Thursday, September 9, 2021

Ezekiel 3:22-24 Devotion by Stephen Taylor

Ezekiel 3:22-24

The hand of the LORD was on me there, and He said to me, “Get up and go out to the plain, and there I will speak to you.” So, I got up and went out to the plain. And the glory of the LORD was standing there, like the glory I had seen by the Kebar River, and I fell facedown. Then the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet. He spoke to me and said: “Go, shut yourself inside your house.”

 

No matter how much we grow in the Lord, we never outgrow obedience, reverence, humility, or awe! We can learn a lot from these couple of verses. This isn’t the first time Ezekiel has heard from the Lord or been in His Presence, yet He still shows Him the same reverence or respect as the time before.

 

We can’t grow complacent with the Lord. He is our Father, our loving Heavenly Father, but let us not forget He is still God and worthy of all praise, glory, and honor. We are to humble ourselves and wait for the Lord to lift us up, and that’s exactly what I see here in this verse.

 

One of the things I love about this is that this same thing happened just a chapter or so earlier (Ezekiel 1:28-2:1), but he doesn’t let his past experience determine his present actions or response. He still humbled himself before the Lord, and we must too! Because of Christ, we can approach our Father with confidence, not cockiness. And our confidence is not in us but in Christ! If it were works-based salvation, I have to believe everyone would be in Hell. If we had to do a good thing to counterbalance every sin we committed, we would all be doomed! But because Jesus Christ was crucified and resurrected, we can come to the Father humbly, boldly, confidently, and eternally.

 

So, whether we have been walking with the Lord for 30 years or 30 days, let us never forget Who paid for us, how much it cost Him, and Who we belong to now, and since we know these things, let us approach Him with a right heart and a willing spirit.

 

Romans 6:20-22 - When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.

 

God bless! I love you all! Glory, Honor, and Praise now and forever to Papa God, Jesus Christ our King, and the Holy Spirit!

 

 

 

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