You are going to make it
Synopsis of sermon 11/22/15
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
Text: Jeremiah 18:1-6 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying: “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.” Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make. Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the Lord. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!
One of the most amazing things about God is he kept working with me. Another amazing thing about God is his patience. He kept working with us in spite of us. In fact we ought to thank God for giving us another chance.
God never gives up on what he intended for our lives to become. God is not like people. People are quick to give up on you. God never forsakes his children and never gives up on us. There should always be evidence that God is working on us, no matter where we are in life. Every circumstance in your life is God working on you.
Remember that all things work together for the good of them that love the Lord and are called according to his purpose. In the text, Jeremiah is summoned to come down from the wall to see what the potter was working on the wheel. God gives us this revelation to show us his heart and his passion. In comparison to the story in the text, God is the potter and we are the clay.
You are going to make it. You got to know that God is going to break you out, but understand that there is a process that God takes you through:
The text says he looked at the potter and the clay. In other words he saw that the potter was going to make something. Know that:
- I’m at the potter’s disposal
God, the potter, knows our end and our beginning. He has factored all things before he even begins.
- Never forget that you are just clay.
- You are just dirt. Gen 2:7 says 7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. Job 34:14 says 14 If He should set His heart on it, If He should gather to Himself His Spirit and His breath,- Here Job reminds us that without the spirit of God, we would be nothing but clay or dirt.
Acts 17:28 says 28 for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring. – Some of you got it going on, but let us remind you that after all your accolades, you are still just clay. At the end of the day, you are nothing but dirt. If you die, you will return to dust. It is amazing how we can be so arrogant when we’re nothing but dust.
It is God’s power that sees the goodness inside of our clay-ness. Man can’t see it, but God can. He will get it out of you by any means necessary. God is working on you!
- God begins with us with the end in mind. He is the author and finisher of our faith. He has already completed our destination, before he begins. Before He even started, God knew it would be a part of us that would mess this thing up. Phill 1:6 says 6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; – God knew before we got in this mess, that he was going to bring us out.
- God doesn’t create you and then try to figure out what he will make of you. He already knew, before he made you, what he wanted you to be. The potter was going to make something.
- When God created you, he had something in mind. That something is your ending. That something is so awesome, Satan is trying to kill you to keep it from coming to fruition. Some of you can testify, the devil had his chance, but you are still standing!
- We have to recognize that we are the clay and He is the potter. We need to be in God’s hands. The scripture says the clay was in his hands.
- I have personal defects
The scripture says, the clay was in the hands of the potter, but it was still marred (vs4).
- Being in God’s hands doesn’t exempt you from issues. No matter your title, everyone has something wrong with them. Our defects are what cause us to leave the potter in the first place.
- The clay was marred in his hands; we became marred by the issues of life. God takes us back to the wheel to remake us. God preserves us and makes us have value and this keeps us from the clearance rack. John 10:29 says 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.- When you’re in the hands of the potter, the devil can’t get you out of his hands. Sometimes because you are flesh, you have a tendency to want to do your own thing. This is how we become marred. Pro 14:20 says 12 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.
- Where God is taking you, we might have to deal with your issues. God will not allow you to contain your issues. God won’t let you take your issue to you next level.
- It was marred in his hands. When God sees it marred, he sees what others can’t, because he is a master potter. The master potter knows that if he covers our marred condition up, there will be horrible consequences up the road. Therefore, he stops and fixes it right then, to make it what it ought to be. He cuts the bad place out and starts again. Everyone wants to be a diamond, but no one wants to be cut. When we come out of this, we will go to the next level.
- You started at the bottom and you wonder why you can’t make it to the top. The reason is because you marred. God tries to deal with your marred condition, before you get there, while you are still under the radar.
III. God preserved my destiny
God refused to give up on your defect. He refused to allow you to be defined by your marred condition.
God is patient enough to let us start over.
- God is a God of second chances and a God of reset. 1 Cor 13:4 a 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; – God loves us despite of our short-comings.
- He loved us so much, he didn’t keep going. He stopped and fixed us first and started over.
- He puts us back on the wheel and makes certain that nothing messes with our destiny.
- God didn’t give up on me because he saw the best in me. – Eph 2.10 says 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. – God is willing to keep working on us on the wheel. When people said we were worthless, he kept working on us.
What if everything is flawed such as your marriage, relationship, and etc… What do you do with this? Jer 18:4 says 4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hands of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.- He made it again. Just like this, God makes you over. He makes you good for him and not people. The first time you tried to be good for people, but remember God don’t need man’s affirmation.
Only the master can take something marred and make another vessel. Only the master can make it something good. God made it! God made you! The same vessel and the same clay that was a disappointment, that didn’t look like it was supposed to, and that was flawed, God made that same over again. God made the same vessel over again! He didn’t throw you (the clay) away. He took that same vessel and made it good.
What does this mean? It means that I am the same, but not the same. It looks like me, but it is not me. I look the same, but I am not the same. I am different, because there has been a change that has taken place.i god says its done, it is done.