"If you look for Me wholeheartedly,
you will find Me."

Jeremiah 29:13

Regardless of what any church leader, pastor, or anyone else says... your final authority should be:

"What does the Bible say?"

 

Paul taught that some things he was teaching are hard to understand, "which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction." 2 Pet 3:16

The Apostle Paul also warned that in the last days, not every minister would be teaching the truth of God's Word.  "For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths."  2 Tim 4:3-4

"I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments." Col 2:4

"The LORD of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;

the God of Israel is our fortress."

 

- Psalm 46:7

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DAY 222 IN THE APP

aug 10, 2022 

BREAD CRUMBS COMMENTARY FOR TODAYS READING

 with Pastor Sylvia Laughlin (5-Minutes)

TODAYS BIBLE READING:

Jeremiah 16:1-18:23, 35:1-19

Reading Time: 15-20 Minutes

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TODAYS WORSHIP 

I Stand in Awe

THIS WEEKS MEMORY VERSE

...If God is for us, who can be against us? ~Romans 8:31

Being a vessel usable for God has nothing to do with our social standing, our wealth, our education, etc. and everything to do with our willingness to empty ourselves of self and be filled and then yield on a moment-to-moment basis to the Holy Spirit. In Paul’s letter to the Romans, many call this the Christian Constitution, he concludes in chapter 16 with making mention, thanking and bringing attention to 33 individuals. We read in 16:22-23, “I, Tertius, who wrote this epistle, greet you in the Lord...and Quartus, a brother.” Most will rush through this list of names being unfamiliar with most of them. But Tertius simply means third. Quartus means fourth. These men prior to meeting Paul were slaves, not even deemed worthy enough to be given names, only numbers. But what the world deems as unworthy, if willing to become vessels for God, becomes instruments of worth. Romans 16 begins with Phoebe, which is another name for Diana, who was the principal deity in this city of Corinth. Yet this pagan Gentile convert was the hand that delivered this letter to those in Rome. Again, our ability to be used has everything to do with our willingness to yield and less to do with what we personally bring to the table.

We read in Jeremiah 18, that God sends the prophet to the Potter’s house, as we read in 18:3-6, “Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make. Then the word of the Lord came to me saying: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the Lord. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!” Isaiah also describes our own inherent worthlessness and what can be done through us if we allow ourselves to be vessels for Him in Isaiah 64:6-8, “But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags...But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of your hand.” Just as we read in Genesis 2:7, that God formed Adam from the dust of the earth, we read in Jeremiah 1:5 and Psalm 139:13-16, that God also formed us in the womb. He forms us, but gives us free will to choose our own paths. Most will choose to mold their own lives, others will see the foolishness of this and allow ourselves to be continually molded by Him.

Step one in becoming a vessel for God is realizing that we are not good, and our worth must rest upon what He has done and not what we do. Once we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, God will seal us with the Holy Spirit, and if we yield the molding process can begin. But we still have free will with a lot of outside interference to being the humble and willing vessels we desire to be. That is why we should start each day with Him, take time throughout the day to focus on Him, and end each day with Him. None of us will become perfect vessels this side of eternity, but by allowing Him to work through us, as unworthy as we are, we can do beautiful things under His influence.

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