Monday, May 23, 2016

Breastplate Gems - Life's Turbulence

It's still May and we'll share another reading from this month's section of our devotional book, Breastplate Gems. Or there's the Kindle edition.  I approached it like I do my blog posts.  I made a deal with God.  He supplied the content, I wrote it down.  As I said when I last shared one of the devotionals, I can reread Breastplate Gems and be blessed by what God has for me, too.

Our founding pastor was adamant that we needed Truth, not fluff and, if we were to make it our own, we needed repetition.  So, my devotional has 14 readings each month, to be read through twice.  Except for February, that still leaves 2-3 days to either have your own devotional reading or go back and do a third reading of some of the month's readings that particularly spoke to you.

All my books, including Breastplate Gems, are intended to help support my move to the mission field.  Or, right now, also some medical stuff.  So, if God leads you in that way, this is one way to make it happen.  But let's get to some thoughts on going through life.

Ezekiel 24:11 (KJV) Then set it empty upon the coals thereof, that the brass of it may be hot, and may burn, and that the filthiness of it may be molten in it, that the scum of it may be consumed.

Once again, fire is used for purification.  This describes the metal refining process.  The metal is super heated till it’s molten liquid.  When that happens, the imperfections (dross) rise to the top and can be burned or skimmed off.  Whether it’s a decorative valuable metal or metal used to create armaments, the imperfections take away from the overall usefulness.  In this case, God is speaking and talking about a city.  There’s a New Testament equivalent:

1 Corinthians 3:13-15 (KJV) Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.  If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

We can expect trials.  That’s part of life.  There are attacks from the enemy, there’s the results of the missteps of our own flesh, there’s the refiners fire, and there’s just plain life itself in an imperfect world.  We can expect fiery trials.  But it’s our response that makes the difference.

Prayer thoughts for day 8:  We need to ask God for protection in the trials, the edification to give us the strength to walk worthy, the refining to rid ourselves of the spiritual dross, and the power of God to come out of the trials better than we went in.

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