Why “Shaped by the Potter’s Hands”


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?

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

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?

 

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