This message came by e-mail from Gabriel Stephen, an Indian pastor who labors in the Himalayan region of India. In December of 1999, the Lord spoke to him and said that He is coming as a refiner‘s fire. He will be refining His believers as seen in Malachi 3:3-4. The Lord gave him these following thoughts (which I have condensed here), in which silver is compared to the believer.
Silver is hidden and lost in darkness and in the company of filth, mud, stone, and other precious metals. Every sinner is in darkness and hidden in the devil’s kingdom (Ephesians 2:1-3, Colossians 2:13).
Silver is searched out by a miner who knows the value of this precious metal. Every sinner is searched out by God because every person is of great value (Matthew 18:10, Luke 19:10).
Silver, when found, is shapeless, ugly, and without beauty. So also, the sinner (Romans 5:6-11).
Silver is washed and separated from the other minerals. Every sinner is washed by the word of God and separated (Hebrews 9:14, Revelation 1:5).
Silver is purchased by the silversmith to show forth his workmanship. Jesus purchased the sinner also (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, 1 Peter 1:18-19).
Silver is put into the furnace for its fiery trial. The refining starts to purify the metal. The redeemed are put into the furnace for refining and for purifying (Daniel 3, Psalm 105:16-22, Jeremiah 9:7, Psalm 66:10).
Silver is beaten by the silversmith into different sizes according to his plan and purpose. The Lord shapes every believer according to His plan as well (2 Timothy 2:20-21, Romans 9:21-23).
The silver is now seen through the workmanship of the silversmith. God shows His workmanship in the believer (2 Timothy 2:20-21, 3:17).
Silver products are then sold to fill palaces and the homes of people to glorify the master’s work. The believer also has been molded to fit in the Lord’s house to glorify His name (2 Timothy 2:20-21, Psalm 105:16-22).
Silver products become the praise of the owner and are placed in their own special place and are for the master’s use. So also the Lord sets his people in their place in His house. Each believer is set for the master’s use (Malachi 3:2-5, 1 Corinthians 12:13-31).
Silver can soon fade in beauty because of dirt and foul air. Silver needs cleaning on a regular basis. Silver needs protection. Every believer needs protection and needs regular cleansing by the word of God to keep its beauty shining (1 John 1:7-10, 3:3).
Silver, when going through its refining process, is watched over by the refiner. Jesus sits as the Refiner (Malachi 3:3-4). His eye watches the refining process, or else the silver can be injured. When each believer goes through the refining process, Jesus is watching the purifying process, and He keeps watching until He sees His own image in the silver. Only then is the refining process complete. Jesus wants to see His image in you.
During the refining process, the silver goes through many changes. The silver can never ask the refiner to stop the process because of the pain. The refiner sits like a deaf person, but his eyes look intently upon the silver. Many believers cannot stand the refining fires. But know this, believer, the fiery trial never goes beyond your limit.
Pastor George Belobaba
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