Read: Malachi 3
Key Verse: “He will sit as a refiner’s fire and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the Lord will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness.” - Malachi 3:3
How is God refining you? Is He using His word, trials, His Spirit, your family, your job, or your friends? God loves you exactly as you are today, and He loves you enough to change you. Fire can be painful, maybe you are feeling some heat? Many people resist growth and prefer to run to sin or try to hide from God. Staying immature in your faith has no reward. Growth can involve pain, but is a necessary part of becoming more like Christ. Think about how much suffering Jesus endured, and He is our leader.
Getting rid of selfishness, stepping into an unknown location or job position, praying more honestly and deeper with God, sharing your faith often, listening better to the people around you, and worshipping God with freedom and wholeheartedly can all stretch you out of your comfort zone. When God purifies you, He will shine His light brightly on the darkness in your life! The bottom line is that you can trust Him! He is in the process of helping you come forth as gold and bringing a wonderful new wholeness. In what ways is God refining you?
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