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Refiner’s Fire

He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver. Malachi 3:3

The story is told of a woman who read this verse and didn’t understand it. She wondered what it meant, so went to observe a silversmith at work. She noticed the silversmith held a piece of silver over the fire where the flames were hottest.

She asked if it was true that silversmith had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined. The man answered yes, and added that he also has to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire because if the silver was left a moment too long, it would be destroyed.

The woman asked further asked – “How do you know when the silver is fully refined?”  “Oh, that’s easy – when I see my image in it.” he replied.

We too, like silver, are refined in the heats of life. Notice, His eyes watch closely over us, and like the silversmith, He holds us and He will not leave us in the fire any longer than needed.

Word of Hope Ministries,

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Prayer for Oklahoma

I woke up to the news of the sheer devastation caused by the tornado in Oklahoma last night- heartbreaking to see images of the destruction caused by this unstoppable force of nature. Shall we join together in praying for the many people who have lost their homes and livelihoods, as well as the hearts that are grieving the loss of friends and family just now. May they know something of the Lord’s presence, peace and provision at such a difficult time.

Let’s pray also for the rescue teams, medical staff and organisations working in the most difficult conditions in an attempt to save lives, provide food, water, shelter and clean up the chaos.  May they know the strength and enabling of the Lord as they give themselves in helping to save and restore.
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“Your Promise Revives Me…”

For whatever was written …was written to teach us, so that by our steadfast and patient endurance and the encouragement drawn from the Scriptures, we might hold fast to and cherish hope. Romans 5:4.

It is good to have family and friends that can comfort us in hard times, but there can be no better place to find comfort and encouragement than in the Word of God. Can I encourage you to make a habit of regularly reading the Bible yourself?  It is full of assuring words of God’s comfort and reminder that He never leaves, nor forsakes.

Not sure where to start? Try Psalm 34

“Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles.” Psalm 119:50

Every blessing, with prayers…
Word of Hope Ministries

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1. Strength for each task
2. Comfort for Those Who Mourn
3. God of all comfort

 

Strength for Each Task

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say. (2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17 NLT)

How sweet to know that the Son of God has not only given us an eternal comfort, but also continues to comfort & strengthen our hearts in the paths He leads us on!

Prayer: “Be thou my strength and comfort this day and always. Amen”

Word of Hope Ministries

God of All Comfort

“All praise to the God… Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times… but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (The Message)

For anyone that might be hurting just now- may you know the full measure of God’s comfort.

Wishing you every blessing and grace in Jesus Christ,
Word of Hope Ministries

‘Life is not fair!’

“Life is not fair! If there is a loving and all-powerful God, why should He allow people to suffer!?”

Very legitimate question and concerns raised by a lot of people, even the most devout Christians. Nicky Gumbel (Author: Searching Issues) details a conversation between Gavin, a Pastor & a boy who had fallen down the stairs at a very young age, consequently had been in and out of hospital.

Gavin: ‘How old are you?’
Boy: 17
G: ‘How many years have you spent in hospital?’
B: 13
G: ‘do you think that is fair?’
B: ‘God’s got all eternity to make it up to me.’

Wow! What depth of insight! The young man got this – “Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.” Rom 8:18 (cf 2 Corinthians 4:17)

May you know God’s comfort in your present sufferings.

Every blessing,
Word of Hope Ministries

The Right Focus

“…keeping our eyes on Jesus, the Champion who initiates and perfects our faith.” Hebrews 12:2 NLT

Isn’t it easy to focus so much on our own inadequacies, past failures and limitations in life? Saved by grace, we are being transformed gradually into the perfect image of Christ. We are works-in-progress, meaning it is possible to get things wrong sometimes. In such times, may you remember to lift your eyes to Jesus in faith believing that He who started the good work of salvation in you, will bring it also to a perfect finish.

Prayer: Spirit of God, help me keep my focus on Jesus at all times so that my failures and weaknesses wouldn’t stunt my growth in you.

Every blessing
Word of Hope Ministries

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