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– And every man that strives for the mastery is temperate in all things.  Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. – 1 Corinthians 9:25

– For He is like a refining fire and a fuller’s soap.  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 3:2-3

In order for it to perform as designed, steel has to first be treated with heat at various temperatures depending on what it is to be used for.  Flexible and bendable steel used in things like metal springs or hoses is exposed to hotter degrees.  This is a type of refining process called tempering.  It is so the steel in these instances of being treated with higher heat can withstand years and years of use and abuse.

Although the outer surface might get dinged up or dented quite a bit along the way, the steel won’t snap or break because of improper tempering.  It’s able to serve according to its intended purpose for a long time.  Another type of refining heat process burns away impurities called dross from precious metals such as silver and gold.  If not, they wouldn’t be as pretty to look at, nor have much value or worth.

Well, we are all valuable and worth more than gold to God.  It’s just we are all born with a lot of dross and untempered hearts.  This is why must be born again (John 3:5) at some point before we die, for there is no other way for our Father to refine us with His fire, except from within.  We have many worldly impurities for Him to purge – and frail, flawed, infirm flesh to temper and strengthen (Psalm 39:4, Romans 6:19).

We can’t do any of this with an external power we are never given by God to begin with (John 19:11, Acts 17:28).  However, if we have already received the Holy Ghost upon being born again, it was a baptism of fire (Matthew 3:11).  We should remember feeling it inside instantly when God shed His love abroad in our dark hearts back then, commanding His light to shine out from them (Romans 5:5, 2 Corinthians 4:6).

Since that time, we have had a spiritual blaze burning inside our body.  This is God’s refining fire.  We have to constantly keep it stirred up so that nothing of the world quenches it (2 Timothy 1:6, 1 Thessalonians 5:19).  Subsequently, if we humbly obey God unto death (Philippians 2:8), and abide with Him side-by-side until then, He will purge and burn up all roots and branches of unrighteousness (John 15:1-6).

Even still, we should never think it strange concerning any fiery trial God uses to try us (1 Peter 4:12).  They are to teach us suffering like Christ endured (1 Peter 4:13), to work patience (James 1:3), and purify our hearts by faith (Acts 15:9).  All trials are required by God (Ecclesiastes 3:15).  All of them must have an earthly and eternal purpose as He will never grieve or afflict us willingly (Lamentations 3:32-33).

Still, trials are never joyous (Hebrews 12:11).  Just as there can be heated ones in a human courtroom, the same kinds can be handed down from heaven.  Some can make us feel like we have been tossed into a fiery furnace of affliction for far too long at times (Isaiah 48:10).  However, raging against God with railing accusations of Him not being fair is not the way to cool things down (2 Kings 19:27, Ezekiel 33:20).

Accepting by faith our Father is trying to temper, refine, and purify our soul from the inside out, and acknowledging Him in all ways as we walk through the fire of trials (Proverbs 3:6), is a far better way to not get burned.  If we fully believe as those young Jewish men thrown into an actual furnace did, God will walk by our side through the flames, so we can emerge without even being singed (Daniel 3:10-27).

Tried by His holy refining fire, strengthened within and tempered by the power of His heavenly might (Ephesians 3:16-17), and souls purified with heat like precious silver and gold in His sight.  So we can stand fast and firm in our faith (1 Corinthians 16:13) – yet remain flexible and bendable enough to bear years of potential abuse and accusations from those who still resist or refuse the truth (2 Corinthians 11:4).

Unless we go back and follow worldly gods after each refinement.  We will know if we’re still minding earthly matters and setting affections on them (Philippians 3:19, Colossians 3:2).  Our conversation will follow (Exodus 23:13), with corrective consequences to consider.  God may have to turn up the temperature knob on His refinery of affliction (Daniel 3:19), so we learn lessons now and don’t get burned forever.

 

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– Charge them that are rich in this world, that they not be high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches … but in the living God, who richly gives us all things to enjoy. – 1 Timothy 6:17

Nowhere in Scripture does God say we can’t be rich in regards to money.  It is a matter of how our hearts and minds view it, use it, and comprehend where it always comes from (Deuteronomy 8:17-18) – that matters to Him.  Abraham, Job, and Solomon would have been considered wealthy by today’s standards. However, they also learned sometimes painful and persistent lessons about the dangers of earthly gain.

God once told Abraham not to regard his stuff – for the good of the land was already his (Genesis 45:20). Job lost nearly everything he had in one day, because his abundance had become his hedge for honoring God (Job 1:10-19).  All of Solomon’s wealth was not enough to satisfy him (Ecclesiastes 2:4-11).  He failed to fully follow after God like his father David had – and suffered the consequences (1 Kings 11:4-25).

Whether we are worldly rich or worldly poor, we are to be content with our wages.  We are not to spend our time trying to exact more than what God has already appointed (Luke 3:13-14).  We are to be content with food and clothing (1 Timothy 6:8).  If we follow the right things, God promises to thoroughly furnish us for all good works, including financially (Philippians 4:19, 1 Timothy 6:11, 2 Timothy 3:17).  

If we are not happy or satisfied with our finances at any time, we will be following after more at least part of the time.  We will spend at least a portion of our brief existence on this earth trying to bolster our bank accounts, improve our portfolios, and/or set money aside for future times such as our retirement. Days in the future we may never see (Proverbs 27:1, James 4:14).  It’s all vanity (Ecclesiastes 5:10).

If we do so, we are still saying we want something from God (Psalm 23:1).  We are not casting all our cares on Him (1 Peter 5:7).  We are not fully trusting He knows all our needs before we do (Matthew 6:8). Any devotion to gathering wealth, any concentration on keeping cash flows constant, or any focus on earthly gain is incompatible with our devotion to God. We cannot serve two masters (Luke 16:13).

Wealth in this world can make us many friends – but our friends cannot save us (Proverbs 19:4).  All of the riches we may have cannot be used as a ransom for someone else’s life.  All of their riches cannot be used as a ransom for ours.  Our souls are precious to God – and they were bought back with the blood of Christ at Calvary – not by how much money we may have in the bank (Psalm 49:6-8, 1 Corinthians 6:20).

Regardless of what we may have – God requires us to be good stewards of it.  However, in His economy, this means we share our blessings with others.  Not preferring them for our own present and personal enjoyment – or stockpiling them for later use by ourselves (e.g. Proverbs 3:27-28, Isaiah 58:7, Luke 3:11, Luke 6:38, Hebrews 13:16, James 4:3, James 5:1-3).  This earth’s profit is for all (Ecclesiastes 5:9).

We can’t receive anything in life except from heaven (John 3:27).  Freely we have been given – freely we are to give (Matthew 10:8),  We are to always offer willingly for this reason (1 Chronicles 29:14).  With cheer; not out of necessity – as if we are only giving to get something back from God (2 Corinthians 9:7). Not so some become overly abundant or burdened, but so there is equality (2 Corinthians 8:12-14).

Even though so many try to figure out precisely what they will need in the way of future finances, worldly riches are always uncertain (lead verse).  The only thing we all can be certain about in this world – is we brought nothing in – and we can carry nothing out of it (1 Timothy 6:7).  With this in mind – what does it profit us if we gain the whole world and lose our souls in the end (Matthew 16:26, Luke 12:16-21)?

 

 

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(Scripture from the NKJV and KJV)

– For we brought nothing into this world – and it is certain we can carry nothing out. – 1 Timothy 6:7

– “The years will come and go – some of us will change our lives, some of us still have nothing to show.” – George Micheal (“Waiting For That Day”)

“Have you ever taken a moment and stopped to think you’ve lived your whole life up until now – and completely missed the point?”  That’s a wonderful line from the 2010 movie “What If?” It’s about a young man who gives up the seminary and a fiance – for a 15-year career of corporate greed.  But, through an angel he gets the chance to see what his life could have been like – and a chance to choose between the two at the end.

Have “you” ever stopped to look around at everything you might have right now and said to yourself something like “Have I missed the point?”, or “Is this all I have to show for all these years?”  Some might not have what they think they want right now – but they are just waiting for that day when they have something to show to themselves or others for all their efforts. Only to say all too often, “Is this it?”  Everything hoped for wasn’t as expected – all of the things worked for only seemed to be vanity and a vexation of spirit in the long run (Ecclesiastes 2:11).

The flesh and blood we all are cannot inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 15:50).  Everything worldly in our lives – all of our material pursuits and possessions – all turn to rust and dust one day.  And, what does it profit it us if we gain the whole world and lose our souls (Matthew 16:26).  Naked we came from our mother’s womb – and naked we will return to the earth – taking nothing of our labor on earth with us (Ecclesiastes 5:15). Only our spirit returns to the One who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7).

Where our treasures are in this life – so there will be our hearts (Matthew 6:21).  It is difficult to fix our hearts on those eternal rewards that await us up above – when we place our hope and happiness on worldly things below (Luke 6:23, Revelation 22:12).  What awaits us at the end is an incorruptible crown of glory to wear forever – and an incorruptible inheritance reserved in heaven for us that never fades away (1 Corinthians 9:25, 1 Peter 1:4).  That’s the day I’m waiting for – how about you?

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(Scripture from the NKJV and KJV)

– But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven – where neither moth nor rust corrupts – and where thieves do not break through nor steal. – Matthew 6:20

We cannot lay up earthly treasures for ourselves and be rich towards God at the same time (Luke 12:21).  The Bible warns us many times about the pitfalls and futility of asking for and accumulating worldly goods for personal profit and pleasure – James 4:3, for example.  Materialistic and physical things are passing and fleshly – and all the fruits thereof only lead to death (Romans 6:21).  It does not profit any of us if we gain the whole world and lose our souls in the end (Matthew 16:26).

Jesus told the parable of the wealthy rich man who simply pulled down his barns and built bigger ones to store all the increase of his goods – instead of sharing with others (Luke 12:16-20). What is the profit to us on earth when our goods increase – and the only thing we can really do is behold them with our eyes (Ecclesiastes 5:11) – or if we just have to build or buy bigger places to store them?  And, it will be a witness against our flesh if we are heaping up goods and treasures to protect and preserve ourselves in the last days (James 5:3-5).

All the worldly things we may pray for in this life – and get – will one day fade away.  They will turn to rust and dust.  Our wealth and riches can’t save us – nor anyone we may know (Psalm 49:6-8).  We are running a race here on earth – striving only to obtain an incorruptible inheritance reserved for us in heaven (1 Peter 1:4).  It’s where we will receive an incorruptible crown of glory to wear forever (1 Corinthians 9:25).  And, where our treasure is – so there will be our hearts (Matthew 6:21).

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