Saturday, November 9, 2019

You Will Know

Scripture:

“Ezekiel is an example for you; you will do just as he has done. And when that time comes, you will know that I am the Sovereign Lord.””
‭‭Ezekiel‬ ‭24:24‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Observation:

Ezekiel was told by the Lord that his wife was going to die, but that he shouldn’t mourn or do any of the normal grieving.  He was to show the people that they wouldn’t even mourn when their Temple and everything they have known was taken away.  He closes this section by saying that then they will know that I am the Sovereign Lord.

Application:

God’s desire, even in powerful judgment, has always been that His people would know and serve Him as Lord of their lives.  Even in His times of fierce judgement, God has always had redemption as His purpose.  He has always looked for a people who would be completely His and who would have Him as their only God.  When we make Him the true Lord of our lives, He is very pleased and His blessings begin to flow.

Prayer:

Father, I want my life to honor You and please You.  Be glorified in all that I say and do.  Help me to be a good example for You.  Today as I minister in Ghana, help me to represent You well.  Work with me to confirm the words I speak on Your behalf.  Build Your Kingdom here today I pray.

Your Son,
Jeff

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Like Birds From a Cage

Scripture:

““This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against all your magic charms, which you use to ensnare my people like birds. I will tear them from your arms, setting my people free like birds set free from a cage.”
‭‭Ezekiel‬ ‭13:20‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Observation:

In this passage, the Lord is speaking to the false prophets who had ensnared the people of Israel with their charming words.  God got fed up with them and told them He would set His people free and they would come out like birds from a cage.  I had a picture of birds flying out of a cage as fast and as free as they could get, doing what they were designed to do, flying high and soaring instead of being in bondage.

Application:

My application today is to pray that those I minister to would be truly set free like birds from a cage.  I want to see people released from the power of sin and Satan and truly set free.  I want to see them live as they were designed to live, free and happy and full of life and joy.  I want to align myself with God and see the captives set free.  As I go to Ghana today, I want to see the captives released, healed, and brought into their destinies in Christ.

Prayer:

Father, work in and through my life.  Use me to open the cages and set people free to soar in life.  I avail myself to You and ask You to flow through me to release those in prison to sin, sickness and suffering.  My heart’s desire is to see liberty for those in bondage.

Yours,
Jeff

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Take Hold of Me Lord

Scripture:

“Then on September 17, during the sixth year of King Jehoiachin’s captivity, while the leaders of Judah were in my home, the Sovereign Lord took hold of me.”
‭‭Ezekiel‬ ‭8:1‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Observation:

Ezekiel had some really powerful encounters with the Lord Almighty.  On this one, he says that the Sovereign Lord took hold of him.  He goes on in the coming verses to say that the Lord picked him up by the hair and transported him to see some things.

Application:

Just as Ezekiel had some really powerful encounters with God, some New Testament saints had the same.  I want to have God encounters with my maker.  I want the Lord to take hold of me and show me things to come and things going on around me.  I desire to encounter the Lord in powerful ways and to hear His heart for the world.  I want to walk with Him and for Him to know He can take hold of me at any time.

Prayer:

Father, take hold of my life.  I want to encounter You and to walk with You.  I long to work together with You for the advancement of Your kingdom.  You are incredible and I offer myself completely to You.  Show me what You want me to see. Speak to me in my dreams.  I long for You.

Yours Forever,
Jeff

Monday, November 4, 2019

Scripture:

“Then when they are exiled among the nations, they will remember me. They will recognize how hurt I am by their unfaithful hearts and lustful eyes that long for their idols. Then at last they will hate themselves for all their detestable sins.”  ‭‭Ezekiel‬ ‭6:9‬ ‭NLT‬

Observation:

God here explains why He is bringing judgment on His people.  He starts by saying that after the judgment, they will remember Him and recognize how hurt He was by them when they went after idols.  He finishes by saying, then they will hate themselves for all their detestable sins.  God’s punishment had a purpose, to bring His people back to Him.

Application:

God’s main reason for punishing people in the Old Testament was so they would realize their wrongdoing and come back to Him.  He wanted to bless them, but couldn’t until they were right with Him and turned away from all idols in their lives.  He hurts when we disobey Him.  Like a father who wants to bless his son, but can’t because the son is doing wrong, so the Lord wants to bless us if we will follow Him wholeheartedly.

Prayer:

Father, I don’t want my life to hurt You in any way.  I want You to be pleased with me at all times.  Keep me in check by Your Spirit.  When I am start in a wrong direction, step in and turn me around.  I want to walk in step with Your Spirit.  I want to walk in Your blessing.  Thank You for blessing my life in so many ways.  You are incredible.

Yours,
Jeff‬

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Expressing Excellence

Scripture:

“may he work perfection into every part of you giving you all that you need to fulfill your destiny. And may he express through you all that is excellent and pleasing to him through your life-union with Jesus the Anointed One who is to receive all glory forever! Amen!”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭13:21‬ ‭TPT‬‬

Observation:

The author of Hebrews prays for God’s people and asks God to work perfection in them, giving them everything they need to fulfill their destinies.  He goes on to say, “may he express through you all that is excellent and pleasing to him through your life-union with Jesus the anointed one.”  Jesus wants to express through us what is pleasing to God.

Application:

When we co-labor with Christ, His will is going to be fulfilled.  We don’t have to do the work on our own, it is Christ’s work and He lives in us.  Our goal should be life-union with Christ, then He will bring us into our destiny.  My heart wants to work with Christ instead of working on my own for Christ.

Prayer:

Jesus, help me to work together with You instead of trying to work for You.  Help me to see what You are doing and to lend You a hand instead of trying to do everything myself.  Teach me to walk in step with You, letting Your power and glory strengthen me as I work together with You.  I want to live in life-union with You at all times.

Your Son,

Jeff

Friday, November 1, 2019

Presentable to God

Scripture:

“And since we now have a magnificent High Priest to welcome us into God’s house, we come closer to God and approach him with an open heart, fully convinced that nothing will keep us at a distance from him. For our hearts have been sprinkled with blood to remove impurity, and we have been freed from an accusing conscience. Now we are clean, unstained, and presentable to God inside and out!”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭10:21-22‬ ‭TPT‬‬

Observation:

Here we see that because of Jesus, we can approach God with confidence and boldness.  He welcomes us into His presence and we are fully convinced that nothing will keep us at a distance from him.  We are now clean, in stained, and presentable to God inside and out.  Our confidence is not in our own righteousness, but in Jesus sacrifice.  We are free from an accusing conscience.

Application:

We need to believe what the Word says above all else.  The enemy wants us to think we don’t have access because we have done wrong things and disobeyed God at times.  Jesus blood paid the eternal sacrifice and was sufficient to cleanse us completely.  We must walk in that confidence and know that we are presentable to God.  I cannot make myself more presentable to God by my works.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for adopting me into Your family.  I am amazed at Your love for me.  Thank You for confirming this morning that I am cleansed, I stained and presentable to the Father.  Help me to walk in that confidence more and more.  Show me how to lead Your church.  Teach me how to lead as You would lead.

Your Son,
Jeff

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Receive God’s Promises

Scripture:

“So don’t allow your hearts to grow dull or lose your enthusiasm, but follow the example of those who fully received what God has promised because of their strong faith and patient endurance.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭6:12‬ ‭TPT‬‬

Observation:

The author of Hebrews here tells us not to grow dull or lose enthusiasm.  Rather, he says we should follow those who fully received God’s promises through faith and patience.  It is by faith and patience we inherit God’s promises.  

Application:

When we operate in faith, we tend to think faith will open doors and move mountains instantly.  Sometimes it does, but sometimes faith needs patience to be added to it.  When things are not moving as quickly as we would like, we must learn to walk in faith and patience.  God will do what He says He will do, but we must be patient in the process, knowing we will receive the promises.

Prayer:

Father, help me to walk in faith and patience.  Don’t let my heart grow dull and don’t let me lose my enthusiasm.  Energize my spirit and help me to hold onto Your promises.  Open my ears to hear Your promises as well.  Enable me to live by faith AND patience, knowing You will do what You say Your will do.

Your Son,
Jeff