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The Refining Process

Have you ever seen a speeding car with the bumper sticker that says, “Please be patient-God is not finished with me yet!”? If that law-breaking driver is a child of God, then the theology of the bumper sticker is correct. From the moment of your salvation, God is in the process of conforming you into the image of your Savior Jesus Christ. Even though there are momentary lapses in your conduct, the transforming work of the Holy Spirit will continue until you see Jesus face-to-face. How does this process take place in your life? God uses people, events, and circumstances to refine you.

People, events, and circumstances affect you in one of two ways: Either they become stepping stones to progress or they become barriers—their effect is all in your response. One response propels you, while the other diverts you.

What mission has God given you? Are you a husband or wife? A mom or a dad? A daughter or son? A missionary or teacher or office worker? First pray. Then name your mission, and own it. Ask for the Spirit’s help in not being distracted or diverted from the mission God has given you. And always remember: God is not finished with you yet!

Read The Refining Process on Elizabeth & Jim George.

Jim and Elizabeth George

Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
  • Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God’s loving eyes.
  • Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
  • Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

Learn more about Jim and Elizabeth George here.


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