Saturday, June 25, 2016

False Visions

"My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and who give lying divinations. They shall not be in the council of my people, nor be enrolled in the register of the house of Israel, nor shall they enter the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord God. Precisely because they have misled my people..." -- Ezekiel 13:9-10a
Today there are many voices that speak across the airways for God. They tell of coming events and speak as if inspired by the Lord. But what are they foretelling, and is it true to Scripture? Those who mislead the people of God are just as culpable today as they were in Ezekiel's day.
Be wise my friend and quite discerning in these days of false teachers. Know the Scriptures and pray for insight when "new" truths are being promoted. Remember that the hand of the Lord is against those who see false visions and speak lying tales. Follow the Spirit of God, who is the Spirit of truth, for He will guide you into all the truth. (John 16:13)

Friday, June 24, 2016

HE is Lord!

"And they shall know that I am the Lord" -- Ezekiel 15, 16, 20
I well remember when I experienced a major chastening of the Lord in my life. The message was clear and brought significant results. I returned to serious living for God and gained a deeper appreciation for His holiness. Putting it all together, I came to know the He was Lord... not me.
The people of Israel were under the persuasion that they were in charge with no accountability for their actions. They had strayed far from the Lord and His chastening hand was about to place them in exile. All this was done with one great goal in mind... that they would know that He was Lord.
My friend, have you bowed before Jesus and prayed as Paul in Acts 22:10, "What shall I do, Lord?" Have you acknowledged that He alone is Lord, not yourself? Does He sit on the throne of your life every week, day and hour? Only one can be Lord, and that one is not you.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Quality of Life

"'And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God." -- Ezekiel 11:19-20
Why does anyone have major surgery? What are the expectations for life afterward? Do we not look for a better quality of life? That is the real key; "quality of life". When we receive a heart by-pass or heart transplant, the experience is life changing and the quality of life should improve dramatically.
The prophet tells of a spiritual heart surgery promised for a future day. That day has come for those who have faith in Jesus Christ. They have received a new heart and spirit that they may walk in the Lord's statutes and keep His rules and obey them. Basically, their "quality of life" is expected to improve dramatically.
Has your life improved dramatically my friend? Since you have trusted Jesus as your Savior, has there been a marked change? God gives us everything new so our daily walk will be new. As a result of a new heart and spirit working within, are you experiencing a better "quality of life"?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

In Plain Sight

"Then he said to me, “The guilt of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great. The land is full of blood, and the city full of injustice. For they say, ‘The Lord has forsaken the land, and the Lord does not see.’" -- Ezekiel 9:9
Were we not shocked when our mothers knew what we did in the kitchen? We couldn't figure out how she found out, since she was upstairs. Is it really possible that mothers have eyes in the back of their heads? That may not be true, but there is certainly one maxim that is… "no creature is hidden from his sight, but are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account." (Hebrews 4:13)
The people of Israel were suffering from more than just a sin condition. They believed that God was out of touch and out of town. There was a sense of abandon to sinful desires and idolatry that concluded that God was unable to see all and know all. We live in a similar state today.
Are you aware that your every move and thought is in plain sight of the Lord my friend? Consider the words of Psalm 139:2-3, "You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether." This comforting fact can also be a most convicting truth, because the Lord certainly does see.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The End

"Now the end is upon you, and I will send my anger upon you; I will judge you according to your ways, and I will punish you for all your abominations." -- Ezekiel 7:3
The day is approaching when the end will come and the Lord will judge us according to our ways as a nation. While Israel was filled to overflowing with rebellion and idolatry, our nation is not far off. How long before abortion is judged? How long before our moral depravity is called into account? How long before our worship of the mighty dollar is dealt with? We sing and pray that God will bless America, but when will she turn from her wicked ways?
Before we celebrate our independence this year my friend, let us seek a new dependence upon the Lord. Let us humble ourselves, pray and turn from our wicked ways before "the end is upon us." Don't ever think that America is more privileged than Israel. If the Lord reigned terror down on the "apple of His eye" (Deuteronomy 32:9), we need revival before it's too late.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Influenced or Influencing?

“Thus says the Lord God: This is Jerusalem. I have set her in the center of the nations, with countries all around her." -- Ezekiel 5:5
As the Lord set Jerusalem in the center of the nations, so He has set his church. His expectations are by no means any less. He looks for us to obey His rules and walk in His statutes. He desires that we would make a difference in our world for Christ. We have been sent among the nations as His ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20)  
The judgment upon Israel was severe, but why? Not only did she rebel and sin, but she abused and misused her privileges as the chosen of God. With a great calling comes great responsibility. How faithful are you with your gifts and Biblical knowledge my friend? What kind of impact are you having on those around you? We are in the center to make a difference for the Lord; are you influencing your world or being influenced by your world? Think about it.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Sweet Truths

"And he said to me, “Son of man, feed your belly with this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it.” Then I ate it, and it was in my mouth as sweet as honey." -- Ezekiel 3:3
In bitter days of great rebellion and darkness of soul, there is sweetness to found. When the morning news speaks of godless agendas and immoral conduct, there are pleasant words of which to partake. When the heartache and grief surrounds us with painful wails, there are comforting songs in which to rejoice. Where can we find such relief and promising words? Look to the pages of God's Holy writ and hear His counsel... "Son of man, all my words that I shall speak to you receive in your heart, and hear with your ears." (Ezekiel 3:10) 
My friend, search the Scriptures and you will find sweet truths to nurture and feed your soul. No matter how troubling the days may be, there will always be a word from the Lord. And that word will lift you high above the storm and sooth your heart with unspeakable joy. These are the words that are... "More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb." (Psalm 19:10)