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Refined in the Fire

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August 16, 2020 8:00 pm

Refined in the Fire

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August 16, 2020 8:00 pm

Twenty-four karat gold is 100 percent gold with no impurities. But that percentage is difficult to achieve. Refiners most commonly use one of two methods for the purification process. The Miller method is the quickest and least expensive, but the resulting gold is only about 99.95 percent pure. The Wohlwill process takes a little more time and costs more, but the gold produced is 99.99 percent pure.

In Bible times, refiners used fire as a gold purifier. Fire caused impurities to rise to the surface for easier removal. In his first letter to Christians throughout Asia Minor (northern Turkey), the apostle Peter used the gold refining process as a metaphor for the way trials work in the life of a believer. At that time, many believers were being persecuted by the Romans for their faith in Christ. Peter knew what that was like firsthand. But persecution, Peter explained, brings out the “genuineness of [our] faith” (1 Peter 1:7).

Perhaps you feel like you’re in a refiner’s fire—feeling the heat of setbacks, illness, or other challenges. But hardship is often the process by which God purifies the gold of our faith. In our pain we might beg God to quickly end the process, but He knows what’s best for us, even when life hurts. Keep connected to the Savior, seeking His comfort and peace.

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Welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread. Today's reading titled refined in the fire was written by Linda Washington 24 karat gold is nearly 100% gold with few impurities, but that percentage is difficult to achieve. Refiners most commonly use one of two methods for the purification process the Miller process is the quickest and least expensive, but the resulting gold is only about 99.95% pure. The wall will process takes a little more time and costs more but the gold produced is 99.99% pure in Bible times, refiners used fire as a gold purifier fire caused impurities to rise to the surface for easier removal.

In his first letter to believers in Jesus throughout Asia minor or northern Turkey. The apostle Peter use the gold refining process as a metaphor for the way trials work in the life of a believer. At that time many believers were being persecuted by the Romans for their faith in Christ, Peter knew what that was like firsthand, but persecution. Peter explained brings out the genuineness of our faith. Perhaps you feel like you're in a refiners fire feeling the heat of set backs illness or other challenges, but hardship is often the process by which God purifies the gold of our faith in our pain we might beg God to quickly in the process, but he knows what's best for us, even when life hurts. Keep connected to the Savior, seeking his comfort and peace. Today's Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is from first Peter chapter 1 verses six through nine in all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.

These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire may result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him, and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your soul. Let's pray all heavenly father we pray that you work in us to perfect us and make us more like you.

Just as the refiners purified gold little by little step-by-step take our sinful habits away. Help us to grow closer to you and to rely on you. We go through difficult times. Suffering isn't easy but it grows us so much more than when everything is going well for us in Jesus name we do pray, amen. Today's herdsman was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries


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