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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Zechaiah 13:9

Zechariah 13:9, "I will bring one-third through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. I will say, "This is My people'; and each one will say, 'The Lord is my God.'"

"Fire in many ancient cultures and myths has been known to purify the land with the flames of destruction; ..." Refine means to reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; to free from impurities; to free from dross or alloy; to separate from extraneous matter; to purify; as, to refine gold or silver; to refine iron; to refine wine or sugar, from what is gross, coarse, vulgar, inelegant, to be cleared of feculent matter, etc.

Burning and/or smelting performs a refining process. Affliction is often equated with fire, burning and refining. It is interesting to note that pain exists as part of the process, however, this is seldom if ever mentioned. It must be understood or assumed as an inherent given in the process.

Isaiah 48:10, "Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction."
Job 5:6, "For affliction does not come from the dust, nor does trouble spring from the ground;..." 

The refining process is not a happen chance series of events. By process, it is assumed that steps must be taken to insure the proper outcome. The more diligence utilized in the process the purer the results. Such is true of spiritual refining, otherwise known as sanctification. Affliction does not happen by chance, nor is trouble attributed to secondary causes. Fortune, Fate, Destiny, Karma, good or otherwise, exist only as the will and counsel of God allow. In this physical existence there are cause and effect relationships, there are physical laws and boundaries which manage and control certain aspects of our lives. 'Gravity works.' In this God does not need to micro-manage, laws are just that, laws, the physical world is governed and God's sovereignty is its guarantee.

We are not talking about the physical, we are talking about the spiritual, where God has complete authority, where God exercises that authority, mercilessly, to God's praise and glory, for without His governance and sovereignty over the spiritual realm we would suffer unbearable tortures at the hands of Satan. God will be the only salvation and His goodness and the greatness of His power will be the only way.
"All things are an interchange for fire, and fire for all things, just like goods for gold and gold for goods."
“Upon those who step into the same rivers, different and ever different waters flow down.”
2 Chronicles 6:29-31 "...whatever prayer, whatever supplication is made by anyone, or by all Your people ... when each one knows his own burden (affliction) and his own grief (pain), and spreads out his hands ... then hear ... forgive ... give to everyone according to all his ways, whose heart You know ... that they may fear You, and walk in Your ways as long as they live ..."

God is concerned with whatever we face, difficult situations we have brought upon ourselves, afflictions intended to grow us, pains and griefs from the ebb and flow of life, but, whatever the extremity of your circumstance, have faith, don't doubt the Father's love and care for you.

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