A Refined Delight

“You are to make a lampstand out of pure hammered gold.  It is to be made of one piece:  its base and shaft, its ornamental cups, and its calyxes and petals” (Exodus25:31).  And again, “their calyxes and branches are to be one piece.  All of it is to be a single hammered piece of pure gold” (Exodus 25:36).  The lampstand was a vital element used in the wilderness tabernacle, established through Moses and instructed by God.  In order for the single piece of gold to be pliable for shaping into the lampstand, it had to first withstand the continued heat of the refiner’s fire.  The fire softens the gold and also acts as a purifying agent.  The dross (what remains after the gold has been refined) is burned away and the valuable portion of the metal remains.  The dross is of no value and if it remains it lessons the appraisal of the gold.  After this refining process, the gold then yields into the appropriate hammered shape with a delightful gleam and a lasting endurance.  “Take away the dross from the silver, and the smith has a  material for a vessel” (Proverbs 25:4)

“…now for a short time you have had to struggle in various trials so that the genuineness of your faith – more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire – may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:6-7).  Have you ever desired your trial (your hardship, your temptation, your pain…) to end quickly because you imagined the fire of the trial was too searing to bear?  Have you ever wanted to do whatever necessary to escape your fiery ordeal only to find yourself back there a short time later?  Oh Lord give us a teachable heart so that we can learn quickly and not have to repeat lessons!  Like the lump of gold that had no specific use until it withstood the fire, we too must keep our feet to the refiner’s fire and endure the process until we have become pliable for the Lord’s shaping.   Lord,  encourage us to not desire mere escape!  Confirm in us that by keeping our feet to Your fire, the worthless dross of our hearts will be  burned away and what remains will be a refined vessel for the Holy Spirit!

“If anyone builds on that foundation (Jesus Christ), with gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, or straw, each one’s work will become obvious, for the day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire; the fire will test the quality of each one’s work” (1 Corinthians 3:12-13).  Persevere and desire the refiner’s fire, no matter how uncomfortable it may be, so that we can lay upon the Foundation gold, silver, and costly stones!  Let us stand firms as the dross burns away!

“He (Jesus) will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.  His winnowing shovel is in His hand and He will clear His threshing floor and gather His wheat into the barn.  But the chaff He will burn up with fire that never goes out” (Matthew 3:12b-13).

Come Jesus!


14 Comments on “A Refined Delight”

  1. Bless you sweet things! I am memorizing these verses today and I thought they might bless someone. Here they are: 1John 4:4 You have conquered them (any evil thing) because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. Amen! Whatever thing you think has conquered you it is only because you have given it power to think it has!

    Romans 8:37 No, in all these things (any evil thing that is outside what the Lord has for you) you are more than victorious (meaning to gain a surpassing victory!) through Him who loves you.

    How about we stick these truths in our head and hearts and let the power of the Word of God transform our thinking!

  2. Can we just give a shout of Glory!!!! Thank you Lord. Your ways, Your instruments, Your people! All roads lead back to You! Glory!! Thank you sweet DIVAs. You build each other up just as He would have us do. In building each other up, we also receive! Glory to the Lord! How can we comprehend it?

  3. My heart is overwhelmed of the filling of the Lord in His grace. Ladies, the words spoken have been used to lift me and I pray Elizabeth up with a rekindled fire in our spirit. A strength and perseverance to see that victory of healing over Derek and Jake by pure faith in the grace of Jesus Christ. Today, my daughter had soccer practice. The Lord sent this man who shared his testimony of the same drug addictions as Derek and Jake. Arrest, jail and then eventually through almost his death of major organs shutting down. His wife and family faithfully continued praying for him. God gave him new life and a restored body from head to toes. He is 34 now. He is preaching at jails, homeless shelters, feeding and eating with these worthy people and to anyone who will lend an ear. After an hour of listening to his testimony, I just grabbed him in tears and hugged him and said “the Lord specifically sent you to me today in something I am praying for my son and a friend’s son. He said I hope to meet them and talk to them!! Elizabeth, I pray this is a gift from God to you to! You women are a gift from God and I value you and your prayers more than words can say. Sincerely, I am so grateful to you mighty women of God! May you each be filled to overflowing in Christ in the revealed word and truth! The Lord is faithful, yes His grace is sufficient in our weaknesses. The refining so necessary to our spiritual growth!! Thank You Sweet Jesus!

  4. Janet – I cannot imagine what you are going through. My heart aches for you, Derek and your family. I will pray for Derek’s deliverance from this horrible stronghold. I will pray that his stronghold for drugs is replaced with a stronghold for Jesus. I always thought that strongholds were bad until recently I heard about having a stronghold for Jesus. That is a stronghold worth holding on to and never letting go.
    I find peace in knowing that we do not have to draw on our own strength but in our weakness His power and strength abound. 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 Concerning this, I pleaded with the Lord three times to take it away from me. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, catastrophes, persecutions, and in pressures, because of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

    May God Bless You , sweet precious Janet

  5. Janet and Elizabeth,
    I will pray for Jake and Derek. All of the powers of darkness – sin, addictions, temptations – cannot match the power of our heavenly Father! He has overcome!
    “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of His Christ. For the accuser (Satan the Liar)* of our brothers (and sisters, husbands and children)* who accuse them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.” Revelation 12:10
    We may feel the intense heat of the refining fire, but we will not be consumed. You are His. He is with you. Press on! He is with Jake. He is with Derek – they are not consumed!
    Lord reveal yourself in a mighty way – In Jesus Name!
    *(I added the words in parentheses in the verse – not trying to add to scripture just expounding on it!)

  6. Elizabeth, Christie and Amanda, all these points hit so deeply with me right now. I am in great sorrow over my son,30 who has had drug addictions since 13. The battle rages, purifying begins Satan snatches him, the Lord receives him back a while, then Satan and then the Lord. Each time he is in Satan’s court, that liar seems to introduce a new high, pain pills, snorting them, now smoking them. I believe divine intervention is even more powerful than the enemies drugs and the Lord still has not taken His delivering hands off him and even through tears I know and trust that God is good all the time and all the time God is good.. I know God has amazing plans for him. Please faithful Diva’s join with me in divine exchange of compete deliverance from all addictions over Derek in the name of Jesus. As a mother, these are most definitely refining seasons, and through tears, I know Jesus is sending legions of His army on behalf of Derek. I feel so completely helpless in my own strength. I stand only by the promises and power in His Word. Love you Diva’s. I praise our Abba Father, in Christ and by His Holy Spirit that His love endures through all refining to eternity!!

    • Janet – I share your exact struggle my son started at 12 & has even shot up crushed painkillers it is the reason & birthing point of my website lizbethlistens.com – I know how you feel I live the cycle fortunately he is now at The LA Dream Center and doing well at this season – I have been through several arrest getting kicked out of school etc. My husband is an alcoholic -I have few friends, most days, my only solace is in The Lord oh how faithful He is to restore hope in the midst of our struggles – I will pray for your son as I pray for my own – Jake. You are not alone my dear!!!

      • Elizabeth, my precious sister! Thank you so much for your words. I will cover Jake for deliverance and healing from addictions in completeness and restoration as well. Yes, we have had him arrested twice. I can always find a joy and peace in the promises of Jesus. I sing praises through tears. I find comfort in Jesus that even if death comes to Derek through the drugs, he gave his life to the Lord in 5th grade before I started my walk. He still has eternity that awaits him in the grace of our Savior. Don’t you love that we do not have to present ourselves or family as perfect and without flaws. That we can be transparent. That our Abba Father loves us without conditions. A perfect pure love forever! The Lord has delivered me out of a very sinful 38 years of being so deep in the pit of the enemy. He certainly can deliver our husbands and children! I am in prayer and agreement with you my friend! God bless you richly!!!

        • Yes !!! He is so faithful – Satan has literally been trying to take my son out since the womb -he has a huge heart for God & a calling on his life that has the enemy so scared he keeps trying the same tactics to prevent it from coming to pass, but just as Saul couldn’t kill David’s purpose – Gods protection is there for our boys as well ! The enemy is defeated & God will be exalted in their lives!!!

    • My Dearest Sweet Sister,
      Oh, how my heart is full of love and hope for you and your precious son, Derek. I, too, have gone thru challenges with my children. There is nothing like the love of a Mother for her children. Mothers can take anything that is thrown at them except when it is aimed at their children – then you have a real fight on your hands. Just as you fight for Derek – GOD does too! Being a Mother is the most wonderful, rewarding, prestigeous honor in the world. But, because of this great love we have – we sometimes have great heartaches that take us to our knees, with such sorrow & – leaving us crying uncontrolably, unable to function. That is where Jesus comes in. Matt: 18:12 The Parable of the Lost Sheep If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hill and go out to search for the one that is lost? God will always help Derek find his way back no matter how far he wanders.

      The Lord walked through this world with a broken heart just like you. When you hurt – He hurts. Psalm 34:18 The Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The Lord promises to be close to the broken hearted – to be our source of power, courage & wisdom – helping us through our problems. We need God’s help and we thank Him for being with us.

      Remember “greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4.) Janet, this battle you are in is not yours but God’s – Ephesians 6:12 “For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms – I join with you in laying Derek in God’s loving arms and asking for complete healing from this addiction.

      Luke 8:22 Jesus calms the storm – God is sovereign. Just as Jesus calmed the waves, please know that He can calm this storm in your life. Sometimes, God lets the storm rage and calms the child. May you have peace knowing that the Most Mighty Lord loves you, Derek and your family. My prayers are with you and may God hold you close.

      • Helen, I do not have a Godly mother to go to yet. Yet, God in His altogether lovely goodness sends words through someone else’s Godly mother. Even at almost 52 I yearn for that! Thank you and you are precious in His sight! Love Janet

  7. I just love the way our God works – I was pondering this morning how Eve came about. First Adam is alone doing his job (at work) naming the animals, all the while he is noticing the way they each have a counter partner – male and female. He notices the ways they respond to each other, I wonder if that had any impact on their specific names?
    At the end of the day he notes that he has no such complimenting counterpart for himself, don’t you know he was looking – maybe the next one will be like me, maybe she’s in the next batch of trees, or by the water over there…I bet he anticipated her even before that deep sleep. God notes that it wasn’t good for him to be alone, but I snicker to think he waited until he finished the job to provide her for him. He allowed the desire to manifest first. Precious God, He then provided one who was crafted with the need to be desired. He truly thought of everything didn’t He?
    Life. Beautiful and then comes the fire – the testing- That serpent knows where there is division he can plunder. Notice the serpent was never allowed to temp Adam until he had a helper. Our prayers are hindered when there is conflict in our marriages, Adam remained silent as the serpent tempted – wonder what precluded that, was the honeymoon bliss beginning to wane? Why were Adam and Eve not aligned together for victory in the face of that temptation – had they been united there would not have been the blame shifting that came later. At some point they fell out of agreement. I can almost feel the tension in this scene – Adam had walked with the Lord, daily, intimately, he walked. He received the word that if they ate of the apple they would die and yet he just quietly watches her bite into it. No man not ticked off at his beloved is going to quietly let her ingest what he knows to be poison. You can be assured there was trouble on the home front that day. The garden was perfect yet man’s free will was there from the beginning as well, it is a delusion to believe the curse began with the apple. The apple was the manifestation of the sin that began in their hearts that day. “I know better than you” likely preceded the “I know better than God” attitude. Oh Lord, help us test ourselves and check our hearts before we leave the house each day lest we be prey to the cunning serpent in the world! Yes Lord, refine us – quickly!!

  8. Many times in our walk with with Christ we will feel that fire. There have been times he has delivered me from the fire, stopping me from entering the flames. Other times, he has delivered me out of searing heat – when I coudn’t take it anymore. The times that really come to my mind however, are the times when He just walked me right on through and made me grow in ways I didnt even know I needed to!
    Thank you for this reminder that our faith is not in our circumstances but in Him. We are never alone in the refiners fire. Let’s get rid of some dross today!

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