IN GOD'S HAND
July 4, 2010
Some of our sweetest memories are those of our early childhood days. Remembering how we
use to play with clay or playdough on the floor or on the kitchen table making "Gummby" like
figures or using molds with different shapes was great fun. Once the clay or playdough was left by
itself I remember how it became hard and dry and basically impossible to be used anymore.
John 10:27-30 The key message in these verses for our study are these: (1) once we are
saved and belong to Jesus we are to follow Him to what we will learn today is The Potters House.
(2) Once we are in His Hand we never leave and His hands never stop being on us.
Jeremiah 18: 1-6 It is God's desire to mold and shape us into something that will please Him.
In these verses there are three important keys: (1) the wheel, (2) the vessel, (3) the potter.
I Peter 1:5-7 As the vessel, it is our responsibility to respond to God and allow Him to do the
the work on us that is required in order to become what He desires from us.
Romans 12:1-2 In order to become mature believers and useful for God, we must voluteer and
give God full control of our lives to do what He will in our life.
Romans 8:29 The potter uses His hands with gentleness, moving up and down the vessel with
subtle pressure on those parts that need to be molded and smoothed out to be formed correctly.
Jeremiah 18:3 God the potter continues to work on the vessel as long as the wheel keeps on
turning. The wheel represents the believers lifetime on this earth. God can only mold and shape
us into what He wants us to be as long as we are alive and willing to be changed.
Matthew 7:24-27 The wheels of life keep churning up trials and testings for the believer. It has
been said that life is taking care of one problem after another.
II Corinthians 4:17 Paul gives us an insight into why sometimes believers go through many
types of trials and problems in their life. Paul says if we endure the trials with a right attitude they
will bring us "a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory" when we see Jesus.
I Peter 1;3-7 All believers are put to the some kind of testings. Some vessels take longer than
others to be molded into the desired condition that God is looking for.
Isaiah 48:10 Once the potter has done His work on the vessel, eventually it must be put into the
refiners firey furnace.
Isaiah 64:8 As the children of Israel realized so we must realize that God is our Father and the
heavenly Potter can shape us like clay according as He sees fit.
Romans 8:15 God is not a Father who is harsh or critical towards His children but merciful and
loving as one who cares for us in every way.
Romans 8:17 God our Father tells us that we are heirs of a great inheritance with Jesus His
Son. However, if we want to inherit we must be willing to be put on the wheel at the Potters House.
Hebrews 3:12-13 Notice that the writer is talking to "brethren" in these verses. A stern warning
is given to those of us who will turn away from the Potters House and refuse to be molded and
shaped into the vessel that will be pleasing and useful to our wonderful Lord.