Note: I used the pot and potter as metaphors to show the relationship between God (potter) and man (pot)

See this beautiful clay pot? Before it came into this, it started as a lump of clay—a lump of clay that is formless, without any specific purpose...it’s nothing but a lump of clay.

"And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Genesis 2:7, KJV

Without a purpose, it will just be a lump of clay that can be thrown out anywhere...anytime. It’s just a piece of dirt.

However, the potter sees otherwise. He sees not just a lump of clay. He sees a work of art...He envisions something out of that lump of dirt that can be useful for his purpose. And so he makes a plan and puts it into action.

"But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand." Isaiah 64:8, KJV

The potter works on the clay to form the design he wants to. It starts of as a lump of clay...He puts the lump of clay into the machine and then slowly forms something out of it. Slowly but surely, a magnificent work of art is formed after a significant amount of time of molding and shaping the clay.

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well" Psalm 139:14

After he creates the design of the clay, he puts it out of the sun to be dried so that it will harden. And when it has hardened, it will now be ready to be used for its purpose.

“…even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day. For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory.” 2nd Corinthians 4:16-17

The clay is also vulnerable to breakage. If it is not carefully stored or used it might get broken and shatter into pieces. How can you use it for the purpose it is intended to be if it’s broken? It’s simply not worth using anymore.

"For all have sinned and fall shortof the glory of God" Romans 3:23

The clay pot may be shattered...but the potter can still make the clay pot whole again. He will collect the broken pieces and form it again into a lump of clay...

...and then mold and form it into the purpose he originally intended it to be...dries it out in the sun and then when it is hardened enough the clay pot will now be used for the purpose it was created.

“Now we have this treasure in clay jars, so that this extraordinary power may be from God and not from us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7

"He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet on a rock, and established my goings" Psalm 40:2

“Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver bowls, but also those of wood and earthenware, some for special use, some for ordinary. So if anyone purifies himself from these things, he will be a special instrument, set apart, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.” 2 Timothy 2:20-21

Mental Stress
  • Causes the mind to be heaped. When this happens, our mind cannot deliver properly.
  • Causes of many nervous breakdowns


Life's pressures and burdens


accumulated difficulties



What happens when we are tensioned?

  • We become nervous, anxious, and worried

  • We become discouraged

TENSION Happens because...

  • We rely on our own strength, rather than upon God and His Word.
  • We forget that God can handle any problem.
  • We think that we can do a better job handling the situation ourselves.


"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30

  • Read the Bible.

  • The more we meditate on God's Word, the less we need to worry.

  • When you think about a problem over and over...that's called worry
  • When you think about God's Word over and over...that's called meditation

You know how to worry...so you obviously know how to meditate! Just focus on God's Word instead of the problem...

My life is in You, Lord
My strength is in You, Lord
My hope is in You, Lord
In You, it's in You
My life is in You, Lord
My strength is in You, Lord
My hope is in You, Lord
In You, it's in You

I will praise You with all of my life
I will praise You with all of my strength
With all of my life
With all of my strength
All of my hope is in You

My life is in You, Lord
My strength is in You, Lord
My hope is in You, Lord
In You, it's in You

My life is in You, Lord
My strength is in You, Lord
My hope is in You, Lord
In You, it's in You
In You, it is in You!


3 words have stuck in my mind while listening to this song: LIFE, STRENGTH, and HOPE. Here are the nuggets of truth that God has revealed to me through this song:


God wants all of us and that includes:

  • mind
  • heart
  • body

    "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service." Romans 12:1


  • God shows his power through our weakness.
  • "all of our strength" - not just when we are physicall healthy, but up to the remaining strength inside our bodies.

    "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13


  • Anticipation "OUR FAITH"
John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid"


1. Peace is a gift - you do not earn it
          - there is a huge difference between human peace and God's peace. Why? Becasue human peace is based on circumstances.

2. Peace is an internal thing


1. R-est in God's forgiveness 
Romans 5:1 "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ"

- When we are out of harmony with God, it causes stress - #1 cause of stress is GUILT
- There's no peace of mind without a clean conscience

2. E-ver present God
God is always with us (Psalm 139, Matthew 10:9, Genesis 1:27, Jeremiah 14:5)

- Sress comes when you feel you are facing everything by yourself.
- Hurry aggregates worry. The more hurried you are, the more worried you get.
- Peace is a mindset. It's what you focus on.

How would you know God is with you? BE STILL AND KNOW GOD (Psalm 46:1-10)

        BUT...There's a huge difference between KNOWING ABOUT GOD and KNOWING GOD

Knowing About God - merely facts about God, what you read, what you hear from preaching
Knowing God- based on your personal experience, persoanl interaction and relationship with God.

3. L-earn to obey God's principles 

     - Read the bible

"What matters is not WHO WE ARE,  BUT WHOSE WE ARE"

     - Peace comes from obedience. When we ignore God, we become stressed.

4. A-lways trust God's plan Proverbs 3:5-6

- Trust the Lord with all my heart (Prov 3:5) - means total dependence amidst all things.
- Don't lean on our own understanding (Prov 3:5) - don't try to figure out everything

 Acknowledging God + Trusting God + Depending on God = God will direct our paths = PEACE

5. X-pressing all my cares to God 

Psalm 4:6 "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God"

When you're not praying, you're worrying

Jesus Christ is the PRINCE OF PEACE, Invite Him to come into your life. 
What is integrity? 

Integrity is when the inward and outward attitudes are equal. 

Inner Character 
  • Foundation of effective ministry
  • Can be revetted by hostile words that spent forth in a moment of pressure or frustration
Power Of Speech: James 3

  • control of the tongue
  • our langauge is a reflection of that which fills the heart (Mt. 12:34-36)
Challenge in James: BE SLOW TO SPEAK


  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendship?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Things To Ponder On:

Psalm 39:1 - I will guard my mouth as with a muzzle
Ephesians 4:29 - Do not let unwholesome speech come out of your mouth...that it may benefit those who listen