Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Refining Fire

Psalm 51:6-12, 17
Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make to know wisdom.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all of mine iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

The refining fires in my life have been getting quite warm, but God is faithful. The purification process is not an easy one but a very necessary one and makes us more like our Master. It's hard to recognize and admit to one's wicked and sinful heart but praise God for the precious blood of Jesus that cleanses us from all unrighteousness. All these challenges are hard to handle at once but need to be dealt with before I do more damage to those around me and harm to myself. Jesus did not say that the Christian life would be all flowers and sunshine, but that's often what I expect. He actually rather promised hard times but in all that, that He would never leave us nor forsake us, ready to carry every burden. It's often like He's asking me, "Can I carry this one too?"

Sorry for my rambling but thanks for reading. God bless!


  1. "Jesus did not say that the Christian life would be all flowers and sunshine, but that's often what I expect."

    How true! I find myself doing that's like I think since I am a Christian, I should be exempt from all troubles and hurt. You hit the nail right on the head! Thanks for posting this! :-)

  2. I just stumbled in. Thank you for sharing and remember, the battle was won long ago. Satan knows that, but won't quit. Claim the victory and keep the armor on. God bless you. Jim