Potter and Clay devotionals.
to bless your life.
Monday through Saturday
Topic this week:
Amazing Insights into
God as Potter
Us as Clay.
O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay,
and thou our potter;
and we all are the work of thy hand.
Years ago I became fascinated with this topic
from watching Lemme the Potter.
She was often on Christian television programs
she even came to my church to teach us.
If anyone knows how to get in contact with Lemme -
please let me know.
She was fantastic!
The Water of the Word
As you watch the first video below,
notice how the potter
We need the
water of the word of God
(which means we need to read the Bible)
in order to be
pliable in God's hands.
(Ephesians 5:26 - We must read our Bibles.)
Reading the Bible
with a teachable heart
allows God to change us.
Notice the Potter in the video
is putting water on her hands
as she molds the clay.
The clay must
As the next video helps us see,
The water of the word,
and obeying God's plan....
to become mature in the Lord.
God makes us
more and more glorious.
Have thine own way, Lord, have thine own way.
Thou art the
and I am the
Mold me and make me
after your will.
While I am waiting,
Yielded and still.
Today we are going to talk about the wedging process.
We will begin with a video
that would be great to share with
older children and teens.
Consider taking what you are learning on this page and share it with children and teens that you love.
Also see the following video for younger children https://youtu.be/whB16SHyUEk
The Wedging Process
Before we get on the potter's wheel,
we go through the wedging process.
Wedging softens the clay.
God is softening us to enable us to
understand the Gospel
and our need for the Gospel.
The first thing a potter does is
cut off some clay from a block of clay.
He then takes the clay and begins
the process of wedging it.
The potter stretches and works the clay.
It is like kneading dough.
But the clay is harder to work with than dough.
We have a video of wedging clay.
What does wedging do?
Wedging softens the clay.
to get out
all the air bubbles
(air bubbles would later make the clay weak)
and wedging is to get
all the clay particles aligned properly.
We are the clay -
Think about all those strong actions
- which include pressure and stretching -
in order to prepare us for the potter's wheel.
We are - mashed, smashed, smooshed - again and again.
If the clay could talk.... it would say,
After the clay is ready for the wheel.
The next step is "throwing" the clay on the wheel.
God does not do this for us.
He woos us to accept Jesus as Savior but...
choose to accept Jesus as Savior & Lord.
The meaning for this illustration is ...
We must ask for God to put us on the wheel.
Lemme used to "throw" a piece of clay
on the pottery wheel.
Then she would say,
"That loud thud you heard
was your commitment when you gave your life to Jesus.
Without that firm commitment,
you would fly off the wheel when it begins to turn."
God's word says...
“Go down to the potter’s shop,
and I will
speak to you
Jeremiah 18:2 NLT
Steps from the above video:
Step one - Centering
The clay is put on the wheel and it endures the work of centering. At first the clay is wobbly. The clay needs a firm hand. After the Potter centers the clay, it will appear motionless on the wheel.
Notice that at first our walk with God is bumpy. We are struggling with the process of allowing God's will in our life.
Step two - Opening the clay
Here God opens up our heart so he can more easily work on our heart.
As you can see - The Potter, our heavenly Father, works on the outside of the clay (our outside circumstances) and the inside of the clay (our heart).
Step three -
Preparing the clay for shaping.
Here - our walls of resistance become less thick. We become more pliable in God's hands.
The clay is lifted up. The Potter draws the clay upward - toward himself and his heart.
Step four - Shaping
The wheel slows down and the Potter shapes the clay.
During this step, the vessel gets a foot, a base, a body, a neck, a mouth, and a lip.
We grow toward our destiny as God continues to shape and fine-tune us.
God molds us
as we yield to him.
In this process, we are...
over and over and over again.
"Not my will but yours be done."
Luke 22:42 b
As you watch the next video, think about:
The wheel goes around and around -
it's morning then it's night and over and over.
Sometimes life is just dizzying.
And we have to deal with the pressures of life -
difficult circumstances and situations
financial stress, health issues,
loneliness, frustrations, cruel words, cruel actions,
the everyday responsibilities of life, etc.
we go around and around.
After we are taken off the wheel...
we have to be put on a shelf to dry out.
We are the clay - so spiritually...
We are sitting on the shelf thinking that nothing is happening in our life.
God doesn't seem to be using us.
Our life seems stuck.
But this is an important time for us. We must go through a drying process before going into the fire. If we didn't, we would be destroyed in the fire.
Consider our Prayer for Despair if you feel boxed in and left on a shelf.
Next, we go into the fire.
The pottery must go into the fire in order to become strong.
We are the clay - so spiritually, we are thinking ...
"The fire is too hot. This is too much to bear. I just can't stand it. Get me out of here. "
We have to learn how to lean on God and encourage ourself in the Lord..... over and over.
can be a great encouragement to us.
God tells us that we NEED to put on
The Full Armor of God
in order to
deal with the difficult things of life.
I put on the Armor often - sometimes daily!
Here are my - Full Armor of God prayers: Here
Becoming a Champion for Christ
is awesome to think about
but we need encouragement to achieve it.
Here are Champion for Christ pages to inspire and motivate you...
God has a purpose for your life.
God has a plan.
God is working on you.
This man is a little intense but has some good points.
Sometimes our destiny requires us to do something that we are afraid to do but feel compelled to do.
To achieve our destiny, we are at times going to have to step out in the power of God and do something that is uncomforable.
In God's Time
His promises will prove true!
"Reassure me that your promises are for me,
for I trust and revere you."
Psalm 119:38 TLB
God wrote Psalm 119:38
for us to speak out to him
he can answer that prayer.
Listen for his still, small voice reassuring you.
Consider reading our devotional last week: Here
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