It is the refinery of the Refiner.
I have been here before, but the season is calling for my return.
Lately I have been too angry too many times and I need to find out why.
Is it pride? Is it discouragement, disillusionment, disappointment? Is it fear?
I don't have those answers, but I know that what enters those doors gets purified and comes out changed.
Max Lucado says, "The refinery does for petroleum and other products what your 'heart' should do for you. It takes out the bad and utilizes the good." The Applause of Heaven
I believe I have a heart problem. And I know it is going to take me setting my face and my heart toward the Refiner, entering the door and being willing to walk through the purifying fires of the refinery. All the while, keeping my eyes on the Refiner. For what gets burned away can leave behind vulnerability and root exposure that can be painful. But my heart's cry is still that of David in Psalm 51:10
and renew a steadfast spirit within me."
In other words: To be made pure is to be set free.
I am all about that this Lenten season.
Care to join me?
I don't know what that might look like for you. I am not even sure what it will look like for me. Can I give up anger for lent? Probably not, however I know that surrendering my own will and entering the doors of the refinery are the first steps to setting my eyes on the Refiner. I know it will be a blessed journey because the Word says so.
for they shall see God."
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