Love Fracking (Full Article)

A Divine Process

In the Divine process to produce Holiness God dealt with Israel to remove their hardness of heart. He did this not because they deserved it, but because of His love for them and for His name's sake:

Ezek. 36:26 “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

“Yet once More” the Holy Spirit is engaged with His people today in order to accomplish His will and purposes on the earth. Holiness involves both a building up and a tearing down. Besides a new heart of passion, He is pouring out His Spirit upon all flesh as never before, as prophesied in Joel, so that we can receive more of His Kingdom that cannot be shaken.

Heb. 12:27 This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.

Heb. 12:28 Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe;

Heb. 12:29 for our God is a consuming fire.

“I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.” (Job 42:2) This is one of my favorite scriptures, even when I have to say, “Whatever it takes” in applying it often to my own heart.

Love Fracking

God desires to go deep, really deep into the caverns of our hearts collectively and individually. Like Israel, during forty years in the wilderness, had seen and experienced Gods miracles, provisions, and deliverances from their enemies and yet God could not direct their hearts because their hearts were hardened:

Deut. 29:4 “Yet to this day the LORD has not given you a heart to know, nor eyes to see, nor ears to hear.

Explore with me the *“fracking” process which reminds me very much of the times God has dealt with the hardness in my heart reflected in the light of this scripture:

Psa. 42:7  Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls;

All Your breakers and Your waves have rolled over me.

*Fracking is a process whereby oil or gas is “bled” out of rock by fracturing the rock. This is a technique in which typically water is mixed with sand and chemicals, and the mixture is injected at high pressures into a wellbore to create small fractures. Hydraulic pressure is removed from the well while these small grains of sand like materials hold the fractures open, allowing the oil and gas to be released. This well stimulation or purging is only conducted once in the life of the well and greatly enhances fluid removal and well productivity.
(Summarized from Wikipedia)

I want you to notice for the sake of our analogies:

The process is dynamic and under pressures at the beginning, but it ends while the rock environment becomes stable and reaches equilibrium and is no longer under pressure. In other words, the rock has submitted to the pressure process, pressure is removed and it bleeds out the material sought after.

In a spiritual sense, the temporary irritants (Godly sent sand) that is allowed in, sometimes under pressure keeps the heart open to release the treasure or impurities God wants to remove. What I am suggesting here is that God will use this process to help His process along. I call this process “tough love”, which any godly father knows he has used in maintaining harmony in his family and to teach his children. Our Heavenly Father does know best and never makes mistakes as we fathers do:

Heb. 12:9 Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?

Fraking often leads to fruitfulness
The love fracking process is designed to produce in us an eternal weight of glory. Within us the Holy Spirit has placed gifts of the Spirit, talents, diversification of ministries and they are sometimes surprised or buried. He can help us awaken and release what is laying dormant through this process when we cry out for more of Him, some times out of desperation, and He leads us to become fruitful. Know that these pressures can lead to new anointing and power in those who are willing to embrace them and see the joy set before them in spite of the pain. We have missed everything if we do not understand and embrace the fellowship with Jesus during these times.

Phil. 3:10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;

Blood from a Stone
I would like to pause here and share a personal testimony of one of those instances in my life that I experienced. (I wrote down this story well before I ever heard of the term “fracking”.)

When I was a fairly young Christian and worked fulltime I would spend my lunch hours in the car reading the Scriptures and praying. I remember one particularly lengthy episode that lasted a number of days when I was struggling in my heart, trying to press through depression and turmoil in my walk. I found myself emotionally exhausted in trying to find some solace in the Word, in prayer or meditation in my car that day.

I do not recall the cause of the prolonged emotional pain or trauma, but at the time I felt I could not take it any longer. I remember that moment as if it happened to me today when I lifted my head and cried out in a loud voice, “What do you want, blood from a stone?” and in my mind's eye shaking my fist at God. When the last syllable of that last word “stone” left my breath the emotional trauma and turmoil immediately ceased completely in my soul and there was a strange stillness in my spirit. Instantly, I mean instantly, the storm in my heart ceased.

It was like a light switch was thrown and in that brief instant I knew that I had missed the blessing of what He was trying to remove in me, and it was something deep within my heart. I knew that I knew without a doubt if I had held on, allowing Him to go deeper, it would have been completed. The emotional relief I felt was quickly followed by a cry of tears of repentance; and a vow of a request for grace to never allow me to do it again because I knew I had grieved the One whom my soul loved so dearly, Jesus.

I realized how painstakingly the Holy Spirit had worked in my life to bring me to that point. It was like a hole He had dug in that chamber of my heart to get to it. Suddenly not only did it stop, but the scaffolding being built collapsed and it was filled in again, most likely with something to do with anger. I suddenly realized this is what He was in the process of doing:

Ezek. 36:26 “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

I remembered that when I turned my life over to Him a few years earlier I had figuratively given Him the keys to every room or chamber in my heart on one key ring in the car that night. But this one seemed to be somewhere deep in the basement and the Holy Spirit knew it was there. I was determined not to miss submitting to the encounter the next time when He uncovers things like this by the grace of God, no mater what it would take. I have included this story here in hope that others will not make the same mistake. What you experience may be just to build up your endurance, and nothing more. When you fall, get up again and again, but don’t give up. Memorize this scripture for I guarantee you will need it often in your journey to the edge of Eternity in the future, if you are serious with God:

Psa. 73:26  My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Matters of the Heart
If by chance you are in the season of your life where you are struggling with issues of the heart, I strongly recommend reading “Matters of the Heart” by Juanita Bynum.

It may be the perfect medicine for you, as it was for me when I read it. Be prepared to underline, if your technique is like mine.

An Enlarged Heart
Love fracking can enlarge your heart because it makes room for receiving more of His Kingdom, as well as give us compassion for those who are outside of it, and for those who may be struggling within it. When we receive more of the Kingdom we receive more of His living word into our hearts. That He may increase and that I might decrease is great in theory, but self-life does not die easily.

I remember an incident when I was a young Christian and struggling in my walk. I dreamt I was fatigued because I was walking around with this dead decaying person strapped to me, face to face, hands to hands, feet to feet. I tell you, it was ugly and very vivid when I woke up. I knew I needed to enter into the waters of baptism, to be “buried with Him in baptism and raised to walk in the newness of life”.

In our illustrations and in my experience God does not force us against our free will and He will work with us until we are ready. However, I have been concerned He may pass me by if I continue to resist Him because He knows our frame when He deals with us:

Is. 57:16  “For I will not contend forever, Nor will I always be angry; For the spirit would grow faint before Me, And the breath of those whom I have made.

I have found the longer I walk with the Lord the more I see the frailties of my humanity and I often need to cry out to the Lord my Creator, “Create in me a willing and contrite heart” and rely on these Scriptures:

Psa. 51:10 – Create in me clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Psa. 139:23 – Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
Psa. 139:24     And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.
Psa. 90:8       You have placed our iniquities before You, Our secret sins in the light of Your presence.
Psa. 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart