Ezekiel 28:11-12 What You Were

The word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say to him: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: ” ‘You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.’ ” Ezekiel 28:11-12

God is asking Ezekiel to weep over Tyre. The city had been described in the previous chapters as being one of the best of the best cities in the world. Now God describes it as one of perfection, wisdom and beauty. Everything that a city could want or be, this city was. Yet, they had chosen to reject God and live a life of sin. They promoted dishonest trade and sin, and now God was going to destroy them and wipe them off the face of the earth.

There have been people and nations whom God has raised up for great things. He has given them His favor in every area of their life. Everything that they touch appears to turn to gold. Success is seen in everything they do.

In the process of gaining all that great wisdom and perfection, many have lost one thing that made it all possible. They have lost sight of God and what He desires.

Over time, many great nations have fallen and been destroyed. Some have been completely wiped of the face of the earth, while others have been made very small compared to what they once were. Looking back over their history, one can see how the nation had turned away from God, which led to their downfall and destruction.

Neither nation nor individual is immune to this happening. Over the years there have been many believers who have risen up very high in status and ministry throughout the world, who have chosen a moment of sin over God. Once the choice was made, there have been the consequences and their ministry has crumbled, destroyed forever.

No matter what your position in this life is, high or low, small or great, in Jesus you are in the position of wisdom, beauty, and perfection. God can and will do great things in and through you, if you stay in that position.

Do not allow pride or sin to diminish who God made you to be. Do not put God in a position of saying “you were”. Allow Him to say “you are” in Jesus the sign of perfection, wisdom and beauty.

I pray today that you will be all God made you to be; that you will not allow sin in your life; that you will be filled with God’s perfection, wisdom and beauty; and that God will use you to build His kingdom on this earth.

1 Peter 1:14-16 Be Holy

“As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy’.” 1 Peter 1:14-16

Everyone likes children to be obedient. No one really likes a disobedient child. Many parents tell their children to do as they are told to do, while at the same implying not to do as the parent is doing. In this passage, Peter is telling you to be like an obedient child–do what God is telling you to do. God tells you to do as He would do, not just as He says to do.

Peter tells you to not to conform to the evil desires you once did prior to coming to God through Jesus Christ. These desires are your old sinful habits. Do not give in to those desires. Flee from those desires.

God is a holy God, who has never done anything wrong in any way. He is perfect. Here Peter quotes from Leviticus 11 in that you are to be holy as He (God) is holy. This is a very tall order from God. The standard is set very high…actually to the level of perfection. God does not want anything less of you, because that is what is best for you.

Many people try to state that their way of living is just the person they are and what they are like and cannot change. That is true in and of yourself. Alone you cannot change and will never be perfect. But with the Holy Spirit of God’s power in your life you are to be a changed person. Be willing to change into the new creation God has created you to be. This change is a lifelong committment. From this day till the day you step into heaven there will always be something to change to be more perfect like God. Work at it in His power.

Each day you get up ask God what you need to change to be more like Him that day. Turn to the Bible to give you wisdom in how to think and act like God. Seek His guidance in every situation, both good and bad, in your life. Strive to be perfect–not to be saved or to earn your salvation–but to be more like Jesus in all that you say and do. Be an obedient child today with God.

I pray that today God will reveal to you things that need to change in your life; that God will give you His Spirit to help and guide you; that you will run to God for guidance in everything you do; and that God will help you to be the new creation He has created you to be.