Needless to say, when a person is experiencing the fire of God, whether it is the fire of judgment or the refiner's fire, it can be a painful experience. As a follower of Christ we should be willing to be an encouragement to those who are experiencing the fire of God. The following are some suggestions on how we can best minister to those who are feeling the heat.
Example: A person is out of work because they are an alcoholic and have very poor work habits. Some well meaning Christians are praying and helping the person get a job. A job may be the worse thing for the person. What they may need to see is that because of their alcoholism they cannot hold down a job. When they come to that realization, they can get help with their alcoholism so they can hold down a job.
Example: If the fire was brought on by God, we can come against the devil all day long and it won't stop the fire-repentance is what stops the fire of judgment.
"And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;  and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;  and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us." Romans 5:3-5
Are you experiencing trials, tribulations, struggles? Are you going through the fire? Instead of running from the heat, embrace it, and allow God to do what He wants to do your life. You are not going through the fire right now? Be assured the fire will come, let's make sure it is the refiner's fire and not the fire of judgment.
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