Here is a short, but great verse to know and memorize.
Here is a short, but great verse to know and memorize.
This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. Ezekiel 37:5
God brought Ezekiel to a valley full of dry bones and asked him if those bones could live. Ezekiel states that only God knows the answer to that. God then tells him to tell the bones that He will breath life into them and they will live again.
Bones are a sign of something that is dead. All the flesh that was on the bones are gone. All the blood vessels that surrounded the bones are gone. Nothing is left but death.
Seeing a whole field of dry bones, would leave a person in horror or sadness. It is a sign of a lot of death. All hope of life appears to be gone and nothing can be done about it. It is just a large open graveyard that sits on top of the ground rather than being buried.
People live their lives just like the dead bones lying on the ground. They go through the motions of being alive, but in reality are dead. They are dead in sins, appearing to be enjoying the best of this life. All are living without any real hope or purpose in this world. Although they are physically walking around on this planet, they are dead in spirit, dead like those dry bones in the field.
Once a person believes in the work of Jesus, God puts on a new life on the person. He is clothed with the righteousness and life of Jesus. God gives him a new heart of flesh. There is new hope and life that was never there before.
If you are going through life and feeling like there is no purpose or real living, you need to give Jesus a chance to show you a new life. Following God can give you the real meaning of life on this earth. You do not have to go through each day with no hope, thinking it is all worthless with no meaning.
Life is there for the taking. With Jesus you will have joy and love that will strengthen you. You will become a new creation in Jesus. Your old bones will be renewed with new life. Do not remain dead in sins and be a pile of dry bones.
I pray today that you will know Jesus personally; that you will accept the life God has for you; that God will fill you with a new life and purpose; and that your bones will live in the power of God.
Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign LORD. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live? Ezekiel 18:23
The question had been raised asking if a son will die for the sins of the father, and God answered no. He states that a person will die for his own sins, and that is regardless of how he lived prior to those sins. Along with that, God said that if a person had lived a sinful life, then changed his ways, he would live and not die because of the past sins. God does not look forward to someone dying in sin, but that they will change their ways and live.
Looking out on the world, there are many different types of people. When people read or hear about someone who has done a great crime against many people, they often want justice done and see the person destroyed. They do not see any hope for that person at all.
It can even happen in the small town, where a person knows someone who has been living a very bad lifestyle and it there seems to be no hope for him. People do not believe that he will ever be able to accept Christ and change.
On the other side, people see someone who is a great looking Christian, with a large ministry, fall away from God into some sinful lifestyle. Some people feel that God should still save him because of what he had done in his past.
God looks at the current situation of the heart of a man. God’s greatest desire is that every person will change their ways and follow Him, regardless of how bad or how good they were in the past. Jesus does not want anyone to perish.
Often Christians will condemn a person and never have hope that he will change. Or they do not believe it when he does start to change and serve God.
When you see a person, you must have hope that God will touch his heart and he will change. If someone who has served God falls away, your heart must also break with God’s, and pray that he returns.
Have the heart of God in being pleased when a person repents and turns to Him, do not doubt or get angry when a person is given life.
I pray today that you will know God’s love for people; that you will be pleased as God when a person turns to Him; that you will weep as God does when a person turns from Him; and that you will seek to tell all about Jesus.
“‘So I will establish my covenant with you, and you will know that I am the LORD. Then, when I make atonement for you for all you have done, you will remember and be ashamed and never again open your mouth because of your humiliation, declares the Sovereign LORD.'” Ezekiel 16:61-62
God had just described Israel as being a prostitute. He had made a covenant of marriage with them and they broke the covenant by going out with others. They chose to follow false gods and the ways of the other nations. Since they had chosen to be this way, God chose to destroy their nation and punish them severely.
After a time of punishment, God would then establish a new covenant with them. God would be the one to make the atonement for all of their sins. This would be done by God for them, even when they did not deserve it.
God’s love is perfect, amazing and never-ending. He loves all people, even when they are living in sin. His goal is to have an eternal relationship with each person, however, He cannot have sin in the middle of that relationship.
No person on this earth can get rid of any of the sin that is in his life. Once a person has sinned, it is there for eternity, unless God does something about it. And God has done something about that sin.
Where man fell short, God sent Jesus to do what needed to be done. Jesus was a perfect man, with no sin at all in His life. Yet, He paid the price of death on the cross for sin that He did not commit. This price was for your sins.
Dying on the cross and shedding His blood was the atonement price for your sin. It was initiated by God, not by any person. Because Jesus was perfect, death could not hold Him in the grave. He rose from the grave to take away your sins. The price was paid in full.
As you think about what Jesus did for you, repent of all your sins and accept the atonement paid for them. Do not stay in your old ways of living. Once you realize your sins are removed, strive to live for God. God paid the price, don’t reject Him or ignore what He has done for you.
I pray today that you will know what Jesus did for you; that you will accept the forgiveness Jesus offers you; that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin; and that you will live for God.
“But I will rescue you on that day, declares the LORD; you will not be given into the hands of those you fear. I will save you; you will not fall by the sword but will escape with your life, because you trust in me, declares the LORD.” Jeremiah 39:17-18
As the Babylonians began to overtake the city of Jerusalem, the king of Babylon gave orders to protect Jeremiah. Jeremiah was allowed to stay in the courtyard of the guards, under their protection. While there, God gave him a word to a Cushite man. This Cushite man had chosen to trust in God, so God chose to protect him and save his life.
There are times when God allows a major disaster to strike an area. In the process of that disaster there are many that are injured or even killed. The ones that are injured or killed are those who are believers and those who are non-believers. There are also many who are not injured or killed because God chose to have mercy on them.
In the Old Testament, the people did not have the assurance of life after death, as a believer does today. For those who are believers, one thing that stands true, regardless of the physical outcome of the situation, is that they will have life in the end.
God has promised a day will come in which He will judge every person on this earth. He will also completely destroy the earth. For most people, that is a day to be feared. However, those who are believers in Jesus do not need to have any fear. Their trust is in God.
Believing in what Jesus had done for you, means you trust God has forgiven you of all your sins. You do not need to be afraid of the judgment that will come. In reality, you do not need to be afraid of any destruction that comes your way. You have the assurance of eternal life, because you trust God.
As each day goes by, there will be times that you may face terrible things, but you can rest assured that you will live. You may not live on this earth much longer, but you will live for eternity with God in heaven. Trust that God will take care of you and keep you alive in Christ Jesus.
I pray today that you will know God’s peace in your life; that you will know God’s promises to you; that you will know that Jesus will save you in the end; and that you will live for eternity with God someday.
“This is what the LORD says: ‘Whoever stays in this city will die by the sword, famine or plague, but whoever goes over to the Babylonians will live. They will escape with their lives; they will live.’ Jeremiah 38:2
God had a plan to use the Babylonians to destroy Jerusalem and Judah and bring all the people into captivity. The people had a choice to make. The choice was to either fight against the Babylonians and not go with them, or to surrender to the Babylonians and go with them. God said that those who refused to go would die in some manner. Everyone who went with the Babylonians would live.
Looking at the plan God had for the people it looked insane. Why would God want His people to surrender to the enemy?
The Israelites had chosen for a time to reject God and not follow Him. Going into exile in Babylon was a punishment meant to get them to focus back on Him. In the process of this plan God had their best interest in mind. Living for self or sin would only bring death, living for and following God would bring about life.
There are times in life when God has a plan for a person’s life that looks insane. It does not allows appear to make sense in why God has the person walking down a certain road, yet He does.
Walking into persecution, prison, punishment, pain, or suffering does not appear to be the best thing for a person…according to man. God sees a bigger picture. He sees the end results and the value of everything that occurs in a person’s life.
Going through these situations will be a very difficult choice to make. You need to trust God’s decision and see what God wants you to learn through the situation. The reasons for going through the situation may be one of many different reasons. Know that God has you going through it, if for nothing else, to make you more like Jesus.
The world gives you a path that appears to lead to life, but will only end in death, staying in the city. God will only give you a path that appears to lead to death, but will lead you to life.
One appears sane, but brings death. One appears insane, but brings life. Which will you follow?
I pray today that you will know the plan God has for your life; that you will trust God’s plan for your life; that you will know the life God has for you; and that you will follow God with all of your life.
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