THEME: VESSELS OF HONOR
2 Corinthians 4:7-10
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.”
-Vessels of honor are those that give glory to God and not ourselves. God used and still uses people to ascribe honor unto Himself. In the Old Testament, the Lord used patriarchs like Moses to be a vessel of honor unto Him. Moses through the power of God perplexed Pharaoh and other Egyptian slave masters with many signs and miracles until the Israelites were set free. Gideon the mighty warrior fought the Midianites courageously and won bringing honor to the Lord. Esther became a queen in a foreign country and through much prayer and fasting was able to influence major decisions that affected the Israelite people, and many others. Apostle Paul in the New Testament did not consider his own life but ministered unto the Lord through persecution, and many were converted to Christ for the glory of His name. Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior demonstrated through His own life what it takes to be a vessel of honor. Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus ministered and administered the gospel of truth to the Jews and Gentiles and epitomized His ministry through His death and resurrection, for the sake of all mankind. He sacrificed His own life for us all and taught us that we also need to be selfless for the sake of others. Before His ascension He instructed His disciples to go into all the world preaching the gospel, that many may believe and come to salvation. How beautiful then; are the feet of those who bring good news, proclaim peace, bring good tidings, proclaim salvation and say to Zion, “Your God reigns” (Isaiah 52:7). The Holy Spirit prepares us for every good work and makes us ready and eager to serve Him, and proclaim that the Lord reigns. We must then be genuine and unreserved in our desire to submit to the Holy Spirit, with humility which comes before honor. Through humility and submission, working out our salvation with fear and trembling, we become golden vessels ready and willing to serve the Lord with sanctified hearts. As vessels of honor, we are called to willingly reveal the message of peace to all the nation as the Lord has called us through the power of the Holy Spirit working in us and through us for the glory of His name.
Lord Almighty and everlasting Father, You are good and Your mercies endures forever. Be glorified Lord in all the heavens and the earth. We exalt You Jesus above the heavens; You reign all over the heavens and the earth. You have justified us through Your merciful love, sanctified us through the washing of Your precious blood and water from Your side and we will live with You in glory. You have bought us at a price Jesus, help us to glorify You with our bodies and work out our salvation with fear and trembling. Give us the grace to proclaim Your gospel of peace with diligence and faithfulness to You, for the glory of Your name. Fill us with Your gifts and fruit Holy Spirit to touch the lives of those You have sent us to, that many may know You and believe in You Jesus Christ. Many are lying sick in the hospitals and home, help us to be a blessing to them and heal their wounds merciful Father. Others have lost hope in life and many are imprisoned, touch their hearts and convert them to You. Some live in the streets and facing many challenges like the prodigal son, return them back to Yourself merciful Father. Many youth are lost in alcoholism, drug abuse, prostitution, sexual immorality and many other evil deeds, touch their hearts and shine Your face unto them. Some are facing challenges in their marriages, businesses and lives, be their ever present help merciful Father. We call on You Jesus to heal our land and prosper us in good leadership, economic growth, faith in You and diligence to follow Your will. Remember us Holy Spirit and deliver us from our challenges, we cast all our burdens unto You Jesus for You care for us. Cleanse us all from iniquity and sanctify us with Your precious blood. Answer all our prayers and hearts desires Lord according to Your will. Nothing is impossible with You Jesus Christ, we believe in You. Nothing can separate us from Your love Jesus, separate us to Yourself and use us for to bring glory to Your name. Thank You God for placing a seal on us and electing us through Your grace to be vessels of honor. Thank You for choosing us for every good work bringing forth honor to Your name. Work in us and through us Jesus that Your life may be manifested in us. All glory, honor and praise belongs to You Lord, now and forever. Amen
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