In the previous sturdy we saw how being in a comfortable life can lead to ingratitude, and to lust for more. Even being prepared to do anything to get the more that is believed to be needed. And so a downward spiral is initiated.
Instead of gratitude for the good and wonderful things that you have, there is the lust for more and complaint that you have not got it. The objects of desire become idols, and you begin to think you ‘deserve’ these things. Continue reading “Remember To Love”
Previously we saw the beautiful picture of how the Lord makes us clean and clothes us with royal garments, preparing us as brides for the marriage. It was, of course, a picture of the work of salvation and even of how we are transformed and made acceptable through the works of Jesus.
As we read onwards, we enter a completely different mood in the scriptures – yet still some positive lessons to learn. Continue reading “Ingratitude Begins…”
In the previous study we had a reminder of how the historical record of the bible can be confusing sometimes. But more importantly, we saw how God can choose that which is rejected and despised of men, something even left for dead, and love it and nurture and bring to maturity and fruitfulness.
So if you feel rejected and worthless, or even if you feel close to death, God can still enter in and make your life meaningful and fruitful. Praise God! Continue reading “A Time Of Blessing”
In the previous study we read Ezekiel 15 and saw how important it is to have the life of the Lord flowing through us without any blockages. The theme of prophecies against Jerusalem continue with the next reading:
The word of the Lord came to me: ‘Son of man, confront Jerusalem with her detestable practices and say, “This is what the Sovereign Lord says to Jerusalem: your ancestry and birth were in the land of the Canaanites; your father was an Amorite and your mother a Hittite. On the day you were born your cord was not cut, nor were you washed with water to make you clean, nor were you rubbed with salt or wrapped in cloths. No one looked on you with pity or had compassion enough to do any of these things for you. Rather, you were thrown out into the open field, for on the day you were born you were despised.
Then I passed by and saw you kicking about in your blood, and as you lay there in your blood I said to you, ‘Live!’ I made you grow like a plant of the field. You grew and developed and entered puberty. Your breasts had formed and your hair had grown, yet you were stark naked.”’
Continue reading “From Death To Life”
Previously we saw how salvation is related to personal relationship with God and is not as a result of heredity or nationality or any other thing. You must find god for yourself and build that relationship with Him.
In this study we begin by reading another prophecy that the Lord gave Ezekiel about Jerusalem. Continue reading “Pruning The Vine”
In the previous study we saw how that, when you approach the Lord, you should do so with an undivided mind. There should be no idolatry in your life, and this is something that we need to stop and check for ourselves.
After dealing with this subject, Ezekiel returns to the theme of prophecies against Jerusalem. Continue reading “Your Own Relationship”
In the previous study we learned how worldly thinking can affect the people of God, and how some deceive themselves and others, declaring themselves to be prophets. The truth was that they were false prophets, and bad things happened as a result of their ‘ministry.’
This was the last part of a lengthy prophetic message. For this study we look at a new message. We are not given any indication when it happened, how long after the previous message. It is another prophecy about divided thinking that comes from being affected by worldly ways and thinking. It is a relevant challenge for us today. Continue reading “The Curse of Idolatry In The Modern World”
In the previous study we had the subject of building a wall that represents our works in life. We saw how it is possible to build a wall that is flimsy and will not withstand any onslaught. It is flimsy because we do not build with the right materials.
The right materials are those which comes through working with the Lord and seeing his fruit born in our lives. And so, when put on display, this wall that is built of the bricks made by the works of our lives is a bit embarrassing. It is not what it could be. It is a public display of how we did not live our lives as we ought. And so we will have the desire is to cover it up – to paint on the whitewash. Then the people will only see a wall that looks nice because of the whitewash. But you know, and God knows, what is really underneath that whitewash. Continue reading “The False Prophets”
In the previous study we began to look at the prophesy against the false prophets of Israel. I shared how this spoke to me in relation with the teaching of Jesus about false prophets, and also how we are to treat each other as children of the Father. Not judging one another, but encouraging one another. Continue reading “Covered In Whitewash”
In the previous study we saw the words of the Lord through Ezekiel that tell us he is a God who will do what her says he will do. That when he gives a vision or a prophecy, you can be assured that it will happen. We also looked at possible reasons for delay – the fact that there is a preparation for the vision to come into effect. There is much about this that sends us to the Lord in prayer… Continue reading “False Prophets”