Christianity 201

October 28, 2020

Being Formed and Shaped by God

Filed under: Christianity - Devotions — paulthinkingoutloud @ 5:33 pm
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Today we’re breaking our six-month rule!

Although it was just last month that we most recently shared a devotional from “Breakfast of Champions” by Andy and Gina Elmes, today we’re introducing a voice new to us but not new to readers there, Olivia Elmes.

We’re also breaking from the usual format to include a 5-minute video devotional from Olivia, and it’s been a long, long time since our C201 post was a video. The video was recorded while she’s doing ministry in Europe with Circuit Riders; amid traffic, background noise and construction. (Your devotional routine can happen anywhere!) If you click through to YouTube and then go to her channel, you’ll find four devotionals recorded under better conditions, but we wanted to share this recent one on the subject of encountering peace.

To get the text devotionals sent to you by email, go to Great Big Life and click on Breakfast of Champions.]

Quenching

Isaiah 43:2, NLT
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.

God gave me a picture, when I was transitioning from one season of life to another, of a sword that was heated up in fire until it was so hot that it was glowing and then it was plunged into cold liquid. I looked up what this was and it is a process called ‘quenching’. Quenching is used by blacksmiths to harden steel because the rapid temperature change makes it much harder than slowly cooling it down. The metal is heated up until it is red hot and then plunged into cold oil.

For me, this spoke directly into the season I found myself in. It felt as though I was being taken from a burning place of being on fire for God and being used in ministry and then plunged into cold liquid where everything felt cold and different. This picture gave me clarity to what God was doing with my life: He wasn’t just quenching me to make me uncomfortable, He was quenching me because He knew that this way would make me a harder sword. If it feels like you are being quenched right now, don’t give up and don’t question the Blacksmith’s plan. He knows what He’s doing, and He knows exactly how to make you into the sword He intends for you to be.

Just know that quenching produces strength that otherwise would not be there. There’s a hardening that will come through the fire and the water. If you’ve been in a place that feels hot and burning and suddenly you are dropped into an icy bucket, do not fear – you are in the hands of the Blacksmith. If it feels like the temperature has suddenly died out and everything around you is cold, you are being formed into a great weapon in the hand of God. Allow the cold oil to confront your hot steel and let the quenching do its job.


Scriptures mentioned in the video:

NIV.John.20.19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

NIV.John.14.27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

 

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