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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions For July 22, 2020
Power Of The Potter Over The Clay

Daily Devotions:
by Christina Farris

Romans 9:20-33 KJV
20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?
21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?
22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:
23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,
24 Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
25 As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.
26 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.
27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:
28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.
29 And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha.
30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.
31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.
32 Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;
33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

God authority over us is it truly a mystery or is summed up in the book of Romans of His power to be a deliver as well as a destroyer. As children play with blocks, often they are the only ones that know exactly what they are building. As it is with God's kingdom he see each block, see the mortar and the foundation that block was built upon. We need to understand that God values us as believers in Christ. The foundation stone being Jesus. Jesus being the word of faith that came to be, that died and rose again to take away our sin. Giving all that believe a clean slate with God. God doing all this because he loved us. He told of his Son coming through the prophets and to even the gentile nation. Yet many understood not what it all meant. If anyone believe on Jesus no one shall be ashamed, their hope complete with the knowledge of God promises being true. For the promise of his Son was a promise all could understand from birth, to torture, to death, to resurrection and finally the soon return.

When I talk about a bad egg, it is rotten to the core but it was design to help us unbelievers to know the difference of those meant for destruction and those with hope of restoration and ability to be restored to God. If we look at Sodom and Gomorrah, Sodom built in the likeness of Gomorrah, built for destruction, yet within the walls of Sodom lived a man of faith with his family. Yet his wife would not escape because of unbelief, she would turn to a pillar of salt on the journey out of the land of destruction. His daughters coming long behind, no doubt wonder at what they witnessed, but could not turn back to look. God spare people that were of faith out of the fiery pit of Sodom and Gomorrah.

We talked about fish being separated yesterday, some to keep and others to be thrown away. Yet it never said how many small fish were toss back into the sea to grow up. Ever helped someone less fortunate then yourself you know they strive hard sometimes to better themselves and their situation, even mimicking things they see in catalogues, or even in a neighbors house. Making things look they best they can and even themselves. Even buying cheap perfume, makeup and so forth. Hoping some how they are dressing for success. Yet if they build their hopes and dreams only on what they see others do they will fall into monkey see monkey do routine. When God dress us up and gives us a make over, we do not all appear the same, but each block has a place in God's kingdom. It more like building with stone then actual brick. Each rock being different but when placed upon the mortar it begins to look like it belongs because the shape of the stone is crafted into the wall. We do not all have to be the same to fit in the kingdom of God but we do need the foundation of faith to be exactly the same to be part of the kingdom and building project of God.

There are stones that do not fit into God's building project, but God in his mercy said no that not true, I can take that stone and shape it to fit here. He making his stone from clay on a potters wheet to shape to fit each one. Each clay brick then put through the fire to make it strong and solid, not baked in the sun, but baked by heat of the trial of our faith as the Holy Spirit teaches us how to listen to our Creator and maker, so we will glorify him. To hold to our faith to glorify God the Father and His Son. Yet there more what about those blocks not on built on solid rock of Jesus they are built on sinking sand, and unless God converts and makes them into a new creation, or new block, they are doomed to eternal lake of fire, but the rest built on faith in Christ has no more fear. For we all were once alientated from God because of unbelief. Let us then pray for those in need of faith that God will not harden that block without transforming it for his kingdom and only allowing it to be destroyed in sinking sand. God is able to transform a block made for sinking sand into a worthy block built on the foundation of faith.

Dear Heavenly Father, help us to understand you have blocks that are on sinking sand, designed for destruction of the storm, but even those blocks can be changed and recreated for your kingdom. They can be transformed into the image of your Son to glorify your name. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study: Zechariah 13:9 KJV
9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.

1 Peter 1:2-9 KJV
2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.


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