REFINE. – The Process


Refining is a process.

As I continued to reflect on spiritual refinement, a pattern began to emerge.

RECONNECT. RELATIONSHIP. RECOGNIZE. RELEASE.

Each time we approach God so much is uncovered about who He is and who we are in the light of Him. Reconnect is rooted in reestablishing our relationship with God. With any relationship, communication is fundamental. We have to disconnect from distraction to have meaningful communication with the Lord if we want to be refined.

45 Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and head across the lake to Bethsaida, while he sent the people home. 46 After telling everyone good-bye, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. 47 Late that night, the disciples were in their boat in the middle of the lake, and Jesus was alone on land.

Mark 6:45-47 NLT

Solitude. Solitude allows us to fellowship and share intimate conversations with God. Much like Jesus, stepping away from the crowds and being intentional about creating a physical environment to pray to the Lord, we have to be intentional to create the space for that to occur in our lives. But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you (Matthew 6:6 NLT). There are rewards in store for us when we reconnect with God.

RECONNECT. RELATIONSHIP. RECOGNIZE. RELEASE.

Relationships take work! Intentional and purposeful work. Our relationship with the Lord is no exception. We were created to be sons and daughters of God (2 Corinthians 6:18). Similar to our earthly parents instilling us with lessons on navigating the world. Our Father develops us through spiritual disciplines like prayer, fasting, serving, and meditating on God’s word.

No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.

Hebrews 12:11 NLT

God uses His Word to teach us how to live according to His will. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right (2 Timothy 3:16). This is why reading the Holy Bible is crucial to our spiritual maturation and refinement. Building the habit of turning to the word of God for guidance builds our understanding of biblical principles like grace (2 Peter 3:18), faith, love, understanding, and contentment. Spiritual disciplines, although challenging at times, produce priceless spiritual harvests and draw us into an even closer relationship with God, our Father.

RECONNECT. RELATIONSHIP. RECOGNIZE. RELEASE.

In the process of reconnecting and building our relationship with God, we begin to recognize what is not like God. The ability to have a sound judgment on deciding what is good and evil; recognizing God’s ways from the world’s ways. Basically, Discernment. It’s like the parent of a toddler teaching them not to put dirt and other harmful things in their mouths. As they grow, they are able to discern what is food or dangerous and govern themselves accordingly.

You must distinguish between what is sacred and what is common, between what is ceremonially unclean and what is clean.

Leviticus 10:10 NLT

Ungodly things can be deceptive. It is not always clearcut at first glance, which is why we turn to God’s Word and the Holy Spirit to help us discern. Remember, culture shifts, but God’s word remains the same. Psalm 119:66 says, “I believe in your commands; now teach me good judgment and knowledge.” Ask for guidance in your prayer time. God will release divine wisdom to help discern right from wrong.

RECONNECT. RELATIONSHIP. RECOGNIZE. RELEASE.

After searching God’s word and petitioning the Holy Spirit to help recognize what is not like God, we must release it to God. The cost of discipleship (being a committed follower of Jesus Christ) is devotion to the will of God. Total surrender is required to follow God’s will (Luke 14:33). There are things in our lives that we have acquired in our own strength or are influenced by the world. When they begin to hinder our spiritual maturation, we need to release them to God.

I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ

Philippians 3:7-8 NLT

Oftentimes, it’s not a one and done; our release requires persistent prayer. Like Hannah petitioned God in fervent prayer for her son (1 Samuel 1:15-16), we must continue to pray and trust in God to respond and guide us. There will be seasons where God grants us the desires of our hearts and seasons where God says no. Yet even in the seasons of unanswered prayers, there is a wisdom that surpasses our understanding.


RECONNECT. RELATIONSHIP. RECOGNIZE. RELEASE.

As we walk through life, the refining of our Creator unearths… purifies…, and places us in better positioning to do all that He has called us to do. The call is simple. Reconnect and build a Relationship with God. Recognize and Release areas that are not godly. As we release, we get to reconnect with God on a deeper level. If we are going to do all that God has called us to do, we have to fully submit to the refining process.

What areas of your life need to be refined?

Want to see this process in action? Stay tuned for Refine. – The Application.

S. Enoch

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