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God Shaped

“…but now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our Potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.” (Isa. 64:8)

According to the experts, clay has to be in the exact center of the potter’s wheel. If not, then the clay will eventually tear apart and become marred in the potter’s hands. The desired result will not be achieved and the beauty in the potter’s imagination cannot be released.

I find it helpful to remind myself often that I, as a believer must stay centered. We are as clay, and God (the ultimate Potter) shapes us into the masterpiece best suited for His purpose. “For we are His workmanship (His masterpiece), created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Eph. 2:10) We must be in the middle of the Master Potter’s wheel, if we want to become suited for Kingdom success. Our anointing, the touch of God upon our lives and the flow of spiritual influence; is hinged to staying focused on Christ. At the very center of the Potter’s Wheel is the most vulnerable place, and the most wonderful place; to live your life!

Needing a Savior:

The first step of being in the middle of God’s will is to recognize we need a Savior. We have fallen short of God’s original intent and we need someone to lift us up onto the “Potter’s wheel” again (Rom. 3:23-24). That position is where something significant can begin to take place. Being centered in Christ means we live a life of full surrender to what God, the Master Potter, wants to do in our lives. Surrendering to Christ allows Him to remove the most significant barrier – sin, and restore our originally designed relationship between the Potter and His clay. When we accept the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross, He becomes our Savior and everything becomes new… our hearts, our focus and our future (2 Cor. 5:17).

Trusting His Lordship:

The second step is allowing Him to become “lord” and follow Him as His disciple. In order to see the kind of spiritual transformation we need, we have to submit our lives to Him. The Greek word for “lord” is kurios, pronounced koo-rios. In Ephesians  it says, “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph. 1:2). Note that the Apostle Paul recognizes Jesus as our Lord and God as our Father. When Christ is truly Lord in a person’s heart, He becomes supreme in authority and is allowed to govern the heart and mind by grace. Something to remind ourselves, is that grace is a favor that the Holy Spirit opens up to us (2 Cor. 3:17-18) as we learn to walk in humble obedience to the Father’s will and purpose for our lives (Jms. 4:6-10). Through the practices of prayer of reading God’s Word, (the Bible) we are awakened on the inside (our spirit) to the force of God’s shaping hands. This is the power of the Holy Spirit at work transforming and renewing our minds to follow His will for our life.

The Master Potter:

God is the ultimate craftsmen, shaping us with His hands and perfecting us for His Glory. We trust Him to mold us, to shape us into a vessel fit for Kingdom use. It requires faith to believe in something you haven’t seen, but as you process all that God does within you spiritually; there is an assurance that grows and shapes even the way you think. The Bible tells us that there is a renewal of strength (Isa. 40:29-31) and a restoration of heart (Psa. 63:3-7) that comes as we position ourselves before the Father. This is because He loves us with an everlasting and unconditional love. He sees in us something beautiful, something we cannot see, something that He alone will cause to emerge. And emerge it will… to display His pleasure, power and passion!

Remind yourself today that you are: “His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.” (1 Pet. 2:9-10)

Into the Call of God

“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 Jn. 4:4)

“…Christ in you, the hope of glory!” (Col. 1:27)

Bridging the Gap between Our Ability and God’s Call:

1. The Anointing of the Holy Spirit
“He anointed us, set His seal of ownership on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” (2 Cor 1:21-22)

The Greek word for anoint is chrio, meaning ‘to smear or rub with oil’… and when used in the New Testament it speaks to the idea of the anointing of the Holy Spirit upon and within the believer to achieve great exploits.

“The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18)

These verses emphasize the essentials to entering into the call of God! Just as Jesus was “anointed” and “sent” to fulfill God’s purpose, we are also anointed by the Holy Spirit and sent to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives. With the anointing of the Holy Spirit, we receive God’s power to do the work He has called us to do (Acts 1:8)(Eph 3:16). In the Old Testament, Prophets, Priests and Kings were the classes of people anointed with oil, foreshadowing Jesus the Messiah; and also signifying that the anointing sets God’s people apart for service to Him. In the New Testament, anointing is not a substance or impersonal power, but the Person of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit still sets us apart to do all that would fulfill the Will of God in our generation. We need to highly value and treasure the Spirit and His anointing. This puts a demand upon our hearts… WE MUST:

  • Maintaining an intimate relationship with Him and continue being filled with the Holy Spirit! (Eph. 5:15-18)
  • Be growing in our sensitivity… to obey Him and follow His timing! (Acts 13:2)
  • Value accountability and honor God-given leadership! (Eph. 4:11)
  • Treat His Presence and anointing with honor and respect! (Eph. 4:30)

As you do this, you can trust His anointing and abiding Presence to be evident and enter into the call of God for your life. So, if you are wondering how to get the supernatural results God intends for your ministry… remember that the source is not you; but is in you and on you. Its the Presence of Christ and anointing of the Holy Spirit.

2. The Grace of God
God says to us: “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness…” (2 Cor 12:9)

God offers us grace and power, sufficient for His purposes, but we must tap into it by the humility of surrender. The Apostle Paul tells us that he “boasted in his weakness”, because in so doing he was able to tap into God’s supernatural grace and power! If you are unsure where the strength will come to achieve what God has called you to do? Then you are right where God wants you! Just remember what the Apostle Paul heard from God and how that redirected his focus and his praise. God’s grace, “charis” in Greek, refers to the undeserved favor of God freely given to us in Jesus Christ. Grace is the favor that encourages and empowers us in our service for Him!

“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them – yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.” (1 Cor 15:10)

Grace effects us at the deepest level when trying to accomplish the Will of God. This enabling grace relates to our specific calling from God… it is the favor within His voice that clarifies your purpose in life and strengthens your resolve. So you and I run into the will of God with passion because the call of God become the beat of our hearts! We Pursue Him – Make Him your highest aim and you will never, never be without strength in the days ahead.

“Through Him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for His name’s sake.” (Rom 1:5)(1 Cor 3:10)

When the call of God is daunting, remind yourself that you are of God …and “Christ in you” has already overcome!

The Potter’s Hands

“…but now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our Potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.” (Isa. 64:8)

According to the experts, clay has to be in the exact center of the potter’s wheel. If not, then the clay will eventually tear apart and become marred in the potter’s hands. The desired result will not be achieved and the beauty in the potter’s imagination cannot be released.

I find it helpful to remind myself often that I, as a believer must stay centered. We are as clay, and God (the ultimate Potter) shapes us into the masterpiece best suited for His purpose. “For we are His workmanship (His masterpiece), created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Eph. 2:10) We must be in the middle of the Master Potter’s wheel, if we want to become suited for Kingdom success. Our anointing, the touch of God upon our lives and the flow of spiritual influence; is hinged to staying focused on Christ. At the very center of the Potter’s Wheel is the most vulnerable place, and the most wonderful place; to live your life!

Needing a Savior:

The first step of being in the middle of God’s will is to recognize we need a Savior. We have fallen short of God’s original intent and we need someone to lift us up onto the “Potter’s wheel” again (Rom. 3:23-24). I must find myself in God’s hands! That position is where something significant can begin to take place. Being centered in Christ means we live a life of full surrender to what God, the Master Potter, wants to do in our lives. Surrendering to Christ allows Him to remove the most significant barrier – sin, and restore our originally designed relationship between the Potter and His clay. When we accept the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross, He becomes our Savior and everything becomes new… our hearts, our focus and our future (2 Cor. 5:17).

Trusting His Lordship:

The second step is allowing Him to become “lord” and follow Him as His disciple. In order to see the kind of spiritual transformation we need, we have to submit our lives to Him. The Greek word for “lord” is kurios, pronounced koo-rios. In Ephesians it says, “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph. 1:2). Note that the Apostle Paul recognizes Jesus as our Lord and God as our Father. When Christ is truly Lord in a person’s heart, He becomes supreme in authority and is allowed to govern the heart and mind by grace. Something to remind ourselves, is that grace is a favor that the Holy Spirit opens up to us (2 Cor. 3:17-18) as we learn to walk in humble obedience to the Father’s will and purpose for our lives (Jms. 4:6-10). Through the practices of prayer of reading God’s Word, (the Bible) we are awakened on the inside (our spirit) to the force of God’s shaping hands. This is the power of the Holy Spirit at work transforming and renewing our minds to follow His will for our life.

The Master Potter:

God is the ultimate craftsmen, shaping us with His hands and perfecting us for His Glory. We trust Him to mold us, to shape us into a vessel fit for Kingdom use. It requires faith to believe in something you haven’t seen, but as you process all that God does within you spiritually; there is an assurance that grows and shapes even the way you think. The Bible tells us that there is a renewal of strength (Isa. 40:29-31) and a restoration of heart (Psa. 63:3-7) that comes as we position ourselves before the Father. This is because He loves us with an everlasting and unconditional love. He sees in us something beautiful, something we cannot see, something that He alone will cause to emerge. And emerge it will… to display His pleasure, power and passion!

Remind yourself today of whose you really are – “His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.” (1 Pet. 2:9-10)

Freshly Anointed

“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13)

The Apostles, Peter and John; carried an anointing that was fresh and obvious to everyone! Their behavior, boldness and supernatural influence were tangible and appeared as rich evidence that they had been with Jesus. Their courage and character looked like Jesus! Their impact in ministry lifted them beyond their education or their status in society. Something was visible… and that will always make the religious culture a bit nervous.

Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed (chrio) Me…” (Luke 4:18)

The Greek word anointed, ‘chrio’, means to smear or rub with oil… and as you could imagine, there are wonderful things produced when the Holy Spirit anoints human flesh. There is something in the experience of Jesus, a powerful picture that is prophetic… conveying the Father’s heart and purpose for our lives. The common English expression, “to rub off”, means to have an effect through close association or contact – so as to make similar. For example, if you brush up against a freshly painted door, wet paint will rub off on you… the same color and texture will show up! Jesus’ attributes and anointing rubbed off onto His disciples, and in like manner; they show up on us when we fellowship with the Holy Spirit. The close contact with Him changes our perceptions and our boldness.

“Rubbing Off”

God desires to get up close and personal with you. When you encounter Christ, the Holy Spirit’s power rubs off on your life in such a way that others witness it and hunger for a similar relationship with God. The anointing is not a commodity; it is not a thing. It is the Person of the Holy Spirit revealing Himself in and through you. I want to encourage you, that the spiritual hunger that you have right now for the invisible, undefinable “more of God”, will change you and transform your outer man! And that, truly is the richest gift of the Spirit.

4 More Ways to Receive a Fresh Anointing

1. A Fresh Encounter with God Through His Word: The Bible (Heb. 4:12)(Jms. 1:21-25)

  • (2 Cor. 3:18) ‘And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s Glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.’
  • The Greek word translated ‘contemplate’ in this verse, means to look into a mirror. In context, Paul is saying that we don’t have a blinded understanding—we have the fullness of the Gospel that reveals Jesus. It is on God’s heart that you encounter Him in the Bible, catching a fresh revelation of Who He is and see mirrored there who you are in the process of becoming. When you do, you experience transformation, you encounter God and you receive a fresh touch from Him.

2. Make Room for More: Surrender (Heb. 12:1)

  • (2 Tim. 2:20-21) ‘In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.’
  • The ‘latter’ that Paul referred to was false teaching and ungodly talk. What is that thing that the Holy Spirit is putting His finger on in your life right now and He is saying, ‘It’s time for that to go’. Maybe it is fear or intimidation, or lack of self worth. Perhaps you need to release bitterness and forgive someone. Maybe it is an area of struggle or temptation, and you need to bring it into the light and share what is going on with someone you can trust. It could be distractions that are keeping you from focusing on God. Sometimes in order to be filled and receive more, we need to make room… we need to be cleansed and separate from some stuff.

3. Close Association with Others who are Anointed: Fellowship (Heb. 10:23-25)

  • (Eph. 4:16) ‘…from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth to the body for the edifying of itself in love.’
  • What is ‘rubbing off’ onto you from the people who are around your life? What is ‘rubbing off’ from you onto others? If possible, get around people who have the Presence of God on their lives and who carry the integrity, attributes, gifts and spiritual DNA that God has called you to have on your own life. Learn from them, receive from them, and study them and what they do.

4. Receive a Fresh Anointing Through Prayer: Ask, Seek and Knock (Mt. 7:7)(1 Tim. 2:1-4)

  • Praying and receiving prayer are 2 of the most effective ways for you to receive a fresh touch of the Holy Spirit’s anointing. Recently I received prayer with some leaders who anointed me with oil for healing (Jms. 5:14). It was powerful and transformed my thinking toward that which seemed to hinder my faith. The fragrance of the oil lasted all day and when I remind myself of that moment I still feel the Presence of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes the very act of humbling yourself and confessing to God and others your need, makes all the difference in our spiritual battles.

Declare with me…”I’m hungry for more of You, God – and I embrace Your anointing!”

That is all it takes to receive a fresh touch of the Holy Spirit in your life!

Bridging the Gap

“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 Jn. 4:4)

“…Christ in you, the hope of glory!” (Col. 1:27)

Bridging the Gap between Our Ability and God’s Call:

  • 1. The Anointing of the Holy Spirit

“He anointed us, set His seal of ownership on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” (2 Cor 1:21-22)

The Greek word for anoint is chrio, meaning ‘to smear or rub with oil’… and when used in the New Testament it speaks to the idea of the anointing of the Holy Spirit upon and within the believer to achieve great exploits.

“The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18)

Just as Jesus was “anointed” and “sent” to fulfill God’s purpose, we are also anointed and sent to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives. With the anointing of the Holy Spirit, we receive God’s power to do the work He has called us to do (Acts 1:8)(Eph 3:16). In the Old Testament, Prophets, Priests and Kings were the classes of people anointed with oil, foreshadowing Jesus the Messiah; and also signifying that the anointing sets God’s people apart for service to Him. In the New Testament, anointing is not a substance or impersonal power, but the Person of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit still sets us apart to do all that would fulfill the Will of God in our generation. We need to highly value and treasure the Spirit and His anointing. This means…

  1. Maintaining an intimate relationship with Him and being filled with the Holy Spirit! (Eph. 5:15-18)
  2. Being sensitive to obey Him and follow His timing! (Acts 13:2)
  3. Valuing accountability and honoring God-given leadership! (Eph. 4:11)
  4. Treating His Presence and anointing with honor and respect! (Eph. 4:30)

As you do this, you can trust His anointing and Presence to be evident and fulfill the call of God in your life. So, if you are wondering how to get the supernatural results God intends for your ministry… remember that the source is not you; but the Presence of Christ and anointing of the Holy Spirit.

  • 2. The Grace of God

If you are unsure where the strength will come from to achieve what God has called you to do? Then you are right where God wants you! Just remember what the Apostle Paul heard from God and how that redirected his focus and his praise.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Cor 12:9)

God’s grace, “charis” in Greek, refers to the undeserved favor of God freely given to us in Jesus Christ. Grace also refers to God’s empowerment in our service for Him:

“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them – yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.” (1 Cor 15:10)

This enabling grace relates to our specific calling from God:

“Through Him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for His name’s sake.” (Rom 1:5)(1 Cor 3:10)

When the call of God is daunting, remind yourself that you are of God and “the Christ in you” has already overcome the world!

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