Isaiah 48:10 (NASB) " “Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction."Inevitably the concrete will crack due to the pressure but there are things we can do to make sure it doesn't crack where we don't want it to! Today's verse speaks to us about being refined, not as silver but tested in the furnace of affliction! We installed expansion joints where the concrete was to butt up against an existing structure, and put pressure groves where we wanted the concrete to crack and it will crack!! In life, we will face pressures that will try and make us crack, situations where the afflictions of manhood can cause us to crack... but if we have Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit and other godly men to hold us accountable, we don't have to crack! We can face the furnace, no matter how hot, (see the scripture relating to Daniels friends in the fiery furnace Daniel Chapter 3) - Let's be refined in our walk by passing the test of the fiery furnaces of our life! peace, tom
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