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Deonna Gregory

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Just a few days prior to the new year, a memory popped up on Facebook. The memory reminded me of how horrible a certain year had seemed to be.

As I read what I had previously posted, I began to reflect and realize that it wasn’t the entire year that was horrible, only certain times and situations.  Yet, we tend to gauge whether a year is good or bad by the circumstances we’ve encountered in that year.

As 2019 approached, it was on my heart so strong that rather than focusing and labeling an entire year by the highs or the lows I may encounter, I am starting out this new year by writing down each good thing that happens.

Our human nature likes to focus on and remember the negative. By writing down the good times and instances that bring joy and then placing these reminders in a jar or some other decorative piece, it will help to remind each of us to focus on the positive in this upcoming year.

A year is made up of days and those days are made up of highs and lows.  We know in this life we will encounter both, but I want to encourage you to do as the Scripture encourages us to do and write it down as a reminder…

Finally, brethren,
whatsoever things are TRUE,
whatsoever things are HONEST,
whatsoever things are JUST,
whatsoever things are PURE,
whatsoever things are LOVELY,
whatsoever things are OF GOOD REPORT;
if there be any VIRTUE,
and if there be any PRAISE,
THINK ON THESE THINGS.
Philippians 4:8

“The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,  Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: So he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.” (Jeremiah 18:1-6)

How many times have we said, “Use me, Lord!” or “I’ll do whatever You ask!” and “Whatever it takes for my will to break, that’s what I’ll be willing to do!”  Yet when the trials and opposition come, and things get tougher, we begin to struggle and fight against it praying for it to end.

God is trying to form and shape us into the vessel HE wants us to be. When we fight against the storms, whose will are we really seeking?  God’s will? Or our own?  He knows what’s best for us and will not put on us more than we can bear (although sometimes we feel it is). When we come through these trials, we’ll be refined like silver and tried like gold.

Trials will either make you…bitter or better.   You can either become…a victim or a victor.

Through trials you gain:

  • Experience
  • Knowledge
  • Endurance
  • Patience
  • Understanding
  • Compassion
  •  Love
  •  Faith

God has each of us on the potter’s wheel, but sometimes we resist the way He’s forming us.  He’s trying to shape us one way, but we’re pulling in another. If we have our way, we will be deformed. But, if we let God have His way, we’ll be transformed into a vessel of honor…something we both will be proud of.

It hurts!  Oh, how it hurts at times…but stay yielded to the Potter’s will!

“And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer…” (Matthew 21:13)

In this passage of verse, Jesus became angry when He saw that the Temple had become a place to buy and sell, rather than a place to pray as was God’s original design.

When we hear this phrase, we often think of it as referring to a building such as the Temple in the Old Testament or the Church building in which we gather to have service on certain days of the week.  However, the word “house” can be defined as “a dwelling place” (see Strong’s G3624).  God wants the place where He dwells to be a place filled with prayer.

“But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you…” (Romans 8:9)

The Greek word for “dwell” comes from the Greek word for ‘House’ and means “to occupy a house, reside” (see Strong’s G3611).  WE are God’s House, His dwelling place, if we have the Holy Ghost living inside of us.

“…For ye are the Temple of the Living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” (2 Corinthians 6:16)

WE are the Temple of the Living God.  WE are to be the House of Prayer.

For it is through prayer that mountains move. It is through prayer that situations change. It is through prayer that WE change and get in alignment with God’s Will.

It was during a prayer meeting that the Holy Ghost was poured out on the Day of Pentecost. It was during a prayer meeting that the Holy Ghost was poured out at the Azusa Street Revival.

Let us not just appear to be a house of prayer but to actually BE a house of prayer!