Prepared for the Furnace

“And yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand” Isaiah‬ ‭64‬:‭8‬, New Living Translation.

“If you fall to pieces in a crisis, there wasn’t much to you in the first place” Proverbs 24:10, The Message Bible.

In making a vase on a potter’s wheel, the potter takes time to knead the clay, pressing into it vigorously. Then the clay is put on the wheel for shaping. Afterward, it is placed in a kiln, which is a hot furnace. This is the ultimate test because clay that wasn’t properly kneaded early on can have small pockets of air that can cause it to explode under extreme temperatures. However, if it does survive the furnace, it is then beautifully painted and sold or kept for personal use.

While in college, the ceramic class was my favorite. I enjoyed the wheel so much so that I would skip kneading the clay and head straight for the wheel. I felt it was too much work kneading and pressing. I wanted to get to the fun and exciting part of shaping clay in my hands. But no matter how beautifully the vessel was shaped on the wheel, it would explode in the furnace because I didn’t take time to knead it properly.

My sister, God is the Potter, and we are the clay. All of the vigorous pressing we feel is Him preparing us for His use. He knows we are fearfully and wonderfully made. He knows we are gifted. He knows we’re called, anointed, and appointed! But what good is any of that if we lack character or fall to pieces under extreme pressure? We need the pressing and kneading in God’s hands before the glorious display. He’s shaping the character of Christ in us.

God is accomplishing His good work within us. In the meantime, let’s stay humble and pliable. Let’s stay on the table, and continue to trust the Potter.

Prayer: Thank you, Father, for speaking to me. I don’t just want to be anointed, but have character and a right heart. Please continue to work in me, Father. I am clay in your hands. You are good, and you are only doing what’s best for me. Keep working, kneading, and pressing. Help me stay on the table while you work. I trust you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

(Read Philippians 1:6; Philippians 2:13)

8 thoughts on “Prepared for the Furnace”

  1. Dear Heavenly Father,
    Please continue to work on me. In Jesus name I pray. Amen! ✝️♥️🙏🏾

  2. I feel as though I’ve been on the potter’s wheel in a long while now,,I know it’s not over till God says its over…

  3. Thank you lord . I am in your hands do with me what you will. And help me to pliable and content in Jesus name amen

  4. Yes my LORD FATHER GOD In JESUS Name Amen Thank You my Sister’s Kesha Dot-K Ministries Glory to GOD.”❤⚘❤⚘❤⚘❤⚘❤⚘❤⚘❤⚘

  5. Yes, the Lord whom has begun a good work in me will complete it until the day of Jesus coming. Thank you for your insight. Blessings, Shalom and Agape 👀🙏🏽♥️📖🙌🏽

  6. Father God, please continue to work in me and through me. Forgive ME In my times of failure. Thank you for all of your many beautiful blessings. Help us, as Christian women, to stand strong, declare your goodness and majesty in these days, and every day. Thank you Father God, for my new place of employment, help me to shine for you. In Jesus name. AMEN!

  7. 🔥🔥🔥Yes! I’m being prepared for His purpose, the Kingdom work that He have called me to before the world began. A realization was made just a few months ago where I can Glory in the afflictions that are upon me, because they’re shaping me and molding me to be like Him that “CREATED” us. He knows what He put inside of us and He knows what’s going to bring it out of us so we can shine for Him. Yes! We’re made in His image and likeness, which makes us fearfully and wonderfully made. Another things I had to know that Jesus suffered and because I’m a joint-heir with Jesus Christ, I have to suffer as well. Knowing GRACE will bring me through. Me identifying with my Saviour. 🗣️ Hallelujah 🗣️ Hallelujah 🗣️ Hallelujah 🙌🔥❤️.
    I’m saying now, that He knows the way that I go and when I’m tried I shall come forth as gold. 🛐🛐🛐


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