When You’ve Been Blessed

Blessed_2Numbers 21 through Numbers 24 tells the story of Balaam and King Balak. Balak called for Balaam to curse the people of Israel. He was afraid of them because of their numbers and wanted to curse them so that he could conquer them. Balaam sought God on the matter and God told him to only say what He told him to say. The children of Israel were blessed and there was nothing King Balak could do about. There were a number of attempts by Balak to get Balaam, the man of God, to curse the Israelites. What I love about this story is the fact that God does not lie nor does He change His mind. He blessed the Israelites and Balak, try as he would, couldn’t change that. In his attempts to do so, he tried bribing Balaam with his riches. How many of us are asked to turn our backs on God for fame and fortune?
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Resilient

The Negative CommitteeAs I tossed and turned a little while attempting to sleep, one word seemed to resonate in my inner being. It was “resilient.” I have been thinking about this journey and the new aspects of moving forward as well as the best way to incorporate what the Lord is giving me to do now. Remember, my theme for this year is living in the “now.” First is the practical application of taking stock of my thoughts and dismissing the ones that are no good.

Of course, I checked the dictionary to understand the fullness of what this means. The definition of resilient is the ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like.” At this point in time, I know that this is me. I found some pins to express myself like the “resilient” one following.
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God’s Masterpiece

God's Masterpiece

I want to speak about being God’s masterpiece today.  In our sermon from last night’s church service, I was blessed by the reminder that we are the masterpiece of God.  Each of us have the opportunity to allow God to mold us in such a way that we would be a work that would testify to His glory.

The Scripture used was Jeremiah 18 where God speaks to him about the potter and the clay.  The potter must possess the clay or have it in his hands in order to mold the shape and transform it into a work of art.  We must surrender to God in order for Him to transform us.  We have this awesome opportunity to become God’s precious work that will be completed upon Jesus’s return.  Or, we can refuse to surrender and become an unfinished work.  I pray for the body of believers and any new believers the following Scripture: Philippians 1:6 – “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” (NLT)

Read Jeremiah 18 for further insight on the potter and the clay.

Sandra R. Vercellono

Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, Copyright © 1965, 2004.  Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, IL 60189.