“He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver. That they may offer to the Lord an offering in righteousness.”
I love it when I don’t plan these blogs. I have a running list of titles and this one was the next on the docket. If this coincides with Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday, I feel the Lord made it happen.
I have heard it said that the closer we get to the Lord, the more we realize how much we are a sinner. I think that is because his Holy Spirit is allowed accessed into the deepest parts of us. In those dark crevices and deep holes in our souls, sin loves to hide. When the true light of the world shines, it is all exposed and thank God, removed.
When Dr. King talked about people being free, I think he knew the true character of men. He said that people shouldn’t be judged by the color of their skin, but the content of the character. It isn’t the outside or outside situations that we are truly binds a person. No, our real captivity is from within. It’s our fallen nature that we aren’t able to shake.
That is why freedom has to be beyond who we are and what we can do in ourselves. I have said this again and again and am living proof: our worst enemy is not the devil but ourselves.
I am finding more and more that the Lord knows how to love us and correct us at the same time. He nurtures Jesus who is living in us while at the same time, burning out that sin that corrupts us. It is very possible to cherish and be angry at the Lord in the same moment. That sounds a little hypocritical or schizophrenic, but we do have a duel nature.
Jesus was speaking to our new nature when he commanded us to love one another, love your enemy, be patient, endure suffering, etc. He knew that God would be using the same fire to refine us and melt away that sin anchored inside our lives. He wastes no opportunity to make God’s children true out of any and every kind of situation.
If you want to be truly free, cling to the Lord. Let Him love you and correct you at the same time. With one hand he strengthens and the other hand comes discipline. Trust that He can see within and without better than we can. The Lord wants you to be free from the self and these trials more than you do. I hope that as you grow, you can see that hurt and fire are better for you in the long run. I pray each day you can cry out as your old life is crumbling away, free at last, free at last, Thank God Almighty, I am free at last!