Are You in the Fire?

We lit the wood burning stove tonight for the first time this season. It is capable of heating the whole house. We the central heat as back up. That fire reminds me of the baptism by fire. (Matthew 3:11)

 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. Malachi 3:3 
How does this statement reflect the character and nature of God?
Who wants to be thrown in a fire?
To understand this you must know something about the process of refining silver.
The silversmith holds a piece of silver over the fire and lets it heat up. In refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities.
Has God ever held you in such a hot spot?
The silversmith must sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver is refined. He not only sits there holding the silver, but he keeps his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver is left even a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.
So how does he know when the silver is fully refined?
Actually, that’s pretty easy. He knows it is fully refined when he can see his image in it.
If you feel the heat of the fire in your life, remember God has His eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you.
Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:6-9
If you are in a season of the refiner’s fire, keep your eye on the Father until your image reflects His.

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