6. In the Potters hands
Isaiah 64:8 But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
There is a process of spiritually maturing that the child of God undergoes. This process will continue in the Christians life until he or she dies or the Lord catches us away.
Things that God uses in conforming us to the image of Christ.
God's Word - the Bible
1Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
The born again experience takes place in the spirit of an individual. The mind must be renewed with God's word and we must present our bodies unto the Lord. This is a process of surrendering unto the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We must be willing.
Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
It is when we practice what God's word says, that our minds are renewed. In other words our thinking begins to line up with the word of God, which causes us to live our lives according to God's ways, like Jesus did. This often puts us at odds with the world's system of beliefs.
Ephesians 4:11-15 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and
some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
1Peter 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the
oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy
lucre, but of a ready mind;
The Holy Spirit
Romans 8:13-16 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if
ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
Romans 8:26-27 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for
we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself
maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Ephesians 4:16 He makes the whole body fit together and unites it through the support of every joint. As each and every part does its job, he makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. (GW)
Psalms 66:10 For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.
Psalms 119:67 Before I was afflicted I went astray; but now I have kept Your Word.
Psalms 119:71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted, so that I might learn Your Precepts.
Hebrews 12:6 for whom the Lord loves He chastens, and He scourges
every son whom He receives."
Sometimes God will allow some form of trial in our lives for a greater good.
2Corinthians 12:7-9 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made
perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that
the power of Christ may rest upon me.
1Peter 1:7 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:
Let us look for a moment at The Lord Jesus
Hebrews 2:9-10 But we see Jesus, who was made a
little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with
glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every
Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is
passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our
Hebrews 5:8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the
things which he suffered;
The book of Revelation Ch.1-3, promises certain blessings upon
those that overcome; for
James1:2-4 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers
1Peter 1:7 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
Trials and troubles are nothing more then tools in the hands of the
potter, we always
2Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to