A Treasure Worth Maintaining

Australia last year or so had experienced a tragedy of forest fires claiming over 18 million acres close to one billion animals lost along with many homes and lives lost. This is beyond comprehension when it comes to devastation. A recent fire in the Bronx lost approximately 19 people with many injured and left homeless. In the past couple of years it seems more people we know direct or indirectly have died and ‘dropping like flies’.

Our lives are fragile yet at times we think we are immortal as human beings. Job in the Bible had it right when he said,
” The Lord gives and the Lord takes it away, blessed be the name of the Lord” He lost everything yet in spite of his suffering and immense pain Job trusted in God through the good times and the difficult times. Was it easy? Absolutely not, but he knew his Maker and trusted in God in spite of his losses. ” Though he slay me, yet I will trust in Him (God)”.

Paul wrote, “But we have this treasure in jars of clay (earthen vessels) to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us”.
2 Corinthians 4:7 NIV

Our lives are jars of clay and they are so fragile. Paul shows us to acknowledge God’s surpassing power is from God and not from ourselves. We are instructed to lean on Jesus to acknowledge that our strength, wisdom, healing, and understanding come from him, and not trying to do it on our own.

Life is so fragile so handle it with prayer and trust God even when it looks bleak and impossible.

The Lord gave another message to Jeremiah. He said, “Go down to the potter’s shop, and I will speak to you there.” So I did as he told me and found the potter working at his wheel. But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over. Then the Lord gave me this message: “O Israel, can I not do to you as this potter has done to his clay? As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand.
Jeremiah 18:1‭-‬6 NLT

Perhaps all your wisdom and resources are exhausted and your still trying to figure a way out, but to no avail. Would you allow the power of God to help you today? It’s time to let it go and surrender to what God wants in your situation and not what you want.

Declare in faith today that the Lord is in control, because ‘faith is the victory that overcomes the world’. As believers, “we have been made more than conquerors”. “Greater is he that is in you, than he/she that is in the world”.

This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9 NLT

May you face your day and coming challenges this week with confidence and courage with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Published by Andy

Greetings! My name is Andy Provitola and I live in New England on the south shore between Boston and the beautiful Cape Cod region. The purpose of my blogging and writing is to encourage you in your journey here on planet earth. Life is full of pressing issues and problems and my desire is to discover a place for peace, hope, healing, and contentment. I am a follower of Jesus Christ – God’s one and only Son of God and discovered these truths along my own personal journey. Having discovered a personal relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ does not mean I have to be religious to attain the rewards of heaven. The fact is God provides grace for us and accepts us as we are in His image. In other words, we cannot attain heaven or life eternal on our own, but by God’s loving grace and no merit of our own. My goal is to continue to find a balance of life from a spiritual and practical perspective with a purpose to please and glorify God in all that I do because of His ‘Gift of Grace’. God is not transcendent and so far away that he is out of reach with humanity. God desires that His presence lives within us and not just in the galaxies and the universe. Experiencing the unconditional love of God has been so rewarding and while discovering the truth and purpose for my life. Moving forward in this life is not a sprint, but a marathon when it comes to this race here on earth. I am blogging because I find it is a good way to connect in a much more effective and efficient way when it comes to communicating and interacting with with people that I do not know. Blogging and writing challenges me and also stretches me specifically in my thoughts, my mind, my emotions, and my spiritual life to live a vertical relation with God and a horizontal relationship with others. There will be a variety of topics and subjects to address including youth, young adults, family, singles, seniors, relationships, etc. Some of the topics will include God’s creation and power, depression, loneliness, suicide, hope, healing, setbacks, financial matters, business, stress, anxiety, care, encouragement, and so much more I would like to connect with all walks of life, ethnicity, culturally, other religions, socio-economics, and more I am currently writing a book and several memoirs about my own life and journey . The journey begins at a young age growing up in Malden, Massachusetts, specifically Maplewood Square to where I am today. I became paralyzed from the waist down as a senior in high school and I share how my life changed for the better! “But I do not consider my life as something of value or dear to me, so that I may [with joy] finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus. To testify faithfully of the good news of God’s [precious undeserved] grace [which makes us free of guilt of sin and grants us eternal life]. Acts 20:24 Amplified Version

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