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Hope for Broken Lives

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November 17, 2019
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Hope for Broken Lives

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  • We wonder, with all the hurt and heartache and
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  • brokenness in the world... our world, is there hope? This is
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  • Jeremiah 18, a living illustration. We all typically
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  • like illustrations, whether they are great stories that come out
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  • of the Bible, or stories that we hear from pulpits or lessons
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  • that we learn, parables instruct us. This is a living
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  • illustration at the potter's house. Now making pottery is one
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  • of the oldest, most ancient arts, and it is virtually
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  • unchanged, this art of making pottery... unchanged from
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  • ancient times. If you went to a potting shed in the Middle East
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  • or even in this country today... if you would find a house of
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  • ceramics, you would discover that pottery is made virtually
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  • the same way as it has been done year after year, after
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  • generation after generation. A few minor changes, maybe some
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  • motorization and so on, but ultimately there is the clay and
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  • there is a wheel that is operated with a treadle, either
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  • motorized by... by your feet, and the potter puts the clay on
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  • the wheel and turns it and shapes and makes a vessel. So
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  • God takes us to this vivid illustration in Jeremiah 18 to
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  • teach us some lessons... vital lessons at the potter's house.
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  • And what do we learn on our trip to the potter's shed? That is
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  • that failure is not final when you put your life in the
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  • master's hands. That's where we're going in this message
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  • today. That failure... your failure, your brokenness is not
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  • final! It needs not to be final when you put your hand... or
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  • your life in the Master's hand. This was originally spoken to a
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  • nation... the nation of Israel. And certainly it's a word for
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  • America today. As Jeremiah described the nation of Israel,
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  • we are facing disaster! We have political problems; we have
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  • moral problems; we are broken morally, spiritually,
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  • politically, financially! We are a broken people and only God can
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  • fix it! Only God can change the future of our nation! And what
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  • is true for the nation is true for you and me! That we are on
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  • the potter's wheel. We, like the clay, are in the Master's hand.
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  • What do we learn there? Let's think for a few moments about
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  • the shaping of a person's life... the shaping of a
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  • person's life. Verse 3 tells us that the potter places the clay
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  • on the wheel. We don't have to wonder who is the potter because
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  • God tells us in verse 6 that He is the potter. "Can I not do
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  • with you, O Israel, as the potter does with the clay?" The
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  • potter represents God. He is the divine Potter. And like the
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  • potter, God makes us and shapes us. He sovereignly breaks us and
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  • makes us into the persons that He desires us to be. God is the
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  • master workman, and He has a plan... a purpose in making
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  • every life. The Bible says [Psalm 139:14] "we are fearfully
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  • and wonderfully made." But the handprint of God is upon every
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  • life, the echo of God is in every soul. And His design...
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  • His desire is to make a beautiful vessel for His glory,
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  • for His use; valuable and beautiful and useful. You are
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  • valuable because you are loved... loved by God! And your
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  • soul... your very being cries out to know the God who made
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  • you, who created you for Himself. You were made by Him
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  • and for Him! Augustine of Hippo said, "O God, You have created
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  • us for Yourself, and we are restless until we find our rest
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  • in Thee." Well put, Augustine. We will never find happiness or
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  • hope in life in chasing pleasure or money or possessions or
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  • property! We'll not find it in drugs or alcohol or sex. These
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  • do not bring peace and promise that only God can give; the
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  • happiness that is expected. You know they say insanity is doing
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  • the same thing over and over and over and over again and
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  • expecting a different result. Sin is spiritual insanity
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  • because somehow we think that by more sin or by living my own
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  • life... my own way again and again and again, I will
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  • ultimately get a different result and be happy. The fact is
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  • God is for your happiness. He made you for His goodwill. The
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  • chief end of man is to know God, enjoy Him forever! You were made
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  • to know Him and the happiness and fulfillment and the forever
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  • life that He gives. The reason that some of you don't have
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  • security and identity in your life is because you are living
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  • outside of a relationship with God who made you! God is the
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  • divine Potter! But what is the clay? Who is the clay? Well, of
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  • course, we be the clay. [chuckle] We are the clay. Now,
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  • that's not very flattering, is it, for me to stand before a
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  • very highly good looking, intelligent group like yourself
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  • and call you a congregation of clods! [laughter] Clay! And clay
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  • is colorless. It's basically worthless in and of itself. It's
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  • ... it's just wet dirt. But when God gets His hands... when the
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  • divine potter gets His hand on the clay, and begins to shape it
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  • and make it and even break it and bend it, He makes something
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  • beautiful of our life. You know the Bible says that we were made
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  • from the dust of the earth. It's often said at funerals that from
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  • dust to dust and ashes to ashes, that we are made from the dust
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  • of the ground. We return to the dust of the ground. A little boy
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  • heard that in Sunday school class and he went home and asked
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  • his mom about it. He said, "Mom, is it true? From dust to dust we
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  • are made and from dust to dust we shall return? Is that true?"
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  • She said, "Yes, son, it's true. That's what the Bible says." He
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  • said, "Well, you better go look under my bed then, mom, because
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  • there's somebody under there either coming or going!"
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  • [laughter] You are clay but you're God's clay! You're His
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  • workmanship. Now what is the wheel? If the potter... the
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  • divine Potter takes the clay and... and begins to work with
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  • it and, having created it, begins to caress it and move it
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  • and shape it, he then when it's just right, pliable enough,
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  • throws it on the wheel and the wheel spins it round and round!
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  • And there's a treadle on... at his feet that he is moving, like
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  • a peddle on a piano here. Just moving the treadle as he's
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  • moving the wheel! What is the wheel? The wheel represents the
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  • daily turn and twist of life directed by the Potter, turned
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  • by the hand and the feet of God. Life is on God's potter's wheel.
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  • James told us something like this when he said that life is
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  • like the cycle. He spoke of the cycle or the wheel of life. And
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  • so when we, the clay, are tossed onto the wheel of life and we
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  • begin to turn, the master craftsman, the maker begins to
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  • shake up by turns and twists. Sometimes rapidly speeding up
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  • the wheel, sometimes slowing it down to an almost interminable
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  • level, the twists of life. Not fate, not the blind fate or
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  • chance of life but again the wheel of life directed by the
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  • divine Potter. We're not going just round and round and round
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  • and round in circles. If you are a believer in the Lord Jesus
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  • Christ you are, according to Ephesians 2:10, "His workmanship
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  • created in Jesus Christ unto good works." And as God turns
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  • the wheel of your life, He knows what He's doing. He is sovereign
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  • over all of those turns... in tragedy, in sorrow, in grief, in
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  • pain... He knows it all and He's working it, working it. And when
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  • you go through one of those times in life when the pressure
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  • is on, the hands of the potter seem to pushing too hard, when
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  • the potter's hands meet the tragedies of life and the tests
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  • of life, Romans 8:28 is still right where it's always been in
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  • the Bible! "For God is still working all things together for
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  • good!" He's working creatively, constructively, continually in
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  • His child He's working all things together for the good "to
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  • those who love the Lord(watch this!) to those who love the
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  • Lord" and are fitting into His plans. Who are walking according
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  • to His plan and purposes in our lives.
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  • The divine
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  • Potter is in charge and He's making something beautiful of
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  • your life. That's the shaping of a person's life. But then I want
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  • you to see at the potter's house, the spoiling... the
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  • spoiling of a person's life. Look at verse 4 again in chapter
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  • 18 of Jeremiah. "And the vessel he was making of clay was
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  • spoiled in the potter's hand..." Spoiled! Marred. There is a
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  • spoiled in the potter's hand..." Spoiled! Marred. There is a
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  • defect that shows up! And you see the frown on the potter's
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  • face. And the wheel slows and his hands cease moving as he
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  • finds something in the clay that is resistant to the work of his
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  • hand. A stiffness, a brittleness, a resistance, an
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  • obstinate in the clay. Something maybe about the symmetry or the
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  • size or the shape. Something in the clay that becomes a problem.
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  • Now what's the problem here? This clay that was spoiled, this
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  • vessel that was spoiled in the very hand of the one who made
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  • it. The problem is not in the potter or in the potter's hand,
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  • skilled and always successful. The problem is in the pot, it's
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  • in the vessel itself. Some of you who are listening to me
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  • today are resisting the work of God's hands in your life! You
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  • are struggling against His hands. Some secret in your life
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  • that is stiffening your resistance to God. Some impurity
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  • that is in your human clay, a brittleness, a bitterness. And
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  • God cannot do what He desires to do in the design of your life to
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  • bring about the beauty and glory of you, His vessel, because
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  • you're holding back, you're pushing Him away! Whether it be
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  • sorrow or whether it be circumstances. Some blame the
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  • circumstances of their life for the problem in their clay. "God,
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  • if you had not made me..." I've even heard as a pastor, I've
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  • heard over the years, people blame God. "God, why did you
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  • make me like this? Why am I like this?" And with raised fists,
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  • make me like this? Why am I like this?" And with raised fists,
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  • curse the name of God. You know there are some things in life
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  • you cannot change. There are some givens, invariables in life
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  • that you cannot change. I don't have a lot to say about some of
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  • the basic components of who I am and what I am like and my DNA
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  • and my genetic code and all the rest. These are given. But I
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  • want you to remember today that when God made you, He made you
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  • for His purpose. And if you will live on the... in the potter's
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  • hands He will shape you and make you exactly the way He wants you
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  • to be. As someone elegantly put it one time, when God made us,
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  • God don't make no junk! You are not a mistake! You are a miracle
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  • made by the Master's hand.
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  • Some blame their flaws and failures on the wheel itself,
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  • the circumstances of life. You don't understand. "If I had more
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  • education... if I'd been born in a better place, if I had a
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  • better opportunity... if I hadn't been sick... if I could
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  • get well..." All the circumstances! And we rail at
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  • God because we're on the wheel in a place we don't enjoy. And
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  • yet all along He's using the turn of the wheel and the twists
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  • of the clay to make us into His image.
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  • There is rhyme and reason and logic in life when you yield
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  • to the touch of the Master's hand.
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  • So we see a vessel shaped, we see a
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  • vessel spoiled, but thank God, there's something else. We see
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  • here... we learn here at the potter's house that we see the
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  • saving of a person's life... the saving of this vessel. Look at
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  • verse 4, chapter 18 again. "And the vessel he was making of clay
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  • spoiled in the potter's hand" (and what did he do? Did he
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  • throw it away? No!) He reworked it... He reworked it into
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  • another vessel. Some say he mended it. No, he made it over.
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  • He made it again as it seemed good for the potter to do. Thank
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  • God for the saving of a person's life, the saving of this vessel
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  • representing you here. Our God, the divine Potter... is the God
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  • of the second chance and the third and the fourth and another
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  • and another. How many you need. It's called grace! It's that
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  • marvelous grace, that majestic, magnificent grace, that we are
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  • made again. Maybe you are unyielding and there's sin in
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  • your life, impurity in your life that is resisting the work of
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  • the Master's hand. Literally in the Hebrew it says that it was
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  • marred again and again. It was spoiled over and over again. But
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  • He kept remaking it! Is God through with you because you
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  • have failed Him? No![tap] No! [tap] No! [tap] A thousand [tap]
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  • times no! Our God is the God of new beginnings! And because of
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  • the cross, because of the power of the resurrection, even though
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  • you've messed up and you're broken, you can be made again!
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  • Now before we shut down this service and end this
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  • message, I need to give you the same warning that God and
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  • Jeremiah gave the people of Israel. I wouldn't be honest
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  • with you today if I didn't clearly say what the rest of
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  • this text says, because God told Jeremiah to take another trip to
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  • a potter's house, and in chapter nineteen... chapter nineteen...
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  • look at it. The Lord says, "Go, buy a potter's earthenware
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  • flask, and take some of the elders of the people and some of
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  • the elders of the priests," and he says, "go out to the Valley
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  • of the Son of Hinnom... go to the Valley of Hinnom." So he
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  • goes, he buys the flask at the potter's house, he goes before
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  • the spiritual leaders of Israel and says, "Come and go with me
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  • to Hinnom." That was where the potters worked, there on the
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  • brink of the Valley of Hinnom. One way we know that is
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  • archeology because to this very day there in the Valley of
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  • Hinnom there, just outside of Jerusalem they're uncovering
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  • earthenware, pottery, broken shards by the scores, by the
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  • hundreds, even thousands, because a potter would make
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  • something and if he couldn't... he couldn't finish it, he would
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  • just break it and throw it into the Valley of Hinnom. It was the
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  • potter's house... and there at the potter's house. So he said,
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  • Go, and take the children... or leaders of Israel to the Valley
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  • of Hinnom." And notice what he said in verse 10: "Then you
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  • shall break the flask in the sight of the men who go with
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  • you, and some shall say to them, 'Thus says the Lord of hosts: So
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  • will I break this people and this city, as one breaks a
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  • potter's vessel, so that it can never... never be mended!'", be
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  • saved. It's just a shard now, to be thrown away in the Valley of
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  • Hinnom. Jesus spoke of the Valley of Hinnom. You know what
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  • He called it? Gehenna, because in the day of Christ the Valley
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  • of Hinnom... Gehenna was the town's garbage dump. People
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  • threw their trash there. The refuge of the city was there. It
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  • was burning day and night. Jesus used it as a... as a fiery
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  • illustration of hell because hell is the garbage dump of the
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  • universe... separation from God forever! Get this picture. The
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  • prophet led by God brings these men to the edge and says, "Look
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  • at that." He breaks the bottle just to demonstrate it. He
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  • throws the bottle, it crashed beneath, and all below is
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  • wastedness of the vessels that were never mended, forever gone.
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  • So what God is saying to us is that you can say no and no and
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  • no and resist and resist and resist, that there is a sin unto
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  • death that Jesus spoke of the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit an
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  • unforgiveable sin. What is that unforgivable sin? It must be
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  • murder, it must be perversion, it must be some terrible sin.
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  • It's the sin of unbelief. The only sin that cannot, will not
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  • be forgiven, to blaspheme God by not believing God! You come to
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  • the edge and you say no and no and no, and ultimately you're in
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  • and out forever. The proverb says, [Proverbs 29:1] "He who
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  • being often reproved... reproved and hardens his neck, shall
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  • suddenly be cut off and that without remedy." The Bible says,
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  • [Hebrews 3:15] "Today if you hear His voice, don't harden
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  • your heart." Don't allow. I'm told that when clay is on the
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  • treadle so long and resistant to the master's hand, it can become
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  • hard and brittle, and that's when the master must throw it
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  • away. [2 Corinthians 6:2] "Today is the day of salvation." It's
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  • never too late for a new beginning as long as you will
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  • listen and not harden your heart.
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