God is ALWAYS Good

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It’s easy to skim over the verses below but read them.  Keep this in mind: God sends the defeat, just as He does the victory.  God sends the wounding even as He does the mending.  God sends the chaos along with order.

Is God good in all things?  Even if He slay you?  Even if He he seems to leave you?  Even if He surrounds you with turmoil?   Is He still good if He doesn’t heal you in your timing?  Is He still good if He sends the rain and the floods?  Is He still good if you can’t find His favor?   Is He still good if you fail?  Is God still good if you are depressed?   Is He still good if you feel rejected by Him?

Is God still good if you feel disgraced and humiliated?  Is God still good when you are lonely?

Is God still on the Throne?  Is He still Captain of the Angel-armies?  Has He not appointed an angel assigned to guard you?

This is going to go against a lot of theology but I take more comfort in knowing that if the devil attacked me, I can pay him no mind to him because the Lord allows it for my struggle to know and trust God in a greater way.

At the core of all addictions, is an anger towards God.  Every.Single.One.  Put aside drug and alcohol addiction.  Food. Gambling. Sex. Shopping. Internet. Video Games.  Addiction is filling up the void that was PURPOSELY CREATED BY GOD.

A void created by God?  It was purposely created by God.  A longing, an emptiness, a need that could only be satisfied by Him and when it isn’t, we fill up on other things.  This filling up of other things is what happens when the sun goes down on our anger.

We call God good, but we have a biased definition of good.  We say we are blessed when we receive good things, but do we say we are blessed when we are persecuted?  Do we say we are blessed when we are starved?  Do we say we are blessed when we are without resources?

Defeat, like victory is God’s doing.  Adversity, like prosperity, is God’s doing.  It is too shallow for me to give the devil credit for anything any longer because whoever you give credit to, gets the glory.   I’m not going to get into the sickness thing.  God’s desire is for you to be healed just as it is His desire for you to prosper and be in victory.  But the journey to getting to that place with all its pitfalls, and troubles, is still by God’s hand.

If you can’t see that, you, YOU PERSONALLY, will not rule from a place of victory but defeat.  You will continually see that you have to reach a certain goal in order to attain something you will never be able to attain.

Ruling from a place of victory is understanding that though the devil slay you, he was just a tool in the hands of the ONE who loves you in order to refine you.   Jesus Himself said, regarding His own death:

John 10:17 For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again.
vs 18 No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.”

 

 

Psalm 44:2 O God, we have heard with our own ears;
our ancestors have told us
The deeds you did in their days,
with your own hand in days of old:

vs 3 You rooted out nations to plant them,
crushed peoples and expelled them

vs 4 Not with their own swords did they conquer the land,
nor did their own arms bring victory;
It was your right hand, your own arm,
the light of your face for you favored them.

vs 5 You are my king and my God,
who bestows victories on Jacob.

vs 6 Through you we batter our foes;
through your name we trample our adversaries.

vs 7 Not in my bow do I trust,
nor does my sword bring me victory.

vs 8 You have brought us victory over our enemies,
shamed those who hate us

vs 9 In God we have boasted all the day long;
your name we will praise forever.
Selah

vs 10 But now you have rejected and disgraced us;
you do not march out with our armies.

vs 11 You make us retreat before the foe;
those who hate us plunder us at will.

vs 12 You hand us over like sheep to be slaughtered,
scatter us among the nations.

vs 13 You sell your people for nothing;
you make no profit from their sale.

vs 14 You make us the reproach of our neighbors,
the mockery and scorn of those around us.

vs 15 You make us a byword among the nations;
the peoples shake their heads at us.

vs 16 All day long my disgrace is before me;
shame has covered my face

vs 17 At the sound of those who taunt and revile,
at the sight of the enemy and avenger.

 

vs 18 All this has come upon us,
though we have not forgotten you,

    nor been disloyal to your covenant.

vs 19 Our hearts have not turned back,
nor have our steps strayed from your path

vs 20 Yet you have left us crushed,
desolate in a place of jackals;
you have covered us with a shadow of death.

vs 21 If we had forgotten the name of our God,
stretched out our hands to another god

vs 22 Would not God have discovered this,
God who knows the secrets of the heart?

vs 23 For you we are slain all the day long,
considered only as sheep to be slaughtered.

Once while sitting alone in my room
Reading and writing a psalm
I felt a quick jart
Thrust into my heart
Its removal felt more like a balm
I was caught in a daze
And my eyes were a glaze
It was nothing like I’d ever known
Painful yet sweet
And while still in my seat
I found that I wasn’t alone
“I wounded and healed you so no one else could”
I heard audibly with my ears
I sat, at a loss
Then  saw Him on the cross
His side jabbed by a much larger spear
Blood flowed out like water
Bones exposed to all men
“Forgive! They know not what they do”
Then He looked straight at me
Saying
“All Glory be
To the One who makes all things brand new”

by darlene rose
8-23-07

 

 

 

Your word is like fire shut up in my bones

fireJeremiah 20:9 But if I say, “I will not remember Him
Or speak anymore in His name,”
Then in my heart it becomes like a burning fire
Shut up in my bones;
And I am weary of holding it in,
And I cannot endure it.

Lamentations 1:13 “From on high He sent fire into my bones, And it prevailed over them.

In Jeremiah’s day, they didn’t have diagnosis’ like arthritis or fibromyalgia, what most of us know today as pain producing, often described as fire in the bones or muscles.  Jeremiah attributed it to being weary of holding back the word of the Lord spoken to him.
I have noticed that arthritis, at least osteoarthritis, (osteo means bones), is often related to depression, anger and unforgiveness.

Proverbs 17:22 A happy heart is good medicine and a joyful mind causes healing,
But a broken spirit dries up the bones.

Bones are connected to each other by ligaments and between each bone is a joint with synovial fluid between them, preventing friction.  When bones dry up, that fluid dries up, and friction produces fire between them and around them.

Could Jeremiah have felt arthritis pain from his anger?  From holding back the word given him?

Jeremiah 20:7 Jeremiah said, O Lord, You have persuaded me and I was deceived;
You are stronger than I and You have prevailed.
I am a laughingstock all day long;
Everyone mocks me.

vs 8 For whenever I speak, I must shout out;
I shout violence and destruction,
Because the word of the Lord has become to me
A reprimand and a mockery and has brought me insult all day long.

It appears Jeremiah is angry because nobody listens to him.  He has to shout and scream and warn and all he gets is mocked and laughed at and ridiculed.   The word of God has become to him a reprimand and mockery and attracted insults.  That is anger towards God as well.

I was reviewing some older writings yesterday and came across one particular piece I wrote in December 2012.  It was about my anger needing to be released.  It felt like my writings were poisonous.  Nobody hears, nobody listens, they seem to mock and be scornful and I hated being a laughingstock.  I just wanted to be myself and enjoy life, I didn’t want to have this burning in me to get out what God gives me….

There it is, a burning within me to release; to release the word of God but also release forgiveness and release anger.  I let the sun go down on it.

Today I have arthritis pain.  It’s easy to take something for the pain.  I think I’ll just examine why it’s there.

And write another blog.

 

 

 

Positive Energy? Or Light?

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In the early 90’s the Lord spoke to my heart “If a stranger can use a word in place of Mine, he can also offer a solution apart from Mine.”

There is no Positivity or Negativity in the Kingdom of God.  There is Light.  Positive and Negative are charges that are used in tandem to produce energy.  Yes, there is energy WITHIN the Kingdom of God, but that energy is not the source of life.

No doubt you have heard a person describe another as being positive and upbeat.  Similarly, you see a lot of negativity these days, complaining, arguing, causing distress, etc.   Both positivity and negativity are charges that produce energy, but you cannot have energy without a positive and negative charge.

A person who displays confidence, and the “glass half-full” attitude is said to be positive.  But a person who sees everything as the “glass half-empty” is said to be negative.  Complaining, debby-downer.   I saw this “half-full half-empty” description of another as moot, having no practical significance whatsoever because to me, when someone describes another as seeing the glass as half-full, it is saying that person sees the emptiness….it could be fuller, but a person who sees it as half-empty sees the fullness and has vision that it is ONLY half-empty.

It is a matter of perspective.  There is no significance to this at all.  So what is the common belief?   The common belief is that there are positive people and negative people.  Those who see the glass as half-full are said to be positive, and see the bright side of things, where as those who see the glass as half-empty are said to be negative and see the darker side of things.

People who are said to be positive want to kick negativity to the curb.  But there can be no energy without positive and negative working together.   When you take this logic to its conclusion, it makes no sense.  It stops short and is shallow.  I get that we want to be around people who are upbeat and not around people who are complaining, but God calls this something different.

Belief (faith) and Unbelief (doubt) is what happens inside us when Light or Darkness is our focus.   Not positive or negative.   I know, it is words but WORDS have life and create existence.

The first paragraph in the Old Testament includes the first recorded word of God.
Genesis 1:3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.

The first paragraph in the New Testament calls that spoken Word, God.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Also in the first paragraph of the New Testament, it defines that Word, not as energy, not as positive or negative, but as Light and Life.

John 1:4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.
vs 5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

The Word creates existence.

Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.

So, positive people are actually those who believe for the best but do not have a solid basis on why the best should exist.  And negative people are those who do not believe the best and cannot see that the best should exist.

That is FAR from the truth that God gives.  He is LIGHT and that LIGHT is LIFE.

Are you with me so far?

If you are thinking by now, “it’s all semantics, I know what is meant by the word”, well, so do I and I reject it.  Because it is fine now, but the word CREATES something unseen within us.

Positive and Negative are charges used to conduct electricity.  You need both for energy to exist and function to happen.  Without both, the car doesn’t start.  So, why do people who call themselves positive want to kick negative people out of their lives?   I know what they mean.  They don’t want to be brought down from their false all smiles and sunshine.  It drains them.  It makes them feel and see things they don’t want to look at.  In my view, that is denial.  Energy needs positive and negative charges to operate.  The truth is, energy exists regardless if positive people don’t want to see how it exists.

Let me get even more truthful.  Positive people need energy.  Those who pride themselves in being positive are ATTRACTED to those who bring them down because they need energy and then become upset because of that same negative energy in that person.   That is because their SOURCE of LIFE is the actual ENERGY itself.

Still with me?

If I am a manager of a store, I am tasked with making the store more hospitable, inviting others to come in, and hopefully creating more revenue for the store.   Who is the better manager?  One who is filled with positive energy?  Or one who is filled with Light?   Positive energy is by design attracted to negative energy in order to exist, and by design more jealous of positive people.   Don’t believe me?   Try getting two magnets and putting them together.  One side of a magnet has a positive pole while the other side is a negative pole.  Positive and negative will attract each other, but positive and positive repel each other.  The same with negative.

People who are filled with Light and Life see both light and darkness and can bring solutions.  They are attracted neither to positive or negative people but rather seek to infuse both with more light.

If you accept the word “energy” in place of “Spirit” you will be using the words “positive and negative” instead of “Life and Light”.
If you accept the words positive and negative to describe people, then you will accept that you run out of energy and often surround yourself with too many negative people who drain you but yet you continually do it.

And then, you will accept receiving hands laid on you by a Reiki Master, one who imparts positive energy that flows out from themselves into you.

But, if you reject the word energy as it relates to the unseen part of a person that gives LIFE and FUNCTION, and you call it what God does, Holy Spirit, then you have seen that it is HIS SPIRIT within you that lives and moves and breathes and has your being, HIS energy flowing through and providing your function.  You will not perpetually be attracted to people who bring you down because they cannot bring you down if your eyes are focused on the One who gives LIGHT and LIFE, who ILLUMINES your own darkness.   You will recognize from time to time that you run out of steam, and have gotten off track but when hands are laid upon you by another who believes that God is the Only Source of Light and Life and Healing and ALL THINGS, then it is HIS SPIRIT flowing through the hands of the vessel, and not that person’s energy (and you don’t know what they have thought that morning.  You don’t want another person’s energy, do you?)

God is LIGHT.  His LIGHT is LIFE.  LIGHT produces energy by speaking into the darkness.  LIGHT illumines our own darkness.  We are a candle, able to be illumined by God.

You don’t cast out darkness.  You SHINE in it.

Psalm 18:23 For You light my lamp;
The Lord my God illumines my darkness.

“If a stranger can use a word to replace Mine, he can also offer a solution apart from Mine.”

Yes there is energy produced by God, it is called Light.  Light imparts LIFE.  LIFE is energy.   Atoms are energy. (Yes, they are not matter they are energy, look it up.)  Atoms have protons which are positive, and electrons which are negative.  These positive protons and negative electrons work in tandem to create energy.  Without one or the other, there is function for a short while, but it is unstable.

Are you a positive person by your own definition of positive?  If so, you need energy which cannot exist without a negative person in your life, which you want to kick the curb because they bring you down, yet you will be attracted to negative people all your life and they will be attracted to you because you cannot exist without them and then, all that negativity you have regarding negative people becomes darkness within your own soul.

Semantics?   Nope.

Shining Light on Corruption

I’m excited but with caution. Excited that corruption is being exposed and righteousness is being restored.  Cautious because corruption is being exposed and righteousness is being restored.

This goes along with the blog I wrote earlier “Better Software”…. Light is being shined and darkness is being exposed.  We are seeing what God sees and the time of reckoning is here.

But….

Do I do the same thing in small measure? These Judges are judged for their mishandling of taxpayers funds but the Lord measures how much they have and how much in proportion was mishandled. Like the widow gave more than the rich man when she gave her two mites (cents), because she gave all.

So a victory dance is in order but briefly during this time of exposing corruption in high places. This is really a time of repentance. The Lord is cleaning house.

WV Judges and Impeachment Proceedings

Better Software

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Psalm 38:18 For I confess my iniquity;
I am full of anxiety because of my sin.

vs 19 But my enemies are vigorous and strong……

Wow.  Ever feel like that???   I am full of anxiety because of what I have done wrong, but my enemies are strong!??   Do they not have sin?  Have they also not done wrong?  Why should they be strong and me, the one who TRUSTS IN YOU GOD, be weak?

Back in 1999, I took a position in a call center that was a wee bit behind in technology.   While other customer service representatives with headsets on their heads were answering calls with a click on their computer screen,  we were still picking up the phone receiver off the phone and using handwritten call back notes, and then left our seat to pass a message along to dispatchers in the warehouse.

We were a fun company.  Strong.  A leader amongst our competitors.  At least that’s what we knew because we didn’t have a very good database of information.  No internet, only Microsoft Office.  No Access or Customer Information stored.   Yet we were strong.

I was not in a position to change the phone system, but I was in a position to have a better record keeping system for myself, which I did on an excel spreadsheet.  Every person that called in, I recorded their name, number, complaint or concern, time of call, whether they needed a follow up call, who they called for, etc etc.  It baffled me when the managers gathered around my desk to see what I was doing.

This sparked those in corporate office to install a new record keeping system.  (Yes I really was credited with helping to create a new, and efficient way to have a call center).

When we added software to our system, we learned we were in trouble.  And over the next few weeks and months, we learned we were in BIG trouble.  We were losing customers and we were losing revenue.  LOTS of revenue.

So what happened?  Did this really just happen or was our perception of our strength skewed because of our poor record keeping system?  We couldn’t see all along but it was a fun company therefore we were doing awesome!  Right?  But when we installed a better system of seeing our growth, profits and losses, it changed things.  We were in trouble all along but acted like we were strong when we weren’t because we couldn’t see clearly.   When light was shone, we saw the real deal and we worked hard for months to make all those necessary changes.  We humbled ourselves to our customers and were able to earn their trust again.

We became stronger when we realized our weakness, but while we appeared stronger in our own eyes, we had no idea that we were actually being taken down by a giant competitor.

We have been given authority to make all necessary changes to our lives so that we will reign over our enemies.  God gave that to us.  We have the authority but we don’t have the means without Him, our Better Software that shines light and helps us to see what we did not see before.   When we are weak HE is strong.

If your enemy is sickness, what is it feeding upon?

If your enemy is anxiety, what is it feeding upon?

Psalm 8:6 You make him to rule over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things under his feet.

vs 7 All sheep and oxen,
And also the beasts of the field,

vs 8 The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea,
Whatever passes through the paths of the seas.

You have authority over all things that you face today.

But first, you need to see your weakness, and if you are feeling strong apart from Him, you aren’t seeing the reality.

The reality is, your enemy is only as powerful as you think “he” is, and you are only as strong as the weaknesses that are submitted to God.   David humbled himself to confess his sin, which produced anxiety.  He hadn’t yet come to the place of understanding the power of his acknowledgment but he was in the place where we were in our company,
having just seen the reality of our “strength” and started making changes to become less fragile as an organization, more equipped to service our customers and not as arrogant about who we were.  We had come to rely upon the truth of the data.

As we come to rely upon the Truth to shine light upon our own condition, we will see our weakness which is actually the first manifestation of Strength.

Knowing Him

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Recently I woke up to the phrase “All Systems Down!”
Now, I knew this was a phrase impressed in my spirit by the Lord,
and it preceeded an event that followed at my workplace at the time.

The company I worked for was a fundraising organization and depended upon
the Laser Color Printer to work because we held many events that required brochures. 
This laser printer was connected to our server, which was located in the National Office. When there was a problem with the server,  all systems went down.   This affected all states, and all cities with offices in that state,  and all equipment connected to that one server.    
A company can literally be out of commission for a time because of one problem in the server in the National Office except if an office or individual offices buy separate printers which were not connected to the main server.  They would be responsible for
maintaining any printers they purchased, and any cartridges associated.
“All Systems Down!” 
I heard this without question.    But this was not for me to fear.    This was for me to prepare.   
The Lord said He would conquer nations.  All nations will topple as we get closer to the Day of His return.
“All Systems Down!” 
How are nations toppled? 
By bringing down,  like the Tower of Babble,  all the systems we’ve built and left Him out of the equation.
Economic System
Educational System
Health Care System (Insurances)
Medical System
Transportation System
Communication System
Political System
Religious System
Nations topple when the gods of our land are destroyed.   These gods are behind our systems.  
So what can the believer do?  
Well, it’s very easy to say “Cut ties with the systems.”   Easier said than done.  There needs to be a preparation of heart and we need to check our heart to see how much we are tied to the systems.  We make a decision that once we see it,  we allow the Lord to be the Substitute for the systems we hold to. 
For example,  if we are dependent upon our economic system,  we must acknowledge that the Lord is our Provider,  “Jehoveh-Jireh”  (which literally means “the Lord will see to it).  That isn’t to say we should not want a strong economy but rather that our life should reflect we are content whether we have one or we don’t.

Instead of INCREASING our food budget,  can we DECREASE it by 1/4 every month or so, and live within those means, trusting the Lord to provide?    Is He truly Jehoveh Jireh in our lives?   Do we believe it?  Do we see HIM? 

This should be a child of God’s discovery every day.     Is He really who He says He is? 

What about Health Insurance?   It’s a system.  I first received this word above in 2008.  At the time I had health insurance.  It dictated to me which doctor I would see, what diagnosis’ I would receive and whether they would pay.  Certain diagnosis’ could not be given because the treatments offered would not be covered.    And the cost for health insurance was so great that we could only afford for my husband, who received coverage at work, to be covered.  

At first, I panicked, but then when I received the word “All Systems Down” and meditated on it, I thought “well just Who IS my Provider?”  and “Who Is my Healer?”   It is the Lord. 
Today, I belong to a Christian Share Group, not an insurance company.  We share medical expenses and pray for each other.   It is considered by medical providers to be private pay, so they reduce the cost by 1/2 in many cases.  And my cost per month is 1/3 of what it would have been to cover me by insurance companies.  

In addition, I am not limited to whom the Insurance Company says I could see.  There is no network of physicians.  I could see whomever I choose and if the provider I choose prescribes supplements, this will be included in what I receive from the share group.  I am free.   Of course, there are requirements,  some of which are that you lead a healthy lifestyle, free from smoking and excessive drinking, and you attend church regularly.   That shouldn’t be a problem for those who know the Lord is their Healer and Provider. 

Go through the list of names that the Lord refers to Himself.  Once a week, write on a journal page, a name of God.   As you do, ask yourself, “Is He that to ME?”  If so,  how does your behavior reflect it?  Ask Him to introduce Himself to you as that name.  Ask to know that name greater than you do presently.   We Christians are so vague with our requests.  “Lord I want to know You, I want to know You more.”   What does that mean?  How will you do it? 

Is He Jehovah Shamah? (Ezekiel 48:35)  It means The Lord is Present.  Is Jehovah Shamah Lord of your life?  If not, you won’t know that He is and you might open the door for another to be present.  Let’s take not knowing “He is Present” to the furthest extreme.  If you don’t know Him as “He is Present” there will be fear and panic which leads only to evil doing. (Psalm 37:8 although read the entire psalm on fretting).   Eventually, you may rely upon the government to be there for you, and supply all your needs if Jehovah Jireh is not your Lord.  

All these things will topple.  All systems will fall like Domino’s.  You don’t have to fall with them, nor do you need to fear when they fall.   If you have cultivated time with the Lord, in a strategic way,  you will not die when the systems do.

Like the printer in my fundraising organization, we had to get our own printer, using our own funds, maintain it on our own instead of being connected to the national server which was often down.   We were free to be functional.   Don’t be tied to the systems (server).   There will likely be lifestyle changes that need to be made but you belong to the Lord.  Not the systems.   

Psalm 33:12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.

Whoever Gets Credit, Gets Glory

Psalm 66:10 For You have tried us, O God;
You have refined us as silver is refined.

vs 11 You brought us into the net;
You laid an oppressive burden upon our loins.

vs 12 You made men ride over our heads;
We went through fire and through water,
Yet You brought us out into a place of abundance.

I started tearing up this morning at the word in vs 10 “You have refined me as silver is refined.”

My gut stirred as I hovered here and the next few verses.  I had flashbacks of various people yelling at me while I was teaching one day on the process of silver refining.   The faces turned into the faces of angry lions in my recollections.  What touched their nerves so much?

Before silver is refined, it is subjected to heat by the refiner.  I dared mention that it is plunged into intense heat, not once but many times until the process is completed and the refiner can see his reflection.   Some argued that their God would not plunge them into such intense adversity; that it was indeed the enemy of their souls.

I know this doesn’t come as a welcome message, but the scripture that I read shows the opposite; and it is a RELIEF to know that my God, who is a Refiner, is the one who plunges me.  If the enemy did it, then I have to keep fighting against him.   If the One who loves my soul did it, then I am strengthened by it, even allow it, so that He may look at my life and see His reflection.

YOU brought us into the net (vs 11)  The Lord Himself has led us into a trap for our enemy to find us so that the only One who can save us from ourselves or our situation becomes God.  There are no other resources.  No friend, no skill, no recollection or experience.  Only God.

YOU laid an oppressive burden upon our loins (vs 11) The Lord Himself has laid such oppressive burdens upon our loins that we sometimes cannot stand or else we will strain ourselves.  I know this is not popular but it is HERE.  Yet we struggle to get free, with anti-depressants or other means.  No friend can remove this oppression, no meme can comfort us, no encouraging word is able to lift it.  When the Lord has laid an oppressive burden, only HE can lift it.

YOU made men ride over our heads (vs 12) The ways of arrogance of people who are unable to humble themselves may cause us to curl up in defeat or it may cause us to question what is wrong with ourselves.  The Lord has sent them.  The Lord has used the arrogance of people to correct everything we do and say; to shout in offense; to insult.  Why?  So that we will humble ourselves and become strong in the midst.  Steven, one of the first deacons of the new church in Acts, was able to praise the Lord while being stoned to death.  Did he acquire that strength overnight?

YET you brought us into an abundant place (vs 13).  The Lord inflicts us and heals us so that NOBODY ELSE WILL GET CREDIT.   He will use your enemy but He gave the command.  He brings you to an abundant place; a place of freedom, a place of being able to run and dance and sing and play, but only when you understand that it was He that has led you through the valley of the shadow of death.

Your enemy doesn’t care if he got credit for the infliction.  He knows that your eyes off God will cause you to change your strategy and keep on fighting against him in your own strength.

The Lord inflicts.  But the Lord also delivers.   The Refiner subjects the silver to intense heat, not as a means of punishment which comes after a wrong-doing, nor as a means of discipline which indicates behavior modification.  He does not subject us to intense heat of wrath but out of love for the finished product.

The Refiner doesn’t order an enemy to sit and plunge the silver into the fire but He Himself sits there and plunges it in, and He doesn’t stop until He sees His reflection.

It is the act of the Refiner.

Whoever gets the credit gets the glory.