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The Word For Today

STAY ON THE WHEEL

While you are on the Potter's wheel, consider these two things: (1) The Potter's plan and pleasure are what matter. He has the right to make you into anything He chooses. What matters most is that His plan for your life be fulfilled and His pleasure in you be realised. Can you imagine a potter discussing with the clay what it would prefer to become? No. Only he has the wisdom to make that decision. So instead of struggling with the will of God, rejoice that '...God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him' (Philippians 2:13 NLT).

(2) The Potter will not stop until the job is done. God's job would be simple if we were just inanimate lumps of clay. But we're clay animated by self-will and 'we want what we want, when we want it.' However, rather than giving in to us, or giving up on us, the Potter keeps working and reworking the clay, day after day, until we gradually begin to take on a shape He can use for His glory. This sometimes calls for radical action on His part: 'But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over again' (Jeremiah 18:4 NLT). God is so committed to His objective in your life that He won't quit - even though it means allowing you to be crushed and starting the process over again.

So be patient and stay on the wheel; what God has in mind for you is worth it.

Soulfood : Judg 12-15, Matt 12:38-50, Ps 47, Prov 13:11-12

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THE POTTER'S PLAN

'as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are you in My hand...' Jeremiah 18:6 NKJV

In the good times it's easy to see that we're making progress, but in the tough times we are prone to feel like we're not making any progress at all. We react to pain, loss and adversity by consulting our feelings instead of God's faithfulness. Please understand this: at all times you are securely in God's hands! '...as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are you in My hand...' (Jeremiah 18:6 NKJV). You're a work in progress and the crucial thing isn't your circumstances or feelings but the Potter's commitment to finish what He began. '...He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ' (Philippians 1:6 NKJV).

Here are two things you must remember while you're spinning on the Potter's wheel: (1) The Potter has the right to mould you as He sees fit. Nothing can prevent Him from making you into what He wants you to become. He is an expert at turning lumps of clay into objects of value and usefulness. 'Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the ...lump to make one vessel for honour...' (Romans 9:21 NKJV)? Your job is to stay on the wheel and let God make you into what He desires you to be. (2) The Potter has an individual plan for each lump of clay. The Potter, not the clay, determines the end-product in the same way that the Holy Spirit determines your place and role in the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:18).

So discover the Potter's plan and submit to Him!


SoulFood: Judg 9:34 - 11:40; Matt 12:22-37; Ps 97; Pro 20:25; Ecc 5:4-6

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HOW TO ACTIVATE GOD'S WORD (2)

if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.' 1 John 5:14 NIV

While you are waiting for God's Word to be fulfilled in your life, do these three things:

(1) Verbalise it. The most effective way to pray is to speak God's Word. The patriarchs, prophets and psalmists regularly reminded God of His promises in prayer, confident He would keep them. The surest indicator of God's will is His Word. 'This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us...we know that we have what we asked of Him' (1 John 5:14-15 NIV). God always responds to His Word, always!

(2) Obey it. God's plan for us is not just to speak His Word, vital as this is, but that we obey it (James 1:22). The hymn-writer said: 'When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word, what a glory He sheds on our way; while we do His good will, He abides with us still, and with all who will trust and obey.' Obedience - faith in action - aligns us with God and He responds by fulfilling His promise to us.

(3) Share it. Parents and grandparents, 'Take to heart these words that I give you today. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you're at home or away, when you lie down or get up' (Deuteronomy 6:6-7 GWT). You needn't be a qualified teacher, just a sincere teller. Sharing God's Word will produce fruit in the lives of your family, friends, relatives, business associates and neighbours, and also increase your own grasp and understanding of it.


SoulFood: Judg 7:1 - 9:33; Matt 12:15-21; Ps 129; Pro 13:9-10

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