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  • Writer's picture DaRhon Conner, D.R.E.


“13 For it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13 New Revised Standard Version).

The Forge

The dictionary defines a forge as a furnace, or shop with its furnace where metal is heated and wrought. It is also known as a smithy. As a verb, the word forge means to form something by heating and hammering. It also means a workshop where iron is made malleable, meaning it is capable of being extended or shaped by beating with a hammer or by the pressure of rollers. Malleable also means to have the capacity for adaptive change, capable of being altered or controlled by outside forces or influences.

It is the heat that enables us to bend, to be shaped and molded. The heat cures the stiff neck of disobedience and stubbornness. The heat allows us to change and adapt to new circumstances thrown our way, and not lose our minds in the process.

When we do not get what we want when we want it; we are being placed in the forge. The heat of patience and perseverance is forced upon us. The book of James reminds us that patience produces perfection in us, making us whole, complete, entire, and lacking nothing (James 1:2-4).

Once we are in the forge, we do not have the choice to get out. We have to let the heat wash over us as we surrender to it. What does that mean? It means just like the three Hebrews boys from the book of Daniel who were thrown into the fiery furnace because they refused to worship the pagan king, we have to be willing to stick with GOD no matter what, and treat HIS commands as being more important than our desires and needs.

“17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. 18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” (Daniel 3:17-18 King James Version ).

Will we say like the three Hebrews boys, if GOD chooses HE can and will deliver me, but if HE doesn’t I’m still not compromising my faith or obedience to HIM to escape this struggle? The fire doesn’t feel good. It actually hurts. It’s very painful. Some nights we are left in tears. Sometimes we don’t sleep at all. But will we trust the same GOD that Job trusted when he said, even if you kill me, GOD I’ll trust you with my last breath and believe that it is for my good (Job 13:15)?

Remember, the forge is the place where things are wrought. Wrought is the past tense of work, as in bringing something to a desired form by a gradual process of cutting, hammering, scraping, pressing, or stretching. The dictionary also defines it as fashioning or creating a useful or desired product by expending labor or exertion on, to forge or to shape.

In the Philippians scripture above, Paul reminds us that it is GOD who works on us. Using heat (trials, hard times, tough situations), GOD stretches, pulls, cuts, hammers, presses, and shapes us into beings who will both want to and actually carry out HIS will. The trials we go through perfect us into the image of Jesus. We are being made holy as our Father in heaven is holy (1 Peter 1:15-16). That word holy means to be pure, untainted, and set apart, not for common use.

GOD is pure and untainted. HE serves HIMSELF, and HIS purposes only. HE does everything for HIS glory. We are made in HIS image and are also to do everything for HIS glory. If we have given our lives to Christ, then we have asked GOD to help us become more like HIM, even if we don’t realize we did.

As the book of Peter says,

“12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.” (1 Peter 4:12-14 KJV).

These verses remind us that when all heck seems to be breaking loose in our life, when it’s one thing after another, and we want to throw in the towel; we are to remember that this is what happens when we are changed into the image of Christ. The world hates Christ, and therefore hates us. When we suffer for being followers of GOD, it is a joyful thing for us because the Spirit of GOD is resting upon us, and GOD is getting all the glory as we show HIM our love and allegiance by allowing ourselves to look more like Jesus instead of the world. It may not feel good, but it is good. We entrust ourselves to the One who died to set us free from the bonds of this world system, and an eternal hell.

We give our lives to the One who gave His life for us. Paul says it like this, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” (Romans 12:1 KJV). As a child of GOD, the only reasonable thing for us to do is to give ourselves to our Father so that HE can make us more like HIM. We can’t do it on our own.

Be encouraged today, Family. Your trial, the heat, the pain that you are experiencing because you chose to do it GOD’s way instead of the world’s way is bringing you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4). You are being worked on so that you can do GOD’s will 24/7 as the flesh is brought into subjection to the Holy Spirit.

“17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” (2 Corinthians 4:17 KJV). The glory, the majesty, the power, the weight of GOD’s presence that is being placed on us as a result of being made into HIS image surpasses the temporary pain we experience. To have breakthrough, some things have to be broken; struggles will occur, but on the other side is freedom from the chains of this world and its way of doing things. We are being ushered into kingdom lifestyles where all our needs are met, and as children of the Most High GOD we are continually cared and provided for by our heavenly Father.

“14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.” (2 Corinthians 13:14 KJV).

How to be Saved

Romans 10: 9-13

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (KJV).

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NLT).

Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” 11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. (MSG).

Romans 5:8

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)

8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)

It is your belief that saves you, family. If you believe, you will speak what you believe and not be ashamed or embarrassed to do so, whether you are alone or among others. Simply talk to GOD. Say aloud to God:

“I confess all my sin, known and unknown, and ask You, GOD to forgive me. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, died for my sins, and rose from the dead. I want Jesus to come into my heart to make me new in Him. I believe Jesus is Lord over my life and over everything that exists. Thank You, GOD for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for making me Your own. Amen.”

You are now saved. You may not feel different or you may. Just know that the internal change is taking place once you uttered that prayer in faith. Day by day, you will begin to be transformed into whom GOD wants and created you to be. You will care more about the things of GOD than your own personal desires, and you will want to share the word of GOD when you have the opportunity. Begin to read your bible daily, and learn about GOD's will for your life. If you are not already a member of a local church, I encourage you to pray and allow GOD to guide you to the right fellowship for you. The pastor will help you grow in your gifts and talents so that you can begin to use them for GOD’s glory, and you and the other members will encourage and help each other along this journey with GOD.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

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