Get Off MY Clay

“Don’t look at that, that’s MY work,” the Lord rebuked my questioning Him about a fellow congregant a few months ago. We don’t know what others have walked through. (below photo courtesy PIXEL).

Jeremiah 18:1-6 (NKJV),

“The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying: “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.” Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.

“Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the Lord. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!”

Galatians 6, 1-10 (NKJV),

“Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For each one shall bear his own load.

“Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches.

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”

Philippians 2:1-4 (NKJV),

Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”

Esther 4:14 (NIV), “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

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Board Shorts

We scoured the internet for board shorts to wear at the Dead Sea part of our church’s 2006, Israel tour.  My roommate and I finally received them by mail in no time to spare before departing.  When we arrived at the Dead Sea?  There was a little shop that sold many items you might need including … board shorts.  We had to laugh.

How wide, how deep, is His love for me.  God’s arm isn’t too short, He is able to provide you what you need, and He knows more about it than you do.

Philippians 4:19 (NKJV), “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Eph 3:20, “Now to Him Who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us,”

Muted Color / Muted Hearts

Father, I’m sorry for when I muted Your voice, strayed from Your commandments, Your word.  Other people & their ideas became more important to me.  Then I was lost, distracted, far away from You & Your talking.

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation (Psalm 51).  Likewise, people have been saying our fall glory, the array of colors has been washed out looking.  And now it’s end of October, beginning of November and we’ve lost our chance to view real beauty on the leaves this year.  Let us hope for joy remembering the beauty of years past & years to come as we stay grateful.

We don’t need a performance from You or Your preachers.

Our hearts have grown dull – Matt 13:15:

For this people’s heart has become calloused;
   they hardly hear with their ears,
   and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
   hear with their ears,
   understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.

Hunker Down and Come To The Light

But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” says Jesus in Matt 6:23 (NIV).

Father God, thank You for miracle baby Scott’s (5 mos old now) continuing, increased strength, O God!  Prove the doctors wrong.  You have Your hand on him, and You are unstoppable. Praise God.

Colossians 1:13 (NIV), “For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,”

1 Thes 5:5 (NIV), “You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.”

Eph 2:12 (NIV), “remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.”

Eph 5:2-6, “and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

“But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

“Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.”

11-13, “Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.”

1 Corinthians 6:9-11, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.”

Pursue God

1 Peter 2:2-3 (NKJV), “Beloved, I beg you as sojourners & pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.”

Philippians 4:8 (NKJV), “Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” (TD Jakes quoted this verse the other day).

  • “You have the mind of Christ” 1 Corinthians 2:16
  • “We are made in His image, male and female” Genesis 1:27
  • Be like your Father in heaven, perfect” Matthew 5:48.

Prepare to Fight

O Father God, motivate our hearts for Your spiritual battle. Teach us to fast & pray: we lift up the unbelievers & half-hearted followers, so they don’t believe in money anymore, and forsake all belongings & materialism.  Give them Holy Spirit fire. Let them be fired in the natural, from their old lives and fired with God’s love.

Malachi 3:3, “He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness,”

It’s not going to be what you thought, but it’s going to be amazing.

 

 

 

Denying Its Power

For men will be... having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 2 Timothy 3:2a, 5-7 (NKJV).

Father God can forgive all these things. He Who abundantly forgives (Isaiah 55:7).

Where Are You Going?

“Enoch walked with God; then he was not there because God took him.” Genesis 5:24 (KJV).

“And he said, Hagar, Sarai’s maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.” Genesis 16:8 (KJV).

“It’s a painful business to get thru into the stride of God…Spiritual truth is learned by atmosphere, not by intellectual reasoning.” by Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, October 12, “Getting Into God’s Stride.”

The fountain runs deep & never dries out.

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path,” Psalm 119:105.

Dear Lord Father, You complete us, we need You everyday.  Help me to serve You whole heartedly and never lose faith.