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Walking Your Faith, In God's Holy Word ~ Chaplain Thomas Stackhouse

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Malachi 3:2 "But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner's fire and like launderers' soap." NKJV


Friends in Christ,

Have you ever watched a goldsmith in action? It's an amazing thing to watch them heat up this precious metal and pour it into molds to harden so that it can be handled. But before they're able to pour it into a mold, they must first remove any impurities. These impurities, or dross, cannot be cut out of the gold or rubbed off. In order to remove the dross, the goldsmith must first heat the metal to incredible temperatures. Once this is done, the dross rises to the top and the goldsmith is able to scrape it off thus purifying the metal.


Friends, this is what our Father in Heaven desires to do in each and every one of our lives. He desires to mold us and shape us more and more into the image of His Son, Jesus. To do that, He must often lead us into His refiner's fire, the trials of life, where He will skim our imperfections off the top. Most of the time this is not a pleasant process, but we can trust that God has our best interest at heart. Like the ultimate goldsmith, God knows how much heat we can endure and how much handling we require. It's in His loving hands that we are refined so we reflect our Father's handiwork.


Walking your faith? God desires to act as refiner and purifier in our lives. Shalom!


ABBA, Father God,

Thank You for loving me. Thank You for Your work in my life and for Your refiner's fire. While it may be difficult during those times of trial and purifying, I praise You because I know it is for my good. Lord, continue to skim the dross from my life so that I may be a shining example of Your love and grace. In Jesus' precious name and for Your Glory. Amen.

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Acts 21:30 "And all the city was disturbed; and the people ran together, seized Paul, and dragged him out of the temple; and immediately the doors were shut." NKJV


Friends in Christ,

Although the door never really opened to the Jewish people, Paul continuously ministered to them. There was, however, an open door for Paul to minister to the Gentiles. Sometimes in ministry, you may want to do one thing but God wants you to do something else. Maybe you have a heart for a particular country, region or a specific people group, but God wants you to 'bloom right where you are planted'. Perhaps God has given you a heart to pray for missions in an area but hasn't asked you to do it yourself. Paul supported the church at Jerusalem, but he was never really part of the church there. Look for open doors where you are. If there is an opportunity to join a ministry team in church, go for it! Maybe your heart is in Children's Ministry or Youth Ministry, but the open door is in another area of ministry.


Matt 25:21 "His lord said to him, "Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord." NKJV


Friends, go for the open door. Perhaps later, God will open the other door. It's quite possible you are being tested whether you will be faithful in the small things.


Walking your faith? Bloom wherever God plants you. Shalom!


Sovereign Lord,

Thank You for granting me gifts that I can use to serve You and others. Please forgive me for times when I have not used them to serve. I ask You to show me the open door, even if it is not what I want, and grant me the faith to go through it. I pray this in Jesus' precious name. Amen.


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Acts 21:21 "but they have been informed about you that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children nor to walk according to the customs." NKJV


Friends in Christ,

What are some of the traditions you hold that keep others from Jesus? In the verse above, you see the Jewish and Gentile conflict within the church and the traditions that the Jews wanted the Gentile church to follow. Although they rejoiced that God was at work among the Gentiles, they slipped in the word 'but' revealing their 'religiosity'. They were concerned for the traditions set within the church.


It is important as you walk in relationship with others to speak leaving out the 'buts'. Often, you'll hear that word come up as you talk to others. We all are in danger of saying it. Have you ever said.


"I like the way you did this 'but'."

"It's a great church 'but'."

"I would show love to that other person 'but'."


I remember a guy who stopped by the parking lot of our church asking if it was okay for him to enter the church dressed as he was. The church down the road told him that he couldn't come in unless he dressed more respectfully. This man was simply wearing a t-shirt and pair of jeans. It was okay to come to church 'but' he wasn't dressed nicely enough to be welcomed in. When God forgives us, there are no 'buts'. It is a gracious gift from above. When you are called to extend forgiveness to others, the Lord wants you to forgive them in the same way.


Maybe you are carrying around a number of reasons why you don't want to show God's love to someone else. If this is you, turn to the Lord right where you are and ask Him to help you purely embrace and show the gift of forgiveness to others as He has shown you.


Walking your faith? We do not earn forgiveness it is given to us, it is a gift. Shalom!


Heavenly Father,

Thank You for the gracious gift of Your forgiveness that You've shown to me by dying for my sins. Please grant me the strength to extend the same gift of love and forgiveness to others. Keep me from putting up walls that hinder others in having a real relationship with You. In Jesus' name. Amen.