In your spirit you can see Jesus walking up and down
the aisles with wedding gowns on His arm. He's saying, ''I'm calling you to be My Bride. I'm calling you to come into the
high fires to let My Glory fall upon you, but it will cost you.'' He says, ''you will have to die to your reputation, your
theology, and all your religious formulas. You will have to let go of your fears and your control. Do you love Me enough to
come, or will you be content to live in the back rows of the church? You sit and wonder what to do. Did those beautiful
vessels follow Jesus into the high fires? Was that how they became so filled with His Presence? You know you can decide to
stop growing-some of your friends have even fallen away. The journey seems dangerous. It could cost you your life. But you
know what I have said, ''he who has found his life shall lose it, and he who has lost his life shall find it.'' (Matt. 10:39)
Let us take a look at the journey each of you must make!
THE POTTER'S FIELD-SALVATION.........Do you remember the day God saved you? Remember the the agony you felt as you cried out
for Him to rescue you from the ash heap? God heard you and He knew exactly where to find you. He found you in the potter's
field. In Biblical times, all the shattered vessels were thrown into a garbage dump outside the city known as the ''potter's
field.'' This field represents the world--a place where broken lives are thrown away. Do you know that when you are no longer
useful to the world, they throw you away. That is when the pain causes you to cry out, ''Jesus'' if You are real, please save
me!'' Then the Master Potter, God Himself, walks across the potter's field. He sees your broken life and gently picks you
up. ''Even though your are a shattered clay vessel--I love you, says the Lord. ''All your hopes and dreams have been destroyed,
but I have a vision for your life. Then the Lord carries you back to the Potter's House. ''I know you,'' He says, ''Your substance
is not hidden from Me, for you are beautifully and wonderfully made. When you were in your mother's womb, you were My chose
instrument. And I have a calling for you.''
HOUSE.....''Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I shall announce My words to you,' then I went down to the
potter's house, and there He was, making something on the wheel. But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in
the hand of the potter, so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make. Then the word of the Lord came
to me saying, ''can I not, O house of Israel, deal with you as this potter does?" delcares the Lord. ''Behold, like the
clay in the potter's hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel.'' (Jeremiah 18:2-6). The Master Potter is a creative
artist. There are thousands of different vessels in His house, yet He knows each one intimately. What kind of vessel are you?
Are you a pitcher to pour forth prophetic words, a bowl brimming with the fruit of the Spirit, or a perfume vial filled with
healing oil? Are you a basin to wash feet, a fine goblet fashioned for the King's table, or are you a large platter
to hold the bread and meat of His Word? Each of you is uniquely made in the gentle hands of Jesus, and He alone knows your
color, shape and purpose.
Now that the broken vessel
has been taken to the Potter's house, the long journey from salvation to transformation has begun. As the Master Potter picks
up a rock and begins to crush the broken pieces of clay, you cry out, ''God, how can You crush me after everything I have
been through!'' But the stone beats down on your again and again until the hard clay becomes a fine dust. Then, with His own
scared hands, He reaches into the depths of your heart saying, ''I will take out all the rocks and thorns, all of the debris
you picked up along the highway of life.'' Next He places the dust in large bins and pours in clear living water which proceeds
from the Throne of God. This living water is the worship and praise that flows over you when you first came to Christ. You
are continually drenched in it until it has absorbed into every pore of your being and you say, ''Lord, I can feel Your love
like never before.''
THE POTTER'S WHEEL----THE TIME
OF ANOINTING..........Then the Lord scoups you up with His mighty Hands and places you on the potter's wheel. It is there
you begin to hear His voice of promise. ''I have measured you, I know exactly wht your destiny will be. I will center your
inner man and take away the double-mindness and confusion. Then slowly His gentle hands go down into the center of the ball
of clay. you find yourself delightfully spinning and turning in the hands of the Lord as He reaches into the very core of
who you are, saying, ''I Am Lord of your life, and I will build within you a sure foundation based upon the Word of God.''
All eyes are smiling as He begins to pull up your walls-everyone loves watching a baby Christian grow!
Now the Lord speaks more promises to you, but His ultimate plan is still
a mystery. If you knew God's plan you might be tempted to jump prematurely out of His Hand-that is why such an intimate
dependecy must be created between you and the Lord. It was during this season on the Potter's wheel that the Lord spoke blessings
to a young dreamer named Joseph. His family saw only a shepherd boy filled with vain imaginings, but the Lord had a destiny
of great power and authority for him. God spoke to Joseph in a dream revealing the anointing on his life, yet the fulfillment
of that dream would be many years, many miles and many tears down the road. ARE YOU A DREAMER? Do you have visions from God?
If you're on the Potter's wheel, a mystery is taking place as God shapes you into the vessel He has created you to be. Your
time on the wheel is one of great favor and blessing, but just when you think it will last forever-the Lord lifts you off
and places you on the shelf.
WHY THE SHELF......A
TIME OF TESTING...The Lord has placed you on the shelf to dry, and for the first time you feel the scorching desert winds.
You cry out, ''Lord. I'm afraid! the winds are so hot. My family doesn't understand me and my finances are drying up. At first
you assume it won't last long, but after a month or two you say, ''Uh, Lord, I've been sitting on the shelf for a long time
and I'm really dry. Where are you? I don't feel You anymore. I seem to be in a wilderness. ''You are right, He answers. you
have been promoted.'' But Lord, I thought promotion was getting to start my ministry? ''Promotion is the wilderness,'' says
the Lord. ''My Holy Spirit led My Son into the wilderness to be tested. Now, I've called you there so you can
learn to recognize My voice. I'm testing your heart. Will you continue to seek My face in this wilderness, or will you turn
away in anger?''
Joseph's time on the wheel of blessing
was also followed by a time of testing. In Canaan he knew his father's love and God's favor, but that seemed to end abruptly
when he was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers. Once the beloved son of a righteous man, he was now a bond-slave in
the house of an Egyptian. What did Joseph choose to do in his ''wilderness'' experience? He served the Lord, and his Egyptian
master, with faith and integrity. He continued to seek the Lord in the wilderness. The Lord will ask you to do the same. After
months, or even years on the shelf, you will finally fall on your face weeping and saying, ''God, I do not understand? I do
not know why I'm still in the wilderness! All I know is I need Your living water!'' And Oh, how I know that ''wilderness''
but once there God began to show me why and what was happening......for it was there that He fed me, watered me, protected
me, guided me, and directed my paths.........Oh what a place to be, because it is in the wilderness that He has you all to
Himself and the only voice you will hear and recognize is His. Away from all the hustle and bustle, the religious duties,
the theology of others. Praise be to His Holy Name.
You are very dry---and very fragile. You wonder, ''does God really have a destiny for me? Did He really speak those
promises to me? You have learned all the worship songs, read all the books, been to all the seminars, yet you feel like the
Lord has forsaken you. On the wheel you felt such intimacy with God and everybody said wonderful things about your future!
Now, everyone seems to have forgotten you! And even worse, they are beginning to say, ''why don't you have more faith?'' No
one understands that God has taken you into the wilderness. the greater the call is on someone's life, the greater the misunderstandings
will be. You entered the wilderness as Jacob, but God wants to change your name to ''Israel'' So He comforts you and says,
''My child, I want you to find the streams of living water beneath the desert. You don't need the approval of man--you need
to be planted so deeply in Me that the storms of life will not uproot you.''
Yet while God works out His perfect plan, your soul is still wrestling and aching. then one day you stop struggling and pray
a prayer of resignation: Lord, ''I'll stay in this wilderness forever if I have to. I've found You here...and You're
all I need.'' Just then the Lord says, ''Now is the time for Me to take you out of the wilderness.'' You mean now, Lord? All
those dreams, all those words, those things can now be fulfilled in my life? Lord I'm ready?'' ARE YOU READY? WHAT WILL YOUR