This is Celia C. Tillman, bringing you greetings and encouragement from the Honey-Comb of Praises. Our lesson for this month is, CRUSHED AND STIRRED UP. Let me pause for a moment. How are you today, and how has life been treating you? Some of you may answer subconsciously, “I am tired; I am alone, I am troubled, and everything has gone wrong, and I can’t seem to make it right.” Now, now Ladies, I am here to tell you that you and I are in the hands of a mighty, mighty, and powerful God! He is able to transform us into servants profitable and fit for his kingdom.
The Apostle Paul, before his conversion persecuted Christians and the Church of God, and made “havoc,” or wasted it and caused destruction, (Galatians 1:13; Acts 9:1-2). He was also chosen by God to be a vessel to proclaim the Gospel to the Gentiles and that he, Paul would suffer many things for the cause of Christ, (Acts 9:15-16).
Paul emphasized the weakness of mankind by comparing Christians to common jars of clay, (II Corinthians 4:7). Ladies, we are earthen vessels ready to be used by the power of God working in us. We must not forget that God is the Potter and we are the clay; he has the power to transform us into something beautiful. I am reminded of a song that we sing: HAVE THINE OWN WAY LORD! HAVE THINE OWN WAY! THOU ART THE POTTER, I AM THE CLAY. MOLD ME AND MAKE ME AFTER THY WILL, WHILE I AM WAITING, YIELDED AND STILL. HAVE THINE OWN WAY LORD! HAVE THINE OWN WAY! HOLD O’ER MY BEING, ABSOLUTE SWAY! FILLED WITH THY SPIRIT! TILL ALL SHALL SEE, CHRIST ONLY, ALWAYS, LIVING IN ME.
We are soldiers and earthly vessels made and perfected by the mighty hands of God. Ladies, God’s grace was and still is so generous toward us. We are no longer under a cloud of darkness and crushed by Satan’s devises but God has made us “alive,” and delivered us from the power of darkness and have translated us into his kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sin, (Colossians 1:13-14).
Ladies, our Christian journey is one of many trials and tribulation, and we often suffer, but we are never CRUSHED. Even when we don’t know what to do (perplexed) we should never give up but ask for divine guidance. We must never forget that God is with us, and when we are knocked down we get up again, (II Corinthians 4:8-9); In (Psalm 37:23-24) “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Though he falls, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.” The fiery trial that we are experiencing is just for a little while, and none of us, who profess or wear the name of Christ, can be spared, but we are told to be glad
With EXCEEDING JOY, (I Peter 4:12-13). The scriptures also teaches us that all who will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution, (II Timothy 3:12). We must endure hardship as a soldier of Jesus Christ and not entangle ourselves with the affairs of this life. We must continue to please him because he chose us to be his soldier and fight the good fight of faith, (II Timothy 2:3-4), Read also II Timothy Chapter 3.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, were friends of Daniel, and who were STIRRED UP for God. They refused to bow down and worship the image of gold (false god) that king Nebuchadnezzar, had made. They said, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we don’t need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” The king became furious and threw them into the fiery furnace but God delivered them. Read Daniel 3: 1-30
Ladies, we must continue to deny all ungodliness and be strong; continue to fight the good fight of faith. We are God’s earthly vessels, and we teach how we live. “We are epistle not written with ink but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stones, but in fleshy tablet of the heart,” (II Corinthians 3:2-3).
As Christians, we can’t let our guard down but continue to be STIRRED UP for the cause of Christ. We must always be aware of those who test our faith by discrediting the precepts of God, (II Peter 3:1-4).
Ladies, let us use the suffering in our lives as a mean of making us more unified, and bringing us more closer to God. Also let us use it as a tool, to teach love, faith, humility, steadfastness, and hope.
- Who do we give our allegiance to? Explain
- Who was Saul? (b) What did he do before becoming a Christian? Explain
- Why did God choose Saul (Paul)? Explain and give scripture.
- Fill in the blanks: God entrust his word in_____________ vessels.
- God has the power to transform us into something_______________.
- What should the world see in a Christians? Explain
- How are we made perfect? Explain
- True and False: We are soldiers and earthen vessels.
- True and False: We accept Christ as our personal Savior, when we are baptized.
- True and False: We can have our own way and be pleasing to God.
- True and False: Christians are always crushed.
- True and False: Christians should never give up.
- True and False: It is impossible to have joy when we are suffering.
- True and False: We teach by the way we live.
- True and False: The child of God should not suffer.
- Fill In the blanks: Our journey is one of many___________ and___________.
- The three young men that didn’t bow down to the image of gold____________,_____________ and ______________.
- We suffer but we are never__________.