|KHANDIE'S KORNER - November 24, 2002|
|Timely Insights into God's Word from Khandielese Reyes|
This Weeks Message- (scripture taken from King James Version)
"VESSELS OF HONOR"
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already, and overthrow the faith of some. Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for THE MASTERS USE, and prepared unto every good work. Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. But foolish and unlearned questions AVOID, knowing that they do gender strifes. And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; If god peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. (2 Tim 2:15-26)
In most homes there are containers which are used to either display or conceal its contents, to expose its beauty or hide its ugliness. If one has and old crate filled with beautiful and unique objects, they raise the lid of the crate so that the beauty which is within may be exposed, and the Glory thats within brings honor to the vessel which holds it. Its no longer just an old crate but becomes a Vessel of Honor because of what it contains. Before, when it was empty it was useless and now having been FILLED it has become most useful. The old crate in itself is worthless without the goods, but as long as it is filled with valuable contents it to becomes valuable, USEFUL, as it is now an honorable vessel USED to store priceless and valuable goods. Everyone will acknowledge it as the vessel which hold the beauty within and although outwardly it may appear to be torn and tattered, to the eye of the beholder and because of its contents, it will shine like gold. On the other hand, if the old crate is used to store worthless and useless things, then the lid of that crate may remain closed in order to conceal the uncleanliness within. There may even be an attempt to try and beautify the visible parts of the crate that the attention may be drawn to IT and not its contents. If it can become something pleasing to the eye of those who view it, then no one will question its contents until one day when the lid must be raised and then ALL will see whats been hidden inside, for a vessel filled with useless things will be shown to have no value.
In the MASTERS GREAT HOUSE, within the BODY OF CHRIST there are many vessels. Some are filled with the things which honors and some the things that dishonors. The crate itself having no value, will become valuable after being filled with honorable and good things and the master then uses such to Glorify Himself. The Lord desires every vessel which has been purchased with His blood, to be used as Vessels of Honor for HIS Glory. But in order to be used as such, each vessel must first be emptied for the Lord will not pour his goodness within as long as the vessel is already filled with useless and worthless things. Therefore, we must allow all of SELF to be poured OUT, and all of HIM to be poured IN. Our hearts must be swept clean of all unrighteousness and wickedness, and filled with His Love, His Truth, His goodness, and His RIGHTEOUSNESS! ALL OF HIM and NONE OF US shall it be within! ONLY an empty vessel can be filled with HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS and used for HIS GLORY!
Let us each examine our vessels today. When we remove the lids, what is found inside? Have we used our vessels to HONOR Him, or dishonor him? Are they filled with wickedness and impurity, or goodness and holiness? Is the greatest gift LOVE found inside our vessels or does hate fill its crevices? Are our vessels filled with anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, lies, strive, divisions, judgements, jealousies and the like, or are they filled with joy, peace, compassion, mercy, and forgiveness? Have we used our vessels to hurt or to heal, to tear apart or build up, to ridicule or reach out in LOVE to another brother or sister? Do we walk accordingly as our MASTER instructed, or have we walked as we desired? Have we been led by the Spirit of God the Father, or driven by the lust of our own flesh? Have others notice Him in us or do they only see US! Is there light found in our vessels, or has it been smothered and covered in darkness? One last question...... If our beloved Savior were to lift the lids to our hearts today, would he be pleased at what he may find? Would he keep the lid raised high to expose the good treasures within for all to see, or will he have to lower it shut until all useless and worthless items are removed? Would He be able today to use YOU, to use ME as ..Vessels of Honor
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies (YOUR VESSELS) as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, WHICH IS YOUR REASONABLE SERVICE. And by NOT conformed to this world: but be ye TRANSFORMED by the RENEWING of YOUR MIND, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Rom 12:1-2)
I love you all so very much. Have a blessed week in the Lord and remember: Whatever we do, do ALL for the GLORY of GOD, who ALONE is worthy of the GLORY and the PRAISE!
May the peace of the Lord be with you today and always .Khandielese
Daughter & Servant
of the Lord God
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