1.to bring to a fine or a pure state; free from impurities: to refine metal, sugar, or petroleum.
2.to purify from what is coarse, vulgar, or debasing; make elegant or cultured.
It sure is hot in here, in the furnace of testing. The fire burns away the residue our sins have left upon us. The preconceived ideas, the automatic reactions, the fears, worries, rejections and hate. As the heat is doing it’s work, my work is to not allow it to burn away my hope, my fortitude, my joy. Correction is a hard place to spend any time, but it is one of the four foundational pillars set up in the Word of God.
2 Timothy 3:15-17
15 and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
the four foundational pillars: teaching, reproof, correction, training in righteousness
So, here I find myself again, within these walls of correction. The teacher needing to be taught, the lover needing to be loved, I guess most all of us would prefer to not spend much time here, and I sometimes wonder if I will ever be whole. But I never lose hope or peace within these walls when I look at what God says about why He corrects us, why He disciplines us.
adequate, equipped for every good work. I do, so much, want to do good work for the Kingdom of God. But only God knows what this will entail, and for me, right now, correction has been a huge part of it. And so I rejoice in the fire, like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego danced in the fire with the Lord, yet were not burned, I will dance.
and from the above passage of Scripture
11 You brought us into the net; You laid an oppressive burden upon our loins.
12 You made men ride over our heads; We went through fire and through water,
Yet You brought us out into a place of abundance. I wish to state for the record, that the place I am in now is so abundant compared to where I lived before. I don’t mean in the physical realm. In that realm, I have lost much and everything is smaller with less space. But in the Spiritual realm, and in the realm of my mind and emotions, my heart; God has truly brought me out into a place of abundance. All of this was as a result of the severest testing I had ever experienced.
So flame on, Fire Of God, refine me. I praise you for Your love, the love that calls me out of all that holds me back
Flame on, fire of God and burn away the childish things that still lurk in me, yet preserve my childlike faith in You.
I thank you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and I trust You as I submit myself to this time of refinement. Thank you, Lord