The Refiner’s Fire & Reforming Hammer

Is your surrendered-to-God life being heated almost to the melting point, and then being beaten upon seemingly without mercy?

Stay on the anvil of God. Your outcome will be beautiful, powerful, and glorifying to Him! He isn’t punishing you, He is forming you into the greatest person that you can be.

He didn’t say that you would love the sculpting process, but you WILL love the final RESULT of His sculpting process!



Eternity Now

A Daily Thought Provoker Quote
from Heart & Path Journal at
Online Publications of David J. Hall

“As followers of Jesus Christ, our duration on this planet during our natural lifetime isn’t the whole picture of our existence. It’s just one pixel of the high definition, infinitely large picture of our eternal life and exciting existence with God in eternity.

Today’s problems may seem overwhelmingly big, but when we keep the proper perspective on everything and compare those problems with the really big picture of our eternal life… well, we see our problems as they should be seen.

Problems: small.   God: BIG!”

( David J. Hall )


#PastorsTip #DTP

When God’s Grace Isn’t Sufficient After All…

The Apostle Paul had a “thorn in the flesh” which was never directly identified for us in scripture, but whatever it was it involved suffering and embarrassment, a humbling of his pride.

“… Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.

But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.‘ …for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

~ 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

God said His grace would be sufficient for Paul, and no doubt this message was for us too when our trials are not solved right away; God’s grace will be sufficient for us in our trials, but what is happening when we are convinced that His grace really isn’t being enough for us?

In my own life I have had a whole-body pain and fatigue condition that was diagnosed over 15 years ago, and has continued to increase over time. I am currently in bed about 18 hours every day, and some weeks I am unable to leave the house. There is no treatment for symptoms, there are no answers for medicinal or naturopathic healing, and traditional prescription pain medicine doesn’t work at this time (due to my body chemistry, since birth I have always been partially immune to most anesthetics and analgesics).

There are days when the pain is almost worthy of a scream, the fatigue feels like I have a ton on my shoulders, and my world has become very, very small because I am usually unable to socialize. I miss Pastoring a local church, and I miss preaching, counseling, and visiting the sick. I believe in Divine healing through the Name of Jesus Christ, and yet… here I remain.

So what about the grace of God? What about those who are convinced that God’s grace isn’t being sufficient for them? The problem isn’t with God, it’s with our perspective.

“Let God be true, and every human being a liar…”

~ Romans 3:4

It would be easy for me to think that God’s grace has failed me if I consider only certain outcomes to be the only proof of God’s grace being sufficient for me. But, I have learned that God’s grace really is sufficient for me if I allow Him to choose what kind of grace.

For those who are suffering in trials and are convinced that God has left them out in the cold, they need to realize that God’s grace is provided to us for journeying through the trial, not just to end the trial. In my situation, if my measure of God’s grace is only compared with how far my pain goes down, I will be sorely disappointed. God’s grace doesn’t take my pain away (yet), His grace gives to me an internal fortitude and joy for continuing through life’s journey while in pain!

If you are a believer in Christ and in the scriptures, there are specific things we know about God that are certain and factual, and one of those certainties is His faithfulness to His children to bring them through any storm that might come upon them. When we look around at our situation and we doubt God’s presence and participation in our circumstances, the problem is not with God, it is with our own perspective.

God’s grace is sufficient for you in your trials, just allow Him to choose how His grace will benefit you. If His grace for you is miraculous healing, great! If His grace for you is medicinal healing, great! If His grace for you is endurance with an ability to suffer long and hard with a bright countenance of joy and peace… great!! Let God choose the form for His grace, and you choose to accept His brand of grace regardless of what that means.


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Victory is in God’s Hands

Tools, Weapons, Skill Sets, Strategies… All of these have their place in our lives, and scripture teaches us that God trains us and anoints us for taking on various missions within our lifetime.

As we face trials, conflicts, challenges, and outright battles in our lives, we are to utilize what we have been given to “fight the good fight.”

Discipline, training, and perseverance are character builders and are central to the development of our maturity. However, our victories and successes are ultimately not due to our overwhelming intelligence or physical prowess.

The most critical aspect of life’s challenges remains in God’s hands: Victory!

When we see the enormity of an approaching trial and we feel the fear that is induced when we compare it with our own inadequacy in the natural realm, we can breathe deeply of the Spirit of Peace. Let confidence flood our hearts because victory and success are already in God’s hands!

“‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.”

~ Zechariah 4:6

“There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord. The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord.”

~ Proverbs 21:30-31


Press On Today!

Forget Yesterday’s Failures, Press On Today, Envision Tomorrow’s Victories!

“Not that I have… already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me… Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me…”

( Philippians 3:12-14 )

In the Athlete’s gym, disciplined body-training with perseverance turns today’s crushing weights into next year’s normal workout routine.

In the Christian’s life, disciplined spirit-training with perseverance turns today’s crushing trials into next year’s routine challenges.

Press on today, my friend. God allows trials into our lives to serve as instruments for our character development, and as environments in which we can practice and learn how to walk in step with the Holy Spirit.

“… whenever you face trials of many kinds… the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

‭( James‬ ‭1:2-4‬ )



When God is Confident of Our Love, and Yet We Suffer to the Extreme

Our Heavenly Father knew his servant named Job, and He was confident in the strength of the genuine love that his servant had for Him.

The Devil was otherwise convinced, so he sought permission from God to test Job to the extreme. He was convinced that if Job was faced with the loss of all of God’s blessings of health, wealth, and family that he would embarrass God in word, action, or attitude for all of Heaven and Earth to witness.

God told the Devil to take his best shot, all the way up to the brink of Job’s death. The Devil proceeded to destroy Job’s health, wealth, and family. And Job proceeded to remain true to God, glorifying Him and embarrassing the Devil by his words, actions, and attitudes, for all of Heaven and Earth to see.

Are you experiencing a destruction and loss in your life that feels like it has come straight from the Devil’s hell? Are you being tested to the extreme?

It sounds like our Heavenly Father knows you, and He is confident in the strength of your genuine love that you have for Him.

It sounds like the Devil is convinced that if you are faced with the loss of God’s blessings in your life of health, wealth, and family that you will embarrass God in word, action, or in attitude, for all of Heaven and Earth to see.

This is YOUR time to remain true to God, glorifying Him and embarrassing the Devil, for all of Heaven and Earth to see! This is YOUR time to let your genuine love for God shine brightly through your words, actions, and attitudes.

Job’s time of extreme testing came to a close, and the flow of God’s blessings of health, wealth, and family were restored. YOUR time of extreme testing will also come to a close, and the flow of God’s blessings of health, wealth, and family will be restored to YOUR life too!