Every July The Cure Church puts on this Kansas City! This year’s theme is “MORE” and that is what we are declaring and believing for.
In Bible times everyone had clay pots. They were used to store water, oil, or grain. They were for every part of living and every domestic purpose. They were worth nothing.
If we were to compare them to vessels used in our day they would be similar to fast food containers. They were throwaways.
If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us. As it is, there’s not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at. We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken. What they did to Jesus, they do to us—trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, he does in us—he lives! Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus’ sake, which makes Jesus’ life all the more evident in us. 2 Cor 4:7-12
Many people feel like throw aways. Like useless clay pots. They feel unimportant and unwanted. Unfortunately there are Christians who feel this way too.
When God made you He wasted nothing…not even the dust on the ground. You may be chipped or cracked but there is something in you that can’t leak out.
You are anointed!
Listen the world hated Jesus. Not everyone will throw a parade because you are a Christian. As a matter of face you will face troubles. But Jesus will lead you out of every trouble. Did you know the word trouble means pressed, squeezed, oppressed, and pressured until you can’t take it anymore. Christians go through troubles but you have to hold on.
Don’t give up.
Before you got saved you went through troubles. The answer was alcohol, getting high, or wallowing in depression. But now the answer is Jesus Christ. Do you feel pressed or pressured? Jesus Himself will come will come to the rescue. It’s His presence we need.
Do you ever feel perplexed? The word perplexed means to be at a loss, to not know what to do, say, or where to go.
We are control freaks. We want to know now. We want answers now. Yet there are times when don’t have the answers. There are times when we just don’t know what to do.
It really is okay to not have all the answers. Just get in the scriptures. Men and women went through stuff in the Bible and they didn’t have all the answers either. But they knew the One who did.
There is a danger that our confidence and assurance can be shaken until we understand God is the source and that all things are possible with God. He alone can get you through.
Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Tim 1:6-7
Get rid of the fear and confusion. There is something in you. Stir it up!
Persecution is a reality. It may take the form of threats, jokes, censorship, or isolation. But God will never forsake His people. You can be struck down and not strike out. You can be knocked down and not be knocked out. You can lose the battle and still win the war. Christians fall but the hallmark of a believer is that tendency to get back up again.
We’re not keeping this quiet, not on your life. Just like the psalmist who wrote, “I believed it, so I said it,” we say what we believe. And what we believe is that the One who raised up the Master Jesus will just as certainly raise us up with you, alive. Every detail works to your advantage and to God’s glory: more and more grace, more and more people, more and more praise! 2Cor 4:13-15
Stop being silenced by the pressures of life. Open your mouth and say what you believe. The power of life and death is in the tongue. Stop speaking death and start speaking what God is saying.
He says that every detail of your life is working to your advantage and He gives more and more grace. God keeps forgiving and His mercy endures forever, He also says more and more people. The longer you stay saved the more people will come into the kingdom. And finally the more we go through the more praise of thanksgiving we offer to the Lord.
So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever. 2 Cor 4:16-18
No matter how you have failed or what you have endured Jesus is for you. You may have been the worst in the world but Jesus saved and forgave you. He put you in your right mind. He put you on your feet. He set you free. But you weren’t saved because God loves you alone. God knew who you would work with or go to school with. God knew where you would live, where you would get your haircut, and where you would shop. You are supposed to be the light in the darkness so let people see Jesus in you.
God is always ready to help us through our mistakes. You are not a failure unless you quit. Lift up your hands and receive the grace and mercy of God. Inside of you is greatness. Let God bring that out of you and light up the world wherever you go.
Father help me to be whatever you want me to be and do whatever you want me to do. Help me to shine my light everywhere I happen to be. I believe am more than just a clay pot. There is greatness inside of me.
MEDITATE ON THIS
Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Heb 12:2 NKJ
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