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Reflecting God's Glory

Café Menu for Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Today’s Special is: Accepting God’s Refining Fire
Carefully prepared just for you by your friend, Angela Mackey
Main Ingredient:

For You have tried us, O God; You have refined us as silver is refined.

Psalm 66:10 NASB

Entrée:

Electricity ran through each of my nerves. My heart pounded and my throat felt tight. Everything rubbed me raw and my soul felt the fire. It burned hot and I fought to control my temper and my tears.

Some days just start that way – off kilter. Daily life grates, bruises, and burns as God’s refining fire does its job. While the fire rages I feel like I am dying from the inside out – in a way I am. But this dying isn’t an end or even a do-over – it is a new-birth. It is dying to live and dying to bear fruit and dying to reflect more of Jesus in my life.

And sometimes I cannot see the life that will come from the death or the beauty that will result from the fire. I forget. And the fire burns, but doesn’t accomplish its task. I stand in the fire hands clenched in fear and anger. I don’t want to let the fire burn away that… I’m not ready to give that to God. The fire burns and my heart, it hardens to stone.

Still God’s refining fire rages and finally I come to the end of myself – burning, broken, humbled. I open my clenched hands and the fire burns it up – my plans, my dreams, my goals, secret sins, anything I held back from God. As I kneel empty-handed the fire dies down. A cool breeze blows past my soul and I see a glimpse of the new life, the beautiful harvest from the death, and a clearer reflection of God’s glory.

Take Out:

What are you holding back from God’s refining fire? Write down what you are clinging too tightly to on a piece of paper and ask God for the strength to trust His fire to only burn away the impurities in them. Then ask God to help you trust His refining fire so you may reflect God’s glory more perfectly.

Dessert:

Father God, help me to allow Your refining fire to burn away impurities in my life. Help me open my hands wide to You, not holding anything back, so I may bring You glory. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.

Check out this “old” song by Hillsong. May our hearts long to be refined to bring God glory.

We are not meant to die merely in order to be dead. God could not want that for the creatures to whom He has given the breath of life. We die in order to live.

Elisabeth Elliot, Passion and Purity

For more encouragement, visit Angela at Rethinking My Thinking where she encourages you to rethink your thinking in light of God’s Word so you can live a transformed life.

© 2013 by Angela Mackey. All rights reserved.

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