Lessons from Ezekiel

Ezekiel chapter 18

“20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. 21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. 22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. 23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die: saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live? ….. 32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.”

 

God has given us each free will. He gives us the choice of whether to live for Him or ourselves, whether to die in our sins and go to hell at our physical death; or whether to repent of our sins and spend eternity with him in heaven. Our choice.

But these verses make it clear that there are consequences for the lives we lead. We will each have to answer for what we have done in this life, whether good or bad.

In the following chapters Ezekiel goes on to show that not only do individuals have a choice to make, nations have the same choice to make, with similar consequences.

Chapter 20:

“13 But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness: they walked not in my statutes, and they despised my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; and my Sabbaths they greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them. 14 But I wrought for my name’s sake that it should not be polluted before the heathen, in whose sight I brought them out. 15 Yet also I lifted up my hand unto them in the wilderness, that I would not bring them into the land which I had given them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands; 16 because they despised my judgments, and walked not in my statutes: for their heart went after their idols. 17 Nevertheless mine eye spared them from destroying them, neither did I make an end of them in the wilderness. 18 But I said unto their children in the wilderness, Walk ye not in the statues of your fathers, neither observe their judgments, nor defile yourselves with their idols: 19 I am the Lord your God; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; 20 And hallow my Sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the Lord your God.”

Nations that turn their back on the One True Living God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth will eventually face the judgment of a Holy and Just God.

They, too, will have to face the consequences of their actions.

We are now living in a nation that has collectively turned their backs on our Creator. We have allowed the murder of millions of innocent babies. We have allowed sexual sin to run rampant through our movies, television shows, and even in the courts. We have turned our disagreements into violence and anarchy, attacking each other when we should be loving each other.

We have defined what is sin in God’s eyes as a woman‘s right to choose, equal rights and freedom of speech.

We have taken what is righteous in God’s eyes and now call it oppression, bigotry, racism, and hatred.

God is merciful, patient and longsuffering; but He is also Holy and Just.  Eventually His judgment will be forthcoming.

So, what can we do?

Ezekiel 22:30 & 31 says “30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. 31 Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them: I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord God.”

We must stand in that gap before the Lord God and pray for this nation of ours before it is too late.

 

© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2017

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My Year So Far

This year has gone by so quickly.

I have repeatedly attempted to post more, but it seems as if things always conspire against me to keep me from doing that. This year has been no different.

Back in February my husband was diagnosed with a growth on one of his kidneys, and some smaller stones that needed to be surgically removed.

We spent most of our time following this diagnosis doing the work around the house and gardens that he would not be capable of doing for weeks after his surgery.  From weeding and mulching, to planting flowers to laying down a stone path; we made sure we got all the tough, strenuous chores done.

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Our neighbors had a tree cut down and Bill has been using the logs to make gnome houses.

He went through test after test and finally  had surgery the last of May.  He was in the VA Hospital in Syracuse for a week.

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Just inside the doors of the Syracuse VA Hospital

 

This was a trying time for both of us.  He was anxious about the surgery, and I was nervous about driving to Syracuse each day.

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Interstate 81, Syracuse, NY

But God is faithful, and answered each prayer in a way that I know could only have been His doing.  From keeping the rain away until I was home in the evenings so I didn’t have to drive through it, to getting me safely through Interstate 81 and the section of Syracuse that is known for drug related crimes and murders, to making sure Bill pulled through and healed properly.  Recent follow-up tests show that things are still clear.  He is scheduled for another test at the end of September and I am trusting the Lord to bring about a good result from this one also.

We took two days to make day trips to the St. Lawrence River.  I love the area and had not been there in many years; so we decided to take a day and make the drive.  We enjoyed it so much, we took another day the following month and went again.

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Thousand Islands Bridge, Alexandria Bay, NY

 

 

Also, the past few months, I have felt a burden to really apply myself to intercessory prayer; for President Trump, for the nation, for the church worldwide and at home, for my friends and family.  I have been reading books on prayer – D.L. Moody, E.M. Bounds, Andrew Murray – and really learning what is required of us in our prayer life; what it takes to pray within God’s will and have Him hear our prayers.

I have to admit that reading these books has made me realize just how shallow my prayer life has been, just how much I did not know about effective prayer.  Make no mistake, I have been praying, but I have realized that there is much room for improvement. I have asked the Holy Spirit to lead me, to guide me, to teach me how to pray fervently, effectively and humbly.  And praise God, I am learning, and growing and becoming a prayer warrior through His leading!

“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”  James 5:15

© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2017