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A Clean Vessel
The Lord wants to use us to further His Kingdom. We are His
vessels that He works through. God wants to purify us and make us pure, clean
vessels He can operate through. If you have been purged and refined many times,
this is a good thing. It may not feel good while you are going through the
process, but God desires to use us as fit and clean vessels.
Allow the Holy Spirit to create in you a clean vessel.
A clean vessel happens when we are purged of old sin habits and
behaviors, and go through a refinement process. Refining is when anything that
could trip us up for the service to The Lord will be dealt with. This is a
process and it happens because we could easily stumble and fall if we serve The
Lord in our old sin nature and in areas that need refinement.
God will show you the areas in your life that need to be dealt
with, and He will give you the strength and grace to work through them. Many
have been called to serve The Lord, but because of areas of sin and hindrances,
they never reach their full potential in serving Christ. Yes, God can use
anyone and at any time in their lives, but when you step out to serve Christ,
it is a good idea that you have allowed God to make you into a clean vessel.
When you have been purged and refined, the Holy Spirit can operate freely and
What is it that God has called you to do? Have you allowed Him to
cleanse your vessel for His service? Deal with the things that could cause you
to stumble. The enemy would love nothing more than to pounce on your weaknesses
and discredit your service to the Kingdom of God. How many preachers,
televangelists, and ministers have you seen stumble and fall because of areas
in their lives that were left unguarded and perhaps not dealt with. That is not
to say if mistakes are made in ministry that we are done, quite the contrary,
but we must be mindful others watch and observe us as Christians. It is
important to be cleansed, so that we don't cause another to stumble. How often
must this be done? Daily. We must continually take our issues before The Lord
and allow Him to deal with us.
If we serve God hypocritically, meaning we tell others how to
behave and yet ourselves are grieving the Holy Spirit by our actions and
behaviors, then we may not be such a good witness. Let us purify ourselves from
everything that will hinder our calling and purpose for serving Jesus Christ.
Let us be clean vessels that Jesus can easily operate through, and be effective
witnesses to the unbelieving world and the lost. We are His chosen, let us
represent Him faithfully and let us honor Jesus by our words and actions. God
has a purpose and a task for all of us, get ready and be prepared for his
service; for God has chosen you to represent Him.
Jesus, humble your servants to serve you better and make us
righteous, pure, and Holy before you. Let us not cause another to stumble
because of our behaviors.
If you have been married for any length of time you
know that marriage is hard work. As with anything successful in your life
putting time and effort are keys to how fruitful those things will be.
you did not have the proper role models growing up to show you how to have a
successful marriage, but you desire to have a healthy marriage.
God has brought you together with your spouse the greatest investment that you
can make besides your relationship with God is your marriage.
Anyone can have a dull, lifeless marriage, but a marriage
that is thriving takes certain elements to help it succeed. If you planted some
flowers but forgot to fertilize and water those plants they would eventually
become lifeless and die. Healthy marriages take the time to nurture and weed
out anything hindering their relationship.
Couples striving for a healthy marriage should first
ask God to cleanse their hearts of any unforgiveness, anger, resentment or
offenses of their spouse. Staying angry or rese…
you focus on the most will grow. The enemy will try to get
you to focus on what is wrong, what is not working, and what is worrisome to
you. When you lose your focus on what is
true, what is right, what is lovely and what is a good report (Philippians
4:6), you will begin to focus on the opposite of these.
to focus on the good will be a daily decision. When the enemy shows
you something that is causing fear, worry or frustration, turn away and CHOOSE to focus on the good.
→If your focus has been more on the negative lately
check to see who you have been hanging out with, what you have been reading or
watching on TV, and giving your attention to the most.
→An unthankful heart can cause you to focus on your
wants, but a heart of gratitude will cause you to focus on your blessings.
Distractions come to sidetrack you and get you to
focus on what the enemy has brought in front of you. Keeping focus on Jesus means deliberately
fading out everything that pulls you away from the…