Weekend #MDMT231

7 Mile Walk With Jesus

Maryland Mountaintop #231

Theme: Rejoice in the Fire

October 19-22 2017

Malachi 3:2-3

Donna Parr

But who can endure the day of His coming? Who can stand when He appears? For He will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; He will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the Lord will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, (Malachi 3:2-3) The theme song is “Refiner’s Fire.” The words of the chorus are as follows: Refiner's fire My heart's one desire Is to be holy Set apart for You, Lord I choose to be holy Set apart for You, my Master Ready to do Your will One day when I was singing this song, the word “choose” became the focus of the chorus for me. It is a choice we make (many times a day) to make ourselves available to the Lord...to be used by Him, to serve Him, and to follow Him no matter what is going on in life and how we feel about our circumstances. Our relationship with God and His love for us is not dependent on our feelings or what's going on in life; it is only dependent on our choice to remain in that relationship in order to walk with Him. We need to intentionally give God the glory and praise even for the things in our life that may not be going the way we think they should, or for the things in our life that may be causing us to feel overwhelmed, anxious, or fearful. One way to do that is through worship. Worshipping the Lord is important because that is one reason we were created, and it takes our thoughts off our own circumstances to put the focus back on what matters most which is our relationship with Jesus. Also, in that time of worship, we are reminded by the song lyrics of the many promises of God that we can cling to every day. While the refining and purifying process is taking place, someone must sit and keep an eye on the gold or silver because the temperature needs to be exact, and the process is complete when the person can see their own image reflected. So during trials, God never takes His eyes off you, and the process allows you to better reflect God's image to the world. We are being sanctified, being made holy. That's cause for rejoicing!