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A Season of Sifting

Sandy Note 2/27/99: The world is entering into a long spiritual season of sifting. There are many aspects to this season / concept and the purpose of the following file is to help give understanding to a variety of issues having to do with sifting.  

All Biblical truth is held between the tension of 2 poles, and that is the case with the sifting season. God allows the enemy to sift and have certain influences for many reasons. Yet our God is sovereign and He carefully maneuvers all circumstances including good and evil forces for His ultimate purposes. We will see many turn from their independence and run to Him. Be courageous and take heart, for at the same time, His glory will also be revealed. The greater the darkness, the greater His glory. So as you read this file, understand that like many of the files at this website, they are all interrelated and coexist at the same time.

1]  Word Study on SIFT

2] Sifting Touches One’s Faith

3] Word to Ponder - Sifted

4] Word to Ponder - A promise

5] Help the Young Through Sifting

6] A Time of Judgment

7] Sifting - A Time of Upheaval and Not Planted Securely

8] Sifting is Death to Self & Turning Upside Down

9] Sifting is a Part of the Training Process

10] The Shepherds Were Already Sifted

11] A Riddle - Upside Down

12] A Quickened Parable - Sifting Separates the Weeds in Our Lives

13] Straining the Lumps Away

14] A Word About The Sieve

15] Sifting is a Season of Harvest

16] Sifting is For Our Sanctification

17] Upside Down Brings the Leaven to the Surface

18] Sifting Threshes Out One’s Testing of God

19] Discerning the Supernatural Can Bring Sifting

20] A Story About Sifting

21] God Will Overturn, Abasing the High and Exalting the Low

22] Word to Ponder - A warning

23] Sometimes Sifting is a Matter of Perspective

1] Word study on the word SIFT:

"For surely I will command, And will sift (5128) the house of Israel among all nations, As grain is sifted  (05128) in a sieve; Yet not the smallest grain shall fall to the ground. All the sinners of My people shall die by the sword, Who say, 'The calamity shall not overtake nor confront us.' " On that day I will raise up The tabernacle of David, which has fallen down, And repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins, And rebuild it as in the days of old; That they may possess the remnant of Edom, And all the Gentiles who are called by My name," Says the LORD who does this thing. " Behold, the days are coming," says the LORD, "When the plowman shall overtake the reaper, And the treader of grapes him who sows seed; The mountains shall drip with sweet wine, And all the hills shall flow with it. I will bring back the captives of My people Israel; They shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; They shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them; They shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them. I will plant them in their land, And no longer shall they be pulled up From the land I have given them," Says the LORD your God. (Amos 9: 9-14)

From the Hebrew in Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance:

SIFT: 05128 nuwa` {noo'-ah}

¤ a primitive root; TWOT - 1328; v

¤ AV - shake 6, wander 6, move 6, promoted 3, fugitive 2, sift 2, stagger 2, wag 2, misc 13; 42

¤ 1) to quiver, totter, shake, reel, stagger, wander, move, sift, make move, wave, waver, tremble 1a) (Qal) 1a1) to wave, quiver, vibrate, swing, stagger, tremble, be unstable 1a2) to totter, go tottering 1a2a) vagabond (participle) 1b) (Niphal) to be tossed about or around 1c) (Hiphil) 1c1) to toss about 1c2) to shake, cause to totter 1c3) to shake, disturb 1c4) to cause to wander

2] Sifting Touches One’s Faith

The following is taken from 101+ Ways God Speaks (And How to Hear Him) by Sandy Warner


Two people who do NOT have a common language begin to communicate. The tribesman with guttural mumbles asks the white hunter a question. Hesitating and scratching his head, the hunter responds with a shrug.

These two are not communicating. So instead, the tribesman speaks a word or sentence by drawing a picture, using sign language and pointing to the surrounding environment, while the hunter listens and applies. In the process they form common reference points and begin to understand general ideas. This is not a word for word translation.

There is a foundation of faith that must exist between the two communicating. — A faith that says, "I believe that you just spoke to me, and I believe I can come to understand what you said." For true communication to exist in the listening process, there needs to be a certain measure of faith that goes beyond the language of the mind and penetrates the heart with belief.

The Bible states these facts about faith:

1. Faith comes by hearing Him speak. "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Romans 10:17 NKJV)

2. We each have a portion: "...God has allotted to each a measure of faith." (Romans 12:3B)

3. Our faith can grow: "...Lord, increase our faith." (Luke 17:5 KJ)

4. It describes faith: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1 KJ) The Living Bible says, "What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead." (TLB)

5. The Greek definition for faith1 (also belief) is translated: {persuasion, credence, conviction, reliance, constancy, truth, assurance, belief, faith, fidelity.}

6. We cannot please Him without faith. "...without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is..." (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV)

7. To do anything without faith is sin. "...for whatever is not from faith is sin." (Romans 14:23B NKJV)

As the Lord speaks to you, and you find "Words" together, faith grows and blossoms. The Bible says Jesus is "...the author and finisher of our faith..." (Hebrews 12:2 KJ) He not only is the source of our faith, but also the completer.

Sometimes the particular Words the Lord speaks to me go through a faith process of sifting, wavering and quickening before they become planted and firmly established into a strong, bold faith:

1. "SIFTED faith" - The Words of the Lord are turning in circles without a secure, stable home. I KNOW I have heard the Lord - I just don’t know how it applies. This is faith with no sense of balance, security, or establishment.2 It is like a small screw in a big hole, turning round and round never becoming set or secure.

2. "WAVERING faith" - I know the general place the Word applies, but don’t understand what He means. This swings back and forth between different opinions. The wobbly screw needs to be deeper in the hole to be in a sure strong place. This happens with time and confirmation concerning what is believed.3

3. "QUICKENED faith" is like a screw sunk into the right place. The Lord speaks a Word and I discover a place it fits. When the quickening comes it has finished its turning, finally finding its proper placement, its niche.4

4. "BOLD faith" is when I know that I know. Having complete confidence on the inside, I know and understand what the Lord is saying. This is complete faith without doubts and with absolute assurance.5

When we have grown to the place of complete faith, we come into what the Bible calls Sabbath rest.6 It is a place where we no longer struggle with an issue in life. We hear the Lord’s perspective on a matter, rest, and believe Him. We cease from our own restless pursuits and trust Him. Sabbath rest is perfect belief in His Words to us.

One of my favorite examples of what I believe is someone entering sabbath rest is Smith Wigglesworth.7 He was an anointed preacher in the early 1900’s who led thousands to salvation and healing. He was very close to the Lord, in fact testified of seeing Him. In the process he overcame enemy opposition. One particular night the devil stood in his room, and when Wigglesworth saw him, he said, "Oh, it’s only you" and turned over and went back to sleep. That’s what I call sabbath rest! He knew his opponent, understood his own authority over such, and simply rested in that truth by literally going back to sleep! That’s bold faith.

3] Word to Ponder - Sifted

The following is taken from the book, Words to Ponder by Sandy Warner


This thing the enemy has desired has not been without purpose. Your life is under Divine restraints and nothing can touch you without My permission.

Back and forth, back and forth. The sieve vacillated back and forth. Up and down, round and round, you went in circles, ever closer to the wire. When the time came you left the hard and stubborn places behind. You came through.

This was not without pain. I interceded for you and suffered with you. Even your most difficult hours were not without My mercy and grace. I covered you. Part of My mercy was to give you Novocain and I also put you to sleep. If I had given you your desired senses to understand, your pain would have been too great. Even in the midst of chaotic enemy invasion, I operate with complete control. My grace let you fall through the sieve, My grace caught you on the other side.

I alone hold you up. You cannot stand in independence and ever hope to succeed. Even the most simple task will fail if you stand in your own power. You have great strength before the enemy, but it is not your strength. I have given you many gifts, but you cannot use them without My help.

There are valuable treasures that come from sifting. For you, it is humility. If you carry its lesson in an important place of remembrance and cut your own pride before it sprouts roots, you will never be sifted again. That is My promise.

Yet an even dearer treasure has been given to Me. Your garden has been weeded and your heart is soft and fluffy. This is your yieldedness. I have longed for this quality to come to fruition in your life. I am teaching you what it accomplishes in the spirituals. You have yet to see the fruition of what this can accomplish on earth. I will give you eyes to see what your yieldedness produces. It will be My gift to you.

"Break up your fallow ground for it is time to seek the Lord till he come and rain righteousness upon you." (Hosea 10:12)

4] Word to Ponder - A promise

The following is taken from the book, Words to Ponder by Sandy Warner


I have brought My people to a door. A door of promise, a door of destiny. Many have approached this door before, with seeds of promise, only to look at it, and see the insurmountable walls. They were given the instructions at Jericho; the time waiting was much more than the time moving. Years of waiting have passed, and the moving has been in circles. But this has not been without purpose.

I have gone before you and set up your place. Indeed, you have circled long enough. Once again, you stand before the door and look at insurmountable odds. But I say unto you, the hour is due. At My command, these walls shall fall, and every man shall enter straight before him. I go before you shouting "Grace." These walls shall fall and you shall be astonished at MY mighty hand on your behalf.

There are many who have been so sifted by the plough, and blackened by the fire, they have lost sight of this door of promise, this great door of Hope. They have been turned inside out, and backwards; some are even upside down. But I have been turning the perspective so they may see My view. I am facing them forward, securing feet in front of the door.

Have no fear if you cannot see the door of promise. Your eyes may still be burning from the smoke. Trust Me to turn you in perfect direction. Have hopeful expectation of what I shall do. For when it opens, it shall open suddenly, and the Light from the other side will be so bright, there will be no questions as to your direction.

I give good gifts to My people. Pick up those hopes lost from yesterday, and dare to believe, this time from MY perspective. Even as the door stands before you, I stand on the other side. When I open the door, you will not walk alone. We will occupy together.

"I know thy works: behold I have set before thee an open door and no man can shut it..." (Revelations 3:8)

5] Rhema - Help the Young Through the Sifting

Still Small Voice given to Shirley 2/19/94

HEARD: To help the young. Sift. More power to 'em.


6] Sifting is a Time of Judgment

His Still Small Voice Given to Shirley 10/30/94

HEARD: Filter. Search and rescue. Sifted. Tried. Found not wanting. Able to stand. Get up and go. Search and rescue. Toll the bell throughout the land. The time of judgment is at hand. Some will laugh and others weep.

7] Sifting - A Time of Upheaval and Not Planted Securely

Vision given to Shirley 11/5/92

VISION: I saw a musical staff that looked like a very long swinging bridge. There were musical eighth notes, sometimes called running notes, covering about the first third of the bridge. Some had fallen off the staff head first. They were still in the air, hadn't hit the ground yet. Others had fallen down and were lying on the bridge. Still others had fallen on the bridge upside down. As each note was placed back in an upright position, the staff would sag and then become taunt. This gave a rebounding effect that caused some notes to not be able to stay on, and they were flung off.

**Grandma Anna Comment: The sifting is going to be very threatening for some. Severe reactions are going to result. Some will leave the faith, some will fall, some will have their faith shaken to the core.

8] Sifting is Death to Self & Turning Upside Down

Still Small Voice given to Grandma Anna 7/20/93

HEARD: Wanted. Dead. Then alive. Pulled through a keyhole. Yes. You have the keys. Inserting them upside down. Turned. Over and over and over again. I will comfort them. Come under my wing and stay.

9] Sifting is a Part of the Training Process

Vision given to Sandy Warner 5/13/94

VISION: I saw 2 people doing the alphabet turn. As I saw this, I groaned and said, "Oh no, not again!" As I watched, the turning was in total & perfect synchronized unison.

HEARD: Honey. I'm proud of you. Upside down.

SANDY COMMENTS: In the early 80’s I had visions of learning to write the alphabet (the many ways God’s speaks) with my self as the writing tool! I was "flying" in the sky, doing aerial acrobatics, turning and flowing my body in the direction of each letter. Later as I became more accomplished, more difficult letters like the letter "O" was added. I didn't like that one!

If you can picture being in an airplane (only it's you without the airplane) and turning a complete circle. Anything that is loose and not tied down falls out of your pockets. It's a very unnerving experience. Your feet are not on the ground, you are unstable clinging onto the Lord, and the only balance and stability is in knowing He is God. It's like a sifting experience, only without the presence of evil.

I have seen myself doing this many times, in many seasons off and on, with in between times of "stability in hearing Him". Do understand, the letters are not circumstantial life experiences, rather they are specific periods of relationship with the Lord where everything gets turned upside down in what you are hearing, and how you understand what you are hearing. It's a time when you say "God is God and that's all that matters."

What have I learned in the past about this time????? Don't try to outguess God. I get queasy when I hear someone interpret Him and put Him in a box... what I mean by that is, trying to interpret what He is saying, and come up with a perfect pat answer to what He just meant by what He just said. He is too big to understand. Even when we think we have a grip on things, He can turn us over and whatever is loose that He hasn't tied down Himself, will fall away. The only thing you can do, is hang on and know it's just a season and soon it will get better and He will right you, plant you straight up and down, on your feet, SECURE & WITH UNDERSTANDING.

10] The Shepherds Were Sifted

Still Small Voice Excerpt Heard via Grandma Anna 5/24/94

HEARD:  Fan uprighted. It's a pickle. Sour turned sweet. What happened? You figure it. It's an 8. What tipped it over? My timing not yours.

Excited? You bet. He's going to like it. Not done yet. Upside down. In the midst of a cartwheel. Bringing in the ark. Good shepherd. Tried and true. That's what sacrifice will do. Put it on the fire. Sizzled to a turn. Still too rare. Wonderful aroma. Doesn't even need sauce.

He did it. Thanks Dad. Good show. Paid the price. Lots of spice. It was painful. Mothers forget pain. Fathers too. When they see what pain can do. Giving birth, they did it. Stand up and sing. It's a loud noise. How many bouncing boys? Walk the beach. Can you count it? That's who you teach. You'll see. An amazing outreach.

Lots of crowns, when your work is done. Precious in My sight. All your birds take flight. Don't give up. Wait for Me. Just the tip of the iceberg. You'll see. A very special family. Lots of pain. Lots of strain. But watch it rain.

A downpour coming. Drenched. Over and over and over again. Upside down, right side up. Cartwheels. Turning and turning. What joy. This family did it. Raising My Boy. They are the womb. It's an earthly tomb. Lots of little Adam's growing. Going to make a sonic boom.

Watch out it's catching. Such a noise you've never heard. It's coming from the East. A huge bird. Called him to My foot. That's what it took. People loving people. Willing to go all the way. Ready to greet the New Day. My Day. Lots of fire and thunder. Cleansing as it goes. The earth in painful throes. Groaning and yearning. When will it happen? Let it be. You'll know. When you see him in the midst of the sea. Thank you dear ones. You did it for Me.

11] A Riddle - Upside Down

A riddle heard via His still small voice to Sandy Warner 5/27/95

HEARD: See it through her eyes. Rock hard faith. Belly up. Turtle shell support you. Rule the world upside down. In my pocket found a key.

Sandy Comment: In my past the Lord told me that He was going to build within me a rock-hard faith. At the same time He also brought me rhema having to do with turtles that walk very slow, and carrying a rock hard shell as a protection and refuge.

At that time, my son told me the big turtles have no natural enemies, and that is why they grow so big and so old. He said when in danger, they draw in and hide! (I love that) They are also too tough to eat. Rock hard.

The only that can happen to them is you-know-what... they can turn upside down. That’s the awful word called sifting. Belly up!

12] A Quickened Parable - Sifting Separates the Weeds in Our Lives

Given to Sandy Warner 5/5/96

This week I have been rebuilding my backyard flower beds. In the past there was a patch for 3 years in a row of rye grass that had gotten into my chicken and hen plants. I tried pulling, I tried digging around, and the third year I tried weed killer. The killer killed everything including the hens and chickens. So when I came to the other section that had slowly been developing rye grass in the chickens and hens, I had been just pulling it and only sometimes getting the roots because the task looked so overwhelming to me, and I didn't want to lose my plants.

This time in restructuring the whole bed, I decided to dig up the chickens & hens to get the rye grass out. I dug much deeper than their planting, and by hand separated the roots of the grass from the plants. When I dug up a clump of chickens and hens, I tried pulling the grass up through the top. Most of the time it was so deeply entrenched in the plants roots that it would pull apart the chickens and hurt their roots. So I turned the clump upside down and discovered that the rye grass roots are very visible from that direction, and if I pulled them straight out from the bottom, they slipped right out without hurting the plant roots! This took me several hours to do, as the bed was so big and I wanted to make sure the grass was gone. Mom came over and saw what I was doing and said "I've seen people weed before, but I've never seen anyone do it quite like that!"

The Lord quickened some lessons in this experience. First of all I could see first hand how difficult it is for the Lord to separate the wheat from the tares, without damaging the wheat.

The second thing I saw was the process of temporarily being upside down. Last month He was giving me short little bursts of being upside down so that I might clearly see weeds that needed to be removed from my life. In the unstable process, once I saw, I could work with Him on my own cleansing, including repenting, rebuking and renouncing things I saw deep inside. How easy it is to receive deliverance at this time when we are WILLING to let Him work on us!

Thanks to my willingness, last month was such an easy process, and I suddenly saw how difficult we make it for ourselves and for Him when He wants to correct us about issues. He has to balance the act of correcting us, and yet not lose the building He wants to accomplish within us. Sometimes we over-react so badly that He has to back up and re-build the same foundation again and again, all the while approaching our sensitive areas from different angles. We get all upset and think we are dung and no good, then He has to patch us up and then re-build His favor within.  This takes time to go around the same circle, and all the while we don't let Him accomplish what He is trying to uproot! Unfortunately this can take years around the same circle. It is so much easier when we understand and simply comply with a temporary upheaval and stay willing and pliable in His hands.

13] A Vision - Straining the Lumps Away

From Sister Ching Co -

I saw two strainer in the hand of God's angel, one was made of coarse mess wire, while the other was made of very fine material, so fine that it look like invisible to the naked eye. The angel was putting something into the first coarse strainer and the bigger elements began to fall down, then the fine strainer was brought out and the sifted elements were once more sifted through this very fine strainer. It took quite sometimes for the elements to pass through the fine screen, but then it did, like a drop then another until nothing can squeeze through it. Then I even saw the hand pressing on what is left, just to make sure that all that can be squeeze out will be out.

After a while, the hand removed what was left from the strainer and it was pressed out like being ironed, and then I saw a very white handkerchief so beautiful with gold thread stitched upon the border and the materials was beautiful, then this handkerchief was given to the king and he gently took and received it and put it to his nose and gently smell it and I saw a great big smile broke into the face of the king as he hold that handkerchief close to his heart.


In the past years, many of God's wonderful people have been through those two strainer. God angels carrying out the Lord's order have been sifting His people, first it was the easier matters that were shaken from our lives, we were tested financially in giving and in releasing them to God, we were tested emotionally in how we respond to various situations that crops up here and there, we were tested spiritually in how we respond to brothers and sisters as we learn to live and love one another.

After these, we were put to a finer strainer, these time the secret motives of the heart are being exposed. Things that we hold dear and have difficulty releasing or letting go , our love ones, our name and our career, our dreams and our aspiration, our hopes and our longings, even our character and our by one...the angel just press them harder and harder into the strainer and one by one they fall and are being stripped away from us, until nothing of self is left in that strainer.

Then like that white, newly pressed , gold stitched handkerchief, our lives is like a finished work that was brought and presented before the King of Heaven, who so lovingly smell us and press us close to His heart.. and He smile for He is delighted into what we have become after all these shaking that has taken place.


" My loved ones, my precious people, my chosen of olds, Oh! how precious you are all to me. Each and every one of you...precious in My sight...the apple of My eyes...the Love of My life..

" I know that the past years have been difficult, for I have press you over and over again...I have put you into the fire of cleansing and purification...I have emerged you in the rivers of washing...and it is all for my preparation, it is all for your the image of my only Son Jesus, the Head of all that is being brought forth into glory.

" I know the pain that you've been through, I've seen every tears, I've heared every moan, I've seen every struggle.. But I am pleased my people for I've seen how you have submitted and yielded to the work of My Spirit. You have come and you have responded to Me..

" I know that I have many of you confused in the past for to some I have come so swiftly and so suddenly and without warning and have acted drastically. But My cherish one, I have done it out of Love for you. I know what is best , that is a Father's instinct and that is a Father's wisdom.

" I am delighted that so many of you have chosen to obey.. that you have chosen to cling on to me despite the questions, the fears, the difficulties.. that you have chosen to trust my heart when you cannot see my hands..

" I am overflowing with joy, I am overflowing with happiness, I am overflowing with satisfaction in what I have witness...

" There is a great roar in heaven, a great and mighty roar.. A great cheer is coming out from those that have gone ahead of you...they are saying to you all...'Hold on to what you have for it will be greatly not give not in His mighty arm for He is faithful and just and righteous '....

" Be assured of my love, be secured in your call, be steadfast in your walk for I am here, I have always been here, and I will always be with you wherever the path will led..

" Know that my plans for you are for good and that they are eternal and everlasting...

" Know that my eyes are keeping watch over you overflowing with compassion and with love..

" Know that my hands are all around you, to lift you up when you stumble, to guide you when you go astray, to cover you when the storm come, to hold you close to my heart at all times.

" I love you dearly My you so dearly....more than words can express...

" Feel my heart...draw close to warmth in my presence....


Sis. Ching Co God's Bondservant

14] A Word About The Sieve

From Nancy Smith -

The Lord has been impressing upon me to share this. One day, during worship I received the word "sieve"....and about a week later I was reading the Word and came across the words, "threshing floor" several times, in several places. I understand that a sieve is what I call a "sifter thing" in my kitchen. (It wasn't a word I used, so I knew it was the Lord!) I had to ask about the threshing floor. Apparently, it is a large area where the grain was threshed.

The Lord told Peter that satan wanted to sift him like wheat, but that He had prayed for him. I believe that as I submit to threshing and sifting in this world, I will become a useful ingredient in the Lord's hand.


15] Sifting is a Season of Harvest

From: (Lila Wagner)

For the last few weeks--since the New Year--our house group has been hearing over and over again the words, "threshing-machine", "winnowing fork" and "sifting". The overall interpretation seems to be that as a church we will be threshed (yes, that means beaten), shaken up by the winnowing fork so that all the chaff and straw can be blown away by the wind of the Spirit and sifted of all impurities. This is a preparation for the HARVEST!!--we've been promised in Saskatoon.

Waiting for HIM!!

Lila Wagner

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

16] Sifting is For Our Sanctification

From Earlene -

I too, have been meditating on the "sifting" that appears to be happening in many places. But the Lord reminded me of the sifters my husband used to work with in the flour mill. These sifters are taller than a man and about 3 feet wide and deep. There are 24 screens of varying sizes inside, and they shake violently. When the crushed wheat is poured into them, it is sifted according to size. Master bakers specify what type of wheat and what fineness they require for their products and the wheat is taken from the appropriate screens. The millers may pull wheat from the middle screens and process it for crackers or cookies. The larger wheat pieces on the top screens may be pulled and crushed through the rollers again for cake flour. And the very lightest and smallest pieces, the bran, will be packed for cereals. Higher protein wheats will be used for bread and buns.

So what I was reminded of is that the Lord Jesus knows what He is doing with all the shaking and sifting. He is separating us and pulling us aside for His specific uses. I think this is called "sanctification!" :)

Blessings to you all,


17]  Upside Down Brings the Leaven to the Surface

Still Small Voice heard by Sandy Warner 5/11/96

HEARD: Upside down. Critical. Coming to the surface. Challenge. There's more to come. Advice, just stay calm. Trust Me.

Sandy COMMENT: Upside down is speaking of being temporarily turned upside down to remove bad roots that are exposed.

18] Sifting Threshes Out One’s Testing of God

The following is taken from 101+ Ways God Speaks (And How to Hear Him) by Sandy Warner


Using a fleece is a comforting way to please the soul and personality, but is not recommended as a pattern of relationship with the Lord. Most people use fleeces by stating a certain need for guidance: "Lord, if You do such n’ such, then I know I’m supposed to do such n’ such." Notice the if-then clause. This clause suggests making a contract with God on YOUR TERMS. When a person lays a fleece before the Lord, he is putting God into a position to answer according to his way, not God’s. It is controlling the limits of circumstances and asking God to fit that mold.

There are those who lust for signs. (The Pharisees wanted signs, rather than Jesus. They did not see HE WAS the sign.) People who look for signs are also vulnerable to falling into a snare. They are ones who lay fleeces before the Lord on a continuing basis. One satanic realm of influence is the lust for signs.

God knows the heart, and may answer a fleece, as recorded in Gideon’s plight. Notice the awe and respect of Gideon’s heart in approaching God in this manner. Placing the fleece before the Lord was with great caution as unto the fear and respect of the Lord: "And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once: let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece, let it now be dry only upon the fleece and upon all the ground let there be dew." (Judges 6:39-40 KJ)

The fleece was a request to God, and God answered as His gift. This was not without consequences. God wanted Gideon’s army cut down to 300 men. It was not that God was angry so Gideon had to make up for the use of the fleece by cutting his army; but that the fleece and answer were very much like a contract. Gideon suggested a contract on Gideon’s terms. God answered. Then God gave Gideon God’s terms: 300 men.

The scriptures suggest God is reasonable, listens to the will of man, and is willing to be flexible and work with him. He is our Good Father. However, we should not test Him to see how far He is willing to bend. This whole concept is something to be approached with reverence, respect and awe. He’s not Someone to bargain with in the market place. Those who use fleeces on a regular basis are asking for trouble.

Fleeces suggests a flexible part of God’s nature, but when we draw the line of flexibility it is best WE BE THE FLEXIBLE ONE.

If one has the wrong motive: a lust for signs, lust for knowledge, demanding (striving with) or testing and proving Him, one day the Lord will thresh out that leaven in the heart through a sifting process.

There is one other reason God would cut this weed out. There are people who have been accustomed to using fleeces with a pure desire to find out His will. He knows the heart, and perhaps will even answer for a season on their terms. Yet there will come a day when He wants them to grow and come out of this type of relationship with Him. Fleeces put God in a box, He is not cheerfully willing to stay there for very long! There are many of ways to hear from Him without putting Him in a box. He desires to bring His own up and out, seeking Him on His territory.

19] Discerning the Supernatural Can Cause Sifting

The following is taken from 101+ Ways God Speaks (And How to Hear Him) by Sandy Warner


Part of the process of discernment is learning to make accurate decisions about what you are exposed to without being impulsive, rash, judgmental or critical: but with careful prayer, thought, consideration, and TIME. It is good to make a decision. The Lord is bringing the earth into a time when it’s TIME TO MAKE A DECISION. (Joel 3:14) Much of the population today is choosing sides in response to moral and ethical issues. What we have already seen politically, spiritually, and physically is only one small drop of what is to come.

We are coming to the end of an age when both God and satan want a commitment one way or another. Some of God’s people have been riding the yellow line for a long time, afraid to voice an opinion, or make a stand about what they believe. They have taken the middle of the road approach to avoid confrontations and ruffle as few feathers as possible to get through life in one piece! The yellow line hasn’t been a problem because there hasn’t been much traffic. However, the traffic in both directions is now increasing and the guy in the middle is going to get crunched. The pace is accelerating. Because of the great shaking, the fence straddlers are going to be forced to make decisions about what they believe one way or another.

The Lord’s supernatural outpouring is going to break and/or shake up man’s religious boxes as to Who He is. There are many ways man boxes God. One way is by interpreting the Bible to say God intended the supernatural to die with the early Apostles. Man will be confronted with a choice of removing the box and allowing God to reveal Himself as He chooses. Or, he may not be included in the blessings of the pouring forth of the latter rain of God’s Spirit.

Have you ever been in a belly-gusher rain? One time we had a deep, very loud, and overwhelming downpour. The gutters overran and Cuddle’s kitty pillow and blanket were drenched. I think it scared Cuddles, as after I washed and dried her bed (without offending soap or softeners) she would not come back and rest. She was sleeping somewhere else in the neighborhood and coming back to eat. It really bothered me and I kept praying that she would return and find her place of comfort.

Finally I came up with an idea. Whenever my son got her towel out and placed it on his lap, she came running! So I told Sonshine to also get her clean blanket that was on top of her pillow, and sneak it in with the towel so she could get her smell on it. He did this and she loved her time with him. Then he placed her on her pillow with her blanket. The next day she was contentedly sleeping there.

The point of the allegory is that sometimes the supernatural rain of the Lord upsets our security as we are frail human beings. We become unstable and need to return to our resting place. The Lord wants to build in you a secure foundation and He understands. He will do His best to bring you to that place of security, that safe place of faith in Him.

People can go through a sifting process when they are learning to discern the supernatural. They really desire God and earnestly want to make the correct choices. However the inability to make the decision causes the wavering to become intense. So many have already been sifted in their hearing and led astray because of lack of knowledge. To keep from being sifted, a firm foundation is needed in reading the Bible and understanding Who God is. The things that God speaks will always line up with Who He is, so if you earnestly desire God and come across something that shakes a box inside you, PRAY about it, and ask HIM. If you are insecure about what you’ve been exposed to, go to Him and He will establish you. He will help you find Him and make the decisions that are correct.

20] A Story About Sifting

The following is taken from 101+ Ways God Speaks (And How to Hear Him) by Sandy Warner


"You have taught the little children to praise you perfectly. May their example shame and silence your enemies." (Psalms 8:2 TLB)


"Beware that you do not despise or feel scornful toward or think little of one of these little ones, for I tell you that in heaven their angels always are in the presence of and look upon the face of My Father Who is in heaven: Allow the little ones to come to Me, and do not forbid, or restrain, or hinder them, for of such {as these} the kingdom of heaven is composed." (Matthew 18:10 & Matthew 19:14 AMP)

Children are gifts straight from heaven and His heart. I have been astonished by the direct Words of my Father that come through what they say and do. As I walked through a prolonged season of wavering, seemingly on a spiritual swing set vacillating between two opinions, I would swing one way and think maybe the Lord meant such n’ such, or I would swing the opposite. The Lord gave me a picture-vision of myself near the waves of the ocean. Every time a large wave (overwhelming circumstance) would come close, I would scurry to the top of a very small and skinny tree. The bottom trunk was about four inches in diameter. When the wave would hit, the tree bent way over to one side and then the other, bouncing back and forth!

It was a perfect allegory of what I was doing during that season. Isaiah 35:3 says, "...confirm the feeble knees." My knees were anything but confirmed, they felt more like rubber legs, just like that tree trunk! I felt so sifted and tired of wavering. One day as I was thinking about wavering back and forth with rubber legs and feeling very condemned, my very young son interrupted my thoughts. He said out of nowhere, "Mama, I am worried my knees might break." Regaining my composure, I explained that when we bend and exercise our knees, it is good for them for it makes them strong! That was one of many times I remember his little voice penetrating my thoughts and bringing me encouragement from the Lord. I am now trained to know and believe that good gifts come in small packages!

21] God will Overturn, Abasing the High and Exalting the Low

Vision given to Shirley 11/9/96

VISION: I saw a right hand turn something over that resembled and upside down glass.

HEARD: He changes things. Truth.

Eze 21: 26, 27 "…exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high. I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him."

22] Word to Ponder - A Warning

The following is taken from the book, Words to Ponder 2 by Sandy Warner


There is much you do not understand when suddenly there is a victory and just as suddenly there is a defeat. This is because you have entered an era where the final battle is in the making. All of the spiritual forces are at work to take ground once and for all. And you are caught in the middle. This is not a time to sleep and be taken unaware. For when the waves of darkness come, they can sweep you off your feet and suddenly you are left sifted and upside down wondering what hit you.

This is a time to prepare for battle and understand the nature of the battle. There are seasons of war and seasons of rest. Likewise, there are seasons of victories and seasons of resting in the victories. These times are just like the waves in the ocean. The enemy forces ride in, gathering strength in numbers, while raising the tides of evil onslaught upon the earth. When this happens, this is the time to stand. Stand with the power to tell the enemy no. Command the darkness to retreat in Jesus Name. Stand armed with the Words I have given you. Do not bow under the circumstances, but stand knowing it is but an enemy wave. Command, praise and trust Me through it and you shall rise above its destructive path.

As My believers stand firm and the strength of the enemy depletes, the evil forces retreat to gather energy for another round. Take advantage of those times to draw near to Me and gather your own strength for the battles to come. Angelic activity and blessings have greater access during this time. Take advantage of this understanding. Gather food to feed your soul, and gather supplies for nurturing those in a weaker condition. Take this time to rest from the heat of war, and seek Me, enjoying the blessings of My Presence. For in those times I draw near to Mine Own ones, and reveal Myself to them. If you understand the nature of this long war, you will learn to ride the waves. Rise above the enemy circumstances when they hit and ride the blessing waves when they arrive.

Always remember that in it all, I AM in control. Everything the enemy does is with My permission. This is a time when the enemy has been allowed to touch the earth with swift judgment. It is a wake up call. I use this for good, to cleanse and bring forth repentance. The enemy intends it for complete destruction. The measure it touches your own life is the degree in which the intercessors stand in the gap against the incoming waves of evil as well as the degree in which you yourself need repentance. If something has touched your life, see the truth, repent and then find the secret place hidden in Me and you will ride out the storms in a place of safety.

There will come a time when it will be impossible to rest in circumstances without genuine faith in Me. To truly understand this is to understand the fear of the Lord and understand I will no longer wink at sin, but bring swift judgment. Take heed and find your covering under the shadow of My wings.

"They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon. For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and so builded…. In what place therefore ye hear the sound of the trumpet, resort ye thither unto us: our God shall fight for us. " (Nehemiah 4:17-18, 20)

23] Sometimes Sifting is a Matter of Perspective

Vision given to Sandy Warner 6/22/97

HEARD: Exposed. Harvest.

VISION: I saw a very funny prophetical picture: There was a group of water ballerinas doing water ballet in the water. They had just gone under water and were turning themselves around under the water. In the process of turning, the one closest to me opened her eyes under water and then she REALLY opened her eyes in a shocked look. She was gazing just past my shoulder. Then she looked again as though she couldn’t quite believe what she saw, and her eyes were bugging out. She pushed herself to the surface and the look on her face was one of being absolutely astounded. I turned around to see what she was looking at and there was a huge ocean liner that had come in ready to dock. It was practically on top of us. But behind that was another, and another and another and another. There were many ships all lined up in single file clear to the horizon, all coming in. I realized that our ship had come in!

Sandy Comment: Sometimes we are buried under circumstances and occasionally upside down as we swim through the process. The parable of this vision is that God has been working a great work to bring our "ship" in, and we are sometimes so overwhelmed in the sea of life that we fail to see His promises until it is right on top of us.

Notice I titled this one, "Sometimes Sifting is a Matter of Perspective." In this vision, the ship was not upside down, the ballerina was.



Words from the The Quickened Word are excerpts from the journals of Sandy Warner.  To better understand how God speaks, read Sandy’s book, “101+ Ways God Speaks, And How to Hear Him.”  Website:    Email:  







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