Renovation Plans

By March 17, 2012 Sermon Notes

Jeremiah 18:1-7
The Message (MSG)
1-2 God told Jeremiah, “Up on your feet! Go to the potter’s house. When you get there, I’ll tell you what I have to say.” 3-4So I went to the potter’s house, and sure enough, the potter was there, working away at his wheel. Whenever the pot the potter was working on turned out badly, as sometimes happens when you are working with clay, the potter would simply start over and use the same clay to make another pot.
• WE are Gods clay.

•Sometimes we turn out badly and God has to start over on the work He put in us
Clay is nothing but processed dirt. Dirt with a little bit of water in it. Just like us: DIRT
With God’s work being performed in us we can’t fail
• WhereHis Word is,  He is. Where He is,His Works are. (This is what He meant for us when Hesaid greater works shall we do)
Amplified Version (AMP)
4And the vessel that he was making from clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he made it over, reworking it into another vessel as it seemed good to the potter to make it.
• Are we ready to be made over?
Let God change us into what he wants for us.
RENOVATION PLANS!!!!!

1)God appoints the times and Seasons
These words are words for every person, in every place, in every circumstance.

 

•God has appointed the times and seasons, the events of our lives, the happy and the sad, the easy and the difficult.
On one hand this can bring worry, but on the other hand, it should bring you hope because we know that God is in control.

•God exalts and humbles the same person. He raises nations up and brings them down.
Even the day of our death has been set.
God is in control.!!!!
Sometimes you may wonder about that. I mean, it is easy to doubt that God has it all together when you look at the world. It doesn’t seem to be doing all that well:
Crime is up, abortion is up, homosexuality is on the rise, the nation is in debt, etc. It can be pretty discouraging.
But, God has got it all under control.!!!!
•God has a purpose in what He does even if we have a hard time understanding what that purpose is.

Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

2)We live in a world of Change
The evidence of change is all around us:
• Spring becomes Summer. Summer becomes Fall. Fall  toWinter. Winter toSpring.
• The young become aged and the new becomes old.
• My computer runs slower and my body gets weaker…..
• And the time changes. (spring forward was killing me this week)

Change:  to make or become different
But don’t worry. God is in control.!!!!!
• Did you know that change is good?
-Change helps you not become grace-potato Christians.
-Change helps you learn to adapt to new situations and to grow inside.
• Problems are in our life to give us an opportunity to birth creativity in us

(That’s why Goliath was sent,  to teach David how to take less and do more with it.

That’s why we have more bill than we have money.)
•  What is it in your life that you need to step back and get creative about a solution for??

•  What is your LESS that God can do MORE with
If the enemy can get our thought then he can steal our creativity

Christians go through some of the greatest changes.
• First we are blind, dead sinners. Then we are made alive.
• Then we discover more of our sinfulness and God continues to change our hearts.
• God wants to make our hearts more like his.
Change can be good.  Change stretches you.
Change challenges you by causing you to grow through the trials and tribulations of life.
-Are you the same person you were 10 years ago? 5 years ago? 1 year ago?

However, God Does not Change
Imagine what it would be like if God changed on us.
What if one day He were nice, and another day He was mean.
Or what if Heshifted between merciful and judgmental,

Or one day He decided to answer, and in the next He did not.
I thank God that He is unchangeable.
Therefore,  you can count on Him to always be there and to do the right thing.
He won’t change His mind about you.

The top 10 things you won’t have to worry about in the coming years.
The Bible will still have the answers.
Prayer will still work.
The Holy Spirit will still move.
God will still inhabit praise.
There will still be anointed preaching.
There will still be the singing of praise.
God will still pour out blessings on His people.
There will be room at the cross for His children.
Jesus loves you.
Jesus still saves.