I LOVE GOLD!
When I think of Heaven, I see Gold. In fact I love it so much I chose gold as the theme color for my wedding. It is just my most beautiful and favorite color. It reminds me of God.
DID YOU KNOW?
Interesting Facts: In order for gold to be refined, it must be subjected to an intense fire. This fire is what purifies the gold, because it separates out all of the impurities in the gold, also known as the dross. As the dross is burned away, only the pure gold remains. The refiner knows when the gold is sufficiently purified when he can look into the nugget of gold and see his face in the reflection. This refining process is the only way gold is made. There are no alternatives, and no shortcuts.
Just as the refiner knows his gold is ready when he can see his face in it, we’ll know that we’re becoming more like God when others can look at us when we’re going through trials and suffering and see His face.
“Test me, O LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth.” Psalm 26:2-3
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
“ You know that you’re becoming more like Him when you can face temptations, and choose to run in the opposite direction. When you’re able to resist being conformed to the pattern of this world, but instead, choose to allow the Holy Spirit to renew your mind. When you lay aside the distractions that prevent you from fulfilling your calling, and when you’ve spent every ounce of energy pursuing His call. When you’re afraid of the unknown, but you still allow God to direct your plans. When fear is surrounding you and you refuse to acknowlege it. When everyone is against you and you have peace because you know God is for you, THAT is when you KNOW… that you’re coming out GOLD. “
How many of us have ever gone through something difficult, and then realize that we’ve gained a stronger dependence on God and our relationship with Him is better for it?
God never leaves us and is always with us and for us.
I think of when
- Hananiah means “God who is gracious”
- Misha’el means “Who is like God?”
- Azariah means “God has helped”
( Also known as : Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego )were thrown into the fiery furnace. They were not alone. The Lord was right there with them.
He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. Daniel 3:25
How comforting to know that the same Lord who was there with these three men is right there with us !!! What is most wonderful to me is to know that even in the most trying times of our lives, though we must walk through, we are not alone.
“But now, this is what the LORD says—he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:1-2
Think about it. What does God do when we enter a time of trial and cry out to Him for help? In one way or another, He always delivers His children.
“The righteous cry and the LORD hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles.” Psalm 34:17
I wanted to share a bit of where my heart was when writing this song. I had a vision one morning of a big grey cloud that was seeping through the windows of homes and buildings…. I could see it entering into a woman sitting at her desk at work, as she looked bored and stressed, then into a home where I saw a mother overwhelmed by despair and depression, I saw it in a classroom where a teacher was exhausted and students were suicidal, hospitals filled with hopelessness and churches with pastors who looked weak, worn and ready to give up! What a terrible vision! YUK!
I began praying in the spirit, and then asked God why? Why was He showing me all this. It looked hopeless yet I felt and knew Hope. I suddenly felt an Urgency to share this simple word with the world! “ Don’t Give Up!“
To Whom ever is reading this, and has been carrying the heaviness of life’s trials and tribulations, whether it’s a disease, loss of loved ones, loss of job, home or marriage, dried up dreams, or you’ve been feeling hoplessness or despair, depression, oppression or defeat!
DON”T GIVE UP!!
DON’T GIVE UP!
There is HOPE!
Look to the heavens! Seek Truth! Know Victory Himself! These trials, this fire, is to enable us to develop our character, to produce in us, patience, endurance, perseverance, persistence. To purify our faith and correct our flaws.
These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. 1 Peter 1:7
You will go through tribulation, suffering, rejection, pain, hurts, insults, ridiculing, humiliation, mocking, jeering, hatred, sometimes even physical harm and death for Christformation in you. This is what you call ‘gold refined in fire’.
“But he knows where I am going. And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold. Job 23:10
I have in the past few years experienced “going through the fire” in some of my most difficult trials, dealing with attacks towards my family, my character and ministry. I have felt mistreated, misrepresented and misunderstood. I have felt brokenhearted and disappointed, hated and rejected. I learned that to stand for truth there is a cost. Some will hear and cheer, and some will hate and fear. When God begins to raise you up, there are always those waiting to push you down, out of pride, jealousy or selfish ambition. If you are doing something that challenges others, also expect to be challenged. When you are set apart, the world may not like your position because it causes conviction. I also have to face my own convictions and painful truth at times bringing me to a painful yet beautiful and perfect place of repentance. I have to admit that I am very human and have felt tired, and worn. I have felt depression try to come upon me at moments but I have overcome. I’ve learned to battle my mind with the Sword of the Spirit, refusing to be discouraged pressing on towards my prize. God has continued to be my Rock and Fortress, He has been my Deliverer and Victorious Warrior. He has remained faithful and has carried me through my weakest moments. He has never let me go, nor give up. In fact He has been continuously pulling me higher. He has walked me through the red sea and has protected me from my enemies. I have seen miracles, signs and wonders! I have experienced His Increase, Favor & Blessing. I believe I am Stronger! I am a better fighter! I am able to handle much more. I can take a blow! I can get pushed down, but I’ll get right back up! I am Not giving up because I’m not alone! I have a goal! I am guaranteed Victory, no matter how much it costs.
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Phil 3:14
But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God. Acts 20:24
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.Gal 6:9
The fruit of our trial will be that you and I will be of more and more value for the kingdom of God. Let us, therefore, be confident that our present troubles will end and that they will end well. Blessed is the man that endureth temptation. For when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. James 1:12
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LYRICS to “GOLD” By: Beckah Shae
What don’t kill you can only make you Stronger!
I’ve taken a few blows, but I’m ok though, you know I just keep going!
I’ve been straight knocked down, but I get up again, cause I ain’t no quitter!
So let me take time to be thankful, for the way I’ve been made stronger!
Going through the Fire, But coming out GOLD!
And I’m going Higher with my feet still on the floor.
Pushed back, pushed down, pushed away,
It’s ok, cause I just keep movin forward!
Talking smash all that trash that they say,
It just ain’t worth my consideration. No!
So Ima take this time to be thankful for the way I’ve been made stronger!
Cause I can take the pain, its for my good anyway,
Cause I ain’t gonna break, Love holds me together.
This fire is makin me better, refined it don’t matter whether,
I’m lookin like a loser, cause ima show you all a winner!
You can have it all cause I’m a giver,
But ain’t givin up, I ain’t no quitter!
So I think its better off you know, I’m comin out Gold!
The world needs to see you and I standing firm being tried by fire, and coming out GOLD.
DON”T GIVE UP!