THE MASTER POTTER
DO YOU WANT MY ANOINTING?
The Lord says to you.
"There's a price. Do you want my presence and my miracles?
Do you want me? There's a price behind the anointing. You must
be willing to take up your cross and follow me."
Now imagine you're sitting
in church singing the same songs and staring at the same walls when suddenly
the room fills with the fragrance of Jesus. You turn to see some
awesomely beautiful vessels of God enter the congregation. Their
transparent glaze wondrously reflects the image of Jesus, and you immediately
know they've been in higher fires. They've paid an incredible price
for the powerful anointing they carry. In your spirit you can see Jesus
walking up and down the aisles with wedding gowns on His arm. He's
saying, "I'm calling you to be my bride. I'm calling you to come
into the higher fires to let my glory fall upon you, but it will cost you,"
He says. "You'll have to die to your reputation, your theology, and all
your 'religious formulas'. You'll have to let go of your fears
and your control. Do you love me enough to come, or will you be content
to live in the back rows of church?"
You sit and wonder what
to do. Did those beautiful vessels follow Jesus into the high fires?
Was that how they became so filled with His presence? You know you
can decide to stop growing - some of your friends have even fallen away.
The journey seems dangerous. It could cost you your life. But
you know that Jesus said, "Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever
loses his life for my sake will find it." (Matt. 10:39)
Let's take a look at the
journey each Christian must make.
THE POTTER'S FIELD: SALVATION
Do you remember the day
God saved you? Remember the agony you felt as you cried out for Him
to rescue you from the ash heap? God heard you and He knew exactly
where to find you. He found you in the potter's field. In Biblical
times, all the shattered vessels were thrown into a garbage dump outside
the city known as the "potter's field". This field represents the
world - a place where lives are thrown away. Do you know that when
you're no longer useful to the world they throw you away?
That's when the Master
potter, God Himself, walks across the potter's field. He sees your
broken life and gently picks you up. "Even though you're a shattered
clay vessel - I love you." says the Lord. "All your hopes and
dreams have been destroyed, but I have a vision for your life."
Then the Lord carries you back to the potter's house. "I know
you," He says. "Your substance
is not hidden from me, for you are beautifully made. When you were
in your mother's womb, you were a chosen instrument. And I have been
calling for you."
THE POTTER'S HOUSE
"Arise and go down
to the potter's house, and there I shall announce my words to you."
Then I went down to the
potter's house, and There He was, making something on the wheel.
But the vessel that He was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the
potter: so He remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to
make. Then the Word of the Lord came saying, "Can I not, O house
of Israel, deal with you as this potter does?" The Lord declares, "Behold,
like the clay in the potter's hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel."
The Master potter is a
creative artist. There are thousands of different vessels in His
house, yet He knows each one intimately.
What kind of vessel are
you? Are you a pitcher to pour forth prophetic words, a bowl brimming
with the fruit of the Spirit, or a perfume vial filled with healing oil?
Are you a basin to wash feet, a fine goblet fashioned for the King's table,
or are you a large platter to hold the bread and meat of His Word?
Each one of you is uniquely made in the gentle hands of Jesus, and He alone
knows your color, shape, and purpose.
Now that your broken vessel
has been taken to the potter's house, the long journey from salvation to
transformation has begun.
As the Master potter picks
up a rock and begins to crush the broken pieces of clay, you cry out, "God,
how can you crush me after everything I've been through!" But the stone
beats down on you again and again until the hard clay becomes fine dust.
Then, with His own scarred hands, He reaches into the depths of your heart
saying, "I will take out all the rocks
and thorns - all of the debris
you picked up along the highway of life."
Next, He places the dust
in large bins and pours in clear water which proceeds from the throne of
God. This living water is the worship and praise that flows over
you when you first come to Christ. You're continually drenched in it until
it has been absorbed into every pore of your being and you say, "Lord,
I can feel your love like never before."
THE POTTER'S WHEEL: THE TIME OF ANOINTING
Then the Lord scoops you
up with His mighty hands and places you on the potter's wheel. It's
there you begin to hear His voice of promise: "I have measured you.
I know what your destiny will be. I will center your inner man and
take away the double- mindedness and confusion." Then slowly His gentle
hands go down into the center of the ball of clay. You find yourself
delightfully spinning and turning in the hands of the Lord as He reaches
into the very core of who you are,
saying, "I am the Lord of your
life, and I will build within you a sure foundation based upon the Word
All eyes are smiling as
He begins to pull up your walls - everyone loves watching a baby Christian
Now the Lord speaks more promises
to you, but His ultimate plan is still a mystery. If you knew God's
plan you might be tempted to jump prematurely out of His hands - that's
why such an intimate dependency must be created between you and the Lord.
It is during this season on the potter's wheel that the Lord spoke
blessings to a young dreamer named Joseph. His family saw only a
shepherd boy filled with vain imaginings, but the Lord had a destiny of
great power and authority for him. God spoke to Joseph in a dream
revealing the anointing on his life, yet the fulfillment of that dream
would be many years, many miles, and many tears down the road.
Are you a dreamer?
Do you have visions from God? If you're on the potter's wheel,
a mystery is taking place as God shapes you into the vessel He has created
you to be. Your time on the wheel is one of great favor and blessing,
but just when you think it will last forever - the Lord lifts you off and
places you on the shelf.
THE TIME OF TESTING
The Lord has placed you
on the shelf to dry, and for the first time you feel scorching desert winds.
You cry out, "Lord, I'm afraid! The winds are so hot. My family
doesn't understand me, and my finances are drying up!"
At first you assume it
won't last long, but after a month or two you say, "Uh... Lord, I've been
sitting on the shelf for a long time and I'm really dry. Where are
you? I don't feel you anymore. I seem to be in a wilderness!"
"You're right," He answers.
"You've been promoted." "But Lord, I thought getting promoted was getting
to start my ministry!" "Promotion is the wilderness," says the Lord. "My
Holy Spirit led my Son into the wilderness to be tested. Now I've
called you there so you can learn to recognize my voice. I'm testing
your heart. Will you continue to seek my face in the wilderness,
or will you turn away in anger?"
Joseph's time on the wheel
of blessing was also followed by a time of testing. In Canaan he
knew his father's love and God's favor, but that seemed to end abruptly
when he was sold into slavery by his brothers. Once the beloved son
of a righteous man, he was now a bond slave in the house of an Egyptian.
What did Joseph choose to do in his "wilderness" experience? He served
the Lord, and his Egyptian master, with faith and integrity. He continued
to seek the Lord in the wilderness.
The Lord will ask you
to do the same. After months, or even years, on the shelf, you'll
finally fall on your face weeping and say, "God, I don't understand!
I don't know why I'm still in the wilderness! All I know is I need
your living water!"
You're very dry - and
very fragile. You wonder, "Does God really have a destiny for me?
Did He really speak those promises to me?" You've learned all the
worship songs, read the books, been to all the seminars - yet you feel
like the Lord has forsaken you. On the wheel you felt such intimacy
with God and everybody said wonderful things about your future! Now,
everyone seems to have forgotten you! And even worse, they're beginning
to say, "Why don't you have more faith?"
No one understands that
God has taken you into the wilderness. The greater the call is on someone's
life, the greater the
misunderstandings will be. You
entered the wilderness as Jacob, but God wants to change your name to "Israel".
So He comforts you and says, "My child, I want you to find the streams
of living water beneath the desert. You don't need
the approval of man - you need
to be planted so deeply in me that the storms of life will not uproot you."
Yet while God works out
His perfect plan, your soil is still wrestling and aching. Then one
day you stop struggling and pray a prayer of resignation: "Lord, I'll stay
in this wilderness forever if I have to. I've found you here... and
you're all I need." Just then the Lord says, "Now is the time for
me to take you out of the wilderness."
"You mean now, Lord?
All those dreams, all those words - those things can now be fulfilled?
Lord, I'm ready!"
And God takes you at your
word. The Lord walks down the aisle of your church gathering
each dried vessel and tenderly carries them into another room. The
vessels are incredibly excited. They know they've been promoted.
But as the Lord and His angels start shutting all the doors and windows,
and as fire starts coming through the floor and ceiling - you realize He's
placed you in a kiln. As the sweat starts to drip, you look at the people
next to you and you decide you don't like them. You see, the Lord
never fires one vessel at a time. He takes a whole church, a family,
a group of friends, and sets them all on fire to expose their hearts.
In the intense heat all the impurities start to melt away. Resentment,
bitterness, anger, and greed all rise to the surface in the midst of the
As the fire moves from
bright red to blazing orange, your best relationships become strained and
you're persecuted at work. You cry out, "Lord! If you love
me you'll turn off the heat! Everything in my life is dying!"
Joseph experienced this
fire. Perhaps he cried out, "Lord, isn't it enough that I have lost
my whole family? Why am I being unjustly accused and sent to prison?
Why is this happening?" Are you feeling like Joseph? Is God using
your ministry, family, finances, and relationships to fuel the testing
of your heart?
UNGLAZED POTS - PEW SITTERS
Finally the door is opened
and the Lord removes the clay vessels. Now you've been "fired" - but you're
still not "glazed". Water can't be poured into an unglazed pot because
it will leak, and grain can't be stored there because bugs will get inside.
Nothing can be done with these vessels except to place them back on the
shelf. But now you're so relieved to be out of the fire that you're really
happy to be on the shelf! Now you know God is dangerous. He's
not a divine Santa with a sack of warm fuzzies - He's an awesome, holy,
and powerful God. A God that will do His will in your life no matter
how much you protest. And so you begin to make little choices. You
think maybe you stepped out too far and God was punishing you, so you decide
to sit in the back of the church. You still pray for people occasionally,
but when the Holy Spirit stirs your heart you say, "No, Lord. Others
might judge me if I give a word - or I might make a mistake. Find
someone else." Once you were bold for Christ, but now you play it
safe. You've learned to become religious, careful, apathetic, and... boring!
You don't want to make waves. You've made it through the fire - you've
paid your dues. You're a warrior for the Lord, even if your last
battle was years ago. So you perfect the art of living in the shadows
of the church. Your first years in the Lord were full of glory and
excitement, but now you hide your gifts under a cloak.
But one day while your
sitting in the back row of your church, God begins to nudge your spirit.
He says, "When you first came to me you said, 'Lord, I don't want to be
lukewarm. I don't want to be religious. I don't want to be
a controller.' You wanted to be free. But now you think others
are too free, and you hate their freedom in the Holy Spirit. Are
you willing to settle for this, or do you want more of me?"
A HIGHER CALLING
You're not sure how to
answer the Lord's question, but something deep inside you begins to stir.
It's that sense of destiny you felt as a new believer. You say, "Lord,
I don't want to stay in the back row and die! You made me to be a
lover of your people - to find broken vessels and bring them into the potter's
house." The Lord reminds you of the price behind the anointing as you hear
the sound of the trumpet going forth. The Lord is calling you, and
those around you, to a deeper place with him. Each person understands
they'll pay an incredible price for the anointing, yet many are making
the choice to follow the Lord into a huge room filled with tables. In this
room, angels are taking pitchers from one table and
placing them with cups on another
table in preparation for the high firing. There's a soft sound of
weeping as vessels that have been together all their lives are separated.
God is starting to prepare His vessels to fulfill His great commission.
Some will be staying home, but some will be traveling to foreign lands.
The angels carefully brush the glaze onto each vessel before carrying it
into a large kiln.
THE SECOND FIRING
Once again the fire moves
through the kiln - but this time, it's more intense. As the fire
becomes a brilliant consuming yellow, you move quickly from a time of testing
into a time of death. There are impurities in each vessel that only
fire can cleanse. One of those impurities is competition. "You've
been comparing yourselves to one another," says the Lord. "I will
purge that need for position." And as the fire gets hotter
He says, "I'm purging your religious intellect and your critical nature."
Then the Lord shuts all the dampers. This cuts off the oxygen and
the kiln moves into a black fire where heavy smoke, flames, and black soot
consume every vessel. The fire is so intense you can't hear or see
those who have been your comforters, intercessors, and friends for years.
Competition, position, and pride are all being consumed by the cleansing
flame. Joseph experienced this death in prison when God stripped everything
from him - reputation, comfort, family, position, and even understanding.
Could he remember the dreams God had given him? Was God real?
Had God forsaken him? Would he die in this dark dungeon? What
was God's purpose in allowing him to endure two years of such
great pain and loss? And the
Lord says, "Just as my Son had a Gethsemane, so you must have one too.
All that can be shaken will be shaken, and then I'll build you solidly
upon the rock."
In the midst of the black
fire, you feel you're going to explode as the pressure builds. But
instead, a mystery takes place. This is the hidden time when all
the brilliant, most beautiful colors are pushed deep into the clay.
These colors are formed in the darkest hours of agony and grief, just like
diamonds, rubies, and emeralds are formed by hot fires in the earth.
Then, at the exact moment
you're sure you're going to die, the Lord opens all the dampers. As the
carbon and black soot flow out, oxygen pours in and the fire starts to
burn clean, white, and fresh. You're no longer looking through the
haze of ego, pride, or self- righteousness. As the resurrection light
of the Lord fills the kiln, you can see with new clarity in the Spirit.
THE TIME OF RESURRECTION
Suddenly, you see the
Lord and His angels in the midst of the white hot glory fire. God
places coals of fire on stammering lips to ignite the prophetic giftings
promised years before. New anointings are released and renewed visions
are etched like fiery scrolls into open hearts. Healing, deep repentance,
and intercession fill the kiln as hungry hearts cry out for more of God.
There's been a time of
anointing, a time of testing, and a time of death. But in this high
fire each vessel will go through a time of resurrection as they begin to
move in the authority that comes with the anointing.
As the glaze melts like
molten glass in the glory fire, it forms a mirrored surface. Now
as the Lord walks through that fiery room, He can see Himself reflected
in each vessel. "Now that you reflect my face and my glory," He says,
"I can send you out to all the world." The kiln is turned off and the angels
open the door to reveal the breathtakingly beautiful vessels of green,
royal purple, and brilliant turquoise shimmering with gold. Wheat,
living water, and fragrant oils are then poured into these vessels as they
are prepared to bring healing and salvation to a hurt and dying world.
The Master potter has perfected His work of art. These vessels can
now be trusted to reflect His glory. One of God's most beautiful vessels
was Joseph. His long journey ultimately crowned him with incredible
authority. Even the Egyptian Pharaoh said to him, "...there is
no one so discerning and wise as you are. You shall be over my house...
only in throne will I be greater than you." and Pharaoh said to him,
"See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt." (Gen. 41:39-41)
What a testimony of God's
faithfulness! Joseph wasn't just an idle dreamer anymore. He
had become a righteous man who wielded the scepter of power over a great
nation. And Joseph harbored no bitterness. He wept as he forgave
the brothers who betrayed him and said, "You meant evil against me, but
God meant it for good..." (Gen. 50:20)
Are you willing to go
into the glory fire to let God perfect His destiny and calling in your
life? Will you stop hiding in the shadows of the church and answer
His call? Will you surrender your neat little agenda to become His
"Oh, my people, will you
let me mold and shape your lives?" asks the Lord. "Will you
let me press my color, design, and destiny within the very fibers of your
being?" Will you, like Joseph, walk through the fire in order to be resurrected
into the greater destiny God has prepared for you? The choice is yours,
and yours alone.
This was taken from a tract from Last Days Ministries
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