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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)

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)

Transition Vision

"Sometimes transition looks like chaos" - Market place in Webuye

 The first day in Uganda was a day of transition. A new nation, a fresh Word from God and a mountain of unknown sights were accompanied by a large storm. The Kenyan Pastors came to Ron with huge smiles, calling him “Pastor Wafula”.  They were remembering the last trip to Kenya in May when it would rain all day and then stop for the evening crusades. At that time, pastors nicknamed Ron - “Pastor Wafula”. The name Wafula means “one who is born in the rainy season”.   

Seasons require revelatory vision… 

When you have a revelation that comes from your history with God, vision is transformed and Godly perception kicks in. From the very beginning this trip seemed different. Our journeys have been fruitful experiences with huge impact for all involved. That being said, things were different this time around. It required us to see differently. 

Beyond the Natural Limitations:

First of all, Ron had originally set this trip up for the end of August and then our travel agent and Pastor Wycliffe encouraged Ron to set it back about a month. That seemed good to us in that we believed it would give us more opportunity to raise funds. Little did we know it would require us to see more than just natural reality. We would need to come into a revelation of God’s timing far outweighing our schedules. God’s timing is based on opportune time and must be clicked into the divine ordering of His plans. Each step that the righteous takes is ordered by the Lord according to the psalmist (Ps 37:23). We needed that and appreciated it when it was made visible to us.

Beyond the Personal Apprehensions: 

Ron would be in Africa well over 3 weeks this time, compared to no more than a couple weeks in other trips. A unique challenge to the family certainly, but more specifically to me as the one who would carry most of the responsibility at home. What God would show me seemed incredible. He showed me through my sons a line of defense that I had never seen before. The second day after Ron’s departure, the car broke down. While we were in the service station to have it fixed, the mechanic spoke to me and out of the corner of my eye I could see my three tall, strapping boys surround me with their “fathering’ presence. They didn’t even know they were doing it, but it spoke to me of how God would surround Jerusalem with His fathering love like the mountains surround that city (Ps 125:2).  I needed that revelation.

Beyond the Spiritual Challenges:

Perhaps the biggest challenge was that Ron was ”hearing” in his spirit that this trip would be accompanied by more spiritual warfare than any prior trip. Yea, just what I wanted to hear. Yet, nothing was beyond God’s power to overcome. I found myself in agreement with God’s purposes even in the midst of uncomfortable circumstances.

Sometimes hearing confuses our seeing.

When Ron shared with me that he was doing one of his messages out of Deuteronomy 11:11, my thoughts immediately went to the Biblical meaning of the number 11. The Hebrew meaning is transition, shift or chaos. My thoughts were… OK God, I’m ready to see what You have for me in this season of transition. It sometimes feels like I’ve had just about as much transition as I need in life, but this time will be significant! I was about to see transition as a season of mental and spiritual alignment that would increase my awareness of His Presence everyday!

God’s up to Something: 

I love the thought that God is shaping our future for greater impact, but I would like for it to happen without some of the drama. I have discovered however, that when we see the momentum of spiritual activity properly, it becomes a time that makes the adventure worth the journey. The wonderful truth is that when I stay in alignment with God’s heart, we see all He is doing to advance His Kingdom.  

This made me look up the number “12″, which means completeness, order or government. God has been setting a pathway for His purposes to be seen in my life through my spiritual alignment. The government of Heaven will find my heart more welcoming at His appointed seasons.

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called: Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, Upon the throne of David, and over His kingdom, to order it and to establish it with judgment and with justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. (Isaiah 9:6-7)

    Being in the midst of transition is always a challenge, yet when we align our vision with God’s zeal – He is able to turn every season into something beautiful.

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