Excerpt from Word, July 2018 ~
"Vessel Fit For The Master's Use"🍶
I felt that I wanted to encourage many with this word that the Lord highlighted to me lately. 👇
A number of years ago, while in my intense training season, I watched a video where Kathryn Kulhman was speaking on being a vessel fit for the Master's use. The things she spoke on has become some of the most impactful things I have heard in my life. She said.. "He isn't looking for golden vessels, He isn't looking for silver vessels...He is simply looking for yielded vessels!" So at that time, over 18 years ago now, I began praying that prayer.
Many times over the years since, I have prayed "Lord, make me a vessel, fit for Your Use"! As I was praying this morning, I cried out to the Lord and said again..."Lord, make me a vessel, completely fit for Your use... spirit, soul, and body"! I remembered all the years I have said that from my heart to the Lord, and I heard Him gently whisper, "That is why you have had to go through so much my daughter. That is why you have had to go through the crushing, the breaking, and the fire!🔥You asked Me to make you fit for My use, whatever it took...and so I have!"
When you ask Him to make you a vessel fit for His use, and you truly mean it from your heart, He will...but make no mistake, it will cost you. You will be molded, you will be broken, you will be crushed, you will be placed in the fire to harden, and just when you think you can't take anymore, you will be placed on the shelf to harden for longer. Then you will sit there, waiting. Sometimes for quite a time.
Finally, when the Master feels you are ready, He will take you off the shelf, and put you to use for His purpose. Some refuse to go through this process, and decide they want to be "used" before they are ready. The problem is, although He can and does use those who are available, because the giftings and callings are without repentance (can't be taken back), they have not allowed the Master to make them "fit" for His use. Therefore, they are used, but are not completely fit, prepared, and able to be used for the greatest part that He called them to. I believe many do not reach the full potential of their destiny because of this very reason.
Many attempt to put themselves to use, without the process of the breaking, the molding, the fire, the hardening, and the waiting...but you will never make it to the ultimate and high calling that He has for you, if you do not allow Him to take you through this process. If you try to make it happen yourself, without waiting for Him to make it happen..If you jump out of the process, and run out to do the "work of the Kingdom", you may do some, but you will not accomplish all He has set for you to do while you are on this earth.
He is looking for completely yielded vessels...and that means yielding your desire to be something, yielding your desire to make something happen, yielding your wants and thoughts of what "your call" and ministry will be...yielding it all to Him, and letting Him break it, mold it, and make it, into what He wants it to be. He is looking for vessels of honor, set apart, holy and righteous unto Him!
Are you one of those who has been taken through the extreme breaking? The crushing & molding?The fire and the hardening? Have you been sitting on the shelf waiting? Don't worry, my dear brother, my dear sister...you are simply being made a vessel, fit for the Master's use! You have been taken into the furnace, and the heat has been turned up very hot...to melt away the impurities. Why? Because you are not just any vessel...you are being made to be a vessel of honor, to fit in the Master's hand, and to be used as a drink offering unto Him! Your life will be one poured out for Him.
For the many who have been in this process, I hear the Lord say, "Do not become discouraged in the breaking, in the fire, and in the waiting! For I have not forgotten you, but I have simply answered your cry...the cry of your heart to be made a vessel formed and shaped by My hand. I have been forming you, molding you into something beautiful for My particular purpose...and you will be used in a greater way, for a greater purpose, than even what you have imagined. I have been forming you into a beautiful vase, with intricate details that only I know and understand. I have made sure you are hardened for the task ahead, but remember to still stay pliable in My hand, and do not let the hardening process harden your heart. You must be soft hearted, yet strong in will and purpose! You are being formed and fashioned into a beautiful masterpiece, yet only I the Master can see what the final result will be. Let Me heal you of your wounds, and of your scars, so that you will be a purified vessel, so that you will be a vessel without the marring of the process. Let me smooth out your jagged edges, and make you a beautiful creation, the vessel I have chosen to carry My Glory! I am setting you apart, a holy vessel, set apart for My use alone, made fit for My purposes. Do not think it strange that you have had to walk through so much to come to this place, for it is the ancient path, and it is the way of Your Master." Will you cry out with me again today ~ "Master, make me a vessel fit for Your use! I surrender it all to You...not my will, not my desire, not my ambitions, but Yours! Make me what You want me to be, and make me fit, spirit, soul, and body...a vessel of honor, completely fit for Your use!" "Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work." ~ 2 Timothy 2:20-21 "But now, O Lord, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand." ~ Isaiah 64:8 "But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make." ~ Jeremiah 18:44