“And I will bring the third part through the fire, Refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested They will call on My name, And I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are My people,’ And they will say, ‘The LORD is my God.” Zechariah 13:8-9
 
Picture a mountain made of shallow ice. Each step of the mountain is fragile. You carefully climb the mountain being careful not to shatter the icy steps. Every step you take is intentional, it’s difficult, and not much fun, but you know that it will be rewarding once you reach the summit. There may be times you may slip, or lose your balance, but you continue to climb not giving up. 
Now picture the same mountain. As you are climbing the mountain you look up, and see that helicopters are dropping people off at the top of the mountain. You stare puzzled thinking to yourself, “why am I climbing this mountain when there are people being dropped of at the top?” You remind yourself that Lord has told you to climb this mountain so you trust Him and you continue to climb.
 
Suddenly, looking towards the top of the mountain you hear a rumbling. You notice that some of the people who took the helicopter to the top of the mountain have an avalanche that has began to rumbling underneath them. They look frightened, and they begin to fall down the mountain with the icy avalanche carrying them down. Then you hear the Lord say, it is better to be refined by walking up the mountain then to take the easy way to the top, and have it crumble beneath your feet.
 
Refining is not the most enjoyable process. Much like climbing an icy, slippery mountain refinement can feel like a very long hard journey. There is something to be said about the refining process, it is better to go through it than to resist it. By God burning the junk out of our lives we become more purified. Areas of our soul (mind will and emotions) that have been wounded need to be restored, and that often can only happen through refining.  Zechariah 13:8-9 says, “And I will bring the third part through the fire, Refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested They will call on My name, And I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are My people,’ And they will say, ‘The LORD is my God.'”
 
We must go through hard times of refinement so that the Lord may purify us for His purpose in our lives. No, these times are not easy, but they will bring forth beauty that can only come through the refining fire of God. How does a silversmith know that the impurities have been burned out of the silver? When he can see his own refection! 
 
Just like a silversmith, God will refine those He loves, and are pursuing Him, so that when they get to the top of the mountain they will not fall. We must allow God’s refining process to happen in our lives to bear good fruit for the kingdom of God. 

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