GETTING THE MOST FROM GOD'S WORD:

"Do NOT labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting LIFE..." - The Gospel of John 6:27 (NKJV)
A systematic and daily reading of the Word of God is important in maintaining a strong Christian life. Establish a daily quiet time with God and His Word. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you understand what you read. By following our daily Bible reading schedule through this blog, you will be able to read the Bible through in a year. Please note that you may utilize the ‘BIBLE READER’ app that is installed at the bottom of this webpage to assist you in reading the specified scripture portion for today.

To get the MOST from God's Word, please do the following intentionally:
1. REQUEST God to connect with you as you read the word of God with FOCUS and OPENNESS to see what God wants to speak with you.
2. READ the selected sections of Scripture slowly as you mark the words and phrases that intrigue you, even reading them the second time to get a better understanding.
3. REFLECT on what God is communicating to you; stopping long enough to let the seed of God's Word take root in your heart.
4. RESPOND to the passage speaking directly to God about what is in your heart, and then look out for ways to live out what you find - individually, and to others within your church and elsewhere.

As you read and meditate, ask yourself the following three questions:
a) What is God speaking to me through this passage?
b) Is there a command, a promise or a warning for me?
c) Is there an example for me to follow?

Please POST your comments below if there is a thought or message that the Lord has spoken to you through the passage that you are reading and meditating today. Please make sure that your post is aligned to the scripture passage mentioned at the header. All comments should pertain to the relevant scripture portions only, and should be aimed to glorify God (the true author of 'The Bible') & edify everyone who visits this blog site daily - both young and old. May God bless you abundantly for encouraging others through your comments!

Let's PRAY...
LORD, give me the desire to take a little time out of my busy schedule today as I read and meditate on Your Word. Give me this day MY DAILY BREAD. Speak to me clearly & lead me today as my Good Shepherd. Help me to be a blessing to others who interact with me as I attempt to be a living witness of Your Word today. In Your Name I pray, AMEN.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

We are CLAY in the HAND of GOD (the Master POTTER)

We are CLAY in the HAND of GOD (the Master POTTER)

August 12 Bible Reading: Jeremiah Chapters 16-18

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!" (Jer 18:1-6)

In chapter 18, prophet Jeremiah was commanded by God to go to the potter’s house in order to learn a lesson. What he saw there was that the potter was sitting at the wheel and spinning the lower stone with his feet which caused the upper disc to rotate. This enabled both hands of the potter to be free in order to work the clay into shape. Should the vessel become spoiled due to any impurity, the potter would not just discard the clay, but simply remold it into another vessel according to his modified plan.

The lesson for Jeremiah was that God was the potter and Israel was the vessel being formed into shape (Isaiah 45:9; 64:8). The spoiling of the vessel was not God’s fault but Israel’s. The potter’s vessel was marred, and thus not suitable for its intended purpose. The potter’s remolding of the clay into an acceptable and unblemished work symbolized God’s action in reforming Israel. The people had become marred (defiled) and had to be reformed into a vessel fit to be identified with God.

Thus, God taught Jeremiah a profound lesson about His sovereignty and His right to discipline Israel until she conformed to His plan. Perhaps a hard lump in the clay ruined the vessel as it spun on the potter’s wheel. The potter must remove the hard lump to achieve his purpose in reshaping the vessel. Israel was the chosen vessel to bring God’s blessing to the world, and Romans 9:1–5 describes what God had put into that vessel. Many times in her history, when Israel would not yield to God, He made her again. She was marred but still in His hands, and He made her again. God will do the same for anyone who yields to His will.

Let us understand that we too are clay in the hand of the Master Potter (God) as we are being shaped everyday by God into vessels fit for His use (Acts 9:15; 2 Cor. 4:7). We should take away all impurities from our lives, and yield to His perfect plan in our lives! This is what God is telling us today: “You will say to me then, ‘Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?’ But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, ‘Why have you made me like this?’ Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?” (Romans 9:19-21)

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