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God Knows What He Needs Us to Be

Line art drawing of potter's wheel.

Quote from our Pastor teaching on Jeremiah 18 (continued from previous post):

“…Once the potter had prepared for the …remake and he had moistened the clay and rolled it and loosened it and mashed it a few times in his hand [that] he put it back on the wheel. And he began… to start the [potter’s] wheel to turn. [He] began to shape the vessel. [He] began to put pressure on it at various points, …[letting the clay] slide through his fingers. [He] applied more moisture and formed it and shaped it and carved it out to the point where it was satisfactory. [He carved it out] to the point where he knew, if it was a pitcher, it would hold water and it would disperse water evenly… [He carved it out] to the point that if it were a bowl, it would hold the stuff that was inside it and not let [its contents] leak out.

“God knows what he needs us to be [but] we’ve have to be willing to step up on the wheel..”

Administrative Assistant Marvin Sanders
Pastor of Shiloh Temple COGIC
Pastoral Teaching
September 13, 2011


On the Potter’s Wheel

Grarncarz w Rabce / Potter in Rabka

Quote from our Pastor teaching on Jeremiah 18:3, ” Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel.”

…Jeremiah, when he came to the potter’s house, he didn’t disturb the craftsman but he just stood there in the door and beheld the craftsman while he did his work. He saw how the potter had his wheel… He had to pump the pedals to turn the wheel. The wheel would spin around, and as it [spun] around, he put the clay on the wheel and he would take his hand, and he would [morph the clay] with his hands… He would apply pressure here and pressure there. And he would lighten up over here and lighten up over there. And he would shape the clay in his hand to cause it to become a vessel of his desire. Only the potter knows what the vessel needs to look like because the potter has the image of the vessel in his mind. The potter has the purpose of the vessel in his mind. The potter knows what he is making the vessel to be used for.

Administrative Assistant Marvin Sanders
Pastor of Shiloh Temple COGIC
Pastoral Teaching
September 13, 2011

The Problem with the People of God

Our Pastor, Administrative Assistant Marvin Sanders, speaking on Jeremiah 18:1-6….

“In this particular scripture, Jeremiah has spent quite a bit of time anguishing, in anxiety, and he was perplexed about how the church was responding to God. The people were not properly responding to God and to His will. They would put aside doing the will of God and they would go their own way. They would do their own thing. They would not seek God. They would not respect God. They would not reverence God. But yet, they wanted to be blessed by God…

“Everybody wants to be pleasing in the sight of God – whether they are living for him or not… But sometimes, the things of this world will lay hold upon our minds and our thinking and it will drive us and cause to wonder in directions that are foreign to the will of God. But it’s up to us to maintain a certain level of focus that will not allow us to stray away from God’s will.

“This is what was going on in the church of Israel. They were doing some of everything. They were worshipping idol gods. They were not respecting or reverencing the Lord’s house. They were not coming to service and serving the Lord with their whole heart. They were not sacrificing unto God. They were not respecting God as their God. But they yet want to walk in the name of God. And some of the things that I am describing now are similar things that are happening in this present day and time.”

Administrative Assistant Marvin Sanders
Pastor of Shiloh Temple COGIC
Pastoral Teaching
September 2011

From Despair to Hope

Attempting to fight off a recent disappointment, the Spirit of God dropped a song in my heart,

“Have thine own way, Lord, Have thine own way
       Thou art the potter, I am the clay
  Shape me and mold me, after thy will
  While I am waiting, yielded and still”

As I sang this hymn over and over again, I began to wonder, “who wrote this song and why?” As I began searching website after website, and reading the background of this hymn, I began to be encouraged as I understood the reason the Holy Spirit had dropped this song in my heart.

The hymn “Have Thine Own Way Lord” is a song borne out of a young woman’s despair and disappointment. Adelaide Pollard, author of the hymn, had just experienced a great setback in her life. She had a desire to go to Africa for missions work and had set plans in motion to go, but had to cancel at the last minute due to financial reasons. Her despair over her situation drove her to a prayer service at the house of the Lord, and “as she sat there the words of a prayer, often uttered by an old lady she knew, came into her thoughts: ‘It’s all right, Lord! It doesn’t matter what you bring into our lives; just have your own way with us!’

“In that moment, her burden was lifted as she bowed her head in submission to the will of God.” That night, as she meditated on Jeremiah 18:34, she wrote the hymn “Have Thine Own Way Lord.

“Adelaide Pollard had learned that even Christians can be self-centred, self-possessed and self-willed. Even when doing God’s work, like her planned trip to Africa, she had to be careful lest it be done in the wisdom and strength of self.,In God’s own time he allowed her to go to Africa…”

(Source: Popularhymns.com)

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