” That’s what we got to
learn to do.
We’re getting better and better. While we’re suffering, it will
cause us to discover our true selves.
You see, when Adam and Eve were made, they were made to
worship God on His level. Let me tell you why. He talked
with God. He walked with God in the cool of the day. He
had God right there with him.
But see, through sin we know operate through the sin nature,
until we have changed, until we receive Jesus and allow...
Not only just receive Him, but allow His Word to make a
difference in us. It’s one thing to say I’m saved, and it’s
another thing to live saved.
You know that everybody gets caught up in this doctrine,
once saved, always saved. You know, I try not to get caught
up in that. Because every man’s going to have to stand before
the Lord for themselves, and give an account.
I don’t know about you, but I want Him to say, “Well done.
Come on in. Been waiting for you. Here’s your crown.”
That’s what I want to hear Him say.
In Exodus chapter thirty-two there was a problem. Moses had
went up into the mountain to hear from God. And while
Moses was gone, Aaron was in charge, his brother. And the
people came to Aaron. They were like, “This Moses must be
dead. Make us a god, small G.”
And instead of Aaron saying, “You’ve got to be kidding,”
Aaron said, “Go get me your earrings, gold.” Do you hear
what I’m saying? And he said, “Melt it down. Because gold
can be formed into an image.”
You see, when they were back in Egypt, they were used to
serving gods that were physical. But see, they didn’t realize
that the invisible God was the one that was really going to
work it all out for their good.
You see, when I get to the place (glory to God) where I can
realize that I don’t have to see Him, feel Him, smell Him... I
know that the Word says in Romans eight twenty-eight that
all things are still going to work together for my good. Do
you hear me?
They didn’t realize that that suffering that they were going
through was supposed to be making them a better people.
You see, churches are always going to go through things.
Hello, somebody. But see, when the family, Sister Von, when
it draw together, you see, can’t nothing get in that ain’t
supposed to be in. And then anything that’s pretending to be
family, it’s going to be found out and figured out. Do you
hear what I’m saying? When you got real brothers and sisters
in the house together.
You see, every now and then brothers and sisters are going to
fuss, aren’t they? But let somebody else talk about that sister.
Let somebody else talk about that brother. You got hell on
your hands, buddy.
You remember Peter. When that soldier came up to Jesus, he
was like, “How dare you?” Jesus had to fix Peter’s character
You see, you should love your brothers and sisters to the point
where you don’t want to hear no gossip about them. You
don’t want to hear no mess. Did you hear so and so? No,
and I don’t want to hear it. That’s real family.
See, when a family is suffering something, you see, they’re
supposed to gather together. See, that husband gathers
together with that wife. And that wife is always going to
gather them children together. Aren’t they? They going to
stand together in prayer. And they going to stand together in
the midst of the suffering. That’s real family.
The Bible says that if you see your brother down, then you
need to lift him up. We’re getting a little better in the body of
Christ. But for so long once our brother get down, we put our
foot on they neck. Say, “I ain’t like you no way. Get down
there.” Oh, you don’t want to hear me.
When these televangelists fell, you didn’t see them on
Christian TV no more. You don’t hear me. But now you
know they done fell. And now they still back on there. You
don’t hear me tonight. We getting a little better. And we that
are spiritual are restoring such ones in the spirit of what?
Meekness. That’s what it says in the Bible.
Someone may be suffering next to you. If you don’t know
them, it’s one thing. But if you know them, you should know
by the look on their face. See, because the face will tell it all,
won’t it? Folks can try to hide what they want to hide. But at
least for a split moment that facial expression is going to
change. And then you’ll see when that mask comes back on.
But in the midst of their battle, we need to let them know that
everything’s going to be alright. “I’m praying for you,
brother. I’m praying for you, sister. And I’m going to stand
They got to the point where they wanted to erect their own
god. You see, when you...
The Bible says that you shall come out as gold. See, God is
supposed to be shaping us. But see, just like the children of
Israel wanted to shape their god, a lot of times we want to
shape God too. We want to shape God into the image that we
want God to be.
And we want to let it be convenient to obey God when it’s
convenient to obey Him. But if it’s inconvenient to obey
Him, then we ain’t listening. This god must be broken. Let
me break him. And let me erect another one that’s going to
comply with what I want. Hello, somebody.
He said, “I’m going to come forth.” He said, “Not only am I
going to come forth. I’m going to come forth as gold.”
In the book of Matthew chapter two and verse eleven, the
wise men, as they were called, the magi, they brought gifts to
Jesus. Gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Each gift was a
And the gold was a symbol of royalty being given to Jesus.
And when we look at that symbol, it also meant His Kingship.
It meant His power. It meant His worth. Because gold was
In Exodus chapter thirty, verse one and verse three, God gave
instruction for the construction of the incense altar. There
were two materials that were used in the making of that altar.
Wood and gold.
You see, when we look at Jesus, He was the perfect human
form. And not only was He the perfect human form. He was
the only person able to be man and God at the same time.
You see, that wood represented His humanity. And that gold
represented His deity as being God. Do you hear what I’m
saying tonight? John chapter one, verse one and verse
fourteen tells me that not only was He man, but He was God.
And when we look at that gold, it symbolizes Jesus today, and
also that wood. You see, if we could roll the sky back, and
see the Intercessor Jesus, you would still see the image of a
man. But see, that gold is His Glory. Do you hear what I’m
saying? You see, He’s covered by Glory. He’s covered by
And so tonight this gold service that we’re having is
representing the Glory tonight. Do you hear what I’m saying?
Oh, my God. Come on, give God a handclap of praise.
It’s representing His Glory. It’s only going to be a point of
contact, like I said before. Even oil, when we anoint with oil,
it’s a point of contact for the Anointing of God to move. It’s
no magical thing. It’s nothing to be sold to you. It ain’t got
no witchcraft. All it is is a point of contact.
The Bible talked about the men of God in the book of Acts,
how they gave out handkerchiefs. And people were healed of
their diseases. Do you hear what I’m saying? They were
healed. It’s a point of contact.
This gold symbol tonight is a point of contact for the Glory,
the Anointing of God.
Tonight is your night. See, you didn’t just come here looking
for a man that they say could prophesy. My God. But you
came to see the Glory of Almighty God. Hallelujah. We
came to lift up the Name of Jesus in this place. We are going
higher in Him.
Job said, “As I am tried by that fire, I’m going to come out as
gold.” In the Amplified, it says that I’m going to come out as
pure gold. That meant that everything that’s not like Him,
dealing with my character, is going to be straightened out.
See, I can be anointed and still have bad character. Do you
hear me? I can have a good word, but my attitude is raunchy.
And my character nullifies the good that I’m trying to do. I’m
allowing my good to be evil spoken of.
I don’t care if you got the Anointing without measure, if your
attitude is not right, then folks don’t want to be around it.
Don’t just ask God for the Anointing. Everybody wants the
Anointing. Don’t just ask Him for the Anointing. Ask Him
to work on our character.
Say, “Lord, give me the Anointing, but work on my character.
Work on me, Jesus. I got things in me. Presumptuous sins,
things that I don’t even know about.”
And you know we like to say things that we don’t know
about. You got some things that you know about. Oh, who
am I preaching to tonight? Who am I kidding? We just don’t
want nobody else to know about it.
The Bible said, when Jesus said, “Let he who is without sin
cast the first stone.” We can’t live in these glass houses, can
we? The Bible says if a man says he don’t have sin, he’s a
liar. Truth ain’t in him. Uh, uh. Can’t find it. In a place of
You’re suffering is not in vain. Now rest your mind. Rest
your mind. Rest your mind tonight.
See, you thought it was over, but it’s just begun. Your
breakthrough has just begun. This is your night for a miracle.
See, you got to say it. This is my night. Look at your
neighbor and say, “This is my night.” It’s my night. It’s my
night. I don’t care what the devil told you before you came,
it’s your night. It’s your night.
You got to believe it. Don’t try to go by my faith. But let our
faith hook up together. Let it hook up together. Don’t sit
back and say, “I’m going to wait and see what Pastor
Abernathy got to say.” Uh, uh. Devil is a liar. You ain’t
going to work me.
It’s our night together. We haven’t been suffering in vain. If
you’ve been suffering, I’ve been suffering. If you’ve been
rejoicing, I’ve been rejoicing.
When you come out of that fire, you will be as pure gold.