It's All Grace

Amazing things can happen when you allow the Lord to work in your life.

The Finest Gold Is Tried In The Hottest Fire!

My mother would encourage me as a young girl by saying things like, “when you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on!”  However, understanding the spiritual side of things as an adult helped me to understand the depth of comments like that and to treasure the little “nuggets of truth” my mother gave me.

When we think of how hard our life is, may we reflect on what God wants to DO instead of questioning  “what HE is DOING”.  Know that God must really love you a lot to give you so much hard stuff to go through and that HE must be preparing you for something really great!  Something down the road that you don’t know is even coming.  Therefore, you would NEVER be prepared for it!  What a wreck!

The finer gold is tried in the hottest fire.  It takes 1400 + degrees to really refine gold and to make it pure.  GOLD is not made on the mountaintop where the breezes blow and roses smell so sweetly, yet IT IS IN the hottest fires that will change and shape your very being for the purpose HE created you to be.

I heard this saying just last night, “Why don’t you intend on being who God intended you to be”?  If you do, then you will accept the trials and the sufferings as nothing short of the Hand of God!

May your life be marked up by God’s fingerprints and may you be able TO SEE each one!  Look closely or you will miss them!  Seek HIM and you shall find HIM!

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The Refiner

Are you feeling the heat?  Getting hotter?  Ready for it to cool off?

God, our Refiner will take what is IMPURE and make it PURE.

He will take what is DULL and make it BEAUTIFUL.

He’ll take what is of potential value and REVEAL its actual value.

He will transform us into treasure.

He’ll refine us in the crucible so that HE can see Himself in the silver — you and me.

And so the world, as well as the principalities and powers and hosts of Satan, can behold the triumph of the Redeemer!  The fiery flames – the array of disappointing situations in our lives, from minor irritants to major tragedies – will make the difference.  Different flames, different fires will come and go.  In the pressure of their heat we’ll see the impurities in our lives being released and rising to the top.  Then He’ll skim them off, purifying us and refining us.  He’ll make the fire a little hotter, causing new impurities to rise and be released, exposed for what they are.  These, too, He’ll lift away!

Early in our Christian lives He may see only a very dim image of Himself as He looks into our crucible.  But as time goes on, His image becomes more clearer, more lustrous, more beautiful.  All the while, He never leaves or forsakes His treasure!  Our Refiner never leaves the crucible and never steps away from the fire.  He is always there to make sure every flame that reaches us is exactly the right temperature – not too hot – to accomplish its work in our lives!  He knows the precise temperature to maintain so we don’t face more than we can bear.  He tests and proves our faith, not to discredit us, but to show us how far we’ve come.  He perfects our perseverance!

The Lord promises to bring HIS people “through the fire” and to “refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested.  They will call on My Name, and I will answer them; I will say,  ‘They are MY people,’ and they will say, “The Lord is my God'”. Zechariah 13:9

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