Refinement

 

We need to learn to discern our circumstances.

Sometimes we face trials because the enemy is attempting to wreak havoc in our lives. Sometimes we face trials because we make poor decisions. Other times we face trials because God is trying to get to our heart, and is trying to train us so we can step into our promised land. When God is doing this, we can often spend time trying to put out fires in our circumstances, when really those fires are what God is using to refine our heart.

In these times, the trick is not to get the fire out of our external circumstances, it is to let the fire in to bring change to our internal culture.

 -L. R. Niebergall

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