The Refiner's Fire

  • Dec. 6, 2018
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Malachi chapter 3 is an illustration of how the Lord refines us in the fire.  He turns up the heat on our trials until all the impurities and selfishness come bubbling to the surface of our soul.

Hi, I’m Joni, and do you know the story of the refiner’s fire that burns dross off silver?  It’s in Malachi chapter 3; an illustration of how the Lord refines us in the fire.  He turns up the heat on our trials until all the impurities and selfishness come bubbling to the surface of our soul (cuz you can only hide nasty things for so long; then a trial exposes the bitterness and doubt, right?).  But like a refiner of gold, God skims off the dross until he can see the reflection of his face in our lives.  But read the verse again. It says, “He will sit as a refiner.”  That one little word “sit” is such an encouragement!  When you’re in a hard trial, God is not going to get up and walk away.  He’s going to sit there, carefully tending to you.  Hey, the Lord doesn’t wander away when you’re in pain.  He sits with you, watching over you until your faith is refined to the degree He desires. And that is golden.

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