The Burned and Hammered Heart
JEREMIAH 23:29-- “Is not My Word like a fire?” says the LORD, “And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?”
Ancient metallurgists heated gold or silver with extreme temperatures that burned away the dross and left the metal pure. Then with great skill they hammered it into a desired shape.
In the eighteenth century, a silversmith was viewed almost as a sculptor. In the fire the metal was purified, made pliable, and hammered into usefulness.
This is how God transforms the human heart. His purifying fire scorches away the impurity and leaves a life conformed to His character. Then comes the Divine Hammer, shattering the arrogance that resists His reforming actions and shaping the personality back into its intended design, which is the very image of God!
In the silversmith shop, this is a process of many steps. The metal is heated, pounded, reheated, hammered
some more, then plunged into cooling water to harden the new shape. This also is God’s style in forming our hearts into Christlikeness.
Spiritual Heart Focus
Thank God for specific experiences that have been used in transforming your heart, and ask Him to continue to work in "forming Christ" in you. (Galatians 4:19).
Physical Heart Focus
Digestion begins in your mouth, so chew your food slowly and thoroughly.