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God’s Refining Fire

 

(Malachi 3:3) “He will sit refining and purifying silver, purifying the descendants of Levi, refining them like gold and silver. Then they’ll bring a righteous offering to the LORD.”

(Isaiah 48:10-11) “Look, I have refined you, but not like silver; I have purified you in the furnace of affliction. For my own sake—Yes, for my own sake!—I’m doing it; indeed, how can I be profaned? Furthermore, I won’t give my glory to another.”

 

 


No one likes to go through suffering and the challenges God allows us to face. Whenever anyone comes to me complaining about being rejected, suffering physical loss, or pain, I always tell them to consider themselves lucky. I´m not trying to be funny, but actually, we are lucky to be able to suffer just a little bit of what our savior, Jesus, suffered in order to set us free from damnation in hell. It makes us appreciate more the sacrifice on the cross and the blessings we now enjoy by having reestablished communion with God on a daily basis.

God puts us through the “refiner’s fire” in order to bring to the surface all our weaknesses, bad attitudes, lack of faith, and lack of patience, and also to show us that we can actually handle a lot more than we think. Only when the filth rises to the surface, can we cast it away and shine for Him. It’s not a pleasant process, but if you are a parent you will understand why God allows it.  When we realize our failures on our own, that’s when we take seriously the need to change.

God needs to do this so that when people see us, they only see Jesus. Everything that has to do with our fallen, rebellious past has to be consumed through that Godly fire and periods of trials. It’s only then, that all we do, say, give to Him, and are, will bring glory to God. Not only because others will see how God allowed us to suffer for a season to later rebuild us to even greater heights, but also because we will learn to stop taking the credit for all we do and start to publically give Him the glory.


(“No matter how much you love them, ask God before you come in to rescue someone He is dealing with. The prodigal son needed to go through the pigsty so that he realized how much he had given up by rejecting his father. For most of his life, Jacob didn´t need God. He’d have told you, ‘I´m doing just fine, thank you.’ Until it was time to go home and stand before his father and face the wrath of his brother Esau. Then he was willing to wrestle God to be what he needed.”
“Sherman Owens said, ‘Change comes when it hurts so much you have to change; when you learn so much you want to change, and when you receive so much you welcome change.’” – Bob Gass)

 

 


Paul was probably the most arrogant, bold, educated, self-righteous, and wealthy apostle of all, yet after God put him through the refining fire, Paul ends up declaring “I am what I am by the grace of the Lord”.

 

 

Prayers

• Jesus, You are the Shepherd and Guardian, You were wounded for our transgressions, You were bruised for our iniquities.
• Thank You, Father, for caring enough about us that You do not want us to become stagnant in our faith.
• Thank You that You allow suffering in our lives to refine us and become more like Your son Jesus.
• Forgive us for not understanding that we are being molded into instruments for glory.
• Give us the strength to face all the trials with joy, knowing that we are being strengthened in our spirits.
• We ask that we will learn to give You all the glory in all we do and achieve in life.
• Thank You that You love us and stand with us in every trial.
• We declare that every struggle will give birth to a testimony that will reach out to many lost souls.

• We ask in Jesus’ Mighty name. Amen

1 Comment

  1. Deepa Daryanani
    27 August 2023 @ 10:26

    AMEN ! THANK YOU JESUS ! 🙏🙌😊👍

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