Ezekiel 1:20 Going With God’s Spirit

Wherever the spirit would go, they would  go, and the wheels would rise along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. Ezekiel 1:20

Ezekiel had a vision of some creatures with multiple faces and some wheels. He noticed that they would move without ever turning. The wheels would follow the creatures because the spirit of the living creatures was in them. Any time the creatures would move, the wheels would move.

Following someone closely is something that can be difficult to do at times. People change over time and continuing to follow may create conflict. Most people separate after a time because of different interests.

During high school, many students have friends that they hang around with. They always seem to be traveling in a group together. Once high school comes to an end, however, they tend to go different ways. Each one works a different job, or goes to a different school. They will get married and move away. Separation occurs.

The reason the wheels followed so closely was that they had the same spirit in them as the creatures had. Believers are supposed to be following God as those wheels followed the creatures. No matter where God goes, the believer must go. Just like a group of high schoolers are always seen together, the believer must always be seen with God.

God does not turn as He travels. He is always going forward, building His kingdom. He is always building His people to be just like Jesus, perfect and holy.

As you are going through life, you will most likely have to follow someone else. Your primary focus of travel should be following on the path God has for you. God has placed His Holy Spirit in you to lead and guide you through this life. He will guide you into paths of righteousness and holiness.

There will come times when you do not want to go down the path God has for you, but it is what is best for your life. Do not allow yourself to be led astray by something else. Stay focused on what God has for you. When God moves, you move. When God stands still, you stand still. Let God’s Spirit live in you.

I pray today that you will know God’s path for your life; that you will follow God each day; that you will not move unless God moves you; and that you will know God’s Spirit in your life.

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Jeremiah 24:6-7 God Is Watching Over You

My eyes will watch over them for their good, and I will bring them back to this land. I will build them up and not tear them down; I will plant them and not uproot them. I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart. Jeremiah 24:6-7

Jeremiah was given a vision of two baskets of figs, one of which were very good, and the other was very bad. God said that the good figs were like His people who were good and followed His commands. He would watch over them, even while it captivity and bring them back to their land. God planned to build them up again, because the followed Him with all their heart.

In themselves, no person is good. Every person is filled with sin and cannot cleanse himself.  Their condition changes when they accept Jesus. He cleanses them from all sin, when they turn to Him with all of their heart.

A lot of people feel that God is only out to get them and harm them. Nothing good seems to come their way. Many will not even attempt to serve God because of the bad things that have occurred in their lives. Believers often struggle with this same challenge.

When you turn to God with all of your heart and trust Jesus for cleansing of your sin, God is more than willing to cleanse you. He will then watch over you to build you up, not tear you down. God will use the hardships of this life to make you into the person He wants you to be.

As you turn to God with all of your heart, God will turn towards you. He will work at changing your heart so that you may know Him more and more. You get to know God so that you can live the way He plans for you. God has the best plans for your life and you need to trust His plans.

Do you want to stay down in the dumps, because things are not going as you planned (in exile)?

Or do you want to trust God in the dumps to build you back up in His way and in His time?

God is watching you to build you up, not tear you down.

I pray today that you will turn to God with all of your heart; that you will obey all God’s commands; that you will trust God with all of your life; and that you will know God is there for you.

Genesis 28:16-17 The House Of God

“When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it. He was afraid and said, How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.” Genesis 28:16-17

Jacob was in the process of fleeing from his brother Esau. Esau was out to kill him because he had taken his birthright and blessings. When Jacob went to sleep one night God gave him a vision. It was a vision of a ladder going up into heaven with angels going up and down that ladder. When Jacob woke up, he realized that the place he was in was the house of God and that God was there.

Most people think about the house of God being a church building somewhere. They feel that in order to meet with God you must go to a church building. This happens all the time in movies. A person is searching for God and they go sit in some big church building.

The truth is that God is everywhere. God will be found by anyone who seeks Him. Jesus said that He is with every believer at all times. He said He would never leave or forsake you.

When you accepted what Jesus had done for you, God came into you and set up His home there. You are now a temple of God. You are a dwelling place for God.

As Jacob said, ” How awesome is this place!” Think about that for a moment. The God who made the universe and everything you see, is living inside of you. He made His home in you and with you.

Many people are searching for God. You can show them God. Show them by your life and how God is living in you.

Also remember that if God is living in you, you will want to keep your house clean. Stay away from all sin. Repent of all sin and allow Jesus clean you up so God can continue to stay there. Be the House of God.

I pray today that God will reveal His presence to you; that you will be the house of God; that you will allow Jesus to cleanse you from all sin; that people will see that God lives in you; and that you will show people who Jesus is.

Luke 11:34 Healthy Eyes

“Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also if full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness.” Luke 11:34

Jesus is talking about how a lamp is used. Lamps are put on a stand and turned on (lit in the Old Testament) to allow light to shine in a room or area. The purpose is to be able to see.

In your body, your eyes work in the same way as a lamp does. It allows your body to see light. Most of the time your eye is in good condition and you can see clearly.

When your eye is hurting or scratched from something that got into it, a patch is placed over it to help it heal. During that time you cannot see out of that eye. It makes it difficult to do things that need to be done.

In the spiritual realm, your eye is also a lamp into your body. It allows things to be brought into you. Things that you see can either be healthy or unhealthy for your soul.

What are your eyes seeing in books, pictures, movies, and even locations? Are these things good or damaging to your body and soul?

Many people will try to justify seeing some things by stating that is just a depiction of something that is real life. It is real how a man murders someone; it is real how two will have sex; and it is real how other sins are portrayed.

You are to flee all sin. All sin is darkness, a separation from God. When your eyes are filled with darkness, your body and soul are filled with darkness. Light and darkness cannot be in the same place at the same time.

Fill your eyes with things that glorify God. Fill with things that make you more like Jesus. Fill them with things that bring light and life into your body and soul, not death and darkness.

What are you seeing today? Is your lamp turned on to light or darkness? Are your eyes healthy or unhealthy?

I pray today that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit; that God will direct you to see things that will bring Him glory; that you will close your eyes to unhealthy sites; that you will have healthy eyes that glorify God; and that God’s light will shine in and through you.

Revelation 1:17 The Right Fear

“When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.” Revelation 1:17

John is alone on the island of Patmos. He was there as a prisoner because of his following Jesus. Suddenly he hears someone speaking to him.

He turns around and sees someone. The description of the person is an out of this world type description. This person’s eyes were like a blazing fire, his voice of rushing waters and his mouth had a double-edged sword.

This is a picture of someone very powerful. John passes out immediately in fear.

This person then touches him with his right hand and says “do not be afraid”. This was Jesus Himself.

Jesus describes Himself as the First and the Last. This can be the first Adam and the last Adam. Jesus was before Adam ever was since He is God and created everything. He is also the last Adam in that He rose from the dead and gives new life to everyone.

The interesting thing is how John originally reacted to seeing Jesus–he fell at his feet as though dead–he passed out in fear.

Many people treat God as just another person. How many times have you heard of God being called the “man upstairs”? Those who do not really serve Jesus will just call Him a good prophet or a good teacher.

Even many Christian believers see Jesus as just their “buddy” or “best friend”. Often He is not seen as God, the One in control.

John saw Jesus in His power. Jesus has the power to destroy everyone and everything. John probably also realized how sinful he was before a perfect God.

Often believers look at their sins as just a part of who they are. It is very lightly looked at. They do not realize the impact of their sin–death. They do not realize how much God hates sin and how worthy He is to destroy them because of sin.

This is where John passes out.

Although Jesus is perfect and has the authority to destroy you because of your sin, He does not do so. Jesus wants to have a relationship with you. He places His right hand upon you of fellowship and love.

Today, take a real look at Jesus. Realize who He really is and what He can do. Also realize what Jesus wants to do in your life. Do not see Jesus as just a good teacher, see Him as God Almighty. But do not fear. He also loves you.

I pray that today Jesus will give you a vision of who He is; that Jesus will reveal His love for you; that you will know the fellowship you can have with Jesus; and that you will show a respectful, right fear of God.

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