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We are Like Earthen Vessels
Like Plain Melamine Cups
But we have this treasure in earthen VESSELS,
that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and
not from ourselves; 2 Cor 4:7 NAS
problem called sin separated all of us from God.
We could not keep God's law no matter how hard we tried. We
came to Jesus in repentance, asked for forgiveness and asked
Jesus to be our Lord and Savior. We knew that we must
receive Christ through FAITH by His GRACE or not at all. We
knew that we had nothing to offer Jesus but our sinful
self-centered selves and we exchanged our sinful self-life
or His eternal life, receiving His righteousness as a gift.
We invited Jesus to live inside of us.
(Rom. 3:23, 6:23, 5:6, 8-10, 5:15-17, 6:6, 7:4, 7:25, 2
Cor:5:17, 2 Pet. 1:4)
For by grace you have been
saved through faith,
and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of
lest anyone should boast. Eph 2:8-9 NKJV
Father God filled us a new divine nature and we
thought we would surely be able to keep His law now. BUT we
found out that even with our new divine nature, we could not
keep the law, do right, and consistently keep from doing
wrong. What is wrong with us?
... He has granted to us
His precious and magnificent promises,
so that by them you may become partakers of the divine
2 Peter 1:4 NASU
are we missing now? If we have a
new divine nature now, as brand new creatures in Christ,
surely God gave us this new nature primarily so that we can
obey Him and live a perfect life. NOT! Romans 7 is clear
that we still cannot do right and we keep doing wrong.
Romans 7 begins by saying that believers are not married to
'Mr. Law' (righteousness by keeping the law) but we are now
married to Jesus. We bear fruit out of union with Him.
We were not given a divine nature first of all so we could
keep the law but so that our new divine nature
could abide in HIM. Our flesh hates thoughts like that.
Flesh pretends to be complete but the Word says we are
complete in HIM. Father God gave us a divine nature
who wants to abide in HIM. Even as when we prayed to receive
Christ, we had to repent of our independent thinking (I can
do it,) now we still repent of thinking we can do it - that
we can keep the law. We are still that one who cannot do it
by self-effort; only Christ in us can obey God - can live
the life - can do it.
vessels like plain melamine cups.
We are created to be RECEIVERS and RELEASERS, receiving
the Spirit of God who fills us as we commune with Him daily.
When we receive all that He is inside us, we can pour Him
out or release Jesus to live His life through us. He
is the life.
OK, so we choose to be filled with the fruit and gifts of
the Holy Spirit. But that is still not quite His
main point. We are not called to just use the Holy Spirit,
gifts or fruit to help us to please God by keeping the law.
He didn't come just to enable us to succeed on the treadmill
of performance in order to earn God's love and acceptance
with self-effort. He came so we can abide in relationship in
Him. (Abiding is not to be made into a work.)
that is important about a cup is what it is filled with.
His hope is that we will want to be
with Him - to know Him - to be filled with Him -more than we
want to use Him to improve our ability to perform 'for Him.'
When we remember our complete poverty to give Him anything,
we will choose to receive from Him and to release Him
to others everyday.
we abide in Him, lingering in His presence,
will we really become the receivers He longs
for us to be. We have nothing to bring to Him but ourselves,
like plain melamine cups, desperately needing to be filled
with Him. Even with our new divine nature, we cannot
perform; we are impotent to 'do right' in order to please
Him. We can only choose to receive all that He is and to
pour Him out or release Him to others.
desire in sending Jesus was to demonstrate abiding in Him.
We are reconciled to God not only
to spend eternity with Him, but to abide in Him - to commune
with Him - to know Him - now. When we rush into our day to
'serve Him' or to 'serve others' so we can be pleasing to
God, we miss His point. We can do nothing; only Jesus can
live His own life through us. Our function is to abide in
His Glory daily and then release it.
All we can do is to report to be filled with Him each day
and then expect to release Him or to be poured out every
day. If we are too busy, thinking that we have something to
offer, we are back into our self-effort, and are DRAINED as
we are poured out, until we feel like empty cups. We can
either receive and release Him to others or release our
not that this is the new law to try to keep in our
self-effort either. As we abide in
the vine, we receive the sap from the vine, the life flow,
which bears fruit that remains. Branches can't bear fruit if
they try to live separated from the vine. Have you gotten
the revelation that without abiding in Him you can do
nothing? Have you heard famous spiritual leaders say that
they became much more fruitful after beginning to spend
hours with God and then they only needed minutes with men?
"I am the vine, you are
the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much
fruit; for without Me you can do nothing."
John 15:5-6 NKJV
As we abide in Him all through the day, we are ready to
release His supernatural life, His anointing, His
presence, His power. Many will come to drink of the living
water in us, but we will never run dry. We are filled to
overflowing from the life-spring of water that flows from
inside. We are filled melamine cups; there is always more
" ... Whoever drinks the
water I give him will never thirst.
Indeed, the water I give him will become IN HIM a spring of
welling up to eternal life." John 4:14
All that is important about a cup is what it is filled
Copy and print me. I will
be replaced by more living water.