Turn Up The Fire-Refining Has Begun

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Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner. 1 Peter 4:12-13 Message

Well I don’t know about you but I sure needed this word! Life can get real difficult very quickly, can’t it? And when it does, we do tend to think, where is God? Did He step out for a break? Is He at lunch or involved with one of His other children? Of course not! He’s our ever present help in time of trouble. He never leaves us or forsakes us. We know this, but in the middle of the hard things, it’s not the first thing that comes to mind.

But the second verse is what really got me, ‘This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.’ Now that is definitely worth going through the tight spot, the difficult situation, the hard stuff, isn’t it. The glory we’ll see on the other side of this mess is going to be worth it all.

When I think of refining, my mind automatically goes to Zechariah 13:9; “I will bring the one-third through the fire, will 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, ‘This is My people’;
And each one will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’ ”

If this is just testing toward fulfillment of the depth of intimate fellowship and relationship with God, where when I call on Him, He promptly answers and calls me His own, I’m good with this. My heart leaps within me at the glory this holds for me. The Lord is MY God.

Oh thank You Lord for each difficult refining process I must endure, knowing that on the other side of the test awaits deeper trust and intimacy with You. I’m all in God! Not looking back at the past only to see how far I’ve come. You’re faithful to the end and I’m thankful that You alone are the Rock of my salvation. It’s in Jesus’ name and for Your glory, Amen.

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