VESSELS OF HONOR.
I welcome you to this new month of October, the tenth month of the year 2018. Biblically, the number ten represents God’s authority over the affairs of men, as well as man’s responsibility to obey God’s law and to acknowledge His divine perfection.
• The children of Israel were given ten commandments, not suggestions.
• There were ten plagues unleashed on the nation of Egypt before the Israelites were released from centuries of slavery. Thank God for the Passover lamb that was slain. In like manner, judgment is averted for new creatures in Christ
• Ten percent of what Israel gained or acquired was holy unto the LORD. Even today, it is mandatory because it belongs to God. In fact, more is required of believers in Christ. For to whom much is given, of him much is also required (Luke 12:48b). We must give more than ten percent because of Calvary.
• In the New Testament, there were ten virgins, ten lepers, ten talents and ten “I AM” statements spoken by Jesus in the book of John. In Genesis 1, there are ten proclamations that begin with “God said.” From these historical perspectives, evidently God beckons us to be “vessels of honor” unto Him (2 Timothy 2:19-21). What Characterizes the Vessel of Honor?
A. One who purges himself from sin (2 Tim 2:21) must shun godless, irreverent, and empty chatter depart from iniquity, flee youthful lusts 1 Tim 6:11 and reject foolish and ignorant speculations 2 Tim 2:23
B. Being separated (2 Tim 2:20-23):. To be sanctified (set apart) is to live by and see life through God’s value system instead of the world’s. A vessel of honor is clean, and available.
C. Being useful for the Master means prioritizing (2 Tim 2:21). The vessel, like talents, must be developed to become “useful for the Master.” This is accomplished by coupling priorities (Mat 6:33), and a ready mind (2 Cor 8:12). The poor widow was useful to God (Mk 12:41-44), and Mary did what she could (Mk 14:8-9).
D. Being prepared for every good work (2 Tim 2:21). We are prepared for use (2 Tim 3:16-17) through God’s grace (2 Cor 9:8-9). Over time, we become seasoned (2 Tim 4:11).
E. Evangelize and win souls for Christ (Pro 11:30).
F. Pray always (1 Thes 5:17; worship and praise God habitually (Ps 22:3).
Once prepared, we must remain ready for every opportunity to do good (Gal. 6:10).
• Fire of the Holy Ghost, purge my heart of every unforgiveness, in Jesus’ Name. Eradicate every form of bitterness from my heart, in Jesus Name
• Father, make me a vessel unto honor, break me, mold me, use me for your glory, in Jesus’ Name.
• I reject every spirit of error, mistakes, and cyclically falling into sin and rising, in Jesus’ Name.
• I bind the spirit of depression, frustration and disillusionment in my life IJN