Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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 Archived Pastor's Desk 2017.09.10

September 10 – September 16




Scripture Passage:  “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels,  that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.  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; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.”   II Corinthians 4:7-10


Dear Friends,


     I love the analogy of the clay pot.  It reminds me of who I am.  It is not the clay pot that is valuable, it is the treasure that is found within.  When the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in the caves of Qumran, it was the book of Isaiah fully in tact that was the priceless treasure, not the clay pot. We have been set aside as a vessel of honor, meet for the Masters use, and prepared for every good work.  II Timothy 2:21   The responsibility of the vessel is to be clean, empty and available for service.  If we are cluttered by things of the world, and tarnished by sin, we are useless until our earthen vessel is cleaned, sterilized, and sanctified by the washing of water by the Word.  Then, and only then are we prepared and ready to be filled with Heaven’s Treasure. 


     Sometimes the Lord allows our clay pots to be jarred by the storms of life so that the world may see what is stored on the inside.  When the vessel gets bumped, some of the treasure will spill out and be a blessing to the world. “God permits trials, God controls trials, and God uses trials for His own glory.”  (Warren Wiersbe)  The suffering we go through reveals the weakness of man, but that same suffering also reveals the glory of God when the world begins to focus on the treasure rather than the vessel it is contained in.  The human mind cannot comprehend the benefit of suffering.  There is nothing pleasant or noteworthy that takes place during the time of our suffering, but the faith, endurance, and perseverance that others observe illuminates God’s grace and man’s thanksgiving for the excellence of the power of God.  It is one thing to sing of God’s love as we are walking the mountain top of pleasure, but it is an awesome testimony when the world sees us singing of God’s love in the valley of suffering.  Which one brings more glory to God?  We may hesitate to answer that question, but an unbelieving culture does not.    


     Paul did not hesitate to say that he wanted to bring glory to God whether it be by his life or by his death.  “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”  (Philippians 1:21)  It was his eager expectation and hope that he would do nothing to shame the cause of Christ.  He did not want to bring shame upon himself, but ultimately he did not want to bring shame to Christ.  He prayed for boldness to live out his life in a way that would magnify Christ and when he died, his death would glorify God.  Paul lived every day with the realization that suffering is only temporary, but an eternity of basking in God’s glory is permanent. So when trials come, (and they will come,) remember Paul’s words.  We may be down, but we are not out for the count.   Hang on my brother and sister, the best is yet to come.


In Christ,


Pastor Johnny



Pastor Johnny