Monday, June 27, 2011

Refiners Fire

I originally wrote this post on the Refiners Fire in March of 2010.  I know there are a few things that I'm clinging too and not letting go.  So I too am reflecting on these words that I wrote over a year ago.

A month ago my husband came home and told me about a grass fire along the highway 5 minutes from our home. He said the smoke was so bad that he couldn't see anything in front of him while driving through it. In fact, the police had to shut down the highway for a while. The next day, I witnessed the damage that had been done. Acres and acres of land that looked black, dead, injured.

Today, however, that same land looks green, fresh and vibrant. What a testimony to God's healing power.

This is actually what God does in each of our lives. He comes and purifies us. When we accept Him into our lives and place Him in control, He strips our past sins and makes us pure. Malachi talks about the fire "refining them like gold and silver." (Malachi 3:3b). For those who are unaware, precious metals are melted from their original forms to take out their impurities. Just like the grass fire did in that field. The fire took all of the old, dead grass hanging around and purged it.

What "impurities" are you holding on to? Personally, I know I continue to struggle with giving God complete control. I continually hold onto those things I think I need. I have many walls built up that I know need to be blown away. Lately, I've been praying that God help me let go, when what I realize I should be praying for is "God take them, their yours." My heart may feel like that burnt, black field, full of dead sins which I struggle to let go of, but I know that there are fields of lush green waiting for me to embrace.

Are you struggling letting go of your "impurities?" God does not want us to be in this state. He wants us lush with the promise of new life with Him if we only accept it. I pray for myself and you that we would all let go of that which is keeping us from fully submitting to God and keeping us from the new life He has promised each of us.
I'm linking up with Jen and the other Soli Deo Gloria Sisters this week.


Jen said...

I can have a hard time letting go of anger. I let it build and build instead of being rational and admitting my feelings in a positive way. Oh how I need His refinement!

My daily walk in His grace! said...

Hi Michelle. I have a hard time letting go of some serious hurt. Mainly because the person hurting us continues to do so and has all but destroyed the bigger family. But often I bring it to God and then for that day I can let it go.
Great post
God bless

Jennifer said...

I can relate to Jen and Tracy. I hold on to bitterness and anger after being hurt. If a person admits he or she is sorry, then I'm quick to forgive, but I have a hard time forgiving when a person never acknowledges how he or she wronged me.

Thank you for this great post.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful lesson God gives us in His creation. I need to get out and observe more...

Tiffini said...

sigh...yes - i know this place well. how i can look back over a year and see more of the why's.
yes - letting go. very hard. i am working on some hard issues myself in the letting go and the trusting.
let Him be the lifter of your head today Michelle...He has great plans ahead for you. thinking now of the fiery furnace and He is in control of the temp and is right there in it with us. although honestly i've had times where i thought it would just burn me right up and wanted it to...xoxo

pinks said...

This is so great! I was just reading Mark 9:49 For everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt."

Thank you for sharing!!

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