Summary: We are in awe of what He has done and what He is going to do, that is the kind of statement we need to use when we speak of our awesome God.
You Purified Me to Be Yours
I have an AWESOME God.
I Have an AWESOME, AWESOME God.
I have a God that will part the water so I can walk through on dry ground.
I have a God that will create a big fish to shallow me up and spit me out on dry land.
I have a God that turns darkness into light.
I have a God that died so I might live.
I Have an AWESOME, AWESOME God.
He is not only AWESOME, but loving and forgiving.
We are in awe of what He has done and what He is going to do, that is the kind of statement we need to use when we speak of our AWFULLY AWESOME God.
Ewen Huffman tells of a story in reference to Malachi 3:2-3a;
There was group of women in a Bible study group studying the book of Malachi. As they were studying chapter three, they came across verse three, which says: "He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver."
This verse puzzled the women and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God. One of the women offered to find out about the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible study.
That week this woman called up a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work.
She didn’t mention anything about the reason for her interest in silver beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver. As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up.
He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest to burn away all the impurities.
The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot - then she thought again about the verse, that he sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.
She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined.
The man answered yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire.
If the silver was left even a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.
The woman was silent for a moment.
Then she asked the silversmith, "How do you know when the silver is fully refined?"
He smiled at her and answered, "Oh that’s easy, when I see my image in it."
If today you are feeling the heat of the fire, just remember that God has His eyes on you.
You could be in the refiner’s fire.
Proverbs 25:4; Remove the dross from the silver, and out comes material for the silversmith;
He can only use the PURE, the uncontaminated.
We are no different than the children of Israel or any of the others mentioned in the Bible. We continue to turn to our own ways and desires and then when we get into trouble we call upon the Lord to get us out of our trouble.
NLT Isaiah 1:22; Once like pure silver, you have become like worthless slag. Once so pure, you are now like watered-down wine.
We take what the Lord has made pure and we contaminate it with our own selfish desires. We dilute the blessings that we have been given. We make them worthless.