Day 11 – Choosing to be Free From Someone Else’s Shame — Denise Pass

Here is a post from a great blog that I follow. Denise Pass is a worship leader who has some great insights from God to share. Here is one of her posts concerning shame. It is a part of a series that she is doing. Please check out her blog today.

Scripture of the Day: 2 Samuel 13:13 (NLT) “Where could I go in my shame? And you would be called one of the greatest fools in Israel. Please, just speak to the king about it, and he will let you marry me.” Shame Rx: Each person bears the shame for their own actions. Watching a […]

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Ezekiel 6:9-10 Calamity For A Purpose

Then in the nations where they have been carried captive, those who escape will remember me–how I have been grieved by their adulterous hearts, which have turned away from me, and by their eyes, which have lusted after idols. They will loathe themselves for the evil they have done and for all their detestable practices. And they will know that I am the LORD; I did not threaten in vain to bring this calamity on them. Ezekiel 6:9-10

It was because of the sins of the people that God chose to destroy Jerusalem and place all the people in captivity in Babylon. In the process of doing that, God kept a remnant alive. Those who survived would realize what their sins had caused and would repent of those sins. The few left would turn their hearts back to God and the purpose of the calamity would be fulfilled. The captivity was not to just destroy the people, but to get them to turn their hearts back to God.

From the beginning of time, God has always wanted to have a relationship with mankind. He always wanted to be able to spend time with people and bless them with a full life. Never once was the final purpose of what happens to just be destruction.

God allows calamity and trials in the lives of those who follow Him for a purpose. Sometimes it is just to test the person and see if he is really following Him or not. Other times it is to draw the person back to God.

When a person begins to go through a hard time because of sin, he will realize how good he really had it when he was following God. At that point, he may turn back to God, hating the sin he had fallen in to. Some will fall away from God and give up on Him, while a remnant will turn back to Him during such times.

Throughout your life, God is working out all things to keep your focus on Him and to make you more like Jesus each day. Some of those things may be calamity. They may be painful and hard to go through, but the purpose is still the same.

Keep your eyes and life focused on God. Strive to be more like Jesus everyday. In that way, all the things you are going through will be for a good purpose. And God will not have to strike you to get your attention.

I pray today that you will be more like Jesus; that you will not fall away from God in hard times; and that you will turn from all sin in your life towards God.

Ezekiel 4:4 Doing What Seems Crazy

“Then lie on your left side and put the sin of the people of Israel upon yourself. You are to bear their sin for the number of days you lie on your side.” Ezekiel 4:4

As God was getting ready to destroy Jerusalem and place all the people into exile, He sent various prophets to warn the people. Ezekiel was one who brought the message of the coming destruction to the people. One of the ways God wanted to show that message was by having Ezekiel lie on his side on the ground for 390 days and bear the sins of the people. Reading later it shows in the same chapter that after this event, he had to roll over and lie for another forty days.

There are times when God has a person do something that seems crazy. For the person, it may seem insane to do what God has asked him to do. God asked Moses to go before Pharaoh to ask him to release the slaves. He asked Moses to cross a sea on foot. He asked Jeremiah to defy the king. He asked John to step out of a boat and walk on water. He asked Jesus to die on the cross.

Each and everything God has asked a person to do was for a purpose. That purpose was greater than the pain, suffering or fear that person might have had in doing it. His goal is to build His kingdom and restore all people to Him.

God may one day ask you to do something that seems crazy. It may go against the norm of most people, including believers. It may be life threatening. It may be painful.

What God may ask of you, may not be the same as what Ezekiel had to do, in fact, read the Bible and very few people did the same exact crazy thing twice. However, it may be crazy by today’s normal standards, or just crazy for you. It could be just be willing to take a hard stand for Jesus; telling someone about Jesus; going into an area to be a witness that is dangerous; quitting a good paying job to do another work for God in a different place; and the list goes on.

Will you be willing to do whatever God asks of you, regardless of how crazy it seems?

Or would you reject God’s request?

I pray today that God will show you what He wants you to do; that He will give you strength to do the work; that love for God and His people will be strong enough for you to do what God wants; and that you will work to build God’s kingdom each day.

Ezekiel 3:17 Be A Watchman

Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. Ezekiel 3:17

God was making Ezekiel a watchman to the people of Israel. God would show Ezekiel what was to happen in the future, what would happen if they changed and followed Him, and what would happen if they rejected Him. Ezekiel was to be the person that would be on the lookout for what was to happen and let the people know about it. Ezekiel was told that some people would listen and some would not, but he had to speak to them either way. Ezekiel would also be responsible for the lives of the people if he did not tell them what God was saying.

People read horoscopes all the time trying to find out what is in their future. Predictions are made all the time about what is going to happen next. Some things happen, while many things do not.

God has made statements about what is going to happen in the future. The individual choices of each person will have an effect on what will happen in their future. Most people have not been told what God has said about their future. They do not know that if they continue to live in sin and not follow Jesus, there is only death and punishment ahead. They do not know that if they turn from sin and follow Jesus, that there is eternal life ahead.

You have learned what God has for you, if you are a follower of Jesus. Knowing that, you also know what is ahead for every other person. Every person on this earth has two paths set before them. One is rejecting Jesus and dying. The other is accepting Jesus and living.

You have the responsibility to go out and tell people what is going to happen. You are the watchman who sees what is coming up and can warn them. If you do not warn people about the coming destruction, it will also be on your head for their death. If you warn them, then it is only upon their head.

Jesus said that you are to be His witness in all of this world. Being a witness is being the watchman that Ezekiel was. Are you a watchman today?

I pray today that you will be God’s watchman to the people; that you will speak to everyone about Jesus; that many will know Jesus because of you; and that God will show you what is coming.

Ezekiel 2:7 Speak God Words

You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious. Ezekiel 2:7

God was getting ready to send Ezekiel to the Israelites. He calls them a very rebellious people who do not want to listen. Ezekiel is told not to be afraid of the people and what they will do. He is to speak the words of God to the people whether or not they will listen.

The people who Ezekiel was being sent to were the Israelites. These were the people who were supposed to know and love God. They were supposed to be the ones whom God had chosen. Yet, God describes them as being a rebellious people who may not listen to what is being said. These are the believers that God is calling rebellious.

Those in the world who have never accepted Jesus into their life are not the ones being described as rebellious. Those people are just being who they are: sinners who have not been saved, who have never given God a chance.

The rebellious people are those who go to church, claim to believe in Jesus and, yet, live in a sinful lifestyle that goes against God’s word. These are people who purposefully choose to live in ways that do not represent Jesus. When they are told what God’s word says about their actions, thoughts or speech, they will come up with every excuse to justify what happened. They attempt to claim freedom in Christ and that they can live whatever way they desire.

God wants you to be a shining light in this world as a witness of who Jesus is and what God desires. Along with telling those in the world who do not know Him, you must also speak His word to those who claim to know Him. If another believer is living in sin, you have the responsibility to point him back to God.

Some of those people will listen and turn to God, while others will stay rebellious and not listen. You cannot change a person, but it is your responsibility to tell them what God has to say.

Do not be afraid of what the people may think, say or do, keep speaking God’s word into their lives. Do it with love and compassion. Listen to what God wants you to say and say it. And do not be one of the people who are rebellious. Lives are in the balance, will you speak God’s word today?

I pray today that you will know what God wants to say; that God will speak through you to others; that God’s love will show through you; and that others will hear the words of God and turn to Him.