Ezekiel 33:7 Be The Watchman

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Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. Ezekiel 33:7 

The watchman is the person who stands out ahead, closer to the enemy territory, to give warning of anyone who is coming. He is a type of a guard for those being guarded. They are to watch for any activity that is occurring that may have an effect upon those being guarded.

In order to be a good watchman, the person must stay alert and be watching. Then he must be quick about warning what is going to happen, giving the people a chance to react to the situation.

God calls Ezekiel a watchman and charges him to speak whatever God tells him to say. Ezekiel is to give the people a warning.

Being a watchman for God is not some light and easy task. It takes effort to listen to what God is saying. It is having a discerning heart to know what is really going on. It also takes strength and bravery to speak out when danger is on the way.

In the spiritual realm, the danger is often not seen as a physical danger. It is often a danger of the heart and soul. The greatest event to come is when Jesus returns to judge the world and the heart and soul of every person.

Every believer has been charged to be a watchman, a witness, for God. They must warn the people of the coming judgement and the path to death that they are on.

The world cannot see the danger that they are in, because they do not have discerning eyes or ears. They cannot hear the word of God. It is the responsibility of the believer to warn them and let them know.

As a believer you know what is going to happen some day. You can see how the world is living in sin and headed down a path to destruction. You can also hear God’s word to the world today.

It is your responsibility to warn the people. Jesus has charged you to be His witness to all of the world. It is not your responsibility as to how the world reacts to God’s word, but you must share it with them.

Do not be afraid to speak God’s word. Allow God to reveal to you what must be said and to whom it must be said. Be God’s watchman today.

I pray today that you will know God’s word in your heart; that God will reveal to you what is to come; that you will warn the people of what God is going to do; and that you will be God’s witness to all people. 

Jeremiah 51:10 Tell What God Has Done

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The Lord has vindicated us; come, let us tell in Zion what the Lord our God has done. Jeremiah 51:10 

When someone wins a battle he wants to tell everyone about it. He wants it to be known that the battle is over and there is victory.

People often find themselves in a court battle fighting for their rights or to prove that they are innocent. They pay lawyers a lot of money to get the off the hook of being guilty and being sentenced.

As soon as the court battle is won, the person is excited. He wants to tell everyone what has occurred and who won the battle for him, giving him freedom.

Israel and Judah had sinned against God, so He put them in exile in Babylon. After a time, God chose to crush Babylon and release His people from bondage. Jeremiah tells the people to tell everyone what God has done for them.

Every person who believes in and follow Jesus has a story to tell. They were bound up in sin with a judgement of death upon their heads. In the courts of heaven, they were guilty of sin and deserved only death.

Once a person believes in Jesus and repents of sin, Jesus breaks that judgement and removes the guilt of sin in their lives. They are set free from bondage and death.

Just as with the Israelites were to tell of what God had done for them, the believer is to tell of what God has done in his life. There are billions of other people who are still under the judgement of death and need to know how to get out from under that judgement. They need to know the story of how Jesus can and will set them free.

You also, as a believer, have a story to tell. You have your own story of how you came to know Jesus and accept Him into your life. You have your own story of what God has forgiven you of and the path that He now has you on.

People need to hear that story. They need to know about Jesus and what He can and will do for them.

Be willing to go out and tell people of how God has set you free from the bondages you were under. This is being the witness that Jesus has called every believer to do. Who can you tell today? What is your story?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will tell others about Jesus; that you will know what God has done for you; and that you will talk of what God has done in and for you.

Jeremiah 20:9 Speak It Out Loud

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But if I say, “I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot. Jeremiah 20:9 

There are times when a person has some really good news or some very interesting news that they ‘need’ to share with someone. He will quickly get on the phone to call some friends to tell them about the news. Everywhere the person goes, he continues to talk about the news.

Watch the newscasts and there are times where there is an article titled with ‘breaking news’. It is very important news to hear about in something that most people are interested in. No one is ashamed to bring out the news or talk about it.

Jeremiah had been given a message by God. As he proclaimed it, he was being severely persecuted. He wanted to stop talking about the news, yet, was unable to do so. The message he had was like a fire shut up in his bones and he just had to tell people about it.

When a believer has a solid connection and experience with God, he will want to tell someone about it. When he realizes the great love of God for all people and how lost people are without Jesus, he will want to tell people about Jesus.

Not proclaiming the message about Jesus will not be an option because it will burn within the heart to tell others about Him. Fear of ridicule and persecution will not be able to keep a person from talking. His great love for God and for others will propel him into speaking more and more with no fear.

The world does not want you to talk about sin or Jesus. They will do what they can to stop you from giving the needed message.

Do not let fear of this world stop you from speaking. Have the heart of God for the lost people in this world. Point people to Jesus every day for every situation in their lives. Let them know that there is a God who loves them and can give them real life that will last for eternity, that God will give them a purpose for this life.

The world needs to hear about Jesus. You have to be one who will tell them. Get the message out today.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have the love of God for other people; that God will give you boldness to speak His word; that you will tell others about Jesus; and that God will remove fear of this world as you proclaim His word. 

Psalm 107:2 Tell Your Story

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Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story–those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, Psalm 107:2 

From ancient times to this day people love to hear stories. They want to hear stories that are real and stories that are not real. These stories can be filled with adventure, love, hate, war, and peace, people love them.

Stories help one person to relate to another. It helps them get a different focus on things in their life. Most stories have some type of moral to them or lesson to be taught.

Recently it is common to hear of people coming out and telling their story of bad things that has occurred in their life at some point. After years of silence they want their story to be heard. Good things are told quickly, while bad things sometimes are hidden for a time.

The author of this psalm encourages those who are redeemed to tell their story. The story is one about how God had redeemed them. Specifically it is about how the Israelites were redeemed from the enemy and released from bondage.

Every believer has been redeemed from the enemy. The enemy is bondage to Satan, sin and death. A person was bound to sin and death and was unable to break free without the work of Jesus Christ.

Being redeemed from death and given eternal life is the greatest story that anyone could ever have to tell. This is a story of war, battle, love, hate, treachery, betrayal, honor, glory, and victory. The greatest thing about this story is that it is truth. And every person has a different story of redemption to tell.

This telling of a person’s personal story is being a witness. It is telling others what Jesus Christ has done and can do for them.

Just like all the people in the bible, you have a story to tell. You had a time you were held in bondage to sin and death. At some point you had chosen to follow and believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior. This is where Jesus redeemed you and bought you back for God.

You have been blessed with forgiveness and eternal life.

There is someone out there that needs to hear your story. They need the encouragement that they can have life and a release from bondage.

Be willing to go out and share your story. Tell others of what God has done for you. Be His witness today.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will tell others of what God has done for you; that you will share your testimony to every one you meet; and that you will be a witness for Jesus to this world. 

Job 27:11 Teach Of God’s Power & His Ways

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I will teach you about the power of God; the ways of the Almighty I will not conceal. Job 27:11 

Currently in the movie industry there have been many movies made recently of superheroes. Each superhero has a different power and ability. People love to talk about each superhero and what his/her power is and how great it is. They like to discuss who has the best power and why it is the best power.

Along with talking about superheroes, people like to talk about the politicians. Many discussions, and arguments, are made as to who is good and who is bad. They argue about which one has the best policies and the worst policies on how to get things done in the government.

After listening to his friends for a while, Job tells them that he will teach them about the power of God and His ways. Job had been following God faithfully for many years and had some experience behind him. He had a understanding of who God is, even though he did not know everything.

First hand experience can tell a lot. It can tell what a person knows from being right there. Believers get to have some experience in getting to know who God is and how He works. Every person has a slightly different experience as to how God works, but each one can talk about it.

Sharing about the power of God and how He works is what believers are supposed to be doing. As Jesus was leaving the earth, He told the disciples to go out into the world to be His witness and make more disciples. This is just telling people about His power and His ways.

For Jesus to be able to rise from the dead and remove all sins, shows extremely great power. Pointing out that God loves a person and wants to forgive them of their sins, show His great love and ways.

You have experience in your life as to who God is, His ways and His power. Be willing to teach others about God. Do not hold back and conceal any thing that you know about God, others need to know Him.

Sharing these truths about God, will give others a chance to get to know God. It will open the doors for others to choose to follow Jesus and be saved.

What are you teaching others today?

Today I pray that you will know the power of God; that you will know the ways of God; that you will tell others about God’s power and ways; that you will not fear being God’s witness; and that you will walk in God’s power and strength.