Ezekiel 9:4 Marked For Life

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and said to him, “Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it.” Ezekiel 9:4 

Having a mark causes a person to stand out as different. There is always a reason for the mark.

People can be marked for many different reasons and in many different ways. Some places will place a mark on the hand to show they can enter a place. Other places put a wristband on for the same reason.

There has also been times when a marking was for a negative reason, such as during the holocaust and times of slavery.

God had given Ezekiel a vision of a man having to go through Jerusalem putting  marks upon certain people. These people were those who were weeping over the sin being done in the city. These people would survive a massacre as God destroyed the rest of the people.

God is still in the process of marking His people. These are the people who weep over their sins and the sins committed around them. They have chosen to turn away from sin and follow Jesus, becoming believers.

Every believer is to be clothed with the righteousness of Jesus showing that they have been cleansed of sin and are no longer returning to sin. God had also sent His Holy Spirit to lead and guide each believer.

Having God’s Holy Spirit inside of oneself causes that person to live and think differently than the rest of the world. The Holy Spirit is also the one that separates the believer from the rest of the world. He is the guarantee of salvation, not marking that person for death.

Without the mark of God’s Spirit in the life of a person, he is marked for death…eternal death.

If you are a believer in Jesus, you have been marked to have life. This mark is a sign that you have turned your back upon sin and the sinful ways of this world.

When  you have done this, your heart should be weeping at the sin you see around you and that you have done in your past. Work to be a witness to more people to turn them from the sentence of death to one of life. Encourage others to receive the mark of Jesus and His Holy Spirit on their lives to allow them to be marked for LIFE.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have the mark of the Holy Spirit in your life; that people will know that you are marked for God; and that your heart will weep as God does over sin being done. 

Mark 16:4 God Makes A Way

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But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. Mark 16:4

Jesus had died and been buried. Mary and some other women had chosen to go to His tomb to anoint His body. As they were going, they wondered how they would get the stone moved from the entrance to the tomb. When they walked up to the tomb, they found the stone had already been removed.

It was the custom of Jewish people during the biblical times to anoint the body after death. This was to preserve and honor the body. At the time of His death, no one really expected to ever see Jesus again. He had died and was buried. No one had ever been raised from the dead once he was buried.

God had other plans, rather than let Jesus stay buried. He had provided a way for Jesus to rise again from the dead and to live for the rest of eternity. He conquered death.

There are times in life when a person has to face up to something that looks impossible. God may lead the person to do something that has a large stone or mountain in front of it.

Some people will give up when they see the large stone, knowing that they cannot move that stone. They may not even see the stone, because they know it is there and give up before it is even in front of them. Before Mary left her house, she knew the stone was there, yet she went anyway.

Before they ever headed to the tomb, God knew that they would need to see into the tomb. If the stone was in the way and they could not see in, how would they ever know Jesus had risen from the dead? God made a way that seemed impossible.

There may be a large stone in your path. You cannot see around it and it is too large for you to move it. You must trust God and go forward as He has directed you to move. Trust that when you get up to that stone, God will move it.

Some stones may be moved completely out of the way. Others may be split (as the Red Sea). Other times He may direct you around or over that stone.

In any way He chooses, trust God to make a way.

I pray today that you will know God’s direction for your life; that you will trust God with any stones in your way; that God will make a way for you; and that you will do God’s will at all times.

Mark 15:12-13 Crucify Him

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“What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” Pilate asked them. “Crucify him!” they shouted. Mark 15:12-13

Jesus had been taken into custody by the teachers of the law and was being tried. He was brought before Pilate to have Him judged. Pilate asked the people what the wanted to do with Jesus, and they replied that they wanted him crucified.

Extreme violence against someone is something that most people say they would never do. When someone goes on a mass killing spree, most people will demand that the person be caught and punished to fullest extent of the law.

It is very well documented in history that Jesus did exist and was a well-known teacher or prophet. It is also very well excepted that He was crucified on a cross. Very few people actually deny these things.

Looking at the scriptures, it shows that the people wrongfully judged and that the people were extremely violent against Him. Instead of just asking for jail time, the people wanted Jesus killed, in a violent manner.

Today many people say that they would never have yelled for Jesus to be crucified. They would not be willing to have Him killed, because they see Jesus as a good person. They also see themselves as a good person.

Most people are not violent physically and do not condone such behavior. Yet, every person is guilty of being violent towards Jesus. There is not a person on this earth that would not have called out the same words, “crucify Him!”

The reason this can be said, is that every person has sinned against God. No matter who you are or what you have done in your life, there has been times you have sinned against God.

Every time that you have sinned, you were also crying out, “crucify Him!”

Your sins and my sins are what put Jesus on that cross. Our sins is the reason why Jesus had to be crucified. You, along with everyone else is guilty of sin.

Jesus loved you enough to go to the cross for you. He paid the price for your sins, so that you can be forgiven.

Even though you have cried, “crucify Him,” you can be forgiven. Turn away from sin and towards Jesus and repent of your sins. Accept what He has done for you today.

I pray today that you will know why Jesus was crucified; that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you repent of any sins against God; and that you will tell others about Jesus.

Mark 14:36 Not My Will

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“Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” Mark 14:36

After predicting His death, Jesus took some of the disciples and went to a place to pray alone. He was in great sorrow knowing what was about to happen. Jesus knew that with God anything was possible, so He asked if it would be possible to change what He had to do. However, He finished His prayer with saying it was up to God to do what He wanted to do.

In the workplace there should always be one person who is the head boss at all times. This is the person who has the final say in what happens in the workplace. All the workers under that person are supposed to follow all of his orders.

Many times some of the other workers do not like what the boss or manager says and try to do their own thing, without permission. When this happens, often there is chaos or mistakes are made. Managers will often give a few warnings and then fire a person from the job, who does not want to follow the commands.

People often put God in a box and do not allow Him to be in complete control. They will look at a few verses in the Bible and then demand that God must do something a certain way. They think that they know what is best for their lives and that God must work that way. If He doesn’t work that way, they get upset.

God always sees the bigger picture. He knows what is best for you and for everyone else in this world, all at the same time. As a human being, you only see the here and now. Your vision is very limited. What you ask for may look good for you and others involved, but God may see something that shows it is not the best.

If God would have chosen to remove the crucifixion from Jesus, then there would be no salvation available for you or anyone else today. God chose that path with you in mind and knew it was the best way for Jesus to love everyone in this world.

As you pray today, ask God to do what He thinks is best–His will. Do not force Him to do your will.

I pray today that you will know what God’s will is; that you will allow God to do what He desires; that you will trust God’s will for your life; and that you will not fear what God brings in your path.

 

Mark 14:27-28 Hope After Failure

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“You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written: ” ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.” Mark 14:27-28

Jesus had just predicted His death again, and also predicted that the disciples would abandon Him for a time. He does also say that He will meet with them again after He has risen.

Failure is something that everyone experiences at some point in their life. Each person has a different amount of failures and types of failures. Some keep trying many times and go through many failures. Many quit after a failure, giving up all hope of succeeding. Or they change what they are trying to accomplish.

Thomas Edison is known for saying that with each “failure” it was not a failure but a success. He then knew one more way not to do something.

God knows that every person is human and will make bad choices. They will fail at times in following Him with all of their heart and life. Jesus knew this about each of the disciples. They would deny Him and walk away in fear.

However, Jesus was still willing to accept them and work with and through them. Despite the failure, He planned to meet with them afterwards and move on, rather than giving up on them.

A lot of people have made mistakes and failed God, then quit trying to serve Him because they are such failures. They lose hope in being able to be saved by Jesus.

Salvation is not dependent upon how you live your life, it is dependent upon your belief that Jesus saved you and will save you. Take a look at the lives of the disciples and see how often they failed Jesus, and yet He still loved them and worked through them. He met with them afterwards and did not scold them for failing Him.

Do not cut yourself down when you fail God. Go to Him and repent and accept the forgiveness Jesus provides. Jesus is waiting for you. He is going ahead of you to meet with you when you are ready to meet with Him in your Galilee.

There is still hope after failure. It is not the end, until you take your last breath in this life. Believe in the hope Jesus provides you.

I pray today that you will know the hope Jesus provides; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus provides; that you will keep striving to serve God; and that you will trust in God with all of your life.