Jars of Clay be encouraged!

March 18, 2009

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2 Corinthians 4

4The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

 7But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

 God doesn’t use beautiful flasks to house His fragrance.
He has chosen to put the treasure of His fragrance in clay pots.
He uses earthen vessels, not the fine china. He takes simple clay pots and fills them with His glory. Fragile and flawed, cracked and leaky clay pots are His choice vessels.

He uses clay pots so He alone can get the glory.

Most of the time these old pots have to be broken before they emit the sweet fragrance of His grace. God does it through the pressures that come in our lives.

The apostle Paul writes: “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed” (4:8-10, KJV).

The NASB reads, “we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, that the life of Jesus also maybe manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh” (4:8-11).

God’s power is perfected in our weaknesses. When we die, He lives. When we lose, He wins. When we are weak, He is strong. When we are dependent, He is powerful. When we are tempted, He is triumphant.  

 

(excerpt from www.abideinchrist.com )


NEW Tract delivery system!!! for sookielala’s

January 14, 2008

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I am still a big time sookielala (wimp) when it comes to the one on one, street evangelicalism so I am sticking with the tract depositing by stealth.

However even depositing tracts by stealth still comes with its pit falls, challenges, fears, worries and problems!!!

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A Walk in the Park

August 26, 2007

Arrived at the park today to find Daniel already in conversation with a lady Agalaia? sitting at a park bench. As I walked into the action, Daniel had opportunity to explain why we were meeting together in the park and what we were doing. This led to questions about her experience and knowledge of God, the Bible and Christianity and some lengthy discussion about whether she knew and cared about her sinful condition in relation to the Law of God.

She admitted she was sinful but thought it didn’t really matter that much because she wasn’t as bad as everybody else at which point we took the time to explain that Jesus said it did matter and that according to God’s standard a lustful look and a hateful thought are as bad before God as the acts of adultery and murder that can follow them.

She was sure that her asking for forgiveness each night would make her right with God and I asked her why she thought God would cancel her debt … if He’s a just God He can’t just ignore her sin and offence … just because she wanted Him too … she had no bargaining power with the God she had offended. I then explained that when a Christian prays, they have to acknowledge that they can only come to God “through Jesus” as their representative, acknowledging by faith that they need His righteousness and His payment for sins to be theirs. This seemed to sink in a little. I also explained that the fact that she prayed to God each night was of no use unless she came to the Father through faith in the Son … she might think she was praying to a God that would forgive her because “she wasn’t that bad” and they “were only little sins” but that to pray to a God in that way was only to pray to a God of her imagination. To pray to the holy, just and living God she needed to come through the person and work of Jesus. She accepted tracts and a Bible and seemed genuinely interested in hearing the gospel.

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“God Loves You” Three Dangerous Words in Evangelism

August 4, 2007

I really want to get Christians thinking about how they present the gospel. I believe all Christians who really know the peace, safety, wonder and grace of a free and eternal salvation through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection will want to share this treasure and spread the good news with those they see walking on in ignorance around them. It is right and good and necessary to point others to Jesus, to warn them of their eternal danger and show them their spiritual state before God. As those who profess that Christ is sovereign or Lord over our lives and hearts I hope it is fair to assume that faithful representation of the gospel is as important an area of obedience and submission to His Lordship as are all other areas of life.

I am often discouraged and disappointed by the official and unofficial efforts of groups and individuals to evangelise using the trite cliché “God loves you”. Sounds innocuous enough at first reading. But I believe that this simple statement presents at worst a lie and at best a hopeful assertion based on little more than humanistic sentiment and a humanly contrived sense of how God “feels” towards all humanity or unknown individuals with no consideration for the infallible and open meaning of the words of Christ, the Bible.

God never asserts that he loves all men head for head in the Bible. John 3:16 cannot be interpreted in the light of its context to mean this. We really need to read what the Bible says, not what we want it to say.

If God is sovereign, King, Lord and first cause of all things then he is also sovereign over salvation. Will we have God to be sovereign over the whole universe including education and yet make him an impotent, unsatisfied dependent and weaker than human being when it comes to the crowning work of His cosmos in the salvation of His church in Christ?

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Having a ‘pull your head in’ moment

March 11, 2007

Today I had what I can only describe as a ‘pull your head in’ moment. This is an Aussie saying referring to having a ‘big head’ or pride, and therefore the necessity to pull it in.

At Church I was asked to share a bit about myself. I didn’t worry about carefully planning what I would say, but just wrote down some points that I wanted to quickly cover. I said some things that I didn’t want to say (I bagged out a Church movement) and I missed out some stuff I wanted to say (about my family and repentance and faith).

Afterwards I was quite embarrassed as there were many people much more knowledgeable about God and I had exposed myself with some dribble about my passion for evangelism and shared some of these stories. I was proud and self reliant thinking that it would be simple for me to do. Although this was a negative experience for me, I learnt some things:

  • pray for wisdom and grace from God if you ever have a chance to speak (I didn’t pray);
  • don’t bag out anything;
  • plan it thoroughly – less is so much more – be diligent;
  • considering what needs to be said and the simplest way of saying it.

wimping out – what is with that?

February 25, 2007

Had some time up my sleeve on Saturday so I went down the mall to do some evangelism. I walked through the mall but didn’t witness to anyone. There were a few different people that were sitting down waiting or smoking but I didn’t approach any. In reflection I think I was just was waiting for something special to happen. I was waiting to get in ‘the zone’ or something. I don’t really know what happened, but I bought some donuts and came home. The only evangelism I did that day was to hand out a few tracts.

 Wow, I just got into ‘wimp out mode’. I think of all the other times I have been in similar situations and what helped me was to just dive in and make a splash. I hesitated a couple of times and then I just blew it all away. I just wanted to share this post to encourage others that I am not some super evangelist, but that I can get all wimpy sometimes too.  Fear is a reality in every encounter.


You know you’ve got slack when……

January 2, 2007

SlackThis morning, when having breakfast with my family, right out of the blue my almost 2yo daughter asked, “Where’s Way of the Master gone?”

My wife and I thought it was very funny, she is getting very smart and doesn’t miss a trick. It was, however, a wake up call to me too. I have been thinking for a while that I have not been using my holidays to the fullest of my ability to witness but I have just been enjoying relaxing at home. I’ts time for me to get back out there. While I’m typing this I’m listening to an episode. I want to go and do some witnessing today. I’ll let you know how I go this evening.