From the Desk of Steve Shultz:
God is always in the business of restoration...it's what He does!
If you think your mistakes are too big, you're too far gone, God has given up on you...think again.
Crystal Lowery writes an excellent word from God's heart to yours as she says:
If you feel like you've made every wrong decision and consequences are piling up, you're still in the palm of His hand. He loves you and you are ready to be reshaped into what God has imagined you to be.
In this new year, I encourage you to make a fresh start with the Lord...He's waiting with open arms for you! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
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New Year, New Month, New Season
We excitedly look and enter a new time with good change in mind. We should leave and part with the old and embrace the new. How do we do that exactly?
It has been said (and we've all heard this): "Insanity is to keep doing the same thing and expect different results!" What do you want to change in your life in this new year? What needs to be changed? Look at what you have been doing to create that result and do something different.
We see a great example in Jeremiah 18:2 (AMP) where the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: "Arise and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause you to hear My words."
Arise and Go
Jeremiah had an initial command which was to arise. He had to physically (and spiritually) get up and GO to the location God instructed, which was the potter's house. We know that, symbolically, the potter's house is where God dwells. God is the Potter; He is the Creator, the Molder and Shaper – He is the Maker. We are the clay. God created us and He wants to mold and shape us into something GOOD! (Photo via Unsplash)
We must arise and go to the location! So, Jeremiah had to arise. Next, he had to go. He has to put some effort into moving his location. He had to use some energy and muscles to transport himself from location A to location B. These were part of his instructions. He had to obey and do something on his part.
Jeremiah had a specific destination. This is the location God directed him to go – to the potter's house. It would not have been sufficient for Jeremiah to go to the garden or the pond or the field or the living room. He had to go to this specific location... the potter's house.
In the Secret Place of the Most High
In Psalm 91, we find out more about the potter's house. It says, "He WHO dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand]" (Psalm 91:1 AMPC). The potter's house (or dwelling place) is where we should be dwelling as well: in the secret place of the Most High; under the shadow of the Almighty. Wow! What a place to be. What a destination. What a dwelling place.
When we are in this location (the secret place of the Most High) we shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty. And no foe, no enemy, no adversary can withstand us when we are in this location!
What did Jeremiah do? He obeyed. He arose and "...WENT down to the potter's house, and behold, he was working at the wheel" (Jeremiah 18:3 AMPC, emphasis mine). Jeremiah obeyed completely and fully and ended up in the location where God instructed him to go.
Reworking Spoiled Vessels
Verse 4 goes on to tell us what happened: "And the vessel that he was making from clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he made it over, reworking it into another vessel as it seemed good to the potter to make it."
The potter had a vessel of clay in his hand. The vessel was spoiled or imperfect, in need of a change. The potter did not throw the vessel away. He did not put the clay in the trash and get a new piece of clay to shape. The potter kept the spoiled clay in his hands. We are like that spoiled clay, but even in our spoiled and imperfect, wayward state, God held onto us in His hands. He didn't throw us away as trash, but held us in His loving hands.
If you feel like you are through; if you have had enough and life isn't what you thought it would be, or you haven't seen God's promises fulfilled in your life, don't despair. God has you in the palm of His hands. He's holding onto you, ready to reshape you and remake you into something GOOD.
Reshaped and Reimagined in the Palm of His Hand
If you feel like you've made every wrong decision and consequences are piling up, you're still in the palm of His hand. He loves you and you are ready to be reshaped into what God has imagined you to be. (Photo via Unsplash)
It says that the clay was (in a factual state) spoiled and in the hands of the potter. The next word links what was to what is to be; that is really what faith does too! Here is the important word: "SO"! SO... He made the spoiled clay over, reworking it into another vessel as it seemed good to the potter to make it.
Just like the potter in this story, THE Potter takes the clay (us), even though it may look to be spoiled, and transforms it into something new, making it over again and reworking it. He doesn't just make it into something acceptable or OK. The Potter goes above and beyond all we can ask or think (Ephesians 3:20) when working on this 'do-over'! He makes it into something that only He can imagine, as He did from the foundation of the world, when He imagined that clay transformed into the most beautiful and perfect vessel – one of His children!
If you need a change, if you need a do-over, stay in the hands of the Potter. Stay in the hands of the Most High. Stay and dwell in the secret place of the Most High. It is in this location where the Potter will hold you, remake you, remold you, and reshape you into what He created you to be all along. He has a plan for you. He has a purpose for you. Most of all, He loves you.
Be encouraged today, friends. The Lord wants you to know this: "...Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are you in My hand..." (Jeremiah 18:6, AMPC).
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Crystal G.H. Lowery
Based On Faith
Crystal G.H. Lowery¬†is a Christian estate planning attorney and is the owner and founding attorney of Law Office of Crystal G.H. Lowery, LLC. Crystal is also an author as well as the founder of Based on Faith, an organization whose vision is to become an international resource that increases biblical knowledge of faith within the Body of Christ through comprehensive teaching, discussion of law, and the prophetic.
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