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Treasures in Earthen Vessels
By Joyce Robinson
Trafford PublishingCopyright © 2015 Joyce Robinson
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Calvary Still Flows
Jesus paid the debt of our sins on Calvary's tree. "This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. (I Jn. 2:2 NIV) We all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. It is through His grace; through the redemption of His death on the cross, we have life eternal. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (Jn. 3:16 KJV)
Calvary Still flows
Jesus fell on his face,
"Father, Take this cup from me."
Groanings from his soul,
"Nevertheless, not my will."
Thorns on his brow,
Stripes on his back.
Oh, what love for me!
Love that caused Calvary to flow
Kneeling in your presence,
Have mercy on me
From the depths of my heart,
Use me, as you will
Heal all my pain,
Make me anew
As only you can do
Cover me with the Calvary flow.
His love still reaches with amazing grace
His blood washes whiter than snow
The nails he bore reserves me a place
All because Calvary still flows
Still in His Hands
Isaiah exalted his God, "O Lord, thou art our Father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand." (Is 64:8 KJV) The vessel of the Lord made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter, so he made it again to make it as he desired. We are in God's hands. If we are willing to submit to God's will, the Potter can make a vessel of honor taking out all the dross in our lives. We are valued as earthen vessels in God's eyes. The fire of the potter only creates a vessel of distinction for his kingdom.
Still in His hands
With all the struggles I faced, my life was spinning around.
I could not understand why all the ups and downs.
When I finally turn to the master he said, "It was his will."
He had picked me up and placed me on his potter's wheel
Indeed the potter had put me on his spinning wheel
Washing and forming me for His purpose to fill.
His skillful hands molded this vessel with great design
Preparing this piece of clay for his plan divine.
The good times were the blessings he splashed on this clay
Giving me encouragement to continue in his way.
He let me know that it wasn't what I was right then
But, what I would be when he was finished within.
When I thought he had completed the task on the wheel
He crumbled my world and many questions in my mind filled.
"Your vessel was marred and it couldn't be used in that caste.
There was a blemish in your vessel and would never last."
The problem was not with the potter or his spinning wheel,
It was in the lump of clay – the hardness he could feel.
So the potter redesigned by the touch of his merciful hand,
Carefully repairing the marred vessel to fit in his perfect plan.
We do not always understand every one of life's stages,
Nevertheless, we have one we can rely on when the storm rages
Through the many failures, all we need to do is stand.
For what ever may be the crises, we are still in His hands.
When I've Counted All My Blessings, Then I Can Complain
"What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits towards me?"(Ps 116:12 KJV) This was David's question. He loved to praise the Lord in the presence of his people. "And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God." (Duet 28:2 KJV) Blessings and favor will be with us wherever we go, or whatever we do. Our family shall be blessed for generations when we are faithful serving God. God crowns his children with great blessings. A faithful man shall abound with many benefits.
When I've Counted All My
Blessings, Then I Can Complain
Often times I can see the bad in a situation
It is no good is the conclusion of my evaluation.
Then the Lord reminds me to begin to attain,
Just count all my blessings before I complain.
There is a roof over my head, a warm place to sleep,
Food on the table and even if dirty, clothes by the heap
In addition, there is my job to help my personal gain.
Remember, I'm counting my blessings before I complain.
The Lord has been my provider, protector and friend.
There is his mercy, and what a guide he has been!
He lights the earth with sunshine and waters it with rain.
When I've counted all my blessings, then I can complain.
He takes a life, shattered and broken, and makes it brand new.
Answers my prayers, keep his promises, and follows through.
He has never let me down, my steps he has ordained.
With all these blessings, who wants to complain!
Abiding in Him
Jesus said "Abide in me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me."(Jn. 15:4 KVJ) We are to abide in Him so when He shall appear, we will have confidence and not be ashamed before him at his coming. Those that keep His commandments dwell in Christ and he in them. "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. (Jn. 15:7 KJV)
Abiding in Him
As I read my Bible,
Purge me with your word.
Make it a part of my life
Let my heart be stirred.
Renew me with your presence
Each day afresh
In a way as to walk
In the Spirit and not in the flesh.
Help me to abide in your will
As your word makes it known,
Abiding in your anointing
That you place on your own.
I, as a branch,
Grafted in you, the vine.
Help me be unseen by the world
And it only Jesus find.
Draw it out of Me
"Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. (Ps 37:3 KJV) If we wait expectantly, while he's preparing us for our dream, God will give us the desires of our heart. Joseph waited many years to see his family again. Jabez longed to not cause people pain, but to be a blessing to others. Whatever our dreams or longings may be, God will bring the best out of us if we will be patient. God builds character in us during one's waiting period. We can indeed do all things through Christ, which strengthens us.
Draw it out of me
God allowed Moses to be withdrawn from the waters of the Nile
Nurtured by Pharaoh's daughter, refined by God all the while.
Moses grew in the palace, understanding the purpose of God's plan
God drew him from the water to the palace of Pharaoh's land.
God changed his surroundings to prepare him for righteous dictate
Drawing him from rags to riches, from family to the affairs of state.
A new level beyond the norm, he had outgrown his modest place
Greater tasks and elevations lie ahead for Moses to face.
There are wonderful ideas and dreams not yet revealed
Hidden secrets in the depths of each our souls still concealed.
We are perplexed and wonder what is God's will for our life
We become restless; our anxiety brings strife.
Our struggle reveals in a way that we do not want it to transpire
Trying to do for God, seeking His favor and anointing fire.
It is time to resolve, "What I am is not what I want to be"
Moreover, let God do the work so that we can be completely free.
Let God draw out of us those gifts and dreams to enlarge our territory,
And live in His anointing, the abundant life extraordinary.
Allow him to draw out the gifts moment by moment, hour by hour.
As we live a life expecting a new level, remaining in his power.
I'm Tired; I'm Ready for my Miracle
One must refocus on what God desires instead of worrying what others may think. We often forget what is important in life. But when we go back to the cross and remember how far God has brought us, it's then we can re-envision God's direction for us. The vision of the cross helps one to walk humbly without reservation. We learn to wait up upon the Lord, renewing our strength, then we can mount up with wings as an eagle and not be weary and we shall walk and not faint as instructed in Isaiah 40:31 KJV. Let us walk honest and circumspectly in the rest that only God can provide.
I'm Tired; I'm Ready for My Miracle
Pride becomes baggage as we travel this terrain.
The baggage gets heavier as we each success gain.
Amid the accomplishments and trophies that we have won,
Life becomes chaotic, as we will not be out done.
We try to keep up with matters we are presumed to do
Having a facade - not letting our real personality come through.
I'm tired; I could use a miracle.
Our relationships become difficult, another baggage we tolerate.
It's not our fault and often unforgiveness turns to hate.
The load is getting heavier, but we carry it nonetheless;
We get use to the burden, refusing our sins to confess.
We keep to ourselves, thinking everyone else is immoral;
So often we are the reason for many a quarrel.
I'm tired; I need a miracle.
We run in directions that God hasn't chosen for us to trod
And wonder why we are not well enough to serve God.
Our bodies are in poor health, in urgent need of mending
He wants us to slow down; we need to start surrendering.
We miss many promises God wants for us in this life
As we are caught up with all its busyness and strife.
I'm tired; I desire a miracle.
We go through life pretending to have the victory
Though we would never let anyone know our misery.
We live with the baggage of secret sins,
Not letting anyone close know what is within.
We try to live the Christian life without God's Spirit
Hoping that no one will ever know, secretly fearing it.
I'm tired: I've got to have a miracle.
All of our baggage becomes too heavy and we become constrained
When we could be delivered and victory could be obtained.
Jesus said, "Come all ye who are heavy laden and I will give you rest."
He wants to take all your worries and give you his best.
We just need to come to the Master for a cleansing rain;
Leave all of our baggage at the cross with all the pain.
I tired; I'm ready for my miracle.
Come to Jesus
It was a great feast day; Jesus stood and cried, saying," If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink." (Jn. 7:73 KJV) Whosoever will come after the Lord, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Jesus. Those that hear the Word and believe on Him shall have everlasting life and shall not come into condemnation; but pass from death unto life. Jesus is the way, the truth and the Life. Jesus said, "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." (Jn. 6:37 KJV)
Come to Jesus
There's a longing in your heart
You can't fill it.
The hurting heart you have
You can't conceal it.
You're filled with gloom
For God there's no room
You need life anew
Let me tell you what to do
Come to Jesus.
Now there's a song in your heart
You can sing it.
There's assurance in his word
You can believe it.
You can hold to his hand
By his side you can stand
You can gladly sing
Let his high praises ring
Come to Jesus.
Come to Jesus
And let him fill your emptiness
Give him your broken heart and confess
Here I am
Lord I need you
Give me life anew
He's waiting for you
Come to Jesus
Make Me to Hear Your Gladness
The Psalmist David states, "Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness." (Ps 30:11 JKV) The Lord is our refuge in the time of trouble, our present help. It is when we have confidence in God that we can sing of his power, knowing he is our defense and refuge in the day of our distress. We can offer sacrifices of joy in his tabernacle with full assurance of victory and salvation. God can allow us to hear joy and gladness that will make the broken hearted rejoice.
Make Me to Hear Your Gladness
Though I walk in the midst of trouble
Darkness on every side.
It is only by his mercy when we stumble
In His strength, we abide.
When I am overwhelmed, He is my refuge
Shelter from the storm,
My deliverer from sin's prison
His wonders to perform.
We shall do valiantly through every test
When we hold our peace and let God do the rest
Stand on his promises, trust him one step at a time
Praise him through your trial and you will find.
Lord, make me to hear your gladness
Restore unto me your joy
Let my tongue sing your praises
Let me stand before you broken
In your presence with a sacrifice of praise
Lord, make to hear your gladness
The rest of my days
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Table of Contents
ContentsCalvary Still Flows, 2,
Still in His Hands, 4,
When I've Counted All My Blessings, Then I Can Complain, 6,
Abiding in Him, 8,
Draw it out of Me, 10,
I'm Tired; I'm Ready for my Miracle, 12,
Come to Jesus, 14,
Make Me to Hear Your Gladness, 16,
Treasures in Earthen Vessels, 18,
Throw Away the Cup, 20,
Bountiful Blessings, 22,
Jesus' Kingdom, 26,
Get a Prayer Through, 28,
Leave Your Nets, 30,
Blessings Overflowing, 32,
No Greater Love, 34,
We're Not Home Yet, 36,
Fruitful Ministry, 40,
Harvest is Complete, 42,
My Spiritual Hammock, 44,
Perfect Freedom, 46,
Supper Has Ended, 48,
I've Got a New Life, 50,
God's Creation, 52,
The Children of God, 54,
He's the One, 56,