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Summary: The Bible uses different ways to describe our relationship to Him like; He is the creator, we are His creation¡ He is our Father, we are His children. The one I want us to focus on tonight is: He is the Potter, we are the clay.

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THE WORK OF HIS HANDS

The Bible uses different ways to describe our relationship to Him like¡KHe is the creator¡Kwe are His creation¡KHe is our Father¡Kwe are His children¡KThe one I want us to focus on tonight is: He is the Potter¡Kwe are the clay.

CONF.- 4 of 7 days I was set aside. Why? Realize that God is pleased with me even if I¡¦m not being useful. To build character and learn humility.

Turn to Jer. 18:1-4¡Kread the passage¡KGod wanted to show Jeremiah what He was doing with the house of Israel¡Kand perhaps how He was working in Jeremiah¡¦s life.

THERE IS A PROCESS GOD WANTS US TO BE AWARE OF

„³ Potter finds _SUITABLE_ clay. (show little piece of clay)

He removes dirt, stones, and _AIR_.

He _SOFTENS_ the clay with water.

„³ Clay is _THROWN_ (attached) on the potter¡¦s wheel.

„³ Clay is softened and _SHAPED_ on the spinning wheel.

Potter _MOLDS_ the clay using both hands.

Potter shapes and molds the clay by applying pressure.

„³ Clay pot is set aside to _DRY_.

„³ Dry pot is put in hot _OVEN_ (1500-2000 degrees).

Heat strengthens and hardens the clay.

„³ Pot is set aside to cool then it¡¦s ready for Potter¡¦s use.

THERE ARE REASONS THIS PROCESS IS IMPORTANT

„³ God wants to build Christ-like _CHARACTER_ in our lives.

Bill M. and I: Iron sharpening iron¡Kmarsh mello war story

„³ God wants to remove our _PRIDE_ and replace with humility.

Jim F. and I: Iron sharpening iron¡Kwashing dishes

„³ God wants to prepare us for His _SERVICE_.

I think it way Billy Graham who said ¡§Before God can use you, He must break you¡¨ I heard that a long time before I understood it¡Kand experienced it.

Expectations when I came to Miami: Ward and I roomates..pals¡K

„³ God wants to make sure He gets the _GLORY_ He deserves.

THERE ARE LESSONS WE CAN LEARN FROM THE PROCESS

„³ God is actively _INVOLVED_ in our lives. (Jer. 18:3; Isa. 29:16)

We need to allow Him to shape us. (Isa. 45:9)

We need to let Him do what He thinks is best. (Jer. 18:4)

LIFE IS HARD, BUT GOD IS GOOD!

I¡¦m not exactly sure what¡¦s going on in your life, but I am confident that God is at work

What is it in your life?

Family issue (divorce¡K);

Relationship issues (conflict with roomate, girlfriend, personality conflict, singleness);

Recent disappointment;

Academic issue (studies, classes, grades);

Finances (or lack there of);

Illness;

Question mark about your future (after graduation; summer plans)

Can you identify where God has you in the process right now?

„³ As a hunk of clay¡K.

I must not _RESIST_ what God is doing. (Rom. 9:20)

I must choose to _DIE_ to self. (Jn. 12:24)

I need _PURIFICATION_. (2 Tim. 2:20-21)

I will be _BROKEN_. (Ps. 51:17; Isa. 66:2)

We are broken people reaching out to other broken people who need Christ.

I will _SUFFER_ through the process. (2 Cor. 4:7-11)

I must be _SHAPED_ so I can be _USEFUL_.

Father, right now the hardest part about being clay is¡K..

But knowing You are a loving, skillful Potter Who wants the best for me

makes me¡K

Potter and Clay

Who are we?

The Bible gives us many different ways to describe our relationship with God.


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