Thursday, September 9, 2021

Ezekiel 28:1,2 Devotion by Stephen Taylor

Ezekiel 28:1,2

The word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: In the pride of your heart you say, ‘I am a god; I sit on the throne of a god in the heart of the seas.’ But you are a mere mortal and not a god, though you think you are as wise as a god.”


So, the question we have to ask ourselves is, where are we at with our pride? Has it been crucified with Christ, or is it running rampant behind the scenes of our hearts? It’s extremely difficult to sow a seed of righteousness when you’re sowing from a heart full of pride.


It’s a vicious cycle; our spiritual pride feeds our self-righteousness, and our self-righteousness feeds our judgment of others. And the cycle goes on and on until it’s crucified, covered, and cast out by our King! We all have those around us that need the love, mercy, and grace that God has extended us through Jesus Christ, but are we willing to give it to those around us? Or are we too busy being right to see how wrong we are?


I fail at this often. Taking my eyes off of Christ for even a minute can take me down a road no one wants to go down, and no one benefits from. A quick glance away from the Lord, and I can forget how much He has given me, how much mercy, grace, love, and much more than I deserve, and it’s my responsibility to extend that to those around me. Mercy, grace, and love don’t stop with us but should flow through us to those around us!


Thankfully, the Lord is patient and merciful, willing to teach and re-teach me often. He forgives me when I don’t deserve it and teaches me when I miss the mark! So, today, I repented and asked for help because I needed it! We never outgrow needing the mercy, grace, and forgiveness of the Lord! I’m called to sow seeds for the Kingdom and not for the flesh!


Luke 6:35,36 – “But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”


Galatians 6:8 - Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

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