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Fire of God: Better Than Fireworks

He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver;
He will purify the sons of Levi,
And purge them as gold and silver,
That they may offer to the LORD
An offering in righteousness.

(Malachi 3:3)

Life lately has seemed a rollercoaster of ups and downs. The rollercoaster has not been predictable though, as if someone has blindfolded my eyes and plugged my ears throughout the ride.

Now, for someone who doesn’t like actual rollercoasters, sometimes I’d actually rather this be literal, not a metaphor of the life of a growing Christian being continually refined by the God who loves her. In all honesty, I’d rather it be easy! I’d rather be strolling in the garden with my Savior, smiling and laughing, not walking by faith in what is not seen (Hebrews 11:1). But you know what, God is worth it!

Our walk with God is about faith in what we don’t yet see, faith that He is and that He rewards those who seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). Even when we don’t understand His ways, we can trust that His leadership of love is perfect. After all, His ways are higher and better than ours, yet also His love is perfect (Isaiah 55:8-9).

As God grows us in love for Him and into holiness, His refining fire is definitely not always fun and games (1 Peter 1:6-9, Malachi 3:3). At times we deeply feel His great love for us in that He is the very Flame of Love (Song of Songs 4:9-10). At other times the zeal of His jealous love burns our flesh as He seeks to purify our affections for Him (Song 8:6). And even at other moments God seems distant as if He has forsaken us though He never will (Deuteronomy 31:8), teaching us to really walk out our faith in Him and growing our love for Him (Song 5:4-8).

As frustrated as I have been today about spending yet another holiday away from friends and family, God is the best Father ever and I am beyond blessed to be accepted into His awesome family in Jesus! I know He is with me by the dwelling of His Spirit of grace within me, even though He has felt distant and His Refiner’s fire burns painfully at times! Knowing He loves me and that I am His is more precious than any fleeting holiday celebrations!

For me this Fourth of July holds more precious fireworks than those of celebrating independence. The “fireworks” for me today are those of the fire of God and of dependence on Him alone, being refined to pure gold as a vessel set apart for Him alone, the very Flame of Love and the truest Source of life.

God’s Rest in the Here and Now

The other day I asked God for an acronym for “rest” (that is, trust and rest in Him), and this is what I felt He spoke to me:

REST = Reserve Established by the Spirit of Truth

I shared this with a friend, and he shared with me an acronym using the word “busy” – which actually describes the counterfeit of true rest in God:

BUSY = Being Under Satan’s Yoke

If we are resting in God, we’ll have a reserve of energy in every way at all times! His Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, will do just as Jesus said – Guide us into all truth and reveals to us the things and words of God (John 16:13), comfort us, counsel us, help us. He will point our eyes to Christ in all things (John 15:26).

God fills every part of us with His Spirit: “they were all filled (diffused throughout their souls) with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:4)– our “souls” mean “our minds, will and emotions,” every part of us as well as the Spirit of God living inside of us! He will remind us of who we are as believers–children of the Living God saved by grace. He will teach us continually about who God is and who we are in Christ!

We’ve no reason to worry, fret, doubt or have any concern! God carries all our burdens if we let Him and renew our minds with His truth. He–the Uncreated One who created all things–holds everything together, and takes care of it all! Let us have holy UNconcern! (I heard this at a conference this weekend.)

Some other “R-words” come to mind as well:

  • Righteousness
  • Rest/Restoration
  • Reliance (dependence on God)
  • Rooted (in Christ)
  • Right Response (because rest and trust in God are just that!)
  • Reality (of living in complete trust with God)
  • Renewal/Renewed, Refreshing/Refreshed, Revival/Revived
  • Relaxed (we can be because God has everything under control!)
  • Redemption/Redeemed
  • River (as in “Rivers of Living Water”) – John 7:38

“He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, From his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water.”
(John 7:38 Amplified)

“[For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him, by having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints…”
(Ephesians 1:17-18 Amplified)

Can you think of any more “R-words” or related things to add to what has already been shared? Feel free to respond!