He said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, where it enters the Dead Sea. When it empties into the sea, the salty water there becomes fresh.” Ezekiel 47:8
Water is one of the major necessities of life on this earth. People need it for themselves and it is needed for plants and animals to survive and provide food for humans.
In places where water is not moving or being changed out, it becomes stale and no good. Nothing can live in it and it is not safe for drinking. Without any water things die and cannot survive.
God gives Ezekiel a vision of a river flowing with fresh water. It flows down into the Dead Sea, causing the sea to become fresh water.
Fresh water that is flowing brings about life to where it goes. Rivers always have trees and plants growing alongside of it. Fish are in abundance in flowing, fresh water. There is life in places of fresh water.
Often the Holy Spirit is seen as a liquid that is flowing out. God’s Holy Spirit goes out, flowing among people bringing life. God cleans out the garbage of sin in the hearts and lives of people, bringing about a new and clean life.
The believer who has the Holy Spirit in him will be a part of the flowing river of life that God has placed upon this earth. Wherever he goes, he will be bringing new life to those around him. There will be a growth of peace, joy, forgiveness, love and more on the banks around him, because of the Holy Spirit flowing in and through you.
Just as where the flowing water brings life on its banks, so will the Holy Spirit bring life to the banks of the believer.
Take a look at your life and the lives around you. What is flowing out of you to those around you? Just as it was with Jesus, so it should be with you. Life should be rising up around you. People should be able to see God and the abundant life that He brings to you and is available to them.
This can be seen in the joy, love, mercy, grace and forgiveness that God has shown you and you pour out to others. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to flow through you to others bringing new life, eternal life.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s Holy Spirit in your life; that God will flow His life through you; and that those around you will be touched by God’s Holy Spirit coming from you.
Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!'” Ezekiel 37:4
People like to talk and people like to be heard. However, there is a difference between listening to and being heard. With so much talking going on with so many different people and things, there is often too much noise to really hear what one is saying.
Along with all the noise, people are too busy to stop and really listen and hear what someone else is saying. People pass in a store asking how a person is doing, but rarely stop to hear how the person is really doing. The answer often falls upon deaf ears.
God told Ezekiel to prophesy to some dead bones lying on the ground. Those bones were to hear the word of God, whatever that was.
God is still in the speaking business. He wants to tell the world something and most are too busy to listen. They are dead in their ways of doing things and refusing to take a moment to listen. Their ears are as though they are dead men, hearing nothing.
Being stuck in sinful ways is to be a living dead person. One is dead to what God is saying. This can even occur within the church. Every week millions of people go to church, but never really hear what is being said. They do not act upon what God’s word tells them to do, not do and what to be like.
Just as with the bones in the valley with Ezekiel, believers need to wake up and hear the word of God. God was telling those bones to come to life, and God is telling people to come to life today. Every believer is to put off all sin and live the life Jesus is giving them.
You can ask yourself how well are you listening to God’s word. By this, are you doing what God’s word says to you? Or are you staying dead and not hearing what He is saying?
Jesus came to give you life and life abundantly. However, for you to enjoy that abundant life, you must accept what God has for you. In other words, you must listen to what God tells you and act upon it. Serve God with your whole life, not just a part. Really live for God and not be dead bones anymore.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be alive to God; that you will hear God’s word; that you will act upon God’s word; and that obey God’s every word to you.
I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the Land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one. Ezekiel 22:30
There are people who are mediators that stand in between two people or groups of people to represent both. Their whole purpose is to help both groups out for each one’s best interest. It is helping the weaker one be able to move up and the stronger one to step down into agreement.
Doing something like this is a difficult job, because it requires understanding of both sides. Some will hate a person for doing something like this, because it may feel like it is going against their way of doing things.
God was getting ready to destroy the land. He searched for person who would stand in the gap for the land and the people. This person would plead for their cause and seek to restore them to God. However, God was unable to find anyone willing to do that.
Although God may or may not be getting ready to destroy a land or people physically, there is soon a coming day in which He will judge all people and destroy the earth. This is the final judgement against sin and every person will be judged.
He is still looking for someone to stand in the gap. This person is what Jesus called the witness. Everyone who follows God is to be His witness to everyone else he meets. Being the witness is standing in the gap letting the people of this world know that there is a coming judgement. This judgement can be escaped by believing in and following Jesus with all of their heart and life.
Sadly, many in the church do not want to stand in the gap. They want God to judge and destroy the world and their enemies.
You have a choice to make. God is calling you to be His witness. He is calling you to stand in the gap for the people.
As His witness you are His representative upon this earth. You are also their representative before God. You can plead their challenges and struggles before God to bring the walls down in their lives. You can plead for God to change their heart and call them towards Him. This is standing in the gap for the lost.
Are you standing in the gap for others today?
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be His witness to this lost and dying world; that you will stand in the gap before God for the lost; and that many will come to Jesus and be saved through your stand.
They will return to it and remove all its vile images and detestable idols. Ezekiel 11:18
During times of cleaning, it is common for a person to ignore certain areas. They are sort of out of sight, out of mind, so why clean it. It is often thought that there should be nothing there to clean when it is unseen or unused. However, dirt does still compile in all areas.
Leaving a place empty will cause it to get dirty with dust and dirt over time that settles every where. When a person returns to it, he must clean it up to have it prepared to be used again.
At the time of Ezekiel, the Israelites were in captivity, but only for a time. God was going to gather them together again and return them to their land. At the time they return to their land, they would clean it up again, removing all the idols that ere there.
Before becoming a believer, every person has some idols and vile images in his life. The world promotes sin and idol worship. At the time of becoming a believer all these idols must be removed.
However, some will go back to those idols and worship them some more, rejecting God. In the process, God may cause the person to go into exile to get his attention. God’s hand of blessing and provision may be lifted for a time to draw the person back to Him.
Once the person returns to God, the house needs to be cleaned up. Removal of sin and sinful practices must occur. The believer’s heart must be dedicated to serving God and God alone, not being divided between God and idols.
This cleaning is not a one time cleaning, but an ongoing cleaning. It is the work of the Holy Spirit in cleaning the heart of a person and keeping it pure for God to work with.
As with the Israelites, there are idols that you had worshipped in your past. Allow God to clean up your past and remove those idols. Move away from those idols and worship God alone.
Jesus came to remove sin and cleanse you from all sin. Allow Him to do so in your life. Do not allow yourself to go back and pick up those worthless idols, but clean them out of your life. Have a clean temple for God to dwell in.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to clean up your life; that you will not return to old idols of sin; that your life will be focused upon God; and that you will be a clean temple for God to dwell in.