I was born-again in 1972. I write and record Christian music and play several instruments. I am married to a wonderful Christian Native-American woman. I love to teach and write about God's grace and his amazing word.
Your Heavenly Potter
Your Heavenly Potter
Eph. 3:20 "Now unto him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us."
Isaiah 64:8 "But now, O Lord, thou art our Father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all the work of thy hand."
Eph. 2:10 "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."
When we surrender ourselves to Jesus, and accept the gift of eternal life in him, we have in effect become clay in the hands of our Heavenly Father. You can trust him to shape your life into something that will show the world how good and merciful he is. You are his work of art, to be displayed to all the world and admired as the product of his artistic ability and his loving care.
Don''t fight the influence of the Holy Spirit in your life, as he tries to change your thinking and behavior; you are being changed into something wonderful! What makes you think that you know better than your creator, what you can become when he is finished working on you?
No matter how things may appear to you, at any given time, he is working his will on the raw material of your life. You don't know what you are capable of being, but your Heavenly Potter has a picture of the finished vessel that you are becoming in his hands.
Let him knead all the meanness, fear, and insecurity out of your life. Allow his love to heal all your hurts and change your nightmares into pleasant dreams of safety and peace. He will heal your sick conscience and wash away your your regrets. His gift of righteousness will restore your twisted self image and give you hope for a better future.
Rom. 8:29 "For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he [Jesus] might be the first born among the brethren,"
Expect him to fashion you into someone special! don't limit your expectations only to what you can desire or imagine, let God supply the picture of who you are, and who you are to be. Trust him to exceed your wildest dreams, and keep in mind, the things that are not seen are eternal. In other words, he is developing character and virtue in you that you haven’t yet realized. You are a new creation in Christ, the old you is no longer relevent, and you have no idea what God has in store for you! We get glimpses of our potential from the Holy Spirit occasionally, but the revelation of Christ in you is not yet complete.
Don't make the mistake of trying to continually assess your rate of spiritual growth, and don't judge your progress against the standard that other well-meaning Christians try to supply for you. Your Heavenly Potter has everything under control, even though you may not see the growth that is taking place in your life. He knows what he is doing, and he knows how to accomplish his will in you.
You are unique, and you are perfect for the role that you play in the Kingdom of God. You are right where you are supposed to be right now, and you are loved by your Heavenly Father just as you are! Trust him to lead you through all difficulties and trials, as he shapes you into the perfect vessel that you are. You are accepted in the Beloved, and your future is secure in the Heavenly Potter's hands.
God Bless you as you rest in his grace!
©2012 Rev. Charles J. Loubert