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Malachi 3:3

Malachi 3:3 says: 'He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.'     
  
 This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they
 wondered what this statement meant about the character and
 nature of God.
     
 One of the women offered to find out the process of
 refining silver and get back to the group at their next
 Bible Study.
  
 That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an
 appointment to watch him at work. She didn't mention
 anything about the reason for her interest beyond her
 curiosity about the process of refining Silver.   
  
 As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver
 over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in
 refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle
 of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away
 all the impurities.  
 The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot;
 then she thought again about the verse that says:  ' He
 sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.'
  
 She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit
 there in front of the fire the whole time. 
  
 The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there
 holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the
 silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was
 left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.

  
  The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the
 silversmith, 'How do you know when the silver is fully
 refined?'
  
 He smiled at her and answered, ' Oh, that's easy -- when I
 see my image in it.'
  
 If today you are feeling the heat of the fire , remember
 that God has his eye on you and will keep watching you until
 He sees His image in you.  
  
 This very moment, someone needs to
 know that God is watching over them.
  
 And, whatever they're going through, 
they'll be a better person in the end.
  
  ' Life is a coin. You can spend it anyway you wish, 
but you can only spend it once.'
  
  
 (You will never stumble while on your knees)

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