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.

Ezekiel 8:5 Idols Of Jealousy

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Then he said to me, “Son of man, look toward the north.” So I looked, and in the entrance north of the gate of the altar I saw this idol of jealousy. Ezekiel 8:5 

Jealousy is the extreme desire to have what someone else has. It is being upset that the other person has it and one does not have it.

Jealousy can be found nearly everywhere in society and is promoted as a good thing. It is based upon self and greed. One cannot have enough and it is looked at as bad if someone else has more.

God had Ezekiel look at the temple place. As he looked in, he saw an idol of jealousy at the opening gate of the temple. The people of Israel had been worshipping jealousy and promoting it as a good thing.

The church still has the same problem with worshipping jealousy. People inside the church are often as jealous as those in the world.

Talk is often heard of people complaining that some people have billions of dollars, while they are fighting to make a living off of a few thousand dollars. People are jealous of others driving new fancy cars, while they drive an older car that they don’t know if it will even start today.

All jealousy comes down to greed, pride and self. It is all about what self does not have and wants.

Believers are to be content with what God has blessed them with. They are to trust that God is giving them just what they need, nothing more and nothing less. They are to trust God for everything that they need.

When the believer’s eyes are turned towards God for provision and blessing, the eyes of jealousy will be closed. It will then be a blessing to see someone who has more, not a curse.

There are things that others have that you would love to have. Do not allow yourself to be jealous and fight for what God has chosen not to give you or allow you to have. God is the only one who has a right to be jealous, because He owns it all and it belongs to Him.

Rather than bowing to worship jealousy, give praise that God has blessed someone else with what you see as a blessing. You are to be filled with God’s love for other people, which is never jealous.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for all people; that you will see God’s blessings in your life; that you will be content with what God has given you; and that you will praise God for the blessings others have.

Jeremiah 6:13 Being Greedy

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“From the least to the greatest all are greedy for gain; prophets and priests alike, all practice deceit.” Jeremiah 6:13

Greed is something that is rampant among people all over the world. Desiring more and more for self is extremely common among men and women of all walks of life.

All throughout music, books, movies and television greed can be seen. No one wants to deny themselves anything. No matter how much they have, they want some more.

In the work place greed is seen in both the worker and the employer. The worker wants more money, the boss wants more work for less pay. Greed is everywhere.

With having so much greed, people will do whatever they can to get more and more.

God accuses the nation of Israel of being greed and practicing deceit. He even accuses the prophets and the priests of being greedy.

Greed started with Adam and Eve in the garden wanting to be more like Jesus. It is at the root of all sin and continues to this day.

The church today also has a lot of greed inside of it. Pastors and leaders show greed at wanting more money, bigger buildings, bigger ministries to make themselves look bigger and better. Individuals reveal greed in the fighting for certain things in the church that has nothing to do with the gospel message.

Prayers will often reveal greed. People pray to God asking for many things for themselves that has nothing to do with building them up in Christ or reaching the lost. God’s first focus is salvation and second is making people more like Jesus. It is all about self—greed.

Jesus did not come to this earth for Himself, but for people. He gave His life for people, not to gain things or to be greedy. Every believer needs the same attitude as Jesus had of sacrificing self for God and others.

You can examine your own life and see where greed may be creeping in. Take a look at your prayers and see if there is any greed laced throughout them.

What is your focus in this life? What is your purpose? Is it for self and selfish gain? Or is it to be more like Jesus and to make more people like Jesus?

Allow God to be on the throne of your heart. He can remove the greed in your life as you are filled with His eternal love for Him and others. Do not allow yourself to be guilty of greed.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will love others as God loves you; that you will desire what God wants more than anything else; that you will be content with what God blesses you with; and that God will help you remove all greed in your life.