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John 17:8-11 (NKJV) For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.9 “I prayfor them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. 10 And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.

Oneness is something that moves the heart of God. It’s not like He didn’t realize when He was making us that we would all be different. One of the most amazing things about our Father is the creativity that He showed in making us all unique. While it’s a fact that He made all that we see at His creation, I think the most amazing part of His creation is us. None of us have ever met even one human who is exactly like another. While we may at times have things in common, it is an absolute fact that none of us are the same. Yes, He knew He was making us with a uniqueness that was all our own. With all that said, it still requires us to walk in oneness where His Word is concerned. None of us can look at another part of the body and suddenly declare that we no longer see value in that particular part. None of us can say as a foot that a hand is not valuable. None of us can say as a hand that the ear or the eye has no value. In the same way, none of us who are white can say to one who is brown that “you have no value” and vice-versa.

God fully expects us to love one another. Since God is not a respecter of persons, we can’t be either. God is moving on this earth to speak to us with a very important message. I think that message is to call us out of our prejudices. I think God wants to remind us that it was “oneness” that moved His heart to pour out His Spirit in the first church. If that was true for the church in Acts, it is also true for the church in America. I am a firm believer that we need an outpouring in the Body of Christ at this moment. If the current church wants to see a move like the first church saw, we need to come together in love as the first church walked in. The Bible reminds us that they had everything in common. If they did it, we can too.

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Romans 9:21-22 (NKJV) Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor? 22 What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction...

We’ve spent the last eight weeks talking about how potters make vessels and what those vessels become in his hands. We’ve used the study of the potter and the vessels as a metaphor for what our lives look like in the hands of a merciful and almighty God. In other words, God is the POTTER and we are the CLAY. We learned that the potter never intended to make a“bad” vessel. Every time he sat at the wheel to spin a vessel, it was his desire for it to be one for great use. The insight into the potter gives us a look into the heart of our Father. Our Father never sets out to make us into a vessel that isn’t created for greatness. When the vessel becomes one of no use, it isn’t the fault of the potter, but of the clay. We studied the seven vessels mentioned in scripture. Of the seven, only one was deemed a loss; the “Vessel of Wrath.”

The “Vessel of Wrath” is one that, no matter how many times the potter sought to redeem it, it remained unusable. After much effort and time, the potter eventually had to determine that some vessels simply would not receive the work of his hands. Humans are like that too. While it’s not the desire of God that anyone would perish; we must admit and acknowledge that some will. Despite the greatness of God’s mercy, some people will refuse the blood of His grace. Because of their refusal, God, on the Day of Judgment, will be forced to bring the full wrath of His judgment on them. This judgment isn’t one that God enjoys. In fact, it breaks the very heart of God. My encouragement to you, this day, is to receive His mercy and grace. Believe that He is Who He says He is. Accept Him at His Word and receive in you the promised eternal life that He so desires for you. Don’t put it off. Do it today!!

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