Come Alive and Radical Transformation (A Flute Story)

Recently I purchased a new flute. I suppose the brief backstory here is that when my Dyed4you friend Mary visited this summer, she rekindled my love for Native American style flutes (here i am flagging as she plays). My interest in them originally began in 2011, when I became friends with some else in the Dyed4you Community who later joined the ministry team. She ministered a lot with her flutes, and it touched me deeply (here’s one of her videos from back then).

So when Mary came this summer it rekindled that love and I ended up starting my own flute collection. I’ve been using these in my quiet times of contemplative prayer and loving them. 

In my searches for available flutes I came across a unique triple drone flute (a drone flute is one that has one – or in this case, two – extra pipes in the flute that carry a single note or an alternating note that harmonizes with the main portion of the flute). The flute I found had a phoenix rising on the top of it (here’s its creator playing it). 

Since the imagery of the phoenix rising from the ashes originates with Greek mythology, initially I hesitated, but I quickly realized God was using it to speak to me. In the same way if you were trying to communicate an idea to someone who spoke a different language that you might use words or phrases that are similar to what you’re actually trying to say so that you can communicate your thoughts, God was speaking to me through an imagery I was familiar with, regardless of its origin. 

As He began sharing, He connected the idea of beauty for ashes (Isaiah 61:3) to the concept of “rising from the ashes.” And He ties it to Him breathing on the dry bones and bringing them to life (Ezekiel 37). It was as though I could see His breath moving – bringing life and transformation to areas we’ve long since given up on as being impossible. 

And He began tying in the transformation of the butterfly, which is radically changed in the transformation process. He emphasized the idea of “radical transformation.” He began to remind me over and over again that He is more than able to do “…so many awe-inspiring things, immeasurable things, things greater than we ever could ask or imagine through the power at work in us,” (Ephesians 3:20 VOICE)

So my encouragement to us all – and what I’ll be interceding for as I play my new flute when it arrives – is to believe that He is able, for us to stay in a place of expectancy for Him to move and bring life to the dead places and radical transformation where it’s desperately needed. 

Ephesians 3:20 (TPT) Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you.

Update: since the introduction of Dyed4you flutes, Papa has had me refinishing and dyeing some of my existing flute collection. He just had me dye this flute in the Refiner’s Fire Dyed4you style, and so I wanted to share the word that goes with it. The colors in it are:

  • Golden yellow representing glory revealed
  • Fire red representing Holy Spirit fire
  • Red wine representing surrender
  • Dark red representing break every chain

The scripture that goes with it is from Psalm 18:6-15 (AMPC) In my distress [when seemingly closed in] I called upon the Lord and cried to my God; He heard my voice out of His temple (heavenly dwelling place), and my cry came before Him, into His [very] ears. Then the earth quaked and rocked, the foundations also of the mountains trembled; they moved and were shaken because He was indignant and angry. There went up smoke from His nostrils; and lightning out of His mouth devoured; coals were kindled by it. He bowed the heavens also and came down; and thick darkness was under His feet. And He rode upon a cherub [a storm] and flew [swiftly]; yes, He sped on with the wings of the wind. He made darkness His secret hiding place; as His pavilion (His canopy) round about Him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies. Out of the brightness before Him there broke forth through His thick clouds hailstones and coals of fire. The Lord also thundered from the heavens, and the Most High uttered His voice, amid hailstones and coals of fire. And He sent out His arrows and scattered them; and He flashed forth lightnings and put them to rout. Then the beds of the sea appeared and the foundations of the world were laid bare at Your rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of the breath of Your nostrils.

The Refiner’s fire leaves the gold with a strength that the natural has trouble recognizing. The fire has burned a strength of clarity into you by means of purification. As pure gold is soft, it’s value is no longer found in it’s hardness and brute strength, but in its tenderness and ability to shift and bend. As the world values the soft purity of gold, so does the Father take pleasure in your soft and tender heart.

A Prophetic Nugget from Daily Downloads from Heaven by Meghan Williams is connected to this. It’s called “Be My Burning One.”

Hebrews 1:7 (NET) And he says of the angels, “He makes his angels spirits and his ministers a flame of fire,”

Beloved, My angels still touch coal to lips. Be purified. You are forgiven, refined, and guilt cannot plague you anymore. Choose to be holy as I AM holy. Choose to be tried in the fire – yield to My process – less of you, more of Me. My refining flames burning away the dross leaving you purified, sparkling, and new. Burn with passion for Me.

There is no need to resist the flames, yield to Me and let Me bring forth beauty from the ashes that My glory might shine through. A broken, contrite spirit that seeks hard after Me is the most fragrant offering you can bring. That I will accept. That I will adore. You I cherish, beloved. Be My burning one, with a soul surrendered and a heart ignited for Me.

Isaiah 6:6-7 (VOICE) Then one of the flaming creatures flew to me holding a red-hot ember which it had taken from God’s table, the temple altar, with a pair of tongs. The creature held it to my lips. Flaming Creature: Look! With the touch of this burning ember on your lips, your guilt is turned away; All your faults and wrongdoings are forgiven.

Psalm 51:16-17 (TLB) You don’t want penance; if you did, how gladly I would do it! You aren’t interested in offerings burned before you on the altar. It is a broken spirit you want—remorse and penitence. A broken and a contrite heart, O God, you will not ignore.

Vineyard’s song “Refiners Fire” is connected to this silk. It is a plea to the Father for purification, for Him to remove anything displeasing to Him and to make us holy and set apart. This heart cry should be one on all of our lips. It is not a singular moment, but rather an ongoing process of refinement – one we are blessed to embrace and see as a blessing from the growth that it brings rather than focusing on the trials its form typically takes. Being holy requires sacrifice, but God is well worth the cost.

Another Prophetic Nugget from Daily Downloads from Heaven by Meghan Williams is connected to this. It’s called “Trust in My Sovereignty.”

Jeremiah 32:17 (VOICE) Eternal Lord, with Your outstretched arm and Your enormous power You created the heavens and the earth. Nothing is too difficult for You.

Beloved, pause and try to fully comprehend My power. Whatever you can think of, I AM able. Simply because I don’t move, doesn’t mean I can’t. I see what you do not see, and I understand what you cannot understand. Know that I AM sovereign, and trust in My sovereignty. 

I AM Lord of all. Simply because I don’t remove trials, doesn’t mean I’m unfeeling or unable. Rather, there are times where instead of removing the trial, I take your hand and walk you through. Like gold refined in the fire, so such times refine one’s character and beautify those willing to yield to the process. 

So know whether I protect you from trials or in the midst of them, I AM with you. And I AM more than able to take care of those I love, and beloved, that is you. 

Another Prophetic Nugget from Daily Downloads from Heaven by Meghan Williams is connected to this. It’s called “The Wonder Before You.”

Isaiah 43:18-19 (VOICE) …Watch closely: I am preparing something new; it’s happening now, even as I speak, and you’re about to see it. I am preparing a way through the desert; Waters will flow where there had been none.

Beloved, I AM doing a new thing; be ready for it. As you keep your gaze on Me, I will guide you with My eye – so stay alert and keep watch. Trust Me to lead and trust Me to know what’s best. I make all things new. 

Yield, as I mold and shape you. Trust, as I refine and renew you. I AM transforming you from glory into glory, and I AM always at work in you. Just as a butterfly sheds the unneeded trappings of its past and flies into its beautiful future wholly transfigured, so you must step forth like Lazarus from the tomb – vibrantly alive and made new in Me with no need to look back for the wonder set before you. 

Isaiah 43:18-19 (VOICE) Eternal One: Don’t revel only in the past, or spend all your time recounting the victories of days gone by. Watch closely: I am preparing something new; it’s happening now, even as I speak, and you’re about to see it. I am preparing a way through the desert; Waters will flow where there had been none.

A final Prophetic Nugget from Daily Downloads from Heaven by Meghan Williams is connected to this. It’s called “Submit Yourself to My Loving Hands.”

Jeremiah 18:4 (NIV) But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.

Beloved, understand your role and understand Mine, then yield to them. Trust Me to know what is best, even when I seemingly break you – know that I always restore. For it is better to be a vine pruned back to the stump and regrowing in strength than to limp through life injured and weakened. 

Allow My work in you. Allow Me to prune, reshape, refine. Yield to the process. Refuse the urge to accuse Me of cruelty or unkindness in the moments of hardship and trial. Trust that I AM for you and I AM good. I AM always working for your best interest and the best interest of the Kingdom. Submit yourself to My loving hands. 

It’s been prayed over and anointed with the Scent of Heaven’s Refiner’s Fire, which is used as an act of submitting to His refining fire. The scriptures that go with this anointing oil are:

  • Proverbs 25:4 (AMP) “Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth [the material for] a vessel for the silversmith [to work up].”
  • Jeremiah 9:7 (AMP) “Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts: Behold, I will melt them [by the process of affliction to remove the dross] and test them, for how else should I deal with the daughter of My people?”

The deeper meaning of this oil reads:

Though submitting ourselves to the Refiner’s fire can be a painful process, He gives us the grace to walk it out and in the end the shining beauty of our countenance once refined makes the process well worthwhile.  Now as a purified vessel, we have more value (just as higher qualities of gold cost more) in the sense that He can trust us with more because He has removed impurities that keep us from being effective in ministry.  He burns out the jealousy, fear, competition, etc. – the dross.  As we walk in purity, we are more accurate reflections of Him, as a result we are precious.

When we are on fire for the Father, the passion that burns in us is stronger than the fire the enemy would send against us.  The fire is a weapon. Our passion matters. We must submit to the refining as well as continuing to burn for Him.

We pray it blesses you!

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