These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
1 Peter 1:7 NLT
Hello there! Welcome to my blog! I’m writing to you in excitement knowing fully well that God is about to speak to you. I pray that your heart is open to hear from Him in Jesus name. Amen.
The process of refining gold is quite tasky as gold in it’s raw form is pretty useless. Gold needs to pass through fire so all the impurities can be removed.
In one of my previous posts, you read that you are God’s masterpiece . His biggest asset created by Him for His own pleasure.
However, to carry out God’s good works, you need to be refined. You need to be upgraded to a better and more useful version. Gold passes through fire not to get burnt but to be purified. The refining process is difficult but “when life gets tougher, it’s a sign that you are moving higher”. You’ve probably heard that quote.
Gold in its raw form is very irrelevant and cannot be used. This applies to you. To be used by God, you have to allow God take you through the refinery. When you choose to live life in your raw form (the way you are, the way you want), you will definitely lose relevance because you were created to please God, not yourself.
2 Timothy 2:20-21 says
In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use. If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.
2 Timothy 2:20-21 NLT
God is a wealthy God and He uses the best vessels – vessels made out of gold. You have to pass through the refinery to be purified just like gold.
When in the refinery, it
might will get hot. In this moment, you need to focus on the Refiner and not the fire. When you focus on the fire, you will definitely feel the heat more but when you place your focus on God, the Refiner, you are encouraged because He is the end product. You are in the fire so you can become just like Jesus.
Unlike the goldsmith who leaves gold in the fire to get purified, you are not alone in the fire. God is right beside you and can feel everything you feel.
The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.
Psalms 121:5 NLT
A man who passed through the fire in the Bible was Daniel. He was taken to be a slave from his country with many others but he didn’t let his circumstances define him. He chose to focus on God, though the journey was rough and tough, he ended up becoming a top ruler because his focus was on pleasing God.
Dear friend, when you pass through the fire, you will never be burned up, the flames cannot consume you (Isaiah 43:2). Place your focus on God, remember He is always with you and trust Him completely (Proverbs 3:3-5).
If you are reading this and you haven’t received Jesus as your Saviour, now is the best time to do so. You were created by God and He loves you so much. You cannot reach God except through Jesus.
If you want to accept Jesus, with faith in your heart, you can say this prayer. “Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Saviour. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.”
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