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Are you in the refiner’s fire today? When the process is complete, you’ll be more like Jesus and less like your old self.

He will sit like a refiner of silver. Mal 3:3 NLT
Are you in the refiner’s fire today? If you are don’t rebel or try to run away, just sit still and let the refiner do His work. The Bible says: “He will sit like a refiner of silver, burning away the dross. He will purify [them], refining them like gold and silver, so that they may once again offer acceptable sacrifices to the Lord.”

A woman who read this verse at a Bible study wanted to know how it related to her walk with God, so she made an appointment with the silversmith. Without mentioning anything other than a general interest in the process, she sat and observed him work. She watched as he held the silver over the fire, explaining that in order to burn away every impurity he had to keep it in the middle where it was hottest. She asked him if he usually sat in front of the fire the entire time. “Yes,” he replied, “not only do I have to hold it, I must watch it. If I leave it there too long it will be destroyed.” After thinking about that for awhile she asked, “How do you know when the process is complete?” Smiling, he replied, “That’s easy; I see my face reflected in it.”

If you’re in the refiner’s fire today, remember:
  1. He knows what He’s doing, so trust Him.
  2. He won’t allow you to be destroyed by the circumstances, or take His eye off you.
  3. When the process is complete, you’ll be more like Jesus and less like your old self.
Isn’t that what you want? Isn’t that what you’ve prayed for?

Erie Christian Fellowship Church
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Author Biography

James Dumont
Web site: Erie Christian Fellowship Church
Fresh out of Bible school and with a heavenly mandate, Jim and Pam moved to Erie, PA, in June 1981. Having never visited the city, their sojourn began by living ten weeks in a tent on Walnut Creek with their four-year-old son. God had said, "Move to Erie, become established and build a great church." No obstacle was impossible to overcome!

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