Malachi 3:3 was written about Israel. We can still apply it to our hearts. It says, “He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the Lord an offering in righteousness.”
Matthew 3:10 says, “And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees.” Verse 12 says, “His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
Our trials are designed to refine our faith. The intense fire is essential to bring up the hidden dross. Unconfessed strongholds (sinful habits) make us weak and unable to fight against the fiery darts against our faith ~ see Ephesians 6:16 and 1 Peter 1:7.
There is another key as to how enemy strongholds are built. It is revealed in the parable of the sower. Mark 4:16-17 was about the seed that was sown on stony ground. It says, “…when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves…”
Here is God’s way for root development. Psalm 1:2 wrote about the one who has a lifestyle of meditation in God’s word. Verse 3 says, “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water…”
Jeremiah 17:7-8 says that the one who trusts the Lord, “…will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.”