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Friday, September 3, 2010

In the Potters Hands

 

9/3

Isaiah 64:8

In the Potter’s Hands

Do you get worried and fearful when important things don’t go your way? Have you ever thought that God may be allowing those events to teach you to trust Him and to see if you will stay peaceful and calm in the midst of the storm. He may be trying to toughen you up, to help you develop some backbone and stability in your life.

 

Clay works best when it is pliable, malleable, and moldable. But if you are hard, crusty and set in your ways, God will have to pound away on that old hard clay to get out the lumps. Be willing to deal with any issues that God brings up. Work with Him in the refining process rather that fighting against Him.

 

9/2

Peter 1:6

Let God Change You

Perhaps you are in a trial today, and you are praying for God to deliver you out of that adverse situation. That is a legitimate prayer, but maybe you’re missing the point of why you are being allowed to go through that trying time in the first place.

 

Recognize that God is molding you and refining you. You can pray, you can resist, you can sign and shout, but it’s not going to do any good if God’s purpose is to change you. And the sooner you learn your lesson and start dealing with those bad attitudes and start ruling over your emotions, the quicker you’ll go to the next level in your spiritual journey. We can’t run from everything that’s hard in our lives.

 

{To Cover you over the holiday weekend—enjoy and be blessed!}

 

9/4

Philippians 2:12

Work It Out

Certainly, none of us enjoy going through struggles, but you have to understand that your struggle may be an opportunity for advancement and promotion. The very thing you are fighting against so tenaciously may be the springboard that catapults you to a new level of excellence. Your challenges may become your greatest assets.

 

Without the resistance of air, an eagle can’t soar. Without the resistance of water, ship can’t float. Without the resistance of gravity, you and I can’t even walk. Without opposition or resistance, there is no potential for progress. There are no shortcuts; there’s no easy way to mature physically, emotionally, or spiritually. You must remain determined and work with God. Salvation is more that a onetime prayer. It is constantly cooperating with God, dealing with the issues He brings up, keeping a good attitude and allowing Him to change you as He sees fit.

 

9/5

Psalm 92:1-2

An Attitude of Gratitude

Have you ever considered that perhaps you are not getting your prayers answered because you are not grateful for what God has already done for you? The Scriptures teach us that we should continually give God thanks; we should live with an attitude of gratitude.

 

You may say, “I’ve been through so many disappointments. I lost my business last year. My marriage didn’t work out. I’ve lost so much. How do you expect me to be grateful? But if it had not been for the goodness of God, you could have lost it all. If not for God’s mercy, you might not even be here today. Quit looking at what you have lost and start thanking God for what you have left.

 

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