Here comes the FIRST FIRING..........And then
God takes you at your word and He begins to bring your friends, your bible group, your church members all the dried vessels
and tenderly carries all of you into another room. The vessels are incredibly excited. They know they have been promoted.
But as the Lord and His angels start shutting all the doors and windows, and as fire starts coming through the floor and ceiling,
you realize He has placed you in a kiln. As the sweat starts to drip, you look at the people next to you and decide you don't
like them. You see, the Lord never fires one vessel at a time. He takes a whole church, a bible study group, friends, family,
co-workers and sets them all on fire to expose their hearts. In the intense heat all the impurities start to melt away. Resentment,
bitterness, anger, and greed all rise to the surface in the midst of the flames. As the fire moves from bright red to blazing
orange, your best relationships become strained and you are persecuted at work. you cry out, ''Lord! if you love me, You will
turn off this heat!" Everything in my life is dying!
Joseph experienced this fire. Perhaps he cried out, ''Lord, isn't it enough I'm a slave in a strange land? Isn't is enough
that I"ve lost my whole family? Why am I being unjustly accused and sent to prison? Why is this happening to me?"
Are you feeling like Joseph? Is God using your ministry, family, finances, and relationships to fuel the testing of your heart?
Well, time is short now, for God is getting ready to shut the fire off and open the door. Are you READY for Him to take
you out of the kiln?
Finally we say, wow, we are out
of the fire and off the shelf? But wait, we are still unglazed pots, or maybe even pew sitters..............Finally the door
opens and the Lord removes all of us, dry clay vessels/ Now you've been ''fired'' but you are still not ''glazed.'' Water
cannot be poured into an unglazed pot because it will leak and grain cannot be stored there because bugs will get inside.
Nothing can be done with these vessels except to place them back on the shelf. But now you are so relieved to be out of the
fire that you are really happy to be on the shelf! Now you know, God, is dangerous. He is not a divine santa with a sack of
warm fuzzies,but He is an awesome God/. A God that will do His will in your life no matter how much you protest.
And so you begin to make little choices. You think maybe you stepped
out too far and God was punishing you, so you decide to sit in the back of the church. You still pray for people occasionally,
but when the Holy Spirit stirs you heart you say, ''No, Lord, others might judge me if I give a word, or I might make a mistake.
Find someone else. Once you were bold for Christ, but now you play it safe. you have learned to become religious, careful,
apathetic, and yes, even boring. You do not want to make waves. You have made it through the fire, you have paid your dues.
You are a warrior for the Lord even if your last battle was years ago. So you PERFECT the art of living in the shadows of
the church. Your first years in the Lord were full of glory and excitement, but now you hide your giftings under a cloak.
But one day while you are sitting in the back row of the church, God
begins to nudge your Spirit. He says, ''when you first came to Me you said, Lord, I do not want to be lukewarm, I do not want
to be religious, I do not want to be a controller.'' You wanted to be free. But now you think others are too free, and you
hate their freedom in the Holy Spirit. Are you willing to settle for this, or do you want more of Me?
WHAT IS YOUR ANSWER? WILL YOU OBEY WHEN HE SPEAKS TO YOU? WILL YOU GO FOR HIM AND
BE ALL THAT HE HAS CREATED YOU TO BE?
What a beautiful
day here in the mountains of North Carolina, the birds are out and singing just like the Lord made them to do. Are you out
and about this morning singing and praising the Lord? A HIGHER CALLING.........You're not sure how to answer the Lord's question,
but something deep inside you begins to stir. It's that sense of destiny you felt as a new believer. You say, ''Lord'' I don't
want to stay in the back row and die. You made me to be a lover of Your people- to find broken vessels and bring them to the
Potter's house. The Lord then reminds you of the price behind the anointing as you hear the sound of the trumpet going forth.
The Lord is calling you, and those around you, to a deeper place in Him. Each person understands they'll pay an incredible
price for the anointing, yet many are making choices to follow the Lord into a huge room filled with tables.
In this room, angels are taking pitchers from one table and placing them
with cups on another table in preparation for the high firing. Lord, what going on? OH No, not again? Do I have too?
But then you utter out, forget the questions Lord I will just go. There is a soft sound of weeping now as vessels that have
been together all their lives are separated. God is starting to prepare His vessls to fulfill His great commission. Some will
be staying home, but some will be traveling in foreign lands. the angels carefully brush the glaze onto each vessel before
carrying them into a large kiln. THE SECOND FIRING.......................Once again the fire moves through the kiln, but this
time it's more intense. As the fire becomes a brilliant consuming yellow, you move quickly from a time of testing into a time
fo death. There are impurities in each vessel that only fire can cleanse. One of those imputities is competition. ''You've
been comparing yourselves one to another.'' says the Lord. ''I will purge out that need for position.'' And as the fire gets
hotter He says, ''I'm purging out your religious intellect and your critical nature.'' For you see, you must know your identify
and who you are in Me.
Then the Lord shuts all the
dampers. This cuts off the oxygen and the kiln moves into a black fire where heavy smoke, flames, and black soot consume every
vessel. The fire is so intense you can't hear or see those who have been your comforters, intercessors, and friends for years.
Competition, position and pride are all being consumed by the cleansing fire! DO YOU STILL WANT TO GO ON? DO YOU STILL
DESIRE TO GO THRU MY PROCESS TO REFINE YOU?
THE SECOND FIRING.....Joseph experienced this death in prison when God stripped everything
from him=reputation, confort, family, position and even understanding. Could he remember the dreams God has given him? Was
God real? Had God forsaken him? Would he die in this dark dungeon? What was God's purpose in allowing him to endure two years
of such great pain and loss? And the Lord says, ''Just as My Son had a Gethemane, so you must have one too. All that can be
shaken will be shaken, and then I'll build you solidly upon the Rock.''
In the midst of the black fire you feel like you are going to explode as the pressure builds. But instead, a mystery takes
place. This is the hidden time when all the brilliant most beautiful colors are pushed deep into the clay. These colors are
formed in the darkest hours of agony and grief, just like diamonds, rubies, and emeralds are formed by hot fires inside the
earth. Then, at the exact second you are sure you are going to die, the Lord once again opens all the dampers. As the carbon
and black soot flow out, oxygen pours in and the fire starts to burn clean, white and fresh. You are no longer looking through
the haze of ego, pride, or religiousness. As the resurrection light of the Lord fills the kiln, you can see with new clarity
in the Spirit.
COULD IT BE THE TIME OF YOUR RESURRECTION?
I would like to thank each and everyone of you that has followed the
Potter's Wheel. It is a journey that I know all to well, but OH what a journey. Maybe some of you have already been down that
road as well, maybe some are just starting and maybe some are even thinking about going!! What ever the case the journey is
incredible and exciting and fearful and so rewarding. But for now for those that have just been on the journey, your RESURRECTION
TIME IS HERE!
The kiln is turned off and the angels
open the door to reveal the breathtaking beautiful vessels of celadon green, royal purple, brilliant turquoise shimmering
with gold. The wheat is now poured in because no bugs can now get in, the living water is also poured in because now there
are no leaks, the fragrant oils are also poured into other vessels as they are prepared to bring healing and salvation to
a hurting and dying world. Vessels that will now take the time to stop for the ''one'' instead of their own plans and purposes.
The Master Potter has perfected His work of art. These vessels can now be trusted to reflect His Glory and not their own.
One of God's most beautiful vessels was Joseph. His long journey ultimately
crowned him with incredible authority. Even the Egyptian Pharaoh said to him, ''there is no one so discerning and wise as
you are. You shall be over my house..only in the throne I will be greater than you.'' And Pharoah said to Joseph, ''See, I
have set you over all the land of Egypt.'' Genesis41:39-41. What a testimony of God's faithfulness! Joseph wasn't just an
idle dreamer anymore. He had become a righteous man who wielded the scepter of power over a great nation. And Joseph harbored
no bitterness. He wept as he forgave the brothers who betrayed him and said, ''you meant evil against me, but God meant it
for good.'' Genesis 50:20. Joseph went through the Glory Fire and came out praising God. he paid the high price behind
the anointing and so will you if you decide to go on this wonderful journey with the Lord.
Are you willing to go into the Glory Fire to let God perfect His destiny and calling
in your life? Will you stop hiding in the shadows of the church and answer His call? Will you surrender your neat little agenda
to become His Glorious Bride? OH, My People, will you let Me mold and shape your lives? The Lord is asking you this question
right now you know? Will you let Me press My colors, design, and destiny within the very fibers of your being? Will you, like
Joseph walk through the fire in order to be resurrected into the greater desting God has prepared for you?
THE CHOICE IS YOURS...IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN...AND IT ALWAYS WILL...WHAT
IS YOUR ANSWER?
Again, thank you for allowing me to
share this story with you, one that was given to me a long time ago and a journey that seems so far removed, but still so
vivid in my heart and mind/. Praying that you will say yes to the Lord and go thru His process. God bless and see you soon!