Daily Archives: March 14, 2008

Musings on…. 1 Peter 1:6

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Boy is still home today with the pink eye. Gross. It’s getting better tho.

Working on the church bulletin and running errands, sending off contest prizes and picking up kitties from the humane society.

What a day in the life of a Home Engineer. Hubby wants to watch Dan in Real Life. Anyone seen it? Is it good? 

 1 Peter 1:6In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

 Peter likens the proof or the trial of our faith to the refining of gold. Both gold and silver were refined and thus purified by fire. Gold and silver would be subjected to various intensities of heat until all the dross was consumed.

If the silver did not release its dross, then it would be rejected as reprobate silver. Hence the analogy of purifying gold/silver to be use with the purification of the children of God.

Jeremiah6:  29 The bellows blow fiercely
       to burn away the lead with fire,
       but the refining goes on in vain;
       the wicked are not purged out.

    30 They are called rejected silver,
       because the LORD has rejected them.”

Zechariah 13:  9 This third I will bring into the fire;
       I will refine them like silver
       and test them like gold.
       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 our God.’ “

Malachi 3:2But 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. 3He 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,

Psalm 66:10 For you, O God, tested us;
       you refined us like silver.

Psalm 12: 6 And the words of the LORD are flawless,
       like silver refined in a furnace of clay,
       purified seven times
.

Proverbs 17: 3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,
       but the LORD tests the heart.

Proverbs 27:    21 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,
       but man is tested by the praise he receives.

What should be our attitude in trials?

Why?

 James1:2-4, 12    2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.     12Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

Romans 5:1-5 1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

Suffering produces perseverance

                                    perseverance produces character

                                                                                character produces hope

                                                                                                                    hope does not

                                                                                                                  disappoint us

Why? Because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the given Holy Spirit.

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Now, what is to be your attitude in trials?

I was with a group of ladies and I told them about these verses, I said, I don’t want to be refined by fire, it hurts.

It really hurts, the high heat, the sweating, all the bad stuff melting off me. I don’t like trials.

They all got quiet, maybe because although we all don’t like being tested, we know we must be tested, refined, be made holy for the return of the King of Kings.

Blessings, Kristina