God has appeared as Fire many different times.  Fire gets our attention.  It lights the darkness.  It warms the cold.  But it can also consume and destroy.

Chapter Three explores the different ways God showed His Power when appearing as The Fire.  We love God’s Fire as our Source of Light and Heat.  However, we tend to avoid one of the other purposes of His Fire — Refining.  God does allow us to experience spiritual fires that test what we are made of and teach us what is most important in life.

…”I will refine them as silver is refined.

I will test them as gold is tested.

They will call on me

and I will answer them.

I will say, ‘They are My People.’

They will reply, ‘The Lord is our God'”

Zechariah 13:9

If refining sounds a little scary to you, here is the good news.  The parts that you do not need may be burned away.  The soft, unsure, whimbling parts of you may become firm, and not easily bent to the way of evil.  And the real “you” that God created you to be will more beautiful than ever.

(God speaking)

When you pass through the waters,

I will be with you;

and when you pass through the rivers,

they will not sweep over you.

When you walk through the fire,

you will not be burned;

the flames will not set you ablaze.

Isaiah 43:2

Those who call upon The Name of The Lord will be refined and held up as precious in His Sight.  Those who refuse to come to Him will experience Him through the other functions of His Fire.

For The Lord our God is a Consuming Fire …

Deuteronomy 4:24

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Follower of Jesus, Seeker of Truth, Commentator on Life, Light Bearer, Water Carrier, one of God's Creations still under construction

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