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Let God shape and mold you. Don't allow the circumstances of life to dry you out and harden you before God is finished with you.

Everyone likes the easy path.  When things go wrong, it can really be frustrating.  During those times, it is really easy to forget that we are still the clay in the hands of the Potter.  You know, to form a beautiful piece of art out of clay requires a lot beating, squeezing, molding, pressure and heat.  Everyone admires the beauty of the end result, but few realize what that beautiful vase actually went through on the way to right now.

 

What if you were that beautiful vase?  All of us want to be that vase that stands out from the rest.  All of us want to be valued.  What if God showed us everything that it would take to become that vase?  What if He told us, beforehand, that we'd have to spend countless hours being pressed and baked at extremely high temperatures?  We think we want to know, right? Would we still want to be that vase?  God knows the answer.  This is why, in His infinite wisdom, He doesn't reveal everything to us all at once.  The beating and the squeezing and the heat are the circumstances of life.  They all work together to bring to reality the vision in God's mind of what we will eventually be.

 

When God called me to the ministry, I learned very quickly that the call was just the beginning of a process.  Honestly, some of it I like, and some of it I don't like.  One thing that I am sure of is this:  I need the entire process.  There have been times of impatience and times of frustrations; even times I've wanted to quit.  Yet, God has always been faithful in letting me know that, if I stay the course, in His timing, I will have the tools that I need to fulfill the destiny that He has given me to fulfill.  To be sure, this is a destiny that only I can fulfill.  We all have one.  Here's the skippy:  God needs our permission and our participation to work it all out.  His will for our lives is not automatic.  How can this be true?  If it were, we'd all be living life out it absolute obedience to His Word, on our way to Heaven.  Instead, there is this little thing called free-will. What happens when our free-will begins to cause cracks in the works of the Potter?  If we'll stay in His hands, He patiently goes about reworking and reshaping and reheating until we are what He envisions for us to be. 

 

Let God shape and mold you.  Don't allow the circumstances of life to dry you out and harden you before God is finished with you.  The molding may cost you some pain.  The pain may cost you some comfort.  The heat might cost you some sweat; but I promise you this:  the end result will be priceless!

 

Be Blessed!

                                                                           

Min. Eric V. Moss
 
The Fathers House
5701/03 S. Laburnum Ave.
Richmond, VA 23231
 
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Scriptures for the day:  2 Peter 3:8-9 and Phillipians 1:3-6
 
8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
 The Holy Bible : New International Version. electronic ed. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 1996, c1984, S. 2 Pe 3:8-9
 
 3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. 
The Holy Bible : New International Version. electronic ed. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 1996, c1984, S. Php 1:3-6
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