by Marie Poon (and a little comment from Tammy Phillip)
August 11, 2020
But now, O LORD, You [are] our Father; We [are] the clay, and You our potter; And all we [are] the work of Your hand. – Isaiah 64:8 NKJV
“I have come to realize: Each individual has a solitary walk with God. We do life with our spouse, children, brother, sister, and friends. However, our relationship and walk with God is totally ours. The journey is something only one can do. We are responsible for every choice we make along the way. We answer to God alone. We develop our relationship and obedience to God by listening to His voice. His Word molds, shapes, refines and chisels us into His image. It is a slow journey, but the speed of the relationship is entirely up to us. Our willingness to hear and obey determines our spiritual development. We make choices toward him step by step. Until we’ve allowed the Word to mold us by the Potter’s hands, we do not grow into the perfection that He desires. The decision is ours to receive and allow God to mold us into His image. Tammy, as you said, “There are layers He needs to chisel away, mold and replace.” We resist and it prolongs the journey and His work of shaping us into His perfect image. It is entirely up to us whether we receive His Word, His commands, His molding, His directions and His corrections. His will and perfect plan for our life is ours for the choosing. When we stand before Him, and we all will stand before him, it will be our life to which we are accountable. No one else shares the responsibility for our choice nor our actions. Alone with God, we are His workmanship. If only we obey, we will achieve the completeness in Him to be who we were created to be.” -Marie Poon, my precious, Godly Mother.
“My son do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor detest His correction; For whom the LORD loves He corrects, Just as a father the son [in whom] he delights. – Proverbs 3:12 NKJV
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. – Revelation 3:19 KJV
Chasten in the verses have the same meaning. It means to train up a child, to correct and instruct with words, to discipline. We are God’s children. If we act childish in an area, He will mold us and teach us how to walk and grow up in Him. In each of these verses, God says he loves us, so he chastens us.
I enCOURAGE you to pay attention to the loving words of God and my wise mother. God loves you. God loves you. God loves you. He takes every step of life with you. He talks with you, but it is your choice to listen and grow up.