THEME: VESSELS OF HONOR
“Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry. And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.”
-There is great power in the precious blood of Jesus that makes us vessels of honor through sanctification. The blood of Jesus justified us and sanctifies us as we wait to be glorified when He comes again. Let us then keep our faith strong in Christ, casting out all doubt for the just shall live by faith.
There are different kinds of vessels, some are of honor and others are of dishonor. The ones which are made of gold and silver were preserved for special tasks and are classified are honorable while vessels made of wood and clay were used for other tasks are classified as dishonorable. Vessels of honor according to 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7 are sanctified by the blood of Jesus are prepared to every good work that the Lord desires. These vessels are our bodies which should be kept holy for the Lord is Holy and we are the temples of the Holy Spirit. If then we are the temples of the Holy Spirit, we should flee from youthful lusts, avoid ignorant disputes that cause strife and pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace out of a pure heart. Like in the parable of the sower, vessels of honor receive the word of God with a pure heart and do what God instructs us to do. Vessels of dishonor are chocked by worldly pleasures and deceitfulness of riches and remain unfruitful. Other unfruitful vessels receive the word of God with joy and when persecution comes, they stumble. As Christians, we should remain steadfast in faith even when persecuted or struck down, that the life of Jesus may be manifested in us (2 Corinthians 4:7-10). God is Sovereign and all authority belongs to Him. He creates and destroys as He please and rules over all in the heavens and the earth. He sent prophet Jeremiah to a potters house to demonstrate that the potter has authority over the clay. The potter molds both vessels of honor and dishonor as he pleases. We are then called to humble ourselves before the Lord and He will lift us up. As vessels of honor, God speaks to us and through us. God also works in us and through us. We are called to be vessels that carry the pure love of God, to love Him and our neighbors as ourselves. To willingly submit to the will of the Holy Spirt and surrender our will to Him, and He will work in us and through us every good work that causes many to know Him and come to Him, for the glory and honor of His name.
God Almighty You are Sovereign and Your sovereignty endures to all generations. We come before You Holy Spirit with humility pleading You to purge us with the fire of Your love. Cleanse us and sanctify us with Your precious blood Jesus and make us, our children, relatives, friends, leaders, society, nation and the whole world vessels of honor. Fill us with Your love Holy Spirit that we may love You always and our neighbors as ourselves. May Your love reach all those You send us to that we may touch many lives for the glory of Your name. Help us to always seek You first and Your kingdom and all other things You will add unto us. We look to You with humility our good Shepherd, shepherd us always in the way we should go. As the salt and light of the world, use us in a mighty way Jesus to minister unto Your people that they may know You and follow You. You have won victory for us Jesus, all glory, honor, power and salvation belongs to You, now and forever. Amen
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