Ezekiel 44:9 Restricted Entry

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This is what the Sovereign Lord says: No foreigner uncircumcised in heart and flesh is to enter my sanctuary, not even the foreigners who live among the Israelites. Ezekiel 44:9 

All over the world there are places that people have set up that have restrictions as to who is allowed to enter. Nearly every business has places within it where the majority of people are blocked from entering the area. The location is only allowed for those who work there or have special permission to enter, everyone is blocked from it.

Often the block is due to protection for the company and for the outsider. Some places require special equipment to enter. Other places have information in that is not to be released to just anyone.

God had just shown Ezekiel a vision of the restored temple. He then tells Ezekiel that no outsider is allowed into the temple.

The temple was the holy dwelling place for God to be among the people. In order for one to enter, he had to be purified and be a true follower of God. No one else was allowed to enter.

Since the time of Ezekiel, God has set up His temple in the hearts of believers. God is still telling people that no outsider is allowed to enter His temple.

Instead of just being physical beings entering, today it is false idols, greed, pride, anger, and sin that are to be not allowed to enter. People allow these things into their hearts and lives. When sin is allowed into the heart, one is pushing God off of His throne in the heart, which is His temple, His dwelling place.

The heart is the dwelling place for God, and nothing else should be allowed in that place. Nothing spiritual, physical or emotional should be allowed into the heart that does not honor God. The heart belongs to God and to God alone.

Take a moment to examine what is allowed into your heart. Think about what things you allow your heart to follow and hold on to. Are these things the things of God? Or are they the things of this world?

When you became a follower of Jesus, He gave you a new heart, because your heart became God’s dwelling place, a holy temple. Keep it pure and holy for God to dwell in. Do not allow sin or this world to move God off of His throne in your heart. Restrict access to your heart to God alone.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will give your entire life to God; that you will allow God to reign in your heart and life; and that you will serve God alone.

Deuteronomy 24:14 Taking Advantage Of Others

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Do not take advantage of a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether that worker is a fellow Israelite or a foreigner residing in one of your towns. Deuteronomy 24:14

Every nation has people who are foreigners and people who are poor living among them. It is something that cannot be escaped. Usually with many of the foreigners, they are poor. They have moved from one nation to another with very little money, trying to make a living.

With this type of situation, they, along with those who are poor, are often willing to do any work for any pay, just to survive. Knowing this, there are many people who will take advantage of this desperate situation. They will pay as little as possible to get their work. The worker who is poor will work and do anything just for something. Something is seen as better than nothing.

Believers are often known for taking advantage of other believers in the workplace. They will pay as little as possible and expect the highest output of work. They hide behind the verse that every believer is to work as unto the Lord. This is taking advantage, rather than giving the worker what he is worth.

God told the Israelites not to take advantage of one of these people. They are to pay them what they are worth and not to put extra burdens upon them.

Every believer is to be generous with what they have been blessed with. They are to love everyone equally. Taking advantage of another person’s situation is neither generous nor loving.

God is generous with every person. He does not take advantage of a person and his situation, but loves every person equally. He pours out His love, grace, and mercy equally upon every person. God provides abundantly to every person every thing that they need.

As a believer, you must live your life like Jesus did, with generous love, mercy and grace. Jesus came to serve, not to be served. When you take advantage of others, you are placing yourself as the head, rather than the servant. Generously pour out what God has given you into the lives of others. God will pour back into your life what you have need of.

Do not expect more from someone than what you expect of others. Do not give less to one than to another. Treat everyone with God’s love equally.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for everyone; that you will be generous as God is; that you will not take advantage of others in their situations; that you will trust God with what you have; and that you will serve as Jesus served.