The Holy Spirit is like a refiner of gold, and He works continually to make you more like Jesus. His flame purifies you from sinful habits, pride, selfishness, bitterness and bad attitudes. The Spirit changes us daily, and the process is called “sanctification.” That’s a big theological word that refers to the process God uses to make us holy.

Paul wrote: “He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 1:6). You must believe this promise. Don’t get discouraged if you see weaknesses or sinful tendencies in your life. Pray about those weak areas, be quick to repent, and ask others to pray for you. But remember: You can’t change yourself. Only the Refiner’s fire can do that. Trust the Holy Spirit to turn up His heat, remove the impurities from your life, and change you from the inside out.