Summary: Some times He has to break our worldly vessels and make us over again


Jeremiah 18:1-6

Today I want to talk just for a little while on the fact that God is the Potter and we are the clay, some times He has to break our worldly vessels and make us over again. And I’m glad its that way aren’t you?, I’m glad that when He saves us He don’t just lay us aside and say well, “THERE’S ANOTHER ONE THAT’S MINE” no, He starts right away working on us to make us better for His use & glory. I’m afraid though that like Israel many of Gods children today find them selves all involved with the things of this world. Idolizing many things.

God took clay and formed man, the physical part of man. Gen. 2:7 “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” God was the Potter.

Let me say that the potter has absolute control over the clay; the clay will yield to the potters every demand, because the clay is lifeless and helpless in His Hands. The potter is absolute. That is, he has power over the clay and that power is unlimited. No clay can stop the potter, nor can it question his right. No clay can resist his will, nor alter his plans. The clay cannot speak back to the potter.

“Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto di)shonour?” Rom. 9:21

Listen as I read today’s text found in

Jeremiah 18:1-6 1The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, 2Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. 3Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. 4And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. 5Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 6O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.

We see here that God was talking about Israel, but the truth in these verses can be applied to you & I as individuals as well as nations also, God always receives us in our old carnal ways and then He begins to reshape and mold us into a vessel that He can use, our old man and old nature are still with us even after we’re saved but He slowly but surely starts a work on each of us for His use and glory. He is the Great Potter and He is expert at what He does.

Some times the clay may need to season a bit to become more workable and useable, the potter may lay that clay aside for a time but he never throws it away.

Much like Israel is today, the Potter has simple laid them aside for a time but He has not forgotten them or abandon them, when the heated oven of the Tribulation is hot, Israel will come back to Him, their His chosen people and nothing or no one can change it, nor do we that love God & Israel want to.

Rom.11: 25-27 25For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits;*{ideas} that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. 26And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 27For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

Again let me say that God is the Master Potter and He is shaping, molding and forming us at this very time and He will be until we’re out of here.

Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

--will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: according to this verse, He will continue to mold, shape and make us better right up unto the day of Jesus Christ.

In Jeremiah’s time the people of God found themselves deep in disobedience to God. As a nation they were sliding deeper into sin. Sins were written permanently on the people’s hearts, It stood etched there, and on their most prominent places of worship, the pagan altars throughout the land.

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