Ezekiel 48:35 The Lord Is There

“The distance all around will be 18,000 cubits. And the name of the city from that time on will be: THE LORD IS THERE.” Ezekiel 48:35

The very last chapter of the book of Ezekiel is a description of the size and dimensions of a new city. This will be the city of God that will last forever. It is where God will dwell with His people and its gates are one for each of the tribes of Israel.

Each city in the world is usually known for something. Los Angeles is known for trolleys, hills, and Hollywood. New York is known for Broadway, the Big Apple, and the Bronx. San Antonio is known for the Alamo and the various missions. Berlin is known for the wall. Rome is known for the Catholic church and the pope. Amsterdam is known for tulips and drugs. Paris is known for art and the waterways. Each one has some things that they are known for that are good, while some things are bad.

Every person who lives on this earth has something that they are known for also. When a person’s name is mentioned, a thought comes to other people’s minds who know that person. Some good things are that the person is generous, or a good singer, or funny, or caring, or a hard worker, or some other thing that brings a smile to others.

Others do not bring a smile to people’s faces when their name is mentioned. They are known for lying, stealing, drugs, cheating and the list goes on also.

As a believer in Jesus, you should be known for something also. When your name is mentioned, it should cause people to think of you as they will talk about the new city–The Lord Is There.

When you accepted Jesus as your Savior and repented of your sins, God made His home in you. He is there to dwell with you forever.

By your actions and words, people will know that God is there with you. They will see His love shining through. They will see His blessings pouring in and through you.  However, this can only happen if you allow God to work in and through you.

As people look at you, what do they see? Do they see just another person, like everyone else?

Or do they see where God dwells?

I pray today that you will allow God to live in you; that you will allow God to work through you; that God will shine in your life; and that people will see Jesus in you.

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Ezekiel 47:12 River Flowing With Life

Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing. Ezekiel 47:12

In the vision Ezekiel is given, he sees water flowing from the sanctuary. The farther he follows that flow of water, the deeper it gets. It becomes a full river, giving life to all around it. Not only do fruit trees grow around it, but each tree bears fruit every month, providing food and healing for the people.

The river that is flowing represents God’s Holy Spirit flowing out from the temple providing life wherever He goes. God is a God of life, not death. His goal is to bring more life to every person. While the Israelites are in captivity for sin against God, He is telling them that there will be a day that He will flow among them bringing life to all who come.

Although the temple no longer exists, there is the church today. The church is made up of people who believe in Jesus. Whoever believes in Jesus is given His Holy Spirit to work in and through him. God’s Holy Spirit still flows out like a mighty river bringing life, food and healing to all who enter His river.

He brings life through the work of Jesus on the cross. He brings food by showing men how to live and serve God on this earth. He brings healing to both the body and the soul of every person who follows Jesus.

Most people are willing to accept God’s river, Holy Spirit, in their own lives, however, many do not allow Him to flow through them to others.

As a believer, you can allow God’s Holy Spirit to flow through you. You have a mission to bring life, food and healing to all who are around you and you will see fruit on a daily basis.

Do not be like some and hoard everything to yourself. Do not sit in condemnation of others, but bring life to them. Jesus forgave you, so you can forgive others. His commission to you was to go and make more disciples.

Allow God’s Holy Spirit to flow like a river to others and bring them real life.

I pray today that you will know God’s Holy Spirit in your life; that you will allow God to flow through you to others; that you will bring life, food and healing to those around you; and that many will know Jesus because of you.

Ezekiel 44:4 Falling Down Before God

Then the man brought me by way of the north gate to the front of the temple. I looked and saw the glory of the LORD filling the temple of the LORD, and I fell facedown. Ezekiel 44:4

Ezekiel was being shown the entire temple layout. In each area of the temple, he was given the details of the room and what it was to be used for. At some point during the tour of the temple, he was brought to the front of the temple where the glory of God was filling the temple. He was so overwhelmed with God’s presence that he fell facedown before God.

Being in the presence of someone really popular or powerful can be an overwhelming event. Women and girls often start screaming with joy and excitement when they get to be in the presence of some famous singer or actor. They cannot believe the chance they got to be in that place. Some may even pass out with the extreme excitement of the moment.

Those who get to meet a president or some other high level political power, will often do it with extreme respect for the position. They will dress up in their best and show full courtesy to the person.

Going before God should invoke the same type of response from a person. Often people go to church and show very little respect for God. They treat Him as though He is just another friend or buddy. Many do not realize His holiness and power.

Falling down before God is laying yourself down before Him, acknowledging that He is the one who is in control. It is also realizing that, in yourself, you are filled with sin and need His forgiveness. The priests during Ezekiel’s time were not bowing down before God, they were living in sin. You must not live that way.

Allow yourself to be laid down on the altar before God. Let Him do with you what He wants to do with you.

When you are in His presence, it is not about you, but all about Him. His presence should be with you daily and all throughout the day, because He said He would never leave you nor forsake you. Fall down before God and let God be God in your life.

I pray today that you will know the holiness of God; that you will allow God to be in control of your life; that you will know God’s presence daily in your life; and that you will follow God with all of your heart.

Ezekiel 40:4 The Little Details

The man said to me, “Son of man, look carefully and listen closely and pay attention to everything I am going to show you, for that is why you have been brought here. Tell the people of Israel everything you see.” Ezekiel 40:4

Fourteen years after the fall of Israel, God had given Ezekiel brought to a high mountain in a vision, seeing Jerusalem. Ezekiel was told to pay very close attention to everything he was being shown and then to go and tell the people everything that he had seen. The specific area of Jerusalem that he was being shown was the temple courts and the temple. As he was being shown the temple, the person in the vision (believed to be pre-incarnate Jesus), measured all the areas and gave him the dimensions. The rest of this chapter shows all those details.

As people read this passage, most people thing that it is boring and wonder why God would place so much details in the text. This is especially true when one looks at it over 2,000 years later. One of the main reasons is that God is giving them the details of how the temple was to be set up when they returned from exile. The temple had been destroyed and the people would need to rebuild it.

For those reading today, it shows how God is interested in the little details. Why would God care for the exact dimensions of the building of the temple? What difference will it make if it is a few feet larger or shorter? Only God knows those answers.

However, the idea that God is interested in the little details should bring peace and joy to your life. There are little things that happen in your life each and every day. Some of those things are blessings, while other things are trials and challenges. God is interested in each one.

God is interested in what you say and do each day, even in those little mundane things that you do. Every word that you speak, God is taking into account.

As you get ready to go through your day, bring all those little things before God. See what God has to say about them. Seek out what God wants you to do each day. He is interested in your little life and has the details for you mapped out.

I pray today that you will know God’s detailed plans for you; that you will trust God’s details; that you will know God loves and cares for you; and that you will strive to follow Jesus with all of your heart. 

Ezekiel 39:27-28 Know The Lord God

When I have brought them back from the nations and have gathered them from the countries of their enemies, I will be proved holy through them in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the LORD their God, for though I sent them into exile among the nations, I will gather them to their own land, not leaving any behind. Ezekiel 39:27-28

Israel had chosen, for a time, to sin against God by rejecting Him and following idols and other nations. Because of their sin, God sent them into exile to punish them. While in exile the Israelites would realize their great sin and turn back to God. He would bring them back to their homeland in Israel. At that point, they and all the nations, would realize that God is God. The nations of the world would see that God is holy and just.

It is common for people to think of the judgments of God to be harsh and cruel. They do not see the judgments, while living on this earth, are methods to get a person to look towards Him and turn from his sinful ways. Until the final judgment at the end of time, God is not judging with the intent of total destruction, but is judging to get a person to turn towards Him.

People who choose to walk away from Him may go through a time of punishment. God may exile them into a difficult situation to get them to turn their eyes back on Him. The exile today is not always being sent to another nation, but one that still displaces them from the familiar or comfortable.

If you are going through a time of feeling exiled from God, take a look at your life. Are you following God or are you following your own ways? If you are serving God with all of your heart, then it is probably an attack from the enemy.

If you are not serving God, it may be God trying to get your attention back on Him. God may be trying to restore you to where you should be. Allow Him to move you and know that He is God and He is holy and just in all that He does.

I pray today that you will know that God is God; that you will know the holiness of God; that you will serve God with all of your heart; and that you will know that God will not leave you behind as you serve Him.

Ezekiel 37:5 Dry Bones Live

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. 

Ezekiel 36:24-25 Pulled Out Of A Nation

For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. Ezekiel 36:24-25

As God had sent the Israelites into exile in various countries, He also told them that He would restore them some day. He promised that He would gather them back up and bring them back to their own land and build them back up. In the process of bringing them back, they would be cleansed of all their sin and they would focus their lives back on following God alone.

Throughout the years, there have been many people who have been forced to leave their homeland for different reasons. Some are glad to leave, while many do not want to leave. Some of those who have had to leave desire to return someday. Others have accepted the move and the new location and never return to their homeland.

In the beginning God had created man to be with Him in His land. Since man chose to sin, that could no longer be the case. God had to remove man from His land. Yet, even as He removed Adam and Eve from His land, He had a plan in place to return them someday. His goal was to bring all of His people from all the nations of their earth back to His land.

As a non-believer, one is living in the world and in the ways of this world. They are not in God’s kingdom. They are living as exiles in a different kingdom, one that is not physical, but a spiritual kingdom.

Through Jesus the move is no longer a move from a physical land or physical nation, but one of the spirit. Each person is living in sin and needs to be cleansed to be brought back into God’s kingdom.

Jesus died on the cross to remove the sin in your life and bring you back into His kingdom. You are removed from the nations and power of this world and placed in His kingdom. There will come a day when you will be physically removed from this world and placed in heaven, God’s eternal kingdom and home.

Are you following Jesus and getting ready for that move back home?

I pray today that you will know the cleansing power of Jesus; that you will allow God to move you to His kingdom; that you will follow Jesus with all your life; and that you will no longer live in the ways of this world.