Refiner’s Fire

If we pray for a spirit of revival, we will expect God to arrive to begin His refining work into the very core of our beings and into the very depths of our souls. We will expect trials and refining fires and purifying fires that leave a few wounds, scars and little pockets of ashen heaps. We can expect hardship and struggles that can leave us reeling in humiliation, because God can’t work when our spirits are in self mode and in the way. Oh but it’s from these heaps of ashen nothingness, we can know that God reveals His most beautiful glory and His most beautiful work as He works His miraculous deeds among His followers! So beautiful soul, if you find yourself humbled with a few scars, dodging hot coals, heaps of rubble and smouldering ashes, as a believer of the One True sovereign God, you can know God has that brokenness and those ashes just as He has you and yeah, praise the Lord, He breathes healing and life into those wounds and heaps of ruin for His glory if we ‘stand down’ and let Him. The key is standing down which takes an overdose of humility because when we give it over, those ashes aren’t our problem to manage, but they’re His and that dear one, is reason to get up in the morning and face the day isn’t it?

If we pray for a spirit of revival we can expect a spirit of humility to embrace us and with no humbleness of spirit there will be no revival.
So, maybe when it’s all gone wrong it’s really all gone right after all.

Isaiah 40:31
“Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.”

Jeremiah 15:19
“Therefore, thus says the LORD, “If you return, then I will restore you– Before Me you will stand; And if you extract the precious from the worthless, You will become My spokesman.”
2 Chronicles 33:15-16
“He also removed the foreign gods and the idol from the house of the LORD, as well as all the altars which he had built on the mountain of the house of the LORD and in Jerusalem, and he threw them outside the city. He set up the altar of the LORD and sacrificed peace offerings and thank offerings on it; and he ordered Judah to serve the LORD God of Israel.”




Me Myself And I

Philippians 2: 3, 4

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

In the midst of their persecution Paul encourages the Philippians to be humble and to live a life like that of Christ, who was the perfect
example of humility. Self – centeredness and arrogance are not acceptable behavior patterns and have no place in the believer’s life. Watch a two-year old at play and see how irritating the “It’s mine” attitude is! Yet how often do we” Mature” adults confine ourselves to a small box called “self?” How often do we crawl in, close the door and
have to have it “my” way or no way? How often do we turn everyone’s world upside down because things aren’t right for us? Selfish, childish behavior does not have any interest, any sensitivity, or any compassion for another. Arrogance and jealousy tears apart and has no word of encouragement for one who has done well, or for one who needs a confidence boost. What a sorry sight “self” is and what destruction selfish ambition causes in a ministry, a church, a life, a family or a friendship. If the shoe fits lets wear it and cease from playing games with ourselves, or preying on the successes or failures of others to get ahead.

Paul’s advice is good advice for us to follow. Let’s be challenged to focus on Christ’s humility as we strive for unity among ourselves and yes within ourselves.
Enjoy a sweet and blessed day my friends.