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Faith Like Fine Gold

refining goldLast night I was watching a TV program about the gold processing. Gold refining process is done through the process of combustion. His method is to provide heat to melt the gold. While gold has been melted, much dirt is attached to it such as dust, rust and other metallic elements will rise to the surface, so that all these impurities can be sorted and discarded. This process is done repeatedly until finally obtained a fine gold.

When I watched the program, my mother suddenly said, “did you ever realize that the quality of our faith like a gold? There is a long process in order to generate a strong and pure faith.” I am pondered. Yes! Our faith is formed in such a way through a long process like gold and the process was not a pleasant. But in fact, there are many people who want to have pure and strong faith but do not want to go through the process. We’re often trying to avoid the unpleasant things in our life. We tend to want our lives always enjoyable. We often complain to God even angry and blame God when our lives are full of trials. Worse, many people who stay away and leave the Lord.

I remember how difficult and hard become follower of Christ in an age of Peter. There is a lot of pressure and threats, including life-threatening. Peter knew it, and then he reminded of the benefits of trials, so that believers are able to tough to face all of trials.”Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,” (1Peter 1:3-4.). This verse reminds us that there is a life filled with hope, prepared to receive the part of eternal heaven, it is available to us through Christ. Peter also reminds us to stay strong when faced with a variety of trials. Not only strong, but he also advised that they may still have joy in the midst trials.” In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials” (1 Peter 1:6)

 How can we rejoice in the midst of life problems? Peter said: These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”(Verse 7). Here we can see a comparison between the processes of purification of faith with the process of refining gold. Gold was burned many times until it became high valuable fine gold, as it is also our faith. Even our faith is much more precious than gold. Gold is a perishable thing, which is not eternal, while our faith will lead us into the eternal salvation of the soul. “for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (Verse 9).

Another example we see through Job. Job suffered a series of terrible suffering. However, at any time Job realized that what he experienced was a testing process. “But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10)

Dear all friends, our life is very hard. There are a lot of threats, intimidation or compulsion that we face, other than that there are many forms of worldly temptations that every moment could be devastated our faith. How we deal with it all? Let us accept it all as a process of purification. Like a gold. To become a fine gold we have to undergoing a very hard process. Temptations that sometimes lead us into misery will awaken our hope and perseverance and train our faith to be stronger and more pure.

The process of “burning” the faith we will release all the dirt on our faith, so that finally we can have faith in a pure form, just like fine gold. We are prepared to be worthy to receive all the promises of God that has provision for us all. We all knew that it is not easy. sometimes very painful and oppressive, as though there are times when we are do not see a solution, but we are must believe when we  get out of that trial we will find that our faith become much better than before.

Like find gold, let we pass through the combustion process with grateful because ultimately we will continue to have faith like a fine gold. Are we ready? Amen.

Karina

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Lily of The Valley

lily-of-the-valley1.gifYesterday afternoon my fiancé was looked at my post about “Forget me Not” flower and then He said to me: “Honey, why you not talks about The Lily? Is not the lily is your favorite flower?” Ah…!! Lily…!! Yes, that is my favorite flower. It flower was always be there around me. No matter where. I put a bunch of lily in my work room, in my bedroom even in my bathroom. Oh my Gosh…! I really fall in love with this flower.

“And do you still remember what the meaning of the lily of The Valley?” asked my Fiancé again.

“Yes…! Of course. I still remember it and always remember. This flower has a deeply meaning. Especially for us as a Christian “I replied.

Generally, The Lily of the valley is a symbol of Humility, sweetness, and renewed happiness. In reference to the brightest hopeful season of spring, in which it blossoms, it has been regarded as symbolical of the return of happiness, whilst its delicate perfume has long been indicative of sweetness.

I was remembered about a devotional from fiveminutesdailydevotion.com last month.  This Christian site talks about Lily of the valley.

In Christianity, Lily of the valley is a type of God and Jesus Christ. The Bible mentioned Lily of the Valley 15 times, most often in the Song of Solomon. Since the flower blooms so early in springtime, it represents the Second Coming of Christ.

“He’s the Lily of the Valley, the bright and morning Star; He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.” (Song of Solomon 2:1-2)

 It also symbolizes Eve’s tears shed after she was extradited from the Garden of Eden, Jacob’s tears for his weeping over Rachel and Joseph, and the Virgin Mary’s tears, or our lady’s tears, for the tears shed by Mary at the cross of Christ, tears believed to have turned into the flower.

Lily of the Valley is a symbol of purity. Lily is white and white is a picture of purity (Revelation 3:4), Lily also representation of a beautiful picture of the greatness humility of the Son of god. (Philippians 2: 6-8).

A lily is a sweet and a flagrant flower with a strong scent. Jesus has sweetness in His ministry especially when He gave “himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour” (Ephesians 5:2)

This Lily of the Valley is a description of a wild plant that would grow up in and among the food crops of the Israelites. It’s presence in the field was unmistakable, because it produced flowers of bright and beautiful colors. These are the same plants to which Jesus referred when He asked His disciples to “Consider the lilies of the field.” The people were worrying about material things like food and clothing, and Jesus explained that, just as the Father clothed the flowers in beautiful array, so would He take care of the daily needs of His children. King Solomon had to work to put on his glorious robes, but the lilies had only to trust the heavenly Father for theirs.

Jesus Christ is our Lily of The Valley. He fulfills our heart and soul with His love and Joy. In Hosea 14: 5 -7 God Has a promise or us;

I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.

 His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon.

They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.

Well my dear friends, if Lily of the valley already embedded very well in our hearts? Does the sweetness of His love fill our heart with joy? If it is, we have to keep and care Him with wholehearted as He was watches over us and gave a tremendous joy in our hearts.

The Lord watches over you, The Lord is your shade at your right hand (Psalm 121:5)

Dear God in Heaven, Wonderful, merciful Savior, how I thank you for loving me and meeting all I needs. In you I feel complete. Amen.

 Karina

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I Surrender to Thee

kneel-by-god

My dear beloved Father in Heaven, under my limitation and weaknesses

I am kneeling in the front of You;

I want my whole life to be Thine

Take my entirely life into Your Holiness and purity

Take my each sigh of  into Your eternal life, for verily it is Yours too

Take my every temporally moment to Your endless time, where;

There is no more sins and bitterness

There is no more tears and cry; there is no more sorrow and suffering

There is no more adversity, disappointment, and no more desperation

Where there is only joyful, warmth of love, happiness and glory from You

Take my voice and let me sing How Great Thou Art and let me praise You endlessly

Use my weak lips to carry a sound of Your mercy, faithfulness, mightiness and Your dignity to the entire universe

Take my hand and feet; allow me to hold Your hand walk into Your Holy Promise Land.

Let me kneel under your feet, give me a chance to rinse your feet,

Because you has been first humble yourself to wash Your disciples

I want my whole life to be Thine, make me a servant to the Thee

Fulfill me with obedience to serve the Thee, Amen

Karina

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