Psalm 66:10) For You have tried us, O God; You have refined us as silver is refined. Hebrews 2:10) For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. Iron ore is any rock that contains a usable quantity of iron. Smelting is a process that uses heat and certain chemical reducing agents to cause the decomposition of the ore and the departing of the other elements that present besides the desired metal. In order to obtain metallic iron, iron oxide must be heated up to 1250°C. Now when we consider the amount of heat needed for the process to obtain iron, would it come to us a any surprise that in order to break strongholds dwelling in the mind and to help us increase in Christ-like character, God purposely appoints fires of trial and difficulties for us to endure. The sharpest swords are made by the hottest fires. Purification is not guaranteed to be painless, but rather the opposite. “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son”(Romans 8:29). How was Christ made perfect? According to Hebrews 2:10, through pain and suffering. Isaiah 53:3 says that Christ was “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief”. Paul says in Philippians , “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death”, and Romans says “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose”. When we are facing physical, mental or emotion pain, when we are facing trials that brake us and test our endurance, let us keep in mind that we are being molded into a Christ-like image. Certain events and circumstances occur in our lives for a reason.