Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Ezekiel 46:9 Devotion by Stephen Taylor

Ezekiel 46:9

“When the people of the land come before the LORD at the appointed festivals, whoever enters by the north gate to worship is to go out the south gate; and whoever enters by the south gate is to go out the north gate. No one is to return through the gate by which they entered, but each is to go out the opposite gate.”

 

Upon first read, this verse sounds a little like the world we live in today, with social distancing—one way in and one way out, and in some ways, that might be true. But what the Holy Spirit revealed to me is that this verse is a picture of our life. When we come into the Presence of the Lord, something should change, and we can’t turn back around and go backward but have to walk forward in faith and out through a door we didn’t enter from.

 

It’s so crucial when we have that experience with Jesus that we don’t just enjoy the show and then turn right around and go back the way we came. Once we meet Him, we are to worship Him, and one of the ways we can do that is by following His commands and not turning back around!

 

Personally, for me, this can be tough sometimes, as I can get stuck in old thought patterns or habits, but that’s where the beauty of Who Jesus is comes into play! He sees and knows everything in my heart and mind and loves me anyway! I’m not saying He approves of it or condones it, but He is so full of mercy and grace that He is willing to help us walk through these times of weakness and sin!

 

He isn’t asking you to save the world (because He already did that), but He is telling you to surrender your world and don’t turn back! Let me tell you that you can leave your pain in the past and find your healing in His hands!

 

Luke 9:62 - Jesus replied, "No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God."

 

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

 

 

 

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