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12/18/2015

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Molding - A Process And A Purpose


"Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me" (Phil.3:12).

We live in a society where we push a button or touch a screen and get instant responses. If we don't get that instant response, we are disappointed and want to know what the problem is. I don't want to break anyone's bubble, but renewing of the mind and transformation take time. Even the apostle Paul in today's verse tells us that he had not gotten there yet. It takes time for some clay to be worked, turned, and molded into a vessel. The clay turns on the wheel as it is being molded, but doesn't seem to be "getting anywhere." In actuality, it is being turned into something great... When Jeremiah saw the clay on the wheel, he saw the potter rework the flawed clay until it turned into something good. We may sin and fail to be what God wants us to be, but as long as we seek forgiveness and yield to Him, God can make us right again... So.... Just what is the final purpose intended in this molding process? "In a large house there are many articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, and some to honor and some to dishonor. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work" (2 Tim.2:20-21). When we cleanse our lives from worldly things and take on the mind of Christ, then God will find us to be useful vessels. If we serve the Lord in holiness, readiness, and obedience, then we have fulfilled the purpose for which we have been molded...

Have a great day... T G I F Thank God I'm Forgiven.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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