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The believer who has passion for God as a result of responding to the Potter’s wheel.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The first passage was REV 3:15-16, which dealt with the fact that the believer who has experienced the genuine brokenness that comes from responding to the potter’s wheel of progress will manifest a love and passion that protects them from becoming lukewarm.

In REV 3:15-16 we have a warning from our Lord: “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I would that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.”

Any believer who has experienced the genuine brokenness designed by the potter and his wheel will guard his heart from lukewarmness.

Because the whole plan of the potter is to capture and secure your heart.
PRO 23:26, Give me your heart, my son, And let your eyes delight in my ways.

The lukewarm believer can be very wealthy, very successful, famous, and prominent.
Many times they have newly acquired prosperity.

They don’t really have needs, so they think.

I began to wrap up our first segment or series on the subject of the potter, the clay and the vessel by noting two passages that are warnings to you and apply to you directly or indirectly concerning the seriousness of this subject.

REV 3:15-17 which dealt with the fact that the believer who has experienced the genuine brokenness that comes from responding to the potter’s wheel of progress will manifest a love and passion that protects them from becoming lukewarm.

In REV 3:15-16 we have a warning from our Lord: “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I would that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.

Because the whole plan of the potter is to capture and secure your heart.
PRO 23:26  Give me your heart, my son, And let your eyes delight in my ways.
The lukewarm believer can be very wealthy, very successful, famous, and prominent.

REV 3:17 ‘Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked,

REV 3:17  Because you [you lukewarm believers who have lost your fervency and are now are half-hearted, indifferent apathetic, impassive or negligent believers]

and you don’t even know that you are wretched talaiporos
wretched, implacable – you have no capacity for prosperity. and miserable
eleeinos
pitiful – no happiness from prosperity;
and poor
ptochos
spiritually poor connoting spiritual poverty even though they’re prosperous;
and blind

tuphlos
spiritually blind meaning no perception of truth;
and naked
gumnos
no uniform of honor in time so no uniform of glory in the eternal state;

Spiritual blindness and nakedness means that the believer is helpless as far as God’s plan is concerned. You must develop capacity first and the development of capacity must come before you receive the blessing. Why does God prosper His people if He knows they are going to be consumed by it?

Having omniscience, God knows exactly how we are going to handle things? Why does God prosper His people if He knows they are going to be consumed by it? God often disciplines people by giving them prosperity without capacity.

This is why the Lord told Moses to tell the children of Israel not to think that they are blessed because they have pleased Him,
DEU 9:6 “Know, then, it is not because of your righteousness that the Lord your God is giving you this good land to possess, for you are a stubborn people.”

DEU 9:6 “KNOW, THEN, IT IS NOT BECAUSE OF YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT THE LORD YOUR GOD IS GIVING YOU THIS GOOD LAND TO POSSESS, FOR YOU ARE A STUBBORN PEOPLE.”

In PSA 78:8, stubbornness is identified as people who do not prepare their right lobe with doctrine, A stubborn and rebellious generation dies not prepare its heart, And their spirit is not faithful to God.
In JER 5:23, a stubborn and rebellious individual is said to be one who turns aside from the plan of God and departs, ‘But this people has a stubborn and rebellious heart; They have turned aside and departed.
In JER 7:24, they get into reversionism and go backward instead of forward, Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and in the stubbornness of their evil heart, and went backward and not forward.
In JER 18:12, they follow their own plans, “But they will say, ‘It’s hopeless! For we are going to follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.’”

So stubbornness is a very serious sin and therefore, God will deal with the stubborn at times and give them what they want…and they will be disciplined by their own lusts and desires.

JER 2:19  “Your own wickedness will correct you, And your apostasies will reprove you; Know therefore and see that it is evil and bitter For you to forsake the Lord your God.”
As the Potter over the clay, the believer who has this sought of passion for God is one who has passion and love for TLJC and also fulfills 1CO 16:22 and never falls into REV 3:15-16.

1CO 16:22  If anyone does not love the Lord, let him be accursed. Maranatha. The word for love is the pres-act-ind of phileo a personal, more passionate love that is pleasurable and  precious experientially as well as emotionally. It has the connotation of a love that is more emotionally dependent and therefore, in the invisible realm, it connotes an emphasis on the personal.

I call upon the three P‘s – Promises Passages and Principles.
I call upon promises first to relax and stable by mentality.
Then I look at the passages that the promises come from or are stated from so that I don’t take them out of context.
And then I draw from those passages and promises the doctrinal principles that apply as my faith takes control of the situation.
1CO 16:22  If anyone does not love the Lord, let him be accursed. Maranatha.
ROM 8:1, There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

ROM 8:3-4, For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

Then in ROM 8:8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
MAT 5:48, “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
MAT 19:26,  “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
PHI 4:13, I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

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