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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 15 October 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – THE MASTER POTTER (repost)

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FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – THE MASTER POTTER

This week I borrow a prophetic word I read Friday on Facebook.

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THE MASTER POTTER
by Elaine Tavolacci

The Holy Spirit showed me a lump of clay on a potter’s wheel. The potter began to spin the wheel as he molded and shaped the piece of clay as he formed it.

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When making pottery on a potter’s wheel, the clay has to first be centered, then water is applied before the potter begins his creation. The potter then shapes the clay into the image that he desires. There are different wheels used to create different vessels. The Lord has designed each one of us in a distinct way with a specific calling. Each person is created for a unique purpose and plan.

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The Lord told Jeremiah to go down to the Potters house to give him a prophetic illustration. When he went, he had seen the potter making something at the wheel. The clay vessel that the potter had made was marred in his hands; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.

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Many people don’t understand the process of the potter’s wheel. The potter’s wheel is not to judge us or punish us, but it is to form us into the masterpiece that Jesus has created us to be.

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The Lord says; just as the potter designs each clay pot into different shapes and sizes, I have designed and created every individual. Every person has been born with a unique purpose and plan. Each of you have been strategically designed for a particular purpose, and I will work with each of you in a specific way.

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Do not fear the potter’s wheel and do not refuse it, for this is My workmanship. This is the place where I am molding you and conforming you into My image. This is the place where all impurities and defilement will be destroyed and all bruises and blemishes will be erased.

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This is the place where the rough edges will be smooth out, broken vessels will be restored and old mindsets will be dismantled. Afflictions, traumas and misfortunes from the past will be removed, and dreams will be birth and brought forth.

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This is the place where your mind will be renewed and you will learn to walk in integrity and maturity. This place is necessary for your spiritual growth to bring forth the gifts that I have placed on the inside of you.

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Do not refuse the work on the potters wheel but allow Me to transform you as I shape your life and destiny. Trust Me when the process seems too difficult. Don’t say that this is an uncomfortable place, but know that it is for your benefit and it is necessary to bring you in to the fulfillment of My plans. Do not resist the work that I am doing on the inside of you, but allow Me to accomplish My perfect will through you.

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Allow Me to work with you and fashion you into My image. I Am the master potter and as you allow Me, I will design your life so that you will become all that I have created you to be. You will become a glorious vessel of honor, and others will see the brilliance of the transformed life that I am creating in you. I desire to make something beautiful out of your life as you allow Me to work in you and through you says the Lord.

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#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, The Master Potter, Laurie Roars, Elaine Tavolacci, Round Tree Pottery, Nolan Windholtz, Isaiah 61:3, Ecclesiastes 3:11, Isaiah 29:16, Isaiah 64:8, Jeremiah 18:1-4

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 8 October 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – IF I DON’T DO IT and OTHER LIES

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – IF I DON’T DO IT and OTHER LIES

 

 

I spent a lot of years trying to “do it all” because either a) there was no one else to do it, or b) I just wanted to get the job done without explaining how to do it.

 

Both suck. As in drain the life from a body, eeking it out over time.

 

And it leaves you exhausted.

 

Be still and know.

 

There were many reasons I lived this way. None of them exist anymore.

 

 

I can do all things.

 

How many years I thought that meant Father would enable me to, well, actually DO everything. Or at least everything [I thought] I needed had to do.

 

Total misinterpretation.

 

What He’s actually saying is that anything He asks or requires of us—that is what He enables us to do. Nothing more and nothing less.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nngKEkC-P8&index=15&list=PLcplJQn6klj637Z1CTZJX57ea-mBr2bp_

 

He intends us to rest. To abide in Him.

 

 

I don’t have to prove myself to anyone—least of all to my heavenly Father.

 

And He’s the only one Who really matters.

 

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, If I Don’t Do It and Other Lies, Ephesians 4:13, Psalm 23, Psalm 46:10

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 1 October 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – SANCTUARY

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – SANCTUARY

 

Holy Spirit spoke to me the other night. “Stop fighting,” He said. Striving might have been a better word, but He used fighting.

 

I’ve lost track of the times I’ve seen a Scripture reference to “rest” in some form or another. Proverbs 3:5-6—you know, the one that says trust in Him?—has been in front of my face countless times.

 

And then… then there was the blog, oh so short-n-sweet, that talked about how the blog was suffering because its owner was on a writing deadline. See that? Writing deadline.

 

And the other blog, the one that was way too in-my-face about over commitment.

 

So, with that said, I hereby pull back from over commitment and over-blogging. And I, uh, rest in Him. Oh, and I’m writing. Lots.

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Sanctuary, Proverbs 3:5-6

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 17 September 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – SANCTUARY

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – SANCTUARY

 

Holy Spirit spoke to me the other night. “Stop fighting,” He said. Striving might have been a better word, but He used fighting.

 

I’ve lost track of the times I’ve seen a Scripture reference to “rest” in some form or another. Proverbs 3:5-6—you know, the one that says trust in Him?—has been in front of my face countless times.

 

And then… then there was the blog, oh so short-n-sweet, that talked about how the blog was suffering because its owner was on a writing deadline. See that? Writing deadline.

 

And the other blog, the one that was way too in-my-face about over commitment.

 

So, with that said, I hereby pull back from over commitment and over-blogging. And I, uh, rest in Him. Oh, and I’m writing. Lots.

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Sanctuary, Proverbs 3:5-6

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 10 September 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – AUTHOR DOWN, AGAIN

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – AUTHOR DOWN, AGAIN

 

Some days are better than others. And I’ve had a few, shall we say, difficult ones.

 

Actually, I’m getting stuff done, mundane chores. And lots of writing. But I’m OH-so-tired, and hurting. Thank goodness for Tylenol and Aleve—and naps…

 

I’ve struggled with fatigue and weakness for a long time. Seems there is more than one contributor, RA being a primary factor, and vitamin D deficiency playing no small role.

 

And so, I’ve scaled back so I can focus on writing.

 

Ya know what, though? Father is still with me. Even in my lowest moments, both physically and emotionally (‘cause, yeah, this ain’t easy) He’s right here by my side.

 

And if that isn’t the Gospel in a nutshell I don’t know what is.

 

Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Author Down – Again, Deuteronomy 31:6

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 16 July 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – JUST GET ME HOME

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – JUST GET ME HOME

 

“Just get me home.” I mumbled—begged—in prayer numerous times.

I had been to a memorial service for a special friend. It was twenty miles from my house and the gas gauge was already hovering near empty. As I cruised down the interstate on the way home, I kept thinking, “If I run out now, I can call….” I was hard pressed to decide who I could ask to come rescue me. As I got closer, it turned into, “If I run out now, it’s only XX miles to walk…” And the closer I got, the easier the walk would be.

Then I pulled off of I-85 onto the exit toward my house, and He asked me, “Is that all you want? Just to get home?”

Ummm… “Well, in this moment, yeah. Kinda…”

That shook me. Shook the core of my faith. What was I asking for? Just enough to get by? Or truly Father’s best for me? Because His best is far more than “just get me home.”

His best for me?

 

Isn’t God’s best more—far more—than “just get me home?” More than “just” anything?

So, then, what of my asking? Is it not more humble to ask for “just” what I need? I don’t believe so. And not so I can be a blessing, only. (that’s ‘nother post for ‘nother time) God is God of the infinite. There is no end to Him—or to His source and supply. And if He is my source and supply… then my needs should never go unmet, nor my prayers unanswered. (that goes more to me not listening (or asking askew) but that’s another ‘nother post for ‘nother time)

The effective, fervent prayer…

 

Are my prayers fervent? Well, in my ignorance / lack of knowledge, I was begging and wailing—I think that counts as fervent. And as my faith has grown—in direct correlation to my knowledge of the Word—my prayers have become less begg-y and more confident, deeper felt, and much more fervent.

As to effective, that goes with knowledge. For all the good intention of, “If it be Thy will, Lord,” I cringe at that. His Word tells us His will. As I became more filled with His Word, my prayers began to line up with His will, and are therefore more effective—and powerful—and no more striving.

I no longer pray, “just.” I speak Father’s Word, which is His will, and I know He will honor my prayers. I’m bold in my prayers, and don’t shy away from “big” requests. Really, is anything too big for God?

 

Oh, and that afternoon? Ya, He used that to teach me a pointed lesson. I got home, breathing a sigh of relief as I pulled in by the house. Next day, though, when I went to run errands, it wouldn’t start. You guessed it, on empty. He gave me exactly what I asked for.

Lesson learned.

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Just Get Me Home, Ask and Ye Shall Receive, 1 Corinthians 2:9, Ephesians 3:20, James 5:16, Effective Fervent Prayer, Pray the Word

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 27 August 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – AMAZING GRACE

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – AMAZING GRACE

 

I received a Christmas card several years ago that had a watercolor type manger on the front, and the script inside said, “He became what we are so we can become what He is.”

 

What a contrast to the school of thought that “I’m just a lowly sinner.” That, of course, is not the complete phrase. It also says, “… saved by grace.” But I’ve seen so many stuck in the lowly sinner mindset. Worthless and unworthy. And unloveable.

 

But that’s not what the Gospel says. The Gospel says we are loved. In a nutshell, that’s the very essence of the Gospel message.

 

Father God created us for fellowship, and He has never let go of that desire. I’ve said it before, Genesis 1:1 all the way through Revelation 22:21 is Him making the way for fellowship with us. And part of that is restoring us to His image—as He created us in the beginning.”

Did you notice the last twelve words of that passage? “… you shall be perfect…” That’s a vast difference from a poor lowly sinner.

My signature Scripture. “… that we may prove that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Which means we can. Which means we are not poor or lowly, nor are we left in worldliness.

We are, however, still human. We will struggle with issues of this life as long as we are in this earthly body.

We are indeed saved by grace but we do have a part to play. It is our responsibility to take those thoughts captive, to put them down. To conquer them.

I used to think this meant I had to do all the things. It does not. It means I can do all things Father asks of me. He always makes a way.

The enemy doesn’t want us to know the Word. He doesn’t want us to know what Father says about us. And he especially doesn’t want us to know the power of the Word to defeat and destroy him.

 

The Word of God is our weapon, He is our source. Which brings me back to grace. I’m not a lowly sinner, I am a mighty warrior. I am a conqueror. I am who God made me to be. I am loved, I am worthy, I am righteous. And that’s amazing.

 

 

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Amazing Grace, Matthew 5:43-48, Romans 12:1-2, Romans 7:19, II Corinthians 10:5, Philippians 4:13, Ephesians 6:17, Hebrews 4:12

 

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