In the history of the US, we have many great men and women who have spoken and written great things in the name of the Lord Jesus and these people are national treasures. You may wonder how on earth it is possible for one person to do great works for God and never appear to fail. How does one become a person of the caliber of Dr. Graham or DL Moody? You could go to the right school and read the right books yet, still not become like Dr. Graham. The reason is, the part that cannot be taught or read about and is the missing piece of the puzzle, the work of the “Refiner’s Fire”. You see, everyone starts off in a raw form no one is born with the gift of gab or, the ability to write; everything takes time and practice. When you listen to the song “Refiner’s Fire” (Vineyard), you might get the idea that it is a beautiful experience when, in truth, it is not. Unfortunately, the fire tries the quality of our metal and, sometimes, our metal just doesn’t cut the mustard (1 Corinthians 3:13-15). Along the path to being refined, parts of our lives fall away that we once thought were so invaluable. My encouragement for you today is that you will consider the refiner’s fire and trust the one who holds the power of the fire in his hands. We may not like the process but, the end result speaks volumes of God’s enduring power and love for us.
He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi [the priests], and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the Lord [grain] offerings in righteousness (Malachi 3:3).
Thank you for all of the people in my life. No one knows truly what each of us is going through in the course of our day. When we speak or write in your name, people do not see the messes of our life, they see the hand of God moving among his people; this is by design because, the point is not “where we came from” but, “where we are going to”. May your good Spirit guide us today and every day of our life through the refiner’s fire.
In His Name
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