Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Ezekiel 20:1-22:16 & Ezekiel 22:17-23:49, 24:1-14, 2 Kings 24:20-25:2, Jeremiah 52:3-5, 39:1

This book is really making me dig deep, makes me think outside of myself which is necessary for my growth with my FATHER in heaven!

Ezekiel is a sober reminder of the tenuous place our country is in, and the continuing saga over territory in The Holy Land. The leaders we choose are so vitally important as they are the driving force behind alliances with other countries. We must be careful of the company we keep as a nation. We should be placing our faith in God instead of placing faith and seeking security and strength from alliances with political powers.
This also translates to us in our personal lives as well, and God does not play favorites as in Isaiah below, pretty powerful words to digest.

Isaiah 24:1-6

New International Version (NIV)

The Lord’s Devastation of the Earth

24 See, the Lord is going to lay waste the earth 
    and devastate it;
he will ruin its face
    and scatter its inhabitants—
it will be the same
    for priest as for people, 
    for the master as for his servant,
    for the mistress as for her servant,
    for seller as for buyer, 
    for borrower as for lender,
    for debtor as for creditor. 
The earth will be completely laid waste 
    and totally plundered. 
The Lord has spoken this word.
The earth dries up and withers, 
    the world languishes and withers,
    the heavens languish with the earth. 
The earth is defiled by its people;
    they have disobeyed the laws,
violated the statutes
    and broken the everlasting covenant. 
Therefore a curse consumes the earth;
    its people must bear their guilt.
Therefore earth’s inhabitants are burned up, 
    and very few are left.

Scary stuff as we know the current climate of our nations and it's people.
Thankfully He is a merciful and loving God and the righteous will be spared, but we as Christians have so much work to do! By prayer and supplication we must ensure that our nation is saved!

Isaiah 26:2-4

New International Version (NIV)
2 Open the gates 
    that the righteous nation may enter,
    the nation that keeps faith.
You will keep in perfect peace 
    those whose minds are steadfast,
    because they trust in you.
Trust in the Lord forever, 
    for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.

Amen to that! HE is THE ROCK!

Revelation 21:24-27
New King James Version (NKJV)
24 And the nations of those who are saved[a] shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.[b] 25 Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). 26 And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it.[c] 27 But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes[d]an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

We are the nation, the people that can bring HIM all glory and honor! What a small price for us to pay compared to what HE sacrificed for us!
Yet before HE died on the cross,HE said a prayer for us! The sacrificial LAMB!

John 17:20-26

New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Prays for All Believers

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you[a] known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

So our work is laid out for us....spread HIS WORD so all nations can be unified in HIM! 

Peace and blessings to all!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Ezekiel 17:1-19:14

Ezekiel 18:21-22

New King James Version (NKJV)
21 “But if a wicked man turns from all his sins which he has committed, keeps all My statutes, and does what is lawful and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 22 None of the transgressions which he has committed shall be remembered against him; because of the righteousness which he has done, he shall live.

Our FATHER in heaven is a loving and forgiving GOD, and He clearly states what HE expects from HIS children. Obedience to HIS Word is all HE asks of us. HE wants us to "turn from our old ways and live!"

It seems like it is such a simple thing to do, yet everyday it seems to be a struggle to keep my feet from the fire! 3 steps forward, 2 steps back. Am I the only one who struggles with this? 
It's not that I have turned back to my old ways, but there seems to be an endless list still to be worked on, tweaked, refined. Like a gem HE is polishing me daily to remove the dirt, the grime, the flaws, until I shine brilliantly for HIM!

I want to be that brilliant gem, to be a shining light for HIM! I want to be like the Proverbs woman!
Proverbs 3:15 She is more precious than rubies, And all the things you may desire cannot compare with her.
Proverbs 8:32-36

32 “Now therefore, listen to me, my children,
For blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction and be wise,
And do not disdain it.
34 Blessed is the man who listens to me,
Watching daily at my gates,
Waiting at the posts of my doors.
35 For whoever finds me finds life,
And obtains favor from the Lord;
36 But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul;
All those who hate me love death.”

So I will watch, I will wait, and I will listen. I need to learn to be still so I can hear what HE has in store for me,what HE wants from me, and what HE wants me to be! I don't know what that is right now, but I know whatever it is will be grand, it will be beautiful, and HE will shine brightly through me! I want HIS spirit to be alive in me and I in HIM!

Ezekiel 18:30-32

New King James Version (NKJV)
30 “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways,” says the Lord God. “Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin. 31 Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel?32 For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord God. “Therefore turn and live!”

I am so thankful and blessed to be able to return to this blog with my sisters in Christ! Know that if I am not blogging, I am still in HIS WORD, and you are all in my thoughts and prayers daily!
Love you all! :)