Fairness – Why Isn’t Life Fair? 18:2-4 Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. It has to happen that way, regardless. As a puppy she was dumped on the freeway and rescued by a teenager who handed her off to another friend who eventually gave her to yet another friend who then left her in the hands of an animal shelter. ''I'm not getting out of bed at this time,'' he thinks, and rolls over. We have to be handled carefully. I am not where I was, but I am not yet where I am going to be. Going Through the Process - Church for the Nations Surprise | Himalaya. Breathe, even amid your panic and unhappiness. Introduction Proper planning, prevents poor performance. But truth is, we brought through those doors all kinds of other issues, other thoughts, other problems, other questions, other loved ones, other desires, other needs, other priorities. You need to slow down. Even if it’s crawling, or baby steps. You need to move. You will probably never receive five million dollars, to sweep away your financial problems. 54 queries. I. Where you eventually lump all your specific, separate problems into one unified entity you non-specifically call your ‘problem’? 3 Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. 4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred … CHOOSING THE CLAY- Removing the clay from a river bank of some water source. Purpose. Pride is dangerous to our spiritual health. 4.8K Ratings. It can be terrifying and seemingly endless, it feels horrible to lose your comforts, stability, security, your basic necessities. Grow. But what if the entire process is all about giving you the chance to learn to NOT be like that? Maybe you’ll change a small tactic or completely redesign your website, as I did. b. Have ever had this thought, “ I wish I knew back then, what I know now.”. If you slow down, allow the process to wind along, slither this way and that through its meandering gyrations, then the problem and its dissolution become a part of your journey and your movement along your life path. Then Joseph reveals his true identity. Me chosen from 7 billion people on the planet. 4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. Wow dude. Coco was a pit bull mix, just barely one year old. Not the best of my family but God still chose me. Sermon Topic Present Moment. It might happen to you that way, some day, but you need to stop wanting it, and stop transferring that mentality to your own problems. It leads them to thinking something is wrong if things aren’t happening fast and large. I’ve wanted an open space of a year or two to write it, a year or two of living in a quiet and comfortable place, having all my food and needs met without having to be working or in ‘survival mode’. You're going to receive his mercy for the mistakes that you've made. Going through the process is what most of us must do with our problems. He said he’d been broke for awhile when he was younger, hated it, worked hard so he’d never be broke again! 1. And when you see these stories of fast success, fast problem-solving, people having their lives changed wonderfully and practically instantly… what can you do other than desire the same thing for yourself? 1 Peter, Jeremiah 18:1-4, Jeremiah 29:11, Sermon Topics: ... Trust in the promises that God made to you through the waters of baptism and feel nourished by the elements you receive when you gather around a table of new covenant. Even people who get rich quick receive a new set of problems, such as keeping that money secure, taxes, what to spend it on, and even nice new homes and cars and toys begin to break down, need repairs, cleaning, maintenance, attention. 3. …For God … “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105. A carving knife is then used to carve out the design which makes the vessel unique. You’re either winning against it, or you’re a loser. The end result: they arrived fresh. Yes, it’s another of those annoying paradoxes. With the tools learned during your own processes, you eventually learn to the steps that help all things within you become better. I can write other things despite my changing circumstances, but that book – THE book – I need open, stable space to write that one. This is what makes people truly great, the steps taken through their life difficulties. For twenty years, I’ve been struggling, hoping, begging, asking, pleading for that year or two of open space. 0.569 seconds. I have been broke so much of the past two decades, lost so much, been so out of control of my own life, overwhelmed by the things I didn’t want to happen, devoid of the things I did want to happen. g. Sensitivity (responding & reacting). But whatever the intensity of what you are going through, no matter how insistent it is that you solve it RIGHT NOW, get help RIGHT NOW… chances are, like almost everyone in the world, you will have to accept that it won’t be right now and won’t be completely solved. Remember that there was a fourth man in the fiery furnace with those three Hebrews, “and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God” (Daniel 3:25). Our brains have to be rewired. Remember I spoke about the Sludgeball? The curriculum is planned to be rigorous for a reason. First, we read and see the stories every time we open a magazine or watch the news or the next reality show, so it SEEMS like it’s common, like ‘everybody is doing it’, because you’re seeing it happen to twenty people a day on TV. Always, the process of steps. See most of us at one time or another have had a dream to do something big for God, but what can happen is our dream can be put to sleep or die in the midst of the process. They go and in the process meet Joseph—only they don’t know it’s Joseph. If you want to continue, you have only two real options: if there are other people and vehicles with you, then you can ask for help, tackle the problem in unison. Just because we’re bombarded with daily stories of people whose lives change largely and quickly, remember: it’s an illusion, and an illusion in many ways. 2. Think of your problem as being a huge boulder blocking your road, you can’t drive any further with that rock there, you can’t drive around it. If you just look at the boulder and realize you have no method to move it out of the way all at once and in a short time, then you overwhelm yourself, immobilize yourself, think of yourself as failing, and must turn around and go back. Years ago I was talking with someone about being broke. And then when I fight it’s like I’m drowning and people have compassion fatigue. The happenings that used to cause me intense fear, despair, horrible black hours and weeks, eventually lost their power over me. God is in the process of making us different, better, and more usable. RSS feed for comments on this post. There is no problem that cannot be made smaller, possibly even taken apart completely, when you stop trying to tackle it all at once and as a single large entity. In 1 Corinthians 1:30, Paul tells us that Jesus became to us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, meaning that he has already accomplished for us what the process is working in us. We need the WORD. Like almost everyone you will learn to slow down, breathe, go through the process, tackle the parts you can take on, try make small movements to help you get through this hour, then today, then you tackle tomorrow in little bits, then the next day. You become solid, grounded, strong, when you deal with each part of a large problem systematically. A. God’s work focuses on preaching the gospel to the lost. What used to take people years, decades, a lifetime to build and experience, is often now packaged into a few weeks or months on reality shows. Each of those times, all of those times, I wanted out. Prov. And ‘going through’ is just that; it isn’t ‘avoiding’, ‘going around’, ‘being rescued’, ‘solving’… it’s a linear passing through, working through all the details, breaking it apart where you can, taking it on in bite-sized pieces you can handle, and surviving, coping. In the kiln air bubbles will expand and have wart like bubbles or even break. We’re now in the age of speed and information, and this creates a whole new set of problems when it comes to dealing with the problems we already have. What do you do? God offers to make the process rewarding and fulfilling for us. You must use other large rocks, or a sledgehammer or some tool, and pound it against the boulder until you chip enough away so the boulder becomes small enough for you to move. I am back on your site after nine months, because you give such good insight. Now, when some of the same things happen that used to herd me to the edge of sanity and tolerance, I feel differently. But it isn’t common. Yet says if God doesn’t do it, nevertheless meaning we go through praising him, we come out praising him, and if he doesn’t deliver us, we praise him anyhow. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. They just sweep your problems out of the way, leaving you with no growth from the happening. To save items to a SermonFolder, please sign in to your account. What becomes important is CONTINUED MOTION, to keep walking forward, to keep standing back up when you fall down, to keep finding ways under, over, around, and through the smaller parts making up each larger problem. He then said he’d ‘learned his lesson’. In the kiln air bubbles will expand and have wart like bubbles or even break. The pressure he applies is to bring the vessel into form. Run around screaming, “Everything’s fucked up, somebody help me, Jesus Christ almighty get me out of this!!!”. 5:5. We're taught that God will fulfill His promises to us, and He will, but what we don't expect is the process to get to that … The pressure made them better. This involves change. Psalm 139:16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. If you'll do this I believe and declare God is going to heal your hurts. Just like you. With this way of thinking, all your small successes in dealing with smaller parts of your problem become ignored or unimportant to you, because the ‘big problem’ is still there, so large that it’s causing you overwhelm and immobility. 7. It is important how you reply in your situation. Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password. Coming from Acts 27:21-26, 39-44, here are his sermon’s highlights: – As Christians, we have to mature to the point that we accept challenges with the knowledge that we have to endure in order to get where God wants us. The apostle avoided the morass of complacency and self-satisfaction through his understanding of the spiritual life as a process that leads ever higher and deeper in the personal knowledge of Jesus Christ, the Creator and Sustainer of all things in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible (Colossians 1:16-17). Whether you’re poor, or rich, or healthy, or ill, or with family, or alone, you will go through some large trials that create problems in your life, and everyone the world over will hope those problems can be dealt with completely and quickly. Of plodding movement, of being there, inescapably with each uncomfortable thing, of taking minuscule steps along the path. You work with your problems’ parts, become familiar and experienced, even expert with them, find your fail limits, and you find what breaks through the roadblocks and succeeds. And if some wise person comes along during all that and says ‘Trust the process, trust what you’ll learn from it’, do you calmly thank them, with gratitude for their wisdom, try think deeply about what they mean, talk this over with your spouse and kids? These are cause-and-effect, results of the process. Twenty years of struggle, of thinking that ‘not being able to write my book’ is a big problem, a big disappointment. Here’s something amazing you will realize, when you go through the process of dealing with your problems: instant solutions to problems don’t define you or add to your experience, personality, strength, wisdom. Years of living through those have given me the tools to cope with them. THE book, something I’ve dreamed about and picked away at for twenty years. Most of us will never receive instant big money, instant success, instant solutions to our large problems. The water keeps the clay soft and pliable. 3 Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. 7. But the process brings repetition, familiarity, tools, wisdom, and strength. No matter what happens, we praise God, because we know that there is a reason for what we are going through. The water must cover the clay. He rolls over and looks at his clock, and it's half past three in the morning. Himalaya: Listen. No, you want to scream at them that they don’t know what you’re going through, they don’t know what they’re talking about, fuck the process, you need HELP, not some idiot whining about what spiritual growth it’s giving you! E. BISQUING- Leaving the vessel out in the sun to dry. We must yield to the pressure we go through so that God can truly purge us. The process is very important, just like in a woman giving birth. For every ten dreamers, … Today’s youth grow up with such ‘instant expectations’ now, they think of solving problems completely and quickly, to them it’s either ‘all solved or else nothing gets better’. Heya, 1. Though God goes with you on the journey, strengthening, encouraging, and leading you, God’s presence does not abort the training process. You have to accomplish likewise a level of things to be promoted in the… Going through problems, all the steps from the beginning to the end, adds to you, helps define you. A dream is worthless until you decide to do something about it. When you withstand even more adversity, you become even stronger. Today we will compare the work of the Potter in the making of a vessel and that of God in the making of a SAINT. Too much, too fast, can also lead some to indulge too much, too fast, and their health and lifestyles spiral downhill. 2) Easily offended/ hurt by the word and actions of others around. And in Your book they all were written, the days … The potter uses his hands to apply pressure to the clay as it revolves on the wheel. "Before God walks you to the promise, He walks you through the process." Note that the clay is kept in a container of water. God tells them to not count this refining process as a stranger or as a foreigner, but count it as a friend, a process you need to go through in life. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.’ God doesn’t promise that a life with Him will be perfect because you will still be going through trails however He has promised that He will always protect you and be with you. Many of you think the victory is getting that promotion at work, or buying that piece of property, or getting that guy to notice you, or getting that neighbor’s dog to quit pooping in your yard. They are shocked and then scared because they betrayed him and now he is in a position to get even. That is the process, and to trust the process I think means that we trust that God is still not finished with us yet, even as shepherds of His sheep. In the process you begin to trust Him a little bit more until no one can shake you. 1 Pet. 1 Cor. Of course you hate being broke! Are you awed by them? So despite the fantastic problem-solving the media showers upon you every day, don’t believe it. 2. Babies are another example…they go through a process before being able to survive in the world. DECISION. Sometimes you just can’t escape, and it’s only about the coping, surviving. This burning or refining process, whatever God may choose to use, is for your testing. If we only put off the old way that we lived, it is not enough; we're not complete. 1. No, you are awed by and respect those who have fought through all kinds of obstacles, failures, adversities, and kept going, even against seemingly hopeless odds. Everywhere he went, even when he was in transition, Paul took advantage of opportunities to preach the gospel, especially to the Jews. In fact your very acceptance of this, your letting go of the panicked insistence on everything being solved at once, right now, will bring you considerable relief. Denomination: Going through the process is what most of us must do with our problems. 6. Sometimes the steps were simply steps of being able to live through, cope with something, and that’s all. © 2021 TrackBack URL, Theme by Minimalist Web Design | We must receive the holy spirit and become overcomers through prayer and Bible study. THE PROCESS Jer. We learn to have faith when everything is going against us and all we have is God’s promise. Each step of the process of our life is ordered by the Lord. Eventually a famine settled on the Near East. 1:27-29 “ But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29 That no flesh should glory in his presence. God has to make the adjustments. Yet if I’d been given that open space twenty years ago, or ten years ago… I cringe at how shallow that book would have been. 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