Love Tuesday nights because it’s dgroup night!! I love having something to look forward to after I get off work! Such sweet fellowship with my sisters in Christ! Thinking today after reading in Isaiah 29 about God being the potter and us being the clay and all the implications of that (this metaphor is mentioned in other places in scripture as well). First of all, I am nothing without God, just as they clay is nothing without the potter forming it. As clay, I naturally have rough edges that have to be smoothed out by the Potter. The Potter is reflected in His work. This got me to thinking about how I am reflecting my Potter…in every moment of the day I should remember that there is a war within my soul between my flesh and the Spirit. I can so easily be switched into autopilot and be living in the flesh without even realizing and I am not giving glory to my Creator. I need to be acting in a manner that is worthy of the One who formed me. This in itself has so many different implications like controlling my tongue, acting on faith and truth instead of emotion, etc. It’s funny how sometimes just a few words in a passage with cause me to think about so many other things that relate to that specific topic.
You turn things around!
Shall the potter be considered as equal with the clay,
That what is made would say to its maker, “He did not make me”;
Or what is formed say to him who formed it, “He has no understanding”?
But now, O LORD, You are our Father,
We are the clay, and You our potter;
And all of us are the work of Your hand.
You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?” On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it? Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use?
I forgot to mention last night what we talked about at BASIC on Sunday night. Jeannine talked to the girls about how to study the Bible. I feel like I need to work on this…I want to be better at studying God’s Word for myself. I want to be able to pick apart a verse and truly understand it. To study the Bible we need to start with observation (getting the facts down), then interpretation (which is not our own opinion what it means, but what it really means), and then application (what the verse means for our lives…the meaning of the text does not change, but the applications for each of us are endless).
Tomorrow after work, Ashley and I are going to get our hair cut 🙂 Should be a fun girl outing!! Before I go, I wanted to mention that Attalus has their new CD release (“Post Tenebras Lux”- meaning “After Darkness, Light”) on November 18th! The band is AWESOME and they are spreading the gospel with each one of their shows in places where the gospel is probably not normally shared. It is a privilege to have the band members as friends and to have them lead worship for both the youth service and college service. If you are local, please come out and support Attalus at the release party–> it’s at Southland Ballroom in Raleigh on November 18th from 6:30pm – 11:00pm; it’s $8 Advance / $10 Door and you can visit https://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp;jsessionid=B68E51F55F6FCF56EFCDEDE4B7EDAE43?performance_id=1574106&orderBy=1 to purchase tickets ahead of time!