In The Hands of God

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015

Kenwood Fellowship Church
July 26, 2015
Ken Bashford, Pastor/3412

“In the Hands of God”
Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 18:1-12 / John 6:1-14
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Memory Verses: Isaiah 64:8
And yet, O Lord, you are our Father, We are the clay, and You are the Potter. We are all formed by Your hand
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What Does Scripture say?
Jeremiah is told by God in a vision to go to the potter’s house, and he goes. As he observes the potter at work he sees him start to make a vessel but it becomes marred, so he takes the same clay, pushes it back together and starts over to make a new vessel. God takes this observation to tell Jeremiah that the people of God are like clay in the hands of God, the potter. The potter decides what He will do with the vessel, how He will make it, what He will give to it and how He will use it. It is not for the vessel to tell the potter how it wants to be made, it’s one and only function is to be moldable so it can be used. In the same way, God decides how He will make people, what gifts and talents to give them and how they are to be used. It is not for the people of God to tell Him how to make or use them.

In John, we see where Jesus has been talking with a large group of people for most of the day, it is getting late and the people have not had anything to eat. When the disciples remind Jesus of this, at first He tells them to feed them, but they tell them it would take a year’s wages to feed so many [5000] and they do not have the resources to feed them. Jesus then takes the lunch of a small boy that is there, He blesses it and tell the disciples to distribute the food. The disciples start to distribute the food and it does not run out until all 5000 are served. Jesus tells the disciples to gather what is left over and there are 12 baskets of food left. The disciples marvel at what they have seen

Apply This to Your Life:

As a follower of Jesus, we are like the clay in the story in Jeremiah and God is like the potter. God has plans for us as His children and He has both gifted us and placed us where He wants to accomplish what He has for us to accomplish for His Kingdom, the question is are we or can we be satisfied with that? God wants to mold us to accomplish His plans.

Our biggest challenge as a follower of Jesus is to be able to accept the role of servant to God, to allow God to direct all aspects of our lives and to submit to Him willingly-gladly.

If we believe God is who the Bible says He is, creator and sustainer of all things, then why do we hold back from surrendering to Him? FEAR OF NOT KNOWING GOD WELL ENOUGH, which leads to fear of what He might ask us to do, which leads to us choosing our own path rather than submitting to God’s Plan.

Consider these thought; God is good, God loves you, God has a plan for your life, God is powerful enough to bring about that plan, all the gifts and talents we have come to us from God and are to be used to bring glory to Him and draw others to Him and His kingdom.

Either God is the center of our universe or we are the center. The way we submit to God or the lack of submission is the reality of how we view who is the center of our lives.

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Personal Notes

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ADDITIONAL VERSES TO CONSIDER

Numbers 11:23
23 The LORD answered Moses, “Is the LORD’s arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.”
Isaiah 59:1
1 Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.
Matthew 6:33
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Romans 9:20-21
20 But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’” 21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?
Romans 12:1-2
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Ephesians 4:22-24
22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
2 Corinthians 4:7-12
7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
Hebrews 13:20-21
20 Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.