More Spiritual Common Sense
Jeremiah 18:3-4 (KJV) Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. The vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
We understand that the potter in this Scripture refers to our Creator, our God. We understand the earth is His, along with every human living in it (Psalm 24:1). We understand the land, the waters, all vegetation, all animals, fowl, and every water creature is subject to His Sovereignty, to do with as He wills. He alone IS and HAS the knowledge, understanding, wisdom, power, and legal authority needed to determine the purpose and destiny of His creations.
Our Heavenly Father invested all power and authority in Jesus Christ, whom He deputized to use His investment to exemplify His wisdom and might in the earth, expose darkness and conquer, overthrow, and totally defeat evil. His desire is that we follow Christ’s pattern and do the same.
We are to express the image of our Father, as His manifested sons
Our Heavenly Father’s intent is to renew our minds (thinking, believing, and choosing), and transform our lives (from faith to faith and glory to glory) into the image and likeness of His Son (the human/Word Jesus), who is JUST LIKE HIM (Romans 12:1-3; Romans 1:16-17; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Hebrews 1:3)!
Our God has entrusted to and invested the same power, authority, wisdom, and might in all who receive AND believe in His Son. When we commit to doing His will, His way, with His heart, His Word and Holy Spirit transform us and we become like Him (John 1:12). He equips us to do the works Jesus did. Jesus our Lord and Chief Intercessor (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25) says the following:
John 14:12 (KJV) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father
If our God, The Master Potter, is our Father, where is His Honor?
Just as Jesus asked, “Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? (Luke 6:46; KJV),” our God inquires, “A son honors his father, and a servant his master. Then if I am a Father, where is My honor? If I am a Master, where is the reverent fear and respect due Me? (Malachi 1:6a; Amp)”
We will never produce the character of our God, if we operate in self-will. We must ask, as did the Psalmist, that our God create clean hearts and renew right spirits in us. We must ask Him to purge all contrariness to His will from our lives so that we can allow Him to produce His nature in us (2 Peter 1:4).
Exhibiting the nature of our God and His Christ
Proverbs 4:23 (AMP) Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.
How important is it to guard our hearts from negative emotions and self-will in our walk as Christians! Our God’s desire is our restoration to reflect His character, image, and likeness in the earth. Self-will opens the door to the operation of the flesh. Some of us confuse self-will with self-control. Meditation on God’s Word with His Holy Spirit dispels the darkness that seeks to hide the difference.
(1) We do not live in self-will (busily pursuing our own thoughts and desires without regard for our Heavenly Father’s knowledge, understanding, plans, purposes, input, guidance, power, and authority). Human moral character (righteousness) is as filthy rags, compared to our God’s (Isaiah 64:6), and our human ways and thoughts are as different from our God’s as the heavens are high above our heads (Isaiah 55:8-9). No one is capable of fulfilling the will of our God without the government and guidance of our Heavenly Father’s Word (Scripture/Jesus) and His Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:10).
(2) We do live in godly self-control, meaning, we allow our Heavenly Father’s Word (Scripture/Jesus) to be the standard for our lives, and His Holy Spirit to permeate and govern our human spirit. Our God; therefore equips and empowers us to take righteous, God-guided control of our souls (mind, will, and emotions), and bodies. We do all things through Christ (our Heavenly Father’s Anointed Word), which give us the strength to endure, overcome, and conquer our flesh nature, with all its contrariness to the will and ways of our God (Philippians 4:13).
Understanding the difference between godly self-control and self-will keeps us from misrepresenting the heart of our Heavenly Father, the Master Potter. Understanding the difference between godly self-control and self-will aids us in producing His character, His way. Godly self-control is one of the fruit (evidence) that the Holy Spirit, the very presence of our God is living and at work within us (Galatians 5:22-23).
Moses, though he spoke with our God face to face (Numbers 12:8), allowed his frustration with his “church family” to cause him to operate in self-will rather than godly self-control.
Numbers 20:7-12 (AMP) 7 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 8 “Take the rod; and you and your brother Aaron assemble the congregation and speak to the rock in front of them, so that it will pour out its water. In this way you shall bring water for them out of the rock and let the congregation and their livestock drink fresh water.”
9 So Moses took the rod from before the Lord, just as He had commanded him; 10 and Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly before the rock. Moses said to them, “Listen now, you rebels; must we bring you water out of this rock?” 11 Then Moses raised his hand in anger and with his rod he struck the rock twice (instead of speaking to the rock as the Lord had commanded). And the water poured out abundantly, and the congregation and their livestock drank fresh water.
12 But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you have not believed (trusted) Me, to treat Me as holy in the sight of the sons of Israel, you therefore shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.”
Moses’ failure to represent the heart, mind, will, and ways of our God cost him the opportunity to enter into the Promised Land with the others. Perhaps this is the lesson that moved the Apostle Paul to say, “Be angry, but sin not (Ephesians 4:26). Moses (as God’s representative) failed to properly represent our Heavenly Father before His people. He allowed his fleshy fallen nature to dominate, as he rebelled against God, and responded to the situation in self-will, rather than exercising godly self-control and responding according the “known” will of God.
In addition, what did Moses mean by “must WE bring you water?” Self-will always, always carries an element of pride and self-righteousness. Moses nor Aaron were capable of releasing water from a rock, absent of the power and authority of our God, who gave them simple instruction to follow. Even though our God was misrepresented by Moses, His compassion and mercy released the water, causing it to flow. Though disrespected, our God met the needs of His people. Thank God other people’s failures do not have to shipwreck our lives. Our God will provide and keep His promises.
Spiritual Common Sense
Think about it, a sensible human father would not deny his child an absolute need, such as water or food. Our God is our Good Father, and promises to meet our needs according to our faith (Philippians 4:19):
Luke 11:11-13 (KJV) 11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? 12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?
Moses actions could lead God’s people to think God was angry with them for asking for water (an absolute necessity for human life). Such action from a person who says they act and speak in behalf of our God could shipwreck their faith or alter their image and understanding of our God’s heart and nature; therefore hindering their ability to have an intimate relationship with and trust towards our God.
Spiritual Common Sense
Our God is not a respecter of persons (Romans 2:12). If He did not spare Moses for misrepresenting Him, He will not spare us either when we rebel, particularly when our rebellion affects the faith life of others (Matthew 18:6-7). If you are guilty of misrepresenting God, repent and ask Him to show you if you need to seek someone out and make it right.
Take heed to this warning, so that together, we can properly represent our God to those around us, as we work with Him to propagate His will in the earth.
FATHER GOD, OUR GOD
We thank You for all You are, and all You do and have done. Our sincere desire is to walk out the Truth of Your Word before You. We trust You; do all that is in Your heart. Speak to us; give us the grace to receive the changes that are yet to come. Thank You that Your Word and Holy Spirit are transforming our lives. Help us Father, to be quick to do Your will in our lives.
Thank You for teaching us the difference between self-will and self-control. Thank You for working with us, enabling us to represent You properly in the earth. We yield to you. Do all that is in Your heart today and everyday.
In Jesus name we pray, amen, amen and amen.