Thursday, March 3, 2011

WHAT TYPE OF CLAY ARE YOU?

WHAT TYPE OF CLAY ARE YOU?

Jeremiah 18

MESSAGE:


"Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand..." v.6



APPLICATION:



God is the potter and we are the clay. It is God who created us and is continually shaping us into something beautiful. We were just dirt on the ground - useless as it seems but God saw our potential. He saw something in you and took you out from the ground and put you in His hands.

But what type of clay are you? Are you a sandy clay or a hard clay that is difficult to mold? Or a soft clay - flexible, that whatever shape or design God wants you to be, you won't be too hard to be molded. 

Allow God to rain down on you so that you become a soft clay. God never wants you to undergo sufferings but if it's the only way you'll be able to be open to His will, He will allow it. Though the enemy wants to destroy you through the sufferings you are in, God can  use such trials to make you into a better person.

Let the circumstances and problems make you a better clay. God will not rain down on you or allow too much trial to totally wash you away but He will just pour enough water to make you suitable and ready to be put on the wheel. God will never allow problems to flood and wash you away. He allows enough water- you are able to take. Sometimes, we can say that we are in the flood but it is the enemy's lie to us and and that's what he wants us to believe. 

God says, "No temptation has seized you except what is common to man and God is faithful. He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. And when you are tempted, He will provide a way out so that you can stand up under it."


"But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him." v. 4


The Lord gives us many chances. Like that pot the potter was shaping from the clay which was marred in his hand and yet formed into another, God will never give up on us. He will not throw you away whenever you stumble or whenever you are marred and not form into perfection. Though many times we didn't pass on quality check, could not pass for export, and that we are deserving to be rejected - a factory defect with less value - God did not throw you away. Instead, He will always take you willingly into His hands and let you undergo into the process again and again until you are form into the shape that He thinks deem best. God will never give up on you. So don't you ever give up on GOD!

God has great patience on you so have patience with God! He is lovingly holding you, so hold on to Him too! You are on His hands. He is excited to see the product. He is not in a hurry. He will wait on you, until you are ready to be taken out from the oven.


Most of the times, we are the impatient ones. We wanted to break free from the hands of the Potter, sometimes we want to jump out from the oven even when it's not the appointed time for us to go out. That's why often times we end up marred, spoiled, damaged. Because we are stubborn, we always wanted our own way. We want our own design but our view is only limited so we often end up broken. 

"But they will reply, ‘It’s no use. We will continue with our own plans; we will all follow the stubbornness of our evil hearts.’  (v.12)


Do not follow your own plan or follow the stubbornness of your heart and do not forget God who is the owner of everything. (v.15)

 God has the perfect view. He can see us clearly, see even the deepest part of our hearts. Therefore, let God teach us to be flexible, to be obedient in His plans because His design is better than ours. It is not for us to dictate God what is good for us. 

Do not argue with your Maker. Do not command Him what to do.

“Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker,
   those who are nothing but potsherds
   among the potsherds on the ground.
Does the clay say to the potter,
   ‘What are you making?’
Does your work say,
   ‘The potter has no hands’? 

 Isaiah 45:9




God is the Potter and we are just clay. We must learn to submit to the Ones who hold us and be grateful that He took us - dirt - in His hands. He never even think that by picking us up and holding us in His hands, our dirt - the residue of us- is in His hands. He's not afraid to make His hands hold dirty and muddy you. He took us in His hands not caring if by doing that His hands will become "dirty" also. "God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." (2 Corinthians 5:21) Because for God, it doesn't matter, as long as we will be form into something beautiful. It's all because He loves you. 

God has great and beautiful plan for your life. He has something good in mind intended to do for you (v.10) Surrender your will to God!


To the Potter be the glory! 


Your sister through the blood of Christ,
Rizeru


3 comments:

  1. Beautiful reminders. Sometimes it is so hard for us to see pain and suffering and our bad choices are useable. But God, by His grace takes the imperfect and transforms us into something beautiful. I love the phrase by Rick Warren "God never wastes a hurt". He reforms us and then sends us out to be a testimony to others.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog yesterday.
    And, I have seen Fireproof. Great movie!!
    Eileen

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  2. Amen! this is so good, we must not rush God in His plans. We can't tell Him what to do or when to do it we must always wait for Him to move. All we have to do is say yes, He does the rest.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog!

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  3. Yes! I finally got a hold of your blog lol, the links I've been clicking on keep sending me to a dead-end. Yay I can read your stuff again!
    This is a beautiful message, and it is such a good message. I thank God that we are only the clay, therefore the pressure is off of us to be in control. Thank you Lord for being our molder and creator!

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