Chapter 4: Refiners Fire

Like the three previous chapters, this one is filled with truths that are life-changing when put into action. I will focus on a couple in this summary.

God uses fire to purify and correct those He loves and nurtures. That sounds like an oxymoron, I’m sure but it’s true, none-the-less. Jakes teaches that whenever God gets ready to polish His gold (that would be you and me) God uses fiery trials.  God does this because “God is serious about producing the change in our lives that will glorify Him.” (45)  And at times, God has had to fan the flames of the fire to make sure that anything that is keeping us from our destiny and purpose are burned off.  Being in a fire is never comfortable. No one wants to be put into situations where the heat is blasting. Yet, because of the love God has for us, sometimes it’s necessary. The beauty is that God is also the one who controls the thermostat! God knows just how much heat you need for God’s purposes to be accomplished.

God is the master potter. If you’ve ever worked with clay you understand this better than most. Every potter knows that different clays and different glazes require different temperatures and often different kilns. The potter would never put a project she’s working on in a fire that is too hot because she knows it would destroy the work. Likewise, she knows that putting the project in a fire that’s not hot enough will not accomplish the goal. You can rest assured that every trial you go through, every fire you find yourself navigating has been specially designed by the one who knows you better than you know yourself. Even though you might look dull, after you emerge from the refiner’s fire, you will shine bright!

Now, not every fire that God allows you to experience have been ones designed by God. Some have been designed by the enemy who wants to take you out. Satan’s desire is to burn you UP but God will never let that happen. God is always Lord over the fire. With God, you can “walk in what other men burn in.” (49)

The last point I’d like to make this week is this: “We spend most of our time talking about what we want from God. The real issue is what He wants from us!” (47) Between the two of us, God has the greatest investment. God gave all when the only begotten son, Jesus, was sacrificed for our sins! And when God invests, God expects a return on the investment. You are good soil!  But even good soil needs to be weeded, mulched and watered. Sometimes good soil has manure added to it. So, just think of all the crap you have to go through as nutrients that will make the gifts God deposited into you grow strong and brilliant.

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2 Responses

  1. The reading of your summary was very timely and comforting. My heart has been heavy for a number of weeks as I have learned of grave illnesses of loved ones. Work-day stresses have been lessened, yet issues prevail. Your summary raised my spirits. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Thank you for the summary. See you tomorrow.

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