Friday, October 16, 2020

A Yielded Vessel

Hello there!

It's been a while, and for good reason!  I've been super busy!  I've experienced such an overflow into my business, and I am truly grateful.  God is teaching me how to be a better steward of my time and finances.  I endeavor to have that beautiful thing called BALANCE, where all matters are seen to and no one is slighted. I want to make sure that I spend quality time with Jesus, my husband, my family while managing my home, business and ministry.  With all of that said, all has been well and it is well!  I truly can't complain (it doesn't help anyways).

Ever had a conversation with someone, and before you know it, you start saying words and phrases that were not conceived by your own thinking?  It was a straight "download from the throne," as my pastor would often say.  Well, that happened today.  God is just deliciously awesome. Yes, deliciously awesome. Oh taste and see... 

I was speaking with one of my clients about her book and how she appreciated my feedback.  The conversation took a turn to another writing project she's working on for an event she'll be attending.  As I shared my writing tips with her, I gave an example of how she can format it. I began to expound on the significance of vessels.  If you have read my book, you'll know why vessels are special to me. However, the example I shared with her today is not in my book. This example was fresh off God's holy presses.  

When I think of a vessel, I think of a cup, pot, vase, drinking glass or pitcher.  They are designed to hold something and the opening is at the top.  They are typically made to be filled with something: flowers, water, food, etc.  Although there are a lot of abstract art, I've yet to see an opening any place else other than the top.  


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I believe that opening at the top symbolizes the ability for God to pour into us from His heavenly position. With opened hearts and outstretched arms, we avail ourselves to Him. We look up for our Help, which is God (Psalm 121).  We are earthen vessels (2 Corinthians 4:7) that are designed to be filled with the things of God--passion, purpose, gifts, skills, talents, spiritual gifts, etc.  The opening at the top shows a vulnerability--a yielding of one's self or itself to be filled or used for a divine purpose.  It also shows a cleansing and conversion of the soul...outpouring of His spirit that flows from our head (mind, will, emotions=SOUL) and on downward. Once the mind is converted and renewed daily, the body (flesh) will be subjected to God's use. Hopefully, we are opened for the use of glorifying God. So, I have three questions:

Who or what are you opening yourself to?
What's in your vessel?
Are you a vessel of honor or a vessel of dishonor?
(2 Timothy 2:20-21)

Allow these questions to marinate in your mind.  Be honest and transparent with yourself and with God.  If your vessel has been opened for purposes that align with the kingdom of darkness, then repentance is your portion---if you want to change

Being yielded to God comes with a price---exchanging your will for His (Luke 22:42).
Just know that the return on such investment is not only beautifully abundant, but it is eternal. 

I pray you were inspired,

Shairon

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