For I am the clay, and God is the Master Potter!


For I am the clay, and God is the Master Potter!

VISION & REALITY

And the parched ground shall become a pool” Isaiah 35:7

We always have visions, before a thing is made real. When we realize that although the vision is real, it is not real in us, then this is the time that Satan comes in with his temptations and we are apt to say “it is no use to go on” Instead of the vision becoming real, there has come the valley of humiliation.

Life is not as idle ore

But iron dug from central gloom,

And battered by the shocks of doom

To shape and use

God gives us the vision, then He takes us down into the valley to get us into the shape of the vision and it is in the valley that so many of us faint and give way. Every vision will be made real if we have the patience. Think of the enormous leisure of God! He is never in a hurry. We are always in such a frantic hurry. In the light of the glory of the vision we go forth and do things, but the vision is not real in us yet; and God has to take us into the valley and put us through fires and through floods to get us into shape until we get to the place where He can trust us with the true reality. Ever since we had the vision, God has been at work getting us into the shape of the ideal, and over and over again, we escape from His hand and try to get us into our own shape.

The vision is not a castle in the air, but a vision of what God wants you to be. Let Him put you on His potter’s wheel and spin you as He likes, and sure as God is God, and you are you, you will turn out exactly in accordance with the vision. Don’t lose heart in the process. If you have ever had the vision of God, you may try as you like to be satisfied on a lower level, but God will never let you.

~from Oswald Chambers’ daily devotional – My Utmost For His Highest

I’m always being reminded of late that God has a rhyme and reason for everything He does… and nothing is ever wasted!

This also applies to the trials and tribulations that we face; and really it matters not the reason why, or the cause of the trials, whether they are a normal part of the trip, or whether they are disciplinary and corrective; God uses both, and nothing is wasted.

God has promised that He would complete the work that He has begun in us; and also that He is with us ALWAYS, just as He promised He would be; and it is all important that we understand that from God’s perspective all of the training that we are going through, is about developing our faith and trust in Him; and it is most important in these times, in our wilderness experiences and feelings of isolation and aloneness, in those times when we feel as though God has left us, and/or forgotten about us, it is especially important during these times that we know, by faith, that truly He is closest to us; and it is during these times that very often he is carrying us.

So even in those times when we are tempted to think that God is a far off, quite the opposite is true; and in fact God is rather inviting us to come in a little closer, and experience His presence in even greater intimacy; and it is during these times when we are not conscious of being taught, that God is very active in our lives molding and shaping, and stripping away from us the flesh and the world.

The challenge for us during these times is to find our rest in Him, despite what may be going on around us; and in the midst of our earth shaking storms, and the whirlwinds of our life, in the midst of all of that turmoil and confusion, to find our place of quite rest in Him, and there to be still, and know that I AM is still God, and that He has our situation well in hand! Selah

We must remember that God’s purpose, in all of this, is always to work out of us the world and the flesh; and work into us the likeness of His Son, and cause us to be conformed into the image of Jesus Christ, in order that we may be more fit for His service.

The process is not fun; and often it is filled with dangerous pitfalls, and times of heightened anxiety, discouragement, along with those feelings of aloneness.

However, that is exactly the point; and it’s in these times that we learn to disengage our reasoning abilities, our understanding, and all our earth based perspectives and rationalizations; and instead revert to God’s Instrument Flight Rules (IFR), where we are now navigating totally under the leading, inspiration, and direction of the Holy Spirit; as He illuminates and applies His perspective, His understanding, and His direction, in the midst of our circumstances; and this happens through our mediation and study of God’s Word!

This is the process we signed up for, whether we realized it or not, at the time of our conversion, when we were born-again; and we may rest assured that this process will continue for the rest of our lives, until we graduate to Glory. Selah

Below is an interesting perspective about this process, from Chuck Pierce.

Shalom,

Skip Barland

From: The ElijahList [mailto:propheticword@elijahlist.com]
Sent: Friday, April 30, 2010 12:30 AM
To: Skip Barland
Subject: Chuck Pierce: A River is Rising!

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Chuck Pierce:

A River is Rising! Keep Moving Toward Pentecost!

A River is Rising!

“There is a river within My people that I am bubbling up now. There is a river within My people that will bubble up and pour out now. Many of your rivers have been filled up with debris. Therefore, over the next several weeks, I will be cleansing you. There is a grace to be cleansed. There is a window to be cleansed. There is a moment that I will cleanse you. Because bacterium like E. coli has been down in your intestines, I will begin to produce clear colons. I will begin to cause your stomachs to be able to digest what I have for the future. My cleansing stream will come forth.”

Keep Moving Toward Pentecost!

As we approach Pentecost we must continue to shift our minds and thinking processes toward HARVEST. Watch for NEW DOORS to FORM! To “form” means to develop or mold the shape or outline of something or to give meaning, character or nature to something.

Another way of looking at a forming time is when something is becoming what it will be in days ahead. This includes the conditioning of our mind and body in regard to its mental performance ahead. A forming season includes conceiving, training, and disciplining. This phase denotes the arrangement of the part of a thing that gives its distinctive appearance.

A key Scripture reference about Pentecost time is 1 Corinthians 16:8. Paul purposed to stay at Ephesus until Pentecost, because an effectual door was opened to him for his ministry. Many enemies are behind this forming door, but the Lord says:

“Do not focus on your enemies during this season, but watch the door form and be ready to enter into this new opportunity. I will give you grace over your enemies. I am releasing your new assignment and you will go forth into new mission fields.”

Do Not Fear Darkness

God will be sending some of His people into dark structures. Do not fear the darkness. He will give you “night vision” to see a path of righteousness through any unrighteous structure. This will be like moving in the Gulf Stream through normal ocean currents. The Gulf Stream is a warm stream that originates in the Gulf of Mexico, goes through the Florida Straits and then moves into the colder waters of the Atlantic Ocean. God is parting waters! Dark spirits that have stopped us from advancing in certain areas to bring forth the harvest commission of the Son will now let go of harvest gates.

1 Corinthians 16:9 which says, “For a great and effective door has been opened to me, and there are many adversaries,” and will become a reality in this season. The Word of God will enter places and groups of people that have been closed or resisted freedom. Demon forces will part like the Red Sea and will be held back while God’s children go into their new assignments.

Time for Harvest!

Most of us do not understand harvest time. We’re in the days of waving the omer. Biblically, you wave your best offering daily and then by Pentecost you enter into a new harvest release. Because of our complex life, we are far removed from the actual production of our food supplies and the origination of the source of our provision. The harvest was a most important season (Genesis 8:22; 45:6). Events were reckoned from harvests (Genesis 30:14; Joshua 3:15; Judges 15:1; Ruth 1:22; 2:23; 1 Samuel 6:13; 2 Samuel 21:9; 23:13).

We must understand that harvest has a process:

1. The seed is broadcast and plowed under in late winter.

2. The prayer for rain–the early and the latter rain (Zechariah 10).

3. The grain was grasped and cut with the sickle (Deuteronomy 16:9 and Mark 4:29).

4. The grain was gathered into sheaves.

5. The grain was taken to the threshing floor.

6. Tools were used for threshing. You have tools for harvest.

7. The grain was winnowed (tossed in the air). Let the wind blow away your chaff.

8. The remaining grain was shaken into a sieve (Amos 9:9). Some of you are in this process.

9. The grain was brought into the storehouse. Find your storehouse.

Now, the harvest must be protected because harvest has major enemies:

1. Drought. Ask the Lord to identify and break all your dryness.

2. Locust invasion. Ask the Lord to remove any devouring in your harvest.

3. Plant diseases (mold, mildew). Ask the Lord to remove any mold in your life.

4. Hot, scorching winds. Ask the Lord to turn any adverse winds.

5. War. The enemy wanted to live off the land. Declare that any enemy that has eaten your harvest will run out of your land.

Firstfruits: A Key to Blessing

This feast was called the “Day of Firstfruits” (Numbers 28:26) because it marked the beginning of the time in which people were to bring offerings of firstfruits. It was a feast of joy and thanksgiving for the completion of the harvest season. Then these offerings were presented as a “wave offering” for the people. The first ripe of fruit, grapes, grain, oil, wine and the first of fleece were required as an offering (Exodus 22:29; Leviticus 2:12-16; Numbers 18:12; Deuteronomy 18:4; 2 Chronicles 31:5; Nehemiah 10:35, 37, 39; Proverbs 3:9; Jeremiah 2:3; Romans 11:16).

At this time, the Lord was credited as the source of rain and fertility (Jeremiah 5:24). In the New Testament the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples at Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4), at the festive time when Jews from different countries were in Jerusalem to celebrate this annual feast. The interval between Pentecost and tabernacles was the time for offering firstfruits.

Ask the Lord for your firstfruit offerings.

The Power of Redemptive Multiplication

Here are some keys to prayer to bring an increase to your thinking processes and to help you learn the power of redemptive multiplication:

Read Proverbs 10:5. “He who gathers in summer is a wise son; he who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.” Break a spirit of slumber. Ask the Lord if you have slumbered when you should have gathered.

Repent and Don’t Look Back! Ask the Lord to forgive you for any sins that you have made. In this passage you see how the people continually questioned the Lord’s power and protection. They had no faith that He would deliver them out of their present distress so they began building and worshipping false gods. The Word says when God saw this He was “Provoked to anger.” The Scripture says, “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved!” Know that God is willing to save you out of every situation, but you must make the choice to fully surrender to Him and understand that His timing is perfect. Read Jeremiah 8:20.

Thank Him for Your Inheritance! Thank Him that He has an inheritance for you. Here you see that David describes the inheritance that he has been given from the Lord as a good inheritance. Thank God for what He has given you to steward over and bless Him in all you do. The inheritance that God has given you is better than anything you could ever ask or dream of. God gives you nothing but the best. It is your decision to accept it and move into all the blessings that He has available for you. Read Psalm 16.

The Greater Dimension of Faith! Let Faith arise in your heart – “the greater dimension of faith.” Whenever I read the stories about healing in the Bible, I always seem to be baffled at the amount of faith displayed by these people. Now, as I view our culture, everyone seems to place all their faith into things they know. Many things, without a doubt, will give them some sort of return. Faith has an object. These people had found an object, Jesus, the Messiah, to place their faith. If we all would just fully let go and come into the understanding that God wants to heal and move into a new level of faith. We just have to have the faith.

In Matthew 8, I love when the centurion came to Jesus and pleaded with Him to heal his servant. Jesus was more than willing to go out of His way to personally visit the man’s place and heal the servant. However, the soldier knew all that was needed was for Jesus to SPEAK or SAY that the servant was healed and he would be healed. This man understood authority and command. That is the kind of faith that I desire to see!

Ask the Lord for a new level of faith to arise in you! Read Matthew 7 and 8.

Be A Laborer in His Kingdom! Ask the Lord for laborers. Let Him show you where you are to labor in His Kingdom. At the end of this chapter Jesus tell His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” The Gospel says that Jesus was moved with compassion when He saw the people for they were weary and scattered.

God has a harvest that He is bringing that will be too much for us to anticipate. We must pray and ask for the wisdom to have all the proper “laborers” in place so we don’t get beat down in the process. Thank God for the harvest that He is bringing! Be ready to be a laborer in this next harvest move! Read Matthew 9.

Freely You Have Received!
“Freely you have received, freely give.” Prepare an offering. We have received so much, as a matter of fact all the Father had—His only Son. Do not be afraid to give. In Matthew 10 you see that Jesus charged the disciples to go to the Israelites and preach to them saying, “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!” Jesus said that His disciples could not take gold or silver with them. He told them to preach and stay with those who would receive them.

In verse 14 Jesus says, “And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet.” We must become more sensitive to the presence of Holy Spirit in our midst. Ask the Lord to open your eyes to His presence and pray that you would see Him in every situation you are in! Be patient in your job or your city so that you do not leave prematurely. Do not be afraid to witness. Read Matthew 10

Blessings,

Chuck D. Pierce

Glory of Zion International Ministries
Email: chuckp@glory-of-zion.org


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2 thoughts on “For I am the clay, and God is the Master Potter!”

  1. FROM SKIP > I wanted to share this communication with you all, from the sister who sent me the Obama photos, and even though we may sometimes disagree , she is still my sister in the Lord, and whether we agree or not, we still remain friends, and are family! ~Skip
    ____________________________________________
    Hi Ruth,

    Thanks for you reply. The important thing is that we both understand that we can disagree or agree on principal and still remain friends and in fellowship. That was my concern.

    As far as my email posts and my blogs are concerned, that’s one thing, but our being in Christ means we are family, and as your brother I may disagree with you, but I love you; and I hope likewise, as my sister you feel the same.

    Just know that I both respect and also I want to hear your views, whether you agree with me or not; and also I appreciate all your comments, whatever they are.

    So keep them coming!

    Bless you,

    Skip
    _________________________________________
    From: Ruth
    Sent: Friday, April 30, 2010 12:27 PM
    To: theskipper@cox.net
    Subject: RE: Waiting for Daddy to come home

    NO HARD FEELINGS, SKIPP,
    I’M JUST SHARING WITH YOU ANY EMAIL I RECEIVE , WHETHER GOOD OR BAD,
    AS I KNOW YOU FOLLOW WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE NATURAL WORLD AND SPIRITUAL WORLD CLOSELY.

    AND I KNOW OBAMA IS ONE OF THE TOPICS YOU FOLLOW. I DON’T MEAN ANYTHING ELSE!!

    AND I’M NOT EVEN POLITICAL – POLICTICS IS A HARD TOPIC FOR ME, SINCE I DON’T HAVE MUCH INTEREST IN THAT AREA

    HOWEVER, I GET THE JUSTE OF ALL YOU’RE SAYING ABOUT THE POLICAL ARENA AND OBAMA.

    HAVE A BLEST DAY

  2. As I read this post I am reminded that “Potter and Clay” is the theme chosen for a day in our conference vision. God spoke through you by bringing vision and “Potter and Clay” together. Thanks for sharing such insight from the Lord. More pieces to “His puzzle” are coming together.

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