Friday, November 17, 2017

Cleansed for Use

Scripture:

Ezekiel 45:18  "This saith the Lord Jehovah: In the first month, in the first day of the month, thou shalt take a young bullock without blemish; and thou shalt cleanse the sanctuary,"

Observation:

As God showed Ezekiel the Temple and how He wanted to be worshiped, He let him know that it was very important to follow exactly what God said to him.  God wanted everything cleansed before it was used.  He wanted the sanctuary  cleaned before the first sacrifice took place.

Application:

God is a god of order.  He is very precise in what He does and how He does it.  Here, He laid out exactly what He wanted to happen when it came to worship.  He is a very detailed God and we are to do things His way.  God always cleanses something before He uses it for His glory.  We must allow Him to cleanse our lives, so He can flow through us and use us.  We must offer ourselves to Him as an offering.

Prayer:

Father, I offer You my life.  Take me, heal me, cleanse me and use me for Your glory.  I am Yours.  I offer myself to You again today for Your purposes.  Help me to stay on Your plan and not my own.  I want to serve You well and not just fulfill my own purposes.  I want to do things Your way and not just a way I figure out on my own.

Yours,

Jeff

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Teach My People

Scripture:

Ezekiel 44:23 "And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and the common, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean."

Observation:

God was telling the priests that their job was to teach the difference between what was holy and what was common.  He also wanted them to teach what was clean and unclean.  He wanted His people to know right from wrong and for them to follow Him according to His ways.

Application:

In today's society, church leaders try to give people what they want instead of what they need.  We want people to come to our churches, so we don't teach on sin and obedience, we just want to give them messages that will build them up and encourage them to come back.  God wants His priests to tell the people what is right and wrong, what is clean and unclean, what is holy and unholy.

Prayer:

Lord, help me to teach the ways of God clearly and accurately.  I want You to come to the church You have entrusted to me.  Help me to teach right and wrong.  Help me to accurately divide the word of truth.  Open my ears to hear and declare what You want for Your people.

Yours,
Jeff

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

And They Shall Know

Scripture:

Ezekiel 39:28 "And they shall know that I am Jehovah their God, in that I caused them to go into captivity among the nations, and have gathered them unto their own land; and I will leave none of them any more there."

Observation:

God's desire here, by allowing His people to go into captivity and then bringing them back home and restoring them, was that they shall KNOW that He is God.  Throughout the Old and New Testament, we see God doing works, "so that they will know that I am God".  He wants His people to KNOW He is God.

Application:

God doesn't want us to waiver back and forth like the wind and waves in our faith.  He wants us to KNOW Him.  He wants us not to always question our faith, but to know He is God and He will deliver us.  He wants His people to walk in confidence and faith that is based on who He is and what He has done in our lives and in history. 

Prayer:

Lord, You have proven to me over and over throughout my life that You are God.  You have blessed my life incredibly and I have witnessed countless miracles.  Help me to walk more confident in my relationship with You. 

Your Son,
Jeff

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Spirit Within

Scripture:

Ezekiel 36:27 "And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep mine ordinances, and do them."

Observation:

This is a prophecy about Israel returning to its God-given land after being exiled, it so beautifully demonstrates some NT ideas to us.  When the people come back to their land, God says He will put His Spirit within them and cause them to follow His ways and laws.

Application:

In the New Testament, the Holy Spirit comes into all of those who are children of God.  Jesus said the Spirit would no longer be upon you, but IN you.  Think about the fact that the Spirit of the living God lives in us for a moment.  If that is true, then we have the power to do whatever is necessary to live in obedience to our Father and to fulfill His will in the earth.  We are not left powerless, but He has put His own Spirit in us.

Prayer:

Lord, help me to walk in the Spirit daily and not to be led by my flesh.  Jesus died so Your Spirit could help me live life the way You want me to.  You have opened the way for the incredible Spirit-filled life.  Help me to to walk in the power of Your Spirit and to realize what tools I have to do Your will.

Your Son,

Jeff

Friday, November 10, 2017

And They Shall Know

Scripture:

Ezekiel 25:11 "and I will execute judgments upon Moab; and they shall know that I am Jehovah."

Observation:

In this entire portion of scripture, God is railing against the nations that have been bad to Israel and Judah.  As He is giving out his judgments and how He is going to wipe them away, He always says, "they shall know that I am Jehovah."  God wants His name known in all the earth.

Application:

God wants His name to be known in all the earth.  He wants the whole world to know He is Jehovah.  Even in judgment, He wants those He is judging to know He is Jehovah.  Throughout the enire Bible I see God doing things so that the world may know that He is God.  This is one thing we can help Him with.  We need to let the world know He is God.

Prayer:

Father, today, help me to be a witness for You.  Help me to make the most of every opportunity to bring You into conversation.  I am with You.  I want the world to know You are God and there is none like You.

Yours,
Jeff

Thursday, November 9, 2017

I Sought For a Man

Scripture:

Ezekiel 22:30 "And I sought for a man among them, that should build up a wall, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found none."

Observation:

God was talking about bringing judgement upon His people because of their going after other gods and prostituting themselves with other gods.  He was preparing to destroy them and it says, he "sought a man among them, that should build up a wall, and stand in the gap before me for the land".  God went looking for someone who was willing to stand between His judgment and the people, but couldn't find anyone.

Application:

We call this standing in the gap, or intercession.  It is standing between God and His judgment for sin.  In America, we have walked away from God and are serving the gods of pleasure and good feelings.  We need men and women who will stand before the Lord on our behalf to pray for our country.  May He not only find one, but multitudes standing in the gap and praying for our nation that is going downhill quickly.

Prayer:

Father, this morning I stand in the gap for the US.  Forgive us for our sin and transgression.  Forgive us for the murder of unborn babies.  Forgive us for our lack of prayer and love for God.  Forgive us for being lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God.  Come and revive this nation.

Your Son,
Jeff

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

And You Shall Know

Scripture:

Ezekiel 20:42 "And ye shall know that I am Jehovah, when I shall bring you into the land of Israel, into the country which I sware to give unto your fathers."

Observation:

God tells His people they will know that He is Jehovah when He brings them into the promised land.  They had rebelled against Him and followed after others gods.  The Lord told them He would send them into Egypt, but He also told them they would come out and go into the Promised Land.  His purpose - then you shall know that I am Jehovah."

Application:

There are some things that happen in our lives that can only be explained by saying "it's a God thing."  When God decides to bless us, He does so in such a manner that our only explanation is that God is good and takes good care of His children.  His purpose is that we will know He is the Lord.  We must know deep down that He is the Lord, no matter how we feel at the present time.

Prayer:


Lord, I know You are Jehovah.  You don't have to prove anything to me.  You are incredible and I bless Your name.  You don't have to do anything to show me You are God, but I love it when You do.  Have Your way in my life and let me be a reflection of You to those I come into contact with.

Your Son,
Jeff