Under Construction

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“… for ye are the temple of the living God; as God has said,  I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” 2 Corinthians 6:16 (KJV)

When we become truly believers and accept Jesus as our personal Savior, the Holy Spirit will come to live in us as John 14:23 says,

“Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” (KJV)

Spiritual Construction

As we grow in spiritual maturity, we as God’s temple become sturdier as a house being built.  The area is surveyed and marked off.  The next step is the construction of the foundation:  first it is framed in wood and then cement is poured into the frame to make it strong.

Several years ago I found a new development that no houses, not even the model, had been built on yet.  It was a beautiful location and my family had already decided to move.  We contracted to have a house build.  We had to travel to another location of the developer to see a model because they only had pictures of the models at the site we were visiting.  As the months proceeded, I traveled to the site almost every weekend to watch the construction.  I had never seen a house built from scratch before.  As the house took shape from the foundation to the finished structure.  We selected every aspect of the interior from the kitchen cabinets to the tile, flooring, bathroom fixtures, and exterior trim brick coloring and window sidings everything that gave our house an individuality.

I was not aware of it then, but as I look back it reminds me of the way the Holy Spirit comes into us when we accept Jesus as our personal Savior, whether we feel it or not, and starts to look around, survey what needs to be done and then begin work at constructing, cleaning up, and in some cases reconstructing areas that are in decay according to the Father’s plan for our lives.  It took 90 days to complete the major construction of our house.  The Holy Spirit is constantly working  on this never ending evolving process.

The Spirit Constantly at Work

As it states in 2 Corinthians, we are God’s temple and the Spirit abides in us. Will he leave us partially constructed, and incomplete or work with us to make us perfect?

The Spirit helps us make the right choices if we listen to the still, quiet voice.  I know from my own experience that growth is slow, but constant.  Since I have grown in my journey enough to understand at least a little bit of the wonderful gift I have been given and the sacrifice Jesus made to give it to me, I value it all the more.

Although once the house was completed it look similar to the other houses of that same model, the inside was completely different and made to order.  The important thing to remember about the Holy Spirit and His work, it never ends.  As temples, although formed according to the prototypes, (Adam and Eve) there are settle difference both inside and out that make each of us unique.

Let the Spirit Work

Those of us who believe and have accepted Jesus as our Savior are constantly under construction and should accept the guidance of the Holy Spirit at work.

 

 

 

Why “Shaped by the Potter’s Hands”

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Why is the blog called Shaped by the Potter’s Hands.  In Jeremiah 18:6 the Lord tells Jeremiah to go to the potter’s house and then says, “… Behold as the clay is in the potter’s hands, so are ye in mine hand ….”  and in Isaiah 64:8, “… O Lord, thou are our father; we are the clay and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hands.”  I feel that God through Jesus and the Holy Spirit in His benevolent mercy is the potter who is shaping us and changing us everyday.  As Christians we believe we are changed from the time that we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior that we also accept the shaping and molding of the Holy Spirit (as we continue to grow) we allow Him to shape us.
In Isaiah Jesus says can I not shape my people as the potter’s hands shapes the clay.  Just as man was created from the dust of the earth, we are clay to be molded into beautiful useful pottery.  As Believer’s we are constantly in a state of flux and should be aware that we are changing and hopefully improving in our relationship with God and His other creations. 

 When we accept Christ we climb onto the potter’s wheel and wait on the potter to begin the work.  As the wheel turns, you feel yourself changing shape into the useful vessel that you are meant to be.  Be thankful for the blessing and the and the work involved in shaping and molding you into a solid, beautiful  vessel that He can use in Jesus’ name.

What are you thinking about? Lies of Satan or the Truth of God’s Word?

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1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”

When rising from what I though was a relaxing night, the first thing I think of is a problem that I must address today and a cloud instantly comes over my head.  As I proceed to get dressed for the day, the cloud continued to linger over me.  As I was preparing to leave the house to run my morning errands, I realized that I had left myself open to Satan’s lies and was paying for it with the cloud of depression and bad attitude about my day although it really had not started yet.  As a result of the mood I had fallen into, I was more of an introvert that I usually am and there was no smiling at any one.
Starting the Day Right

Part of my morning ritual involves watching my morning inspirational program as I am getting dressed and this morning, I listened to the news and music from the radio. The cable was out again.  I never realized before how my routine usually insulates me from the usual bad news and noise that bombards us each day.  Please do not get me wrong, I enjoy music all kinds for most of the day.  But, I must say that some of what is being played today is garbage and that is the best way to describe it.

After taking my grandson to school, I sat down to read the Scriptures, pray, and peacefully drink my first cup of coffee.  It is truly the best time of the day for me.  As I read Hebrews, my spirits gradually began to rise as I received the Word of God into my spirit.  It wrapped around me like a warm blanket protecting me from continued attacks at least for that morning.  My depressed mood dissipated, and I proceeded to continue my day in a much better mood.

Be Ready

This transformation from a bad to a positive attitude about my day was directly related to how I allowed myself to let Satan bring lies to my attention before my feet hit the floor in the morning.  We are most vulnerable and open to attack when we are still drowsy with sleep.

You Can

I know it is impossible stop Satan’s attacks especially if you are trying to stay on the right path, but I do know that you can start your day with God Word, prayer, inspirational music, and positive thoughts so that the devil will not have an opportunity to defeat you before the day starts.  I am careful to start my day on a positive note regardless of what the devil puts in my head.  I have control of my thoughts, and I refuse to let Satan win.

Do not be a victim, Be a Warrior!

PROCRASTINATION

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It is has been several months since I wrote a post to my site. I apologize for not adding to my posts.  The delay was not caused because  I was no longer receiving subjects from the still, quiet voice because I was.  I realized recently it was simply a matter of procrastination.  I actually got distracted and off-track by life. It really amounts to procrastination.

What is Procrastination?

The Oxford Dictionary defines Procrastination as the act of delaying or postponing something.

Self-Defeating

I have had bouts with procrastination many times in my life.  Most of the time, I am not aware of it until it is brought to my attention by the Holy Spirit. In this case, during my daily Scripture reading, I came upon Ecclesiastes 11:4, “He who observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.”  The meaning I received from this Scripture was not to wait until all conditions are favorable to do what I am suppose or want to do. Procrastination is soooo self-defeating.  It stops or delays you from taking action and accomplishing goals.

Missed Opportunities

How many opportunities has God made available that I missed because of fear or hesitation?– (Procrastination)  All conditions will never be favorable nor will all the ducks just line up in a row, but I must continue to advance and do what the Spirit has put on my heart to accomplish.  I know that God does not give us an assignment without giving us everything we need to accomplish the task.  Self-talk is a weapon I use to defeat procrastination and get myself going into the right direction toward my goal.  So I had to have a long talk with myself about my writing.  Eliminating my excuses for not posting one by one, helped me to get started.

That being said my posts will appear weekly, and I pray that they will be helpful to anyone who takes the time to read them.  My purpose is to relate my struggles and successes on the path to become more as God would have me be. For I know that I am being Shaped and Molded each and every day.  Although I have come a long way, there is such a long way to go.  I hope that relating my struggles will make it easier for others and help them not go around the mountain as many times as I have to find the Truth that has been there all the time.

Finding the Path

Matthews 7:13-14 says, Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat; Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way; which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”  Only by staying on the narrow path will we find the peace in our Spirit and the treasures that has been laid up for us as Believers.

What are you procrastinating about?

 

The Thirst for the Promise

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John 4:3-15 (KJV) brings Jesus to Jacob’s Well and His conversation with the Samaritan woman. To really understand this passage, you must picture the scene. Jesus left Judea with his disciples and is walking towards Galilee. It was customary for Jews to take the longer route to avoid Samaria. The Samaritans and Jews were enemies.

The Jews and Samaritans were involved in a dispute over where God’s people should worship. The Samaritans were a combination of Jews who were allowed to remain after the Assyrians conquered Israel and Gentiles brought in to settle the land. They worshipped both the Jewish God and pagan gods. The Samaritan Jews believed that a mountain on their land was where God intended for Jews to worship. The Jews of Judah believed that God wanted his people to worship in Jerusalem.

It was customary for Jews to take the longer route to get to Galilee and avoid Samaria which was between Judea and Galilee. Jesus took the shorter route grew weary and stopped at Jacob’s Well in a town called Sychar. He sent His disciples to fetch food for the evening meal.

While sitting on the edge of the well, a woman from the town came to draw water. She was surprised to find anyone there so late in the day and doubly surprised to have a Jew talk to her. He asked her for a drink of the water from the well. The woman questioned why a Jew would talk to her. Jesus answered, “If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.” (John 4:10, KJV)

The woman did not understand Jesus’ request as illustrated by her next comment, “Sir, thou hasn’t nothing to draw with, and the well is deep from whence then hast thou that living water?” (John 4:11, KJV) “Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:14, KJV)

The living water Jesus mentioned is not drinking water as found in the well, but the Holy Spirit to satisfy the thirsty soul. Isaiah 12:3, “… with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.” (KJV) Jesus says in John 6:35, “… I am the bread of life he that cometh to me shall never hunger and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” (KJV) The gift being offered to her had no meaning because she could only see His inability to draw water from the well.

We live in a world where people thirst for a better life. They thirst for salvation from the catatonic evolution of this world controlled by Satan. People today are lost in the desert of deception, lies, and false hope. Jesus is the light in the darkness bringing the Word of God and living waters to the thirsty soul. He who drinks of this water will never thirst, because this water that Christ gives shall be in him a well of water. Take of the living waters and be refreshed. The waters offered by Christ will cause the believer to never thirst again. Christ offers waters that flow from the well of water within the believer. Stop wondering in the desert, lost, stumbling and dying of thirst.

So many mirages appear, and we run to them only to be disappointed once we get there with nothing but lies and deceit. As we lift our heads from the last mirage, we see Jesus sitting by the well offering the water of life. We hesitate because there have been so many mirages. Do you use your last strength to stumble your way to Jesus at the well or choose what looks like an oasis only a little further with large palms, a lake, and inviting food?

Which would you choose?

Standing in the Gap

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When you have done all you can do?

What do you do now?

(This is one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy it. It is available on YouTube).

As Believers in Jesus and acknowledging Him as our Lord and Savior, we are in a unique position. There are specific instructions for how to handle all situations that we face. Do all you can do, pray for guidance, and then follow the small, quiet voice of the Holy Spirit. Until you receive directions, you just stand and wait on the Lord to direct your steps. Give it to God. That which seems insurmountable to us is inconsequential to God. God will respond to your prayer for help if is in line with His plan for you. Complaining and fuming will not help the situation, and there is always a chance that it could make it worst.

Matthews 6:34 “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” (KJV)

One of the worst things you can do is worry over a problem. It is so detrimental to your health, both mentally and physically. I know from personal experience the utter uselessness of worrying. In my younger years, as a single parent, I worried a lot. Raising two kids and working sometimes six days a week to be sure that everything was paid and there was food on the table really had me worrying a lot. Although I prayed I did not understand how I was defeating my own purpose by praying and worrying. This habit of trying to do everything myself was destroying my peace, preventing my growing in my faith walk with God, and exhibiting a disregard for the Holy Spirit. The physical results amounted to migraine headaches that left me in a dark room unable to function with what seemed like little men playing the drums in my head and eventually sending me to the doctor.

This was before I understood that worrying is a spirit of Satan. I was totally unaware of the destructive power that I had given Satan by allowing myself to fall into the worry habit. When I finally read Mark 11:22-24,

“22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.

23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” (KJV)

The light bulb finally came on for me. I immediately wrote it down and began reciting it daily. Every time I felt the onslaught of the spirit of worry. This Scripture would get me back on track. Then I found Ephesians 6:12-13 (KJV)

“12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Of course, there are times when the spirit of worry tries to creep in on me, but I become aware of the attack sooner, strengthen my spiritual armor, and put up my scriptural defenses before it can get a hold on my spirit.

Do not let worry keep you from enjoying your life and beating you down. Do what you can do, You Stand, and Let God take over the rest. He is more than capable.

One final Scripture for the worriers out there Philippians 4:6:

 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. (Amplified Classic Edition)

Are you an “Indian Giver?”

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You pray for God’s help, give Him your problems, but you take them back and worry about them again. This habit indicates a lack of faith in God’s promise and ability to take care of you.

As we continue our life’s journey, trials are always on the horizon that cause us to hesitate or stumble. So many things face us that it is easy to get distracted and pulled off course.

Things happen and as a Believer we are to bring our difficulties and problems large or small to God in prayer, believe we will receive a resolution, and wait for His response. The problem occurs when we give God our difficulties and then take them back as though God is incapable of responding or unable to deal with our request. In other words, we are the “Indian Givers”. We give God the problem and then take it back, try to come up with an answer, and worry about it in the interim.

 

Is it that we do not feel God is able or that He is too busy to address our problems. I know I have done this many times. In fact, I was a worrier stuck in the habit of worrying over the difficulties I encountered. “Casting my care upon Him…”[God] (1 Peter 5:7, KJV) and taking them back and worrying over them without realizing that this was addictive behavior that was detrimental to my health.

As I mature in my walk with God, it is easier for me to understand how destructive being an “Indian Giver” is to me spiritually, mentally, and physically. How can I acknowledge a faith in God if I do not believe He is more than capable of resolving any problem that I may have? After I have done what I can do, I leave my cares in His hands. The important and the hardest part is leaving the problem there and going on with my life and above all stop worrying? Worrying was really having a detrimental effect on my life. I read Matthew 6:25-34 frequently.  In fact, I wrote these verses from Matthew on a 3×5 card and read them every day.

It has taken a long time to break this bad habit and place my faith in God to the point that I am not an “Indian Giver.” It is really hard on occasion and I lapse, but quickly I am reminded by the Holy Spirit that the problem is no longer mine. I have given it away to Him who can do something about solving it—God.

Helpful Scriptures from the King James Version of the Bible for the worrier:

Philippians 4:6 (KJV)

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Psalm 37:5 (KJV)

Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

Psalm 55:22 (KJV)

22 Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

Psalm 34:15 (KJV)

15 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

Psalm 56:3-4 (KJV)

What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.

Philippians 4:6 (KJV)

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Matthew 6:25-26 (KJV)

 25Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

Matthew 6:34 (KJV)

34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.