Download... December 8, 2013. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: 1 CORINTHIANS 3:11-13
11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
Our life is as a crucible, that needs to be tried by the fire of God’s word, in order to make heaven our home. Fire is an image of something difficult that has to happen. A crucible must endure fire without cracking and falling apart, in order for it to be deemed usable without defects. Not a trial by ease, leisure, hit or miss, come and go. In this sense, God doesn’t have a lighthearted people, but only those who are steadfast, tried, and refined by fire. Gold tried in the fire. Gold is the symbol of many things, and here it is as the Word of God. It is necessary to be tried as gold in the fire, for life is not strengthened by an easy way.
I Peter 1:6,7 6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
It’s not always easy to rejoice, but you can if not careless, withstanding the fire of God’s word that can strengthen you. Our prayer needs to be for God to purge out the imperfections that weaken and destroys lives. Purging the habits, etc., that are not a glory to God. Strengthened to be used for God’s purpose.
Are you willing to be separated from the impurities of your life? To be tried in the crucible of difficulty? How much do you love God?