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Potter's Field Ministry
Michael and Pam Rozell - December 6, 2009

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Through the sculpting of clay and beautiful music, Mike and Pam Rozell illustrated their own story-how God softened the hearts of a man in desperate need of redemption and a woman who had fallen away from the Lord to mold a strong and Christ-centered marriage and have worldwide impact for His kingdom. You won't want to miss watching this inspiring message from Potter's Field Ministry.

Jeremiah 18:1-6

This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord : "Go down to the potter's house, and there I will give you my message." So I went down to the potter's house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 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.

Then the word of the Lord came to me: "O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?" declares the Lord. "Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel."

Free Will

The word "Israel" means "governed by God." We are not born governed by God - sin separates us from God. He gave us a free will to believe in Him or not. You can choose not to believe in Jesus and how he paid for your sins, died on the cross, and rose again, but that doesn't mean it's not true.

You can choose not to believe in Jesus and how he paid for your sins, died on the cross, and rose again, but that doesn't mean it's not true.

For his first twenty-eight years of life, Mike exercised his free will and chose not to believe in God. His heart was hardened and he was blind to spiritual things. His wife, Pam, on the other hand, grew up in the church and received Christ at a young age. She shared her faith publicly at a beauty pageant and won the city pageant and went on to become Miss Georgia and graduate with a degree in journalism. While working on Broadway casting for 42nd Street, Pam began to slide away from God. Bad company started to corrupt good character. Through subtle compromise over a seven-year period, she found herself far away from the Lord. Then she met Mike-and after only three weeks, they were married in Las Vegas (which Mike doesn't recommend!)

A Place of Brokenness

Blessed is the man who always fears the Lord, but he who hardens his heart falls into trouble. Proverbs 28:14

Shortly after their wedding, Pam went back to church for the first time in seven years and re-dedicated her life to the Lord. Over time, Mike and Pam became active in their church. Mike wore Christian tee-shirts, put a fish on his car, and even served as an usher on Sundays. But although Jesus was in his life, Jesus wasn't his life; outwardly, he appeared to be a Christian, but inwardly, His life was not governed by God.

...outwardly, he appeared to be a Christian, but inwardly, His life was not governed by God.

If a potter's clay is left without water for even one day, it becomes rock hard. To be molded again, it must be broken and covered in water. Mike's heart was hardened like that dry clay; God needed to bring him to a place of brokenness before he could be used.

Over breakfast with a church elder, Mike was honestly and lovingly confronted with his façade of faith. He was angry and hurt, but on the drive home, he began to feel convicted of the truth of his friend's words. By the time Mike reached the front door of his home, he fell down and wept. He repented of trying to fight God for so many years, and he recognized his need for forgiveness and asked Jesus to forgive Him. He knew instantly that God had already done so, and he began to experience change.

God's Workmanship

Just as clay can't turn itself into pottery, Mike could do nothing to save himself or turn his life around. Only God, the Potter, could do that. He doesn't need or want anything from us in order to love and forgive us. He only wants us to accept His free gift. On the day Mike surrendered, God picked him up, set him on the Rock, and began to reshape his life.

For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

Mike began repenting and asking forgiveness from those he had wronged, including Pam. But at that point, Pam's heart had become hard toward Mike and forgiveness felt nearly impossible. She could see the change in him and she knew that God would want her to be an extension of His grace, so she began to pray that God would soften her heart toward her husband.

At this point in the message, Pam sang a song as Mike began to work with a 150-pound mound of clay. The clay began as a hard lump, but within a few minutes, Mike's hands and the water he used began to soften it so that it could begin to be molded. The clay gives up its rights and succumbs to whatever the potter wants to do with it. As Mike shared, the potter has a plan for what that piece of clay will be. His plans exceed anything the clay itself could imagine being or could become on its own. So it is when we place ourselves in the hands of the Potter and trust Him to work out His plan for our lives.

Emptying the Vessel

In order to mold the clay into a pot or vase, Michael began to scoop out the gunk in the center, as it was still "full of itself." In the same way, if we allow God to search our hearts, He'll reveal to us the things that don't bring Him glory and He'll cover our sins with his blood. As Mike demonstrated this on the potter's wheel, Pam shared some more details about their marriage.

Every couple of weeks for the first seven years of their marriage, Michael and Pam would have major confrontations in which they would verbally abuse each other and Michael would often cross the line of anger into rage. She knew she was not the cause of his rage, but neither of them knew the real source, so Pam began to pray for her husband. At night, she would go in and lay her hand on him, praying that God would soften his heart.

To her surprise, God began with Pam's own heart first. As she continued to pray for her husband, the Lord revealed to her that she was harboring hatred, bitterness, unforgiveness, and resentment toward Mike. God asked her to release those things to Him, and slowly, she did.

Then one by one, God began revealing the sources of Michael's rage, rejection and abandonment, to them. Layer by layer and healing as He worked, God peeled back the hurt in Michael's life until finally, one day he lay his head in Pam's lap and cried until he was fully emptied of that hurt. On that day in 1995, the Lord healed Michael of the rage within him, and he has not had a fit of rage since.

Seeing how completely the Lord had forgiven and restored her husband, Pam knew that she could not withhold her own complete grace and forgiveness toward him. Over time, to the wonder and amazement of them both, God took two people who at one time couldn't stand each other and made them one flesh again.

If you're struggling with forgiveness, call upon the Spirit of the living God to empower you to forgive that person.

If you're struggling with forgiveness, call upon the Spirit of the living God to empower you to forgive that person.

He Wants to Use Me?

Just as Mike finished sculpting a beautiful vase on stage, he began trimming and collapsing it into a completely different pot. As he shared, when you are the broken vessel, the last thing you ever think is that God can use you in your brokenness. But in fact, God has always seen the final bowl that you should become. It is no surprise to Him that you are broken; He has simply been waiting for you to collapse into Him, that you can finally turn to Him and accept the stretching, shaping, and reorganizing of your life that He desires. Once you surrender, God is able to say, "Now let's get started!"

But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7

Through His calling in ministry, God has used Mike and Pam not only to spread the gospel, but to support over 22,000 children on every continent, setting up orphanages and changing lives. (To find out how you can help, visit He can do anything! Will you allow Him to use you?

This Message

Pam and Mike Rozell present a beautiful message demonstrating God's desire to use us in our brokenness and restore us to become something beautiful to be used by Him.

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