A few days ago, this entry was begun. But to be really upfront about things, it took that long to sort of get my head together. Our family is used to enduring with GOD and in HIM. But, having said that, THIS trial, and how it is ending is well, not completely what we expected. Yet, on some level kind of exactly what we expected. Because with GOD, we EXPECT great things!!! Does that mean that nothing negative will ever come? Absolutely NOT!!! But what it does mean is GOD will overcome.
So, to the topic of this post. Do we have cracks in the surface? YES. Can GOD use that too? YES!!!!
God breaks us down to FEED us to the multitude. Look at Gideon. Also, look at the feeding of the five thousand.
Here is a link of a sermon that GOD gave someone about the Clay pots and the cracks in them. Please enjoy because what it says is important…
GOD does break us, but NOT in a way that is unable to be restored. Because the FACT is, HE requires surrender. Even in a child. Our children, that we have been given are warriors. Some live with us and some elsewhere, but ALL of them live with GOD. We look forward to GOD healing the cracks in the surface, and if necessary breaking us down more. Because it will NOT be about us. It WILL always be about GOD in US.
Our doctor this time has a name that reminded us of putty. How we are putty in God’s hands.
Definition of PUTTY
2 Corinthians 4
Amplified Bible (AMP)
4 Therefore, since we do hold and engage in this ministry by the mercy of God [granting us favor, benefits, opportunities, and especially salvation], we do not get discouraged (spiritless and despondent with fear) or become faint with weariness and exhaustion.
2 We have renounced disgraceful ways (secret thoughts, feelings, desires and underhandedness, the methods and arts that men hide through shame); we refuse to deal craftily (to practice trickery and cunning) or to adulterate or handle dishonestly the Word of God, but we state the truth openly (clearly and candidly). And so we commend ourselves in the sight and presence of God to every man’s conscience.
3 But even if our Gospel (the glad tidings) also be hidden (obscured and covered up with a veil that hinders the knowledge of God), it is hidden [only] to those who are perishing and obscured [only] to those who are spiritually dying and veiled [only] to those who are lost.
4 For the god of this world has blinded the unbelievers’ minds [that they should not discern the truth], preventing them from seeing the illuminating light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ (the Messiah), Who is the Image and Likeness of God.
5 For what we preach is not ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves [merely] as your servants (slaves) for Jesus’ sake.
6 For God Who said, Let light shine out of darkness, has shone in our hearts so as [to beam forth] the Light for the illumination of the knowledge of the majesty and glory of God [as it is manifest in the Person and is revealed] in the face of Jesus Christ (the Messiah).
7 However, we possess this precious treasure [the divine Light of the Gospel] in [frail, human] vessels of earth, that the grandeur and exceeding greatness of the power may be shown to be from God and not from ourselves.
8 We are hedged in (pressed) on every side [troubled and oppressed in every way], but not cramped orcrushed; we suffer embarrassments and are perplexed and unable to find a way out, but not driven to despair;
9 We are pursued (persecuted and hard driven), but not deserted [to stand alone]; we are struck down to the ground, but never struck out and destroyed;
10 Always carrying about in the body the liability and exposure to the same putting to death that the Lord Jesus suffered, so that the [[a]resurrection] life of Jesus also may be shown forth by and in our bodies.
11 For we who live are constantly [experiencing] being handed over to death for Jesus’ sake, that the [[b]resurrection] life of Jesus also may be evidenced through our flesh which is liable to death.
12 Thus death is actively at work in us, but [it is in order that [c]our] life [may be actively at work] in you.
13 Yet we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, I have believed, and therefore have I spoken. We too believe, and therefore we speak,
14 Assured that He Who raised up the Lord Jesus will raise us up also with Jesus and bring us [along] with you into His presence.
15 For all [these] things are [taking place] for your sake, so that the more grace (divine favor and spiritual blessing) extends to more and more people and multiplies through the many, the more thanksgiving may increase [and redound] to the glory of God.
16 Therefore we do not become discouraged (utterly spiritless, exhausted, and wearied out through fear). Though our outer man is [progressively] decaying and wasting away, yet our inner self is being [progressively] renewed day after day.
17 For our light, momentary affliction (this slight distress of the passing hour) is ever more and more abundantly preparing and producing and achieving for us an everlasting weight of glory [beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons and all calculations, a vast and transcendent glory and blessedness never to cease!],
18 Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting.
GOD has performed SO many miracles. HE does this daily and SO deserves credit. It is a miracle we ALL are still alive, it is a miracle healing is happening so rapidly, a miracle every time our needs are met, a miracle every time we breathe, a miracle we have a vehicle, or a place to sleep and food. See where this is going? MIRACLES are ALL around us. THANK GOD!!!!!
It is a MIRACLE that even with the cracks in the surface, GOD can use us. It TRULY is!!!!!
WE cannot even attempt to LIMIT GOD. We just cannot….HE can and WILL use everything. But, remember that HE excuses nothing too. The enemy’s camp may think they are getting away with things, but GOD. Just keep praising HIM, watching HIM and believing that NO WEAPON formed against us will prosper and it won’t!
OK, until next entry GOD BLESS you ALL…do NOT worry because HE has so got ALL these questions we have covered. WATCH GOD!!!! Our gal is healing and so are we and many others. GLORY TO GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In the BLOOD of JESUS ~ AMEN
In His Grace and GLORY,
E and FAM
30 Nov 2013