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Hardened and Tempered

Posted by appolus on September 5, 2011

Hardened and tempered
Refined of all dross
Hardened and tempered
Whatever the cost

Hardened and Tempered

When I was a young man in high school, I remember making a screwdriver. I knew that before it could actually be used, it had to be placed in a furnace and heated to a certain temprature( very hot) then it was taken by tongs and plunged into water. The process was called Hardening and tempering. Unless this metal tool was hardened and tempered, it would not be able to be used, it would be too soft. Have you been hardened and tempered in your Christian walk? Have you been placed into the furnace where all the dross is burned away? Have you been plunged into the waters of life?

One of the very few visions I have ever had in 21 years of Christianity happened about nine years ago, while I was in church no less. I was just standing there when suddenly it seemed that I had fallen back into a shallow fast flowing river. I was laying on the bottom and the water was flowing over me. I almost let out a gasp. The Lord spoke to my heart and told me to be calm. This was indeed a foriegn place and I was lying on and surrounded by thousands of smooth stones. The Lord conveyed to me that I was to be still, and let the waters flow over me. The stones that surrounded me were not shaped by human hands, and the Lord wanted to shape me, take the edges off, let the waters of life make me a smooth stone……….

I once was forsaken
Broken and blind
I was lost in the darkness
I was lost in my mind

Hardened and tempered
Refined of all dross
Hardened and tempered
Whatever the cost

And then I found Jesus
Now forever I’ll be
Bathed in your beauty
Closer to thee

Hardened and tempered
And only for thee
Hardened and tempered
To thine arms I flee

4 Responses to “Hardened and Tempered”

  1. Robert Taylor said

    Brother Frank….I just got back from a trip far out into the mission field. I want to make a comment on this article, and will look at your past articles as time permits. This is an excellent article brother Frank. You were water boarded by the Lord himself. God needs to water board all of us from time to time. There is nothing like a good water boarding from God himself to bring the impureities out of you. As usual, this is an excellent article. Looking forward to my next water boarding. Blessings from Mexico brother…..Robert

    • appolus said

      Hi brother Robert, so good to hear from you. I pray that the Lord blessed you as you went deep into the mission field. Robert, my prayer for you brother is that the Lord go before you always. Take care brother…………brother Frank

  2. Cecilie said

    A few years ago God gave me some verses in Isaiah, I became really glad because it gave a deeper meaning to all the afflictions I had gone through the years before. After that day, it has been a sweet reminder that even though life is more than tough, God is faithful and He will complete the work He started. He is faithful in and through all things and times, and He will work everything together for good for us and for His glory and praise.

    Thank you for this beautiful reminder, and also for the comment you left me a little while ago on a poem. The verses I referred to is Isa.48:10-11 “See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this. How can I let myself be defamed? I will not yield my glory to another.”

    • appolus said

      Hi Cecille,. How true those words are, He is faithful and that is truly what we learn as we navigate the neccecary trials and afflicitons of the narrow path. We discover the greatness of God and the weakness of our flesh. We have less and less confindence in ourselves and more and more faith in His faithfulness. Hopefully we all as brothers and sisters arrive at the point that we know that we, in an of ourselves, can do nothing. Although, ” arrive,” is not the best word for we only truly arrive when we stand before the Lord in that day, all else is the journey.

      My afflictions have never felt good at the time, but the humility that it brings have propelled me into the arms of the Lord. I never truly see myself until I see myself in the midst of the flames! ………………..brother Frank

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