Heavenly Father, for all the wonderful things you have done and are doing right now in our lives, we are so grateful. We’re grateful Lord God that you saw fit to bring us out of that mess we got ourselves into, so thankful that you came to our rescue. We give you praise and honor for giving us the strength to bear heavy loads and endure under extreme pressures. Lord God, in the name of Jesus, give us the strength to continuously lift up holy hands offer praise to you no matter what the situation looks like. We thank you Lord for endurance!
Zechariah 13:8-9 (NLT) states: Two-thirds of the people in the land will be cut off and die,” says the LORD. “But one-third will be left in the land. I will bring that group through the fire and make them pure. I will refine them like silver and purify them like gold. They will call on my name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘These are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The LORD is our God.’” Imagine, my brothers and sisters, that you are an old rugged looking piece of gold in need of refinement or improvement, cleaned up, and polished. Well, to get cleaned up and transformed, as gold, we must endure the intense heat of the fire before the process of change begins.
Deep in the midst of hot burning coals of fire, we must bear excruciating pain, yet each time we come out of the fire, we look than we did before we went in. Job said in Job 23:10; “But he knows where I am going and when he test me, I will come out as pure as gold. Revelation 21:5 (NLT) says: And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” Brothers and sisters, God’s work of restoring us is compared to that of a refiner’s fire or the pruning shears we use to prune our landscapes.
You see, change is a most difficult task and many of us resist it with a passion.However, it’s quite natural to resist fire. A dedicated and true Christian warrior must be able to survive under heavy fire and intense heat. When trials and tribulations come our way, 1 Peter 4:12 reminds us saying: “Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you.” You see, through the process of refinement, we are built up so we can withstand high winds and be like that palm tree that bends way down in hard pressing winds and pops right back up when the wind subsides. Brothers and sisters, we must count the cost of this Christian journey (see Luke 14:26-33). I don’t know about you, but I desperately want that crown of life and to see the face of God. Who shall see the face of God? Well, Jesus said, blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God Matthew 5:8. Who are the pure in heart? The sanctified, the refined.