My husband Mike loves a reality TV show on the History Channel called “Forged in Fire.”
The show is about a blacksmith competition.
At the beginning of the show, the judges tell each blacksmith what type of weapon they are to make.
Then the blacksmiths go to work. They sketch out their unique vision of the weapon they will create, following the judges’ guidelines.
Next, they are given a hunk of metal. They assess the metal carefully to determine what they’ve got to work with.
Then, they subject that metal to intense heat, pounding it and shaping it until it becomes the weapon they envisioned.
The blacksmiths’ skill is amazing.
We were watching the show the other night and the Lord spoke the following words to me:
“Your daily decisions are where your future is forged.”
I’ve seen the truth of this principle in my own life; if you want to change your future, you must change something you do daily.
Let’s face it: Hardship happens to us all.
It is a heart decision about whether you will use life’s “heat” to become fit for the Master’s use – or use your energy trying to run from it.
So how will you respond when life’s heat comes?
Will you suffer a meltdown, remaining a hunk of metal without a purpose?
Or are will you seek the Lord for His vision of your future – one with a purpose?
Unfortunately, many people just pound away through life daily with no purpose at all!
Will your daily decisions then shape your life according to that purpose?
While each metal strike on the show is not perfect, each one has a purpose.
Heed the words in 1 Corinthians 3:9-16:
For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it.
For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.
If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.”
As I wrote this article, the song “Way Maker” came to mind. The Lord wants to make something beautiful out of our lives, even in the midst of hardship.
Will we let Him?
As God’s child, it is wise to keep your vision of eternity in mind.
Make sure that your daily decisions are forging a future that endures.
Be blessed in health, healing and wholeness,
Creator of the Take Back Your Temple program
Kimberly I really appreciate how God His using you to change people life through your website and post. Even since have come across your website and subscribed I have learning alot and getting to see some improvement….. thankd
I love love love that show! It is so amazing to watch the transformation take place. When asked by many people why I like this show, that is what I tell them. I completely understand what you are talking about. A friend introduced me to your program and I am so glad she did! Thank you!!
…another spiritual insight I derived from watching “Forged In Fire” is that there is a trinity of judges (3) that are watching the blacksmiths every move and discussing it among themselves.
When the blacksmiths stand before the judges to present their work, the judges “always” end their critique with positive words of encouragement and guidance on how they can make their work better in the future no matter how bad it really is at the present.
It bears repeating: “We can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens us.”
Thank you for sharing that insight, Baby. I love you!
Great word. Great song. Touched my heart this morning.
Happy to hear that Cindy. We are helpers to one another!
I needed a devotion this morning, and the Lord led me to my Email. This was most timely! It was revealed to me that STRESS is my fire, and how I react under it exposes my true character and how strong my foundation is in Christ. I have a lot of work to do, and it is good to know that God is refining me daily.
Thank you so much for your faithfulness to Him!
The Lord knows exactly what we need at the right time, Nancy. Thank you for sharing your perspective.
Yes, yes, and amen! Inspiring! Thank you for sharing the worship song/video – that was SO good! I love analogies…God’s used them many times to teach me. Those lessons often “stick” better than others. An image is forged [good word, huh? : )] in my mind and I return to it often. The more my mind returns to the lesson, the better I learn it. Praise God for downloading this insight to you. Warm sister hugs go out to you and all reading this morning!
I appreciate that, Angie and happy the Lord gave me this message to share. I’m about to go exercise now and this image of being “forged” is sticking in my mind. I am sure that it will continue as I go about my day. As life brings the “heat,” I can strike a blow to ensure my life is shaped in a way that glorifies God. It’s a very exciting way to view life events and I praise God for that!
Thank you it was what I needed to read an the song was so uplifting to my spirit Gods blessings to you for are an obedient servant of the Lord an so faithful Blessings Maggie in Australia xxx
Awesome, Maggie – I’ve been dancing to that song and worshiping since the Lord put it in my Spirit to share this morning. It’s definitely one on to put on your playlist when you go through trials!
Wow! I needed that this morning, I am so fed up with continuously following the wrong path I laid a long time ago. That is such a beautiful song! Thank you for sharing all you do with us. It’s so helpful! Ps…my husband LOVES Forged in Fire also 🙂
Thank you for the confirmation, Sandra! I’m a fan of the show as well. It is very educational and gives you an appreciation for all the work that goes into making something useful :). The key for the turnaround is finding out the purpose for which you were created – then following that with all your heart. That includes using your time and choices to shape your life according to that purpose. That adds a new dimension of joy in living!