SCRIPTURE FROM: Ezekiel 11:18-21 (VOICE)
TEXT: 18 When they return home, they will demolish all the disgusting idols and remove all the shocking images from the land. 19 I will give them a new will—an undivided heart—and plant a new spirit within them; I will remove their cold, stony heart and replace it with a warm heart of flesh. 20 Then they will follow My commands and uphold My laws and actually do as I say. They will be My people, and I will be their God. 21 As for those who remain dedicated to their disgusting idols and shocking images, the very things they have done will be brought down upon them as judgment.
OBSERVATION: I believe that Ezekiel had such a burden for his people who had settled in other lands and living like people without any hope. But praise God, Ezekiel knew the King of all hope, and he knew that God had the power to save his people and return them to their land of promise. Knowing this, I’m sure that Ezekiel stayed in constant prayer for his people, and I could only imagine the impact this vision must have had on him. God is very aware of our concern for our land also, and I believe that our sincere concern becomes God’s priority. So let’s look deeper into this thought today…
APPLICATION: Often I believe that our prayers may be hindered by our doubt that God could ever do something good, and merciful, and wonderful in the lives of those who live out of touch with Him, and who seem to be so tightly controlled by Satan. However, as in the case of family and loved ones, where we never cease praying for their salvation and an ultimate touch by God, so it should be as we look on those where we might first think as impossible subjects, who may be guilty of hideous crimes, or are hated by our society because of their total disregard for the things of God. Friends, I believe that it boils down to us being reminded that there is nothing beyond the reach, authority, or saving power of our awesome God. He created all of us, not just the ones that have accepted His lordship. He went to the cross for all of us, not just those that we know are susceptible to accepting Him as Lord and Savior. There is hope of everyone alive, not just those from religious backgrounds, or those who attend church at least occasionally. Christians, when we pray, let us never forget that God can reach into the stoniest heart and melt away the desires of sin. Let’s never forget that He did this for us! And while we might try to quickly clear up for the sceptic, that we were never such a bad person, we must also quickly confess that we were far from ‘perfect’ and we were still classified as a ‘sinner’ in God’s eyes. So friends, never lose sight of who God is, and what He did for us on Calvary. John 3:16 reminds us that ‘who-so-ever believeth on Him will be saved’. Let’s remember that when we pray. The individuals we may be asked to pray for, or that we may be burdened for, may seem like impossible subjects for heaven, but God said in His Word, that He could wash them as white as snow. In our Scripture today, God reminds us that He would give them a new will, an undivided heart and a new spirit. He would remove their cold, stony heart and in turn, fill them with a warm heart of flesh that is willing to obey Him. Our God has not lost His power friends. He is still concerned about us, and our friends that seem to be so cold to the things of God. Do you have the faith to seek Him with all your heart and ask Him to save your family, friends, neighbors, criminals, murderers, etc. who seem so hardened by sin and attached to the things of the evil one? Where’s your heart at friends? A truly committed and dedicated heart to our loving Savior would want all this for those that they touch, care for, work around and see in their neighborhood. Do you?
PRAYER: Precious Father, thank You for loving me enough to see beyond my faults, my sin and my disregard for Your Son. You gave me a warm, new heart and drew me to Yourself. Thank You Heavenly Father. This Scripture today has opened my eyes and reminded me of the importance of not drawing a line in the sand about who will come to know You and who may not. Many that will read this devotional today will probably be Your children who are already dedicated to serving You faithfully. Please touch our hearts and give us Your marching orders to faithfully pray for everyone in our circle of influence without prejudice and without concern about what You could do for them. Please give us confidence to pray for, love and encourage all who need a Savior without eliminating any from that number. Praise God, You love us all and died for us all! AMEN!
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