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Forged by An Inner Desire

Forged by Fire is a 1997 novel by Sharon M. Draper. While critics gave positive reviews of Draper’s realistic fiction book, the Reality Television Show which shares the same name has stolen most of the headlines. Beginning in 2015, Forged in Fire is approaching its 9th season. Before his sudden death last January, my wife’s uncle John forged his own rifles as I enjoyed listening to his stories on specific guns that he made, forged by an inner desire.

Zillah bore Tubal-cain; he was the forger of all [cutting] instruments of bronze and iron. The sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah, Genesis 4:22.

While studying the first book of the Bible, I discovered the individual who invented the forging process. According to Moses, Tubal-cain began to experiment with bronze and iron. As Tubal-cain began to perfect the forging process through trial and error, Moses refers to him as the forger of all cutting instruments. While the Industrial Revolution of the 18th century has received a majority of the credit for modern technology, there is nothing like a hand-crafted tool forged by fire.

That is why I would remind you to stir up (rekindle the embers of, fan the flame of, and keep burning) the [gracious] gift of God, [the inner fire] that is in you by means of the laying on of my hands [[c]with those of the elders at your ordination]. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control, 2 Timothy 1:6-7.

The New Testament of the Bible speaks of an internal forging process, 1 Peter 1:6-7. Jesus’ earthly brother writes about how hardships, trials and tribulations shape who we become, James 1:2-4. As circumstances, events, and situations mold and fashion human beings like a potter that shapes clay, everyone reaches a point in time where you realize why you were born, your purpose on earth and God’s plan for your life, Romans 12:1-2. Take whatever gift, talent or skill that you possess, flame it into flame via the Holy Spirit, forged by an inner desire to complete the good works prepared in advance by God, Philippians 1:6.

by Jay Mankus

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