Monthly Archives: November 2013

Don’t Loose Heart

Don't loose HeartJohn 16:33- “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Todays Additional Scripture Reading- 2 Cor. 4:6-12 and 2 Cor. 4:16-18

Life is messy. Life is sticky. Life can be painful. As Glennon Doyle Melton says it in her book ‘Carry on Warrior’ life is brutal and beautiful. It’s brutiful! In John 16:33 the Bible tells us that in this world we will have trouble, but it also commands us to take heart (don’t loose hope) for God has overcome the world!

Sometimes, when we face trials and hard things, it’s easy to loose hope. We get tired and weary from this race called life. As women, it feels like there is so much expected of us. We will face trials, that’s just a given. But it’s important for us to remember that God controls trials and uses them to strengthen His people. His glory is manifested through broken vessels, through people who endure hard times by relying on His power.

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted but not forsaken; struck down but not destroyed. There’s so much we go through and we get to breaking points- but God doesn’t break us. And it’s during those hard times that we can cry out to Him and feel His presence and know that He’s with us. It’s during these hard times and trials that we realize how much we really are fragile jars of clay. We aren’t perfect and in this life our bodies will never be perfect, but He’s there every step of the way, making sure we’re not abandoned, not struck down, and not destroyed. He chooses to use us to bring Him glory here on the earth to show that it’s His power shining through us and nothing we can do in our own strength.

2 Corinthians 4:10-11 always carrying in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always being delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also might be manifested in our mortal flesh. These hard times that we go through in life feel like part of us is dying yet God is using it to reveal His life. For His glory, He’s using it to produce good in you.

As we come through these tough times were able to understand and appreciate all that God has done for us and share with others all that He’s done. His life and His power are revealed in our humanity.

Reflect~

What is something you feel like God is asking you to die to so that He can prepare you for the next thing He has for you?

Do you trust that God has good plans for you?

All of our trials can bring Him glory if we allow them to. How does that perspective help us to change our approach to our problems and difficulties in this life? (We can pray things like “Have Your way Lord”, “Change me Lord”, “Let my life bring you glory”, etc.)

Lord, as we navigate through this life, there is so much uncertainty. But there is one thing that we can be sure of, and that is that no matter what we go through, You are here with us. You have promised in Your Word to never leave us and to never forsake us. Thank You that Your plans for us are good, to give us hope and a future (Jer. 2911). Thank You that these trials are temporary and they are nothing compared to the eternal glory that is beyond anything we can imagine. Help us to die self and to live for You. You are preparing us for the next thing. Have your way Lord. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit that shines through these earthly vessels to bring You all the glory. In Jesus name, amen.

 

 

 

 

Lessons at the Potter’s House

Pooter's Wheel

Isaiah 64:8- Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.

Todays Additional Reading- Jeremiah 18:1-6

2 Corinthians 4:7 tells us that we are fragile clay jars that contain great treasure. God is the Great Potter who has made and formed us. The great treasure in us is Him. We can learn a lot about God as the Potter and His purposes for us as fragile jars.

The Bible says in Romans 9:19b-21, “For who resists Gods will? But who are you O man to talk back to God? Shall what is formed say to Him who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’ Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?”
The clay is still made today the way it was back in the days of old. There is still the potter, the clay, and the wheel. The potter uses the foot pedal (treadle) to make the wheel turn and control its speeds. He fashions the clay by his own hands. In Jeremiah 18 the Lord tells Jeremiah to go down to the Potters house and he will speak to him there. So he went to the potter’s house and he saw the potter working at his wheel. Jeremiah saw the clay being shaped and molded into a vessel. As Jeremiah observed, he learned some valuable lessons that day.

Lesson #1– God is the Potter and we are the clay, being made into a vessel for His purposes.
Lesson #2- If there were any imperfections in the clay, the potter would crush the clay down into a lump and begin again making it into a vessel. How many times has the Lord seen things in me that were not so pretty and had to crush me down and start over again? But what I love about this is that the Potter doesn’t just throw out the clay and get some new clay. He just starts all over again with the same clay! When you feel the pressure of the Potters hand (and trust me, in this world you will feel pressure) do not resist it, but accept it. Then we can be a vessel shinning for His honor and His purposes.
Lesson #3- Jeremiah realized it was love behind the potter’s pressures. When the vessel was marred (blemished by injury; rough) the potter was capable of crushing it down, bringing it to nothing but a lump, and then molding it, shaping it again, and perhaps again and again and again- until at last, it fulfilled what God wanted.

Look at the Potter very closely, as He is at work in your life. You will see His hands and His feet that bear the nail prints, and that it is through His blood, of the Potter Himself, that the vessel is being shaped into what He wants it to be.

What amazing lessons Jeremiah learned that day at the potter’s house. Remember, He has a purpose for you, and He will give you what you need to fulfill that purpose- No matter how many times He may have to start over again. It is His love for you that makes Him spend so much time working on you, His vessel.

Reflect~

What are some pressures you’ve been feeling lately?

Does having this perspective of the potter making you into a beautiful vessel help you to realize that sometimes it’s Him at work in your life molding you to be a vessel of honor for Him?

Lord, I ask that you would continue to mold me and shape me and make me into who You’ve called me to be. Thank you for reminding me that you’re always at work in my life, even when I don’t feel it. Thank You that your motives towards me are guided by love. You have called me to be a jar of clay for you, letting my light shine so that others would see my life and give you glory! Amen