May 20, 2018 Verse of the Day


Ezekiel 1:20 Going With God’s Spirit

Wherever the spirit would go, they would  go, and the wheels would rise along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. Ezekiel 1:20

Ezekiel had a vision of some creatures with multiple faces and some wheels. He noticed that they would move without ever turning. The wheels would follow the creatures because the spirit of the living creatures was in them. Any time the creatures would move, the wheels would move.

Following someone closely is something that can be difficult to do at times. People change over time and continuing to follow may create conflict. Most people separate after a time because of different interests.

During high school, many students have friends that they hang around with. They always seem to be traveling in a group together. Once high school comes to an end, however, they tend to go different ways. Each one works a different job, or goes to a different school. They will get married and move away. Separation occurs.

The reason the wheels followed so closely was that they had the same spirit in them as the creatures had. Believers are supposed to be following God as those wheels followed the creatures. No matter where God goes, the believer must go. Just like a group of high schoolers are always seen together, the believer must always be seen with God.

God does not turn as He travels. He is always going forward, building His kingdom. He is always building His people to be just like Jesus, perfect and holy.

As you are going through life, you will most likely have to follow someone else. Your primary focus of travel should be following on the path God has for you. God has placed His Holy Spirit in you to lead and guide you through this life. He will guide you into paths of righteousness and holiness.

There will come times when you do not want to go down the path God has for you, but it is what is best for your life. Do not allow yourself to be led astray by something else. Stay focused on what God has for you. When God moves, you move. When God stands still, you stand still. Let God’s Spirit live in you.

I pray today that you will know God’s path for your life; that you will follow God each day; that you will not move unless God moves you; and that you will know God’s Spirit in your life.

2 Kings 2:9 What Do Others Want From You?

When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?” “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied. 2 Kings 2:9

Elisha had been faithful in following Elijah to the very end. As the final day of Elijah’s walk on this earth came, he asked Elisha if there was anything left that he wanted from him before he was taken away. Elisha asked for a double portion of Elijah’s spirit.

Some people know when their time on this earth is about to end. Sometimes it is during a sickness that the doctor has given no hope with. Other times it is when a person has been in a major accident and does not expect to live.

During these last moments of their life, people often try to finish any unfinished business in life. They will ask family or friends for forgiveness or give some last advice on how to live in this life. Other people will often ask last minute things from the dying person, desiring houses, money, positions, or other things the person has.

Elijah did not seek forgiveness, but wanted to know if Elisha needed or wanted anything more from him. His focus had been on doing God’s will and training Elisha to be God’s next prophet.

Elisha could have asked for fame, or power, or many other things, but he asked for the spirit that was in Elijah. He wanted God’s spirit upon him and in him.

Two things can be drawn from this. First, is that Elijah walked so closely to God, that Elisha and others knew it. God was flowing from him.

Second, Elisha wanted God’s Spirit to be upon him in the same way it was with Elijah. He knew that he was to become the next prophet and would need to know God directly.

If you were about to be taken from this life, what would others see in you or want from you?

Would they see that you walk closely with God and that God works in and through you?

Or would they just see hard work, money, fame, or other things centered on self?

Seek to know God personally. Seek to walk with God so closely that others see it and want to be a part of that walk. Allow God’s Spirit to work in and through you to the point that God shines in this dark world through you.

I pray today that you will know God in a very personal way; that God’s Spirit will be with you; that you will do only what God shows you to do; and that people will see God living in you.