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by Dudley Anderson  
9/26/2014 / Devotionals

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26 September 2014

Dear God-tracker


I was tapping away at my computer, minding my own business when the phone rang. "Hello. This is Dudley Anderson."
"Hi Dudley, it's Barbara," said the voice on the other end. "Hi Barbara, how are you?"
"Fine. Dudley, I was just praying and the Holy Spirit gave me an impression of a blacksmith, hammering away at steel on his anvil. As he hammered, sparks were flying everywhere. I feel this is a word for the church. God is shaping us."

We chatted a little more and then said good bye then I hung up the phone, thinking about what she had said. As I returned to working on my laptop I began to have a feeling that the Holy Spirit was drawing me to pray so I walked down stairs and sat in my prayer-chair in the lounge and opened my heart to the Lord. In little less than one minute I found myself on my knees calling out to God for wisdom and insight. Then it was as if I felt the Spirit tug at the sleeve of my spirit and I literally turned my head to hear the word, "resilience" in my heart. "Resilience? What do you mean by resilience, Lord?" I said. I had a notion that it had to do with a negative interpretation of the word so I rebuked "resilience" in Jesus' name.

After I felt I had come through in prayer I returned to my computer and looked up the word resilience. I found it to mean: "The physical property of a material to return to its original shape or position after deformation that does not exceed its elastic limit." Hmmm, to return to its original shape, I mused out loud.

In Isaiah we read, "We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hands," and in Jeremiah, "But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him." Here the analogy has to with how a potter forms and reforms clay into the shape he requires it to be. However, in order for the clay to be shaped it needs to be malleable and nor resilient! Imagine if a lump of clay bounced back to being just a lump of clay after it was shaped into a lovely vase. Likewise, hard steel in the hand of a skilled blacksmith is malleable and not resilient. If these materials were resilient then they would always bounce back to their original shape and be useless to anybody.

The Lord may be doing a new thing in your life. Perhaps the Holy Spirit is calling you to bend; to break; to be beaten and molded by his Word and his Spirit. He may be enlarging you and reshaping you; stretching you out of your original shape for his purposes. Take courage, and allow God to enlarge your boundaries. When God bends you try not to be elastic and return to your previous state, rather allow him to stretch you to new heights. He is calling us all to be malleable, pliable and workable in order to be transformed into the image of Jesus so that we will all reflect his glory. It could be that God is deforming your old nature that you may conform to his new nature for you. Refuse to allow yourself to be elastically restored to your old state of rigid notions and religious norms. God's ways are higher than your ways and his ways are always for you are good, even when it seems the sparks begin to fly!

God-tracking is being malleable in the hands of the Blacksmith of Heaven

Every blessing


It's all in the Book
Isaiah 64:8
Jeremiah 18:1-6
Isaiah 54:2-3
Isaiah 55:8-13

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Verse of the Week

2 Corinthians 3:18
And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit

Quote of the Week
Sample of Dudley's Fave Quotes

"And the longer you delay, the more your sin gets strength and rooting. If you cannot bend a twig, how will you be able to bend it when it is a tree?" --- Richard Baxter

Don't Give Up, Look Up!
Look up and Fix Your Eyes on Jesus!

I turn away from resisting your hand and toward the anvil of your hammer

"Dear Lord, thank you that you are bending me. Thank you that you are reshaping my life and my future to fit in with your wonderful plans for my life. Help me to never be resilient in the hands of the Blacksmith of Heaven, but to bend to the shape you want me to be. Help me to remain humble as you work my life and circumstances to line up with your good purposes. Forgive me of any sin and malice in my life. I turn away from resisting your hand and toward the anvil of your hammer. Shape me Lord as you would have me be. Amen."

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What is trACker?
GodTracker and trACker owe their origins to an international Christian radio programme produced by Dudley Anderson called, OnTrack. Although OnTrack went off-air in 2005, trACker has continued to help people to track God's plans and purposes for their lives since July 2003.
Unless otherwise indicated all scripture references in this publication are taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa Dudley Anderson began writing for radio in 1994. Dudley currently writes a weekly e-mail devotional called, GodTracker and complied 2 devotional books based on GodTracker. These are God-tracking Through the Year ï" year one & year two.

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