True or false…this is a test

Ezekiel 13:1-16

And the word of the LORD came to me, saying,  “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who prophesy, and say to those who prophesy out of their own heart, ‘Hear the word of the LORD!’ ”

Thus says the Lord GOD: “Woe to the foolish prophets, who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing! O Israel, your prophets are like foxes in the deserts. You have not gone up into the gaps to build a wall for the house of Israel to stand in battle on the day of the LORD. They have envisioned futility and false divination, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD!’ But the LORD has not sent them; yet they hope that the word may be confirmed. Have you not seen a futile vision, and have you not spoken false divination? You say, ‘The LORD says,’ but I have not spoken.”

Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “Because you have spoken nonsense and envisioned lies, therefore I am indeed against you,” says the Lord GOD. “My hand will be against the prophets who envision futility and who divine lies; they shall not be in the assembly of My people, nor be written in the record of the house of Israel, nor shall they enter into the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the Lord GOD.

 “Because, indeed, because they have seduced My people, saying, ‘Peace!’ when there is no peace—and one builds a wall, and they plaster it with untempered mortar— say to those who plaster it with untempered mortar, that it will fall. There will be flooding rain, and you, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall tear it down. Surely, when the wall has fallen, will it not be said to you, ‘Where is the mortar with which you plastered it?’ ”

therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “I will cause a stormy wind to break forth in My fury; and there shall be a flooding rain in My anger, and great hailstones in fury to consume it. So I will break down the wall you have plastered with untempered mortar, and bring it down to the ground, so that its foundation will be uncovered; it will fall, and you shall be consumed in the midst of it. Then you shall know that I am the LORD.

“Thus will I accomplish My wrath on the wall and on those who have plastered it with untempered mortar; and I will say to you, ‘The wall is no more, nor those who plastered it, that is, the prophets of Israel who prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and who see visions of peace for her when there is no peace,’ ” says the Lord GOD.

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Words out of our own heads building lies like poor mortar builds a wall that is not able to do what a wall is built to do because it is weak. The forces of nature come against that wall and it falls; the paint and cover up do not hide the weakness. The words are not able to do what they are intended to do because they do not come with the power of God.  How do we know when the spoken word is not of God?  We know because we know the Lord.

“…John 10:27 – My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:…”

We are immersed in his word, his voice is familiar to us, we have his Spirit to bring to remembrance and give understanding.

“…John 14:26  – But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you….”

His Spirit bears witness with our spirit and we connect when the word is from him.

“…Romans  8:16  – The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,…”

Words that are not of God but come from our own imaginations are like the inferior mortar and the ideas the words are building will fall apart, they cannot support what they intended to support.  The wall of words falls down. The false prophets spoke peace when there was no peace.   Does what we hear live up to the scrutiny of the whole word of God?

“…You say, ‘The LORD says,’ but I have not spoken.”…”

Therefore, all that is spoken of within the context of Christendom is not necessarily of the Lord.  The warning is given and we can take heed.  We can see to it that we know the Word of the Lord.  It has been said that those who are trained to spot counterfeit dollars study the real dollar.  We know what is false because we know what is true.

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The Very Inspiring Blogger Award…

Thank you, Faithrises for nominating me for this award and the help in getting it posted.  I’m new to this.  I am honored and thankful, but if there is any credit it truly rests with the Lord.  I do my best to be faithful to His leading and that is the reason for my blog.  What is shared there is in direct relation to what I receive from him.  It is my prayer that it blesses, encourages and inspires others as His word does me.  I must confess that receiving comments and acknowledgements is encouraging for me as well.  I concur that we are ‘the body’ and we must be about lifting one another up through edifying and encouraging.  That said Faithrises is a delightful inspiration and can be followed at http://faithrises.com/author/faithrises/.

The next step is to say seven things about myself.  I am on a life search for Christ, I have found him and wish to know him better.  I am married, mother of blended family of four children and four grandchildren.  I am retired from public school teaching which for me was a ministry as I responded to a call on my life.  I am mobile with my last move taking me to the southland.  I enjoy gardening, writing, reading, painting, in essence, creating.  That would make me a child of my Father!

Award Guidelines:

1)      Display the award logo on your blog.

2)      Link back to the person who nominated you.

3)      State 7 things about yourself.

4)      Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.

5)      Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

I would like to nominate the following bloggers for this award.  They have been an inspiration for me and I trust that will be true for you.

1. Biltrix   http://biltrix.com/author/biltrix1/

2  Practical Bible Teaching  http://practicalbibleteaching.wordpress.com/ and. http://practicalbibleteaching.weebly.com/index.html

3.  RC Gale http://rcgale.com/author/rossgale/

4.  This Day With God http://thisdaywithgod.wordpress.com/

5.  Adele Konyndyk http://adelekonyndyk.wordpress.com/

6.  mybroom http://mybroom.wordpress.com/

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8.  AmberLea of Alaska’s Blog  http://amberleaofalaska.wordpress.com/

9.  CloudIn http://cloud-in.org/

10.  Roger Tharpe http://rogertharpe.wordpress.com/

11.  ponderings of a princess http://4evrhis.wordpress.com/

12.  Holly Michael’s Writing  http://writingstraight.com/

13.  A Miniature Clay Pot http://aminiatureclaypot.wordpress.com/

14.  greenlightlady http://greenlightlady.wordpress.com/

15.  throuhhimwithhiminhim http://throughhimwithhiminhim.wordpress.com/

Each of you has been a blessing for me and I wish to encourage you to continue in fellowship with him.  It’s almost as if we have a community of believers in a cyber church!!  God bless. gracie

Time runs out…

Ezekiel 12:21-28

And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Son of man, what is this proverb that you people have about the land of Israel, which says, ‘The days are prolonged, and every vision fails’?  Tell them therefore, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “I will lay this proverb to rest, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel.” But say to them, “The days are at hand, and the fulfillment of every vision. For no more shall there be any false vision or flattering divination within the house of Israel.  For I am the LORD. I speak, and the word which I speak will come to pass; it will no more be postponed; for in your days, O rebellious house, I will say the word and perform it,” says the Lord GOD.’ ”

Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying,  “Son of man, look, the house of Israel is saying, ‘The vision that he sees is for many days from now, and he prophesies of times far off.’ Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “None of My words will be postponed any more, but the word which I speak will be done,” says the Lord GOD.’ ”

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Who questions God Almighty?  Only the foolish ones, only the unbelievers would tread in these dangerous waters.  One capable of creation, one capable of bringing something into existence with the spoken word is one for whom we would have respect and regard.  A flippant people say this

: “…The days are prolonged, and every vision fails’…” 

“…the house of Israel is saying, ‘The vision that he sees is for many days from now, and he prophesies of times far off.’ …” 

And we hear similar conversations today.  The warnings are still valid.

The Lord hears and removes his stay of execution. In his mercy and long-suffering he has extended the time for repentance. He says the voice of the people will change.  Events will change their saying to:

“…The days are at hand, and the fulfillment of every vision….”

He responds with affirmation that he is Lord and we will know it.

“… I am the LORD. I speak, and the word which I speak will come to pass; it will no more be postponed;…” and “…I will say the word and perform it,” says the Lord GOD.’ ”…”

And so we do well to take note and live accordingly.  We are covered in the blood of Jesus and need have no fear, but the message of that salvation must needs be put forth for what he says he will do he will do.  We act in love when we share the message of salvation.  Jesus paid the price for us on the cross but it is up to us to receive it.  Take heed:

“… “None of My words will be postponed any more, but the word which I speak will be done,” says the Lord GOD.’ …”

Just a word that these posts are the reflections and words that come to me during the early morning hours in my personal time with the Lord.  They are what I receive and apply to my walk with the Lord. They are shared in the hope and belief that they may help encourage and inspire others as well.  This is a search for the very nature and being of God.  What emerges is the image of one who is powerful and does not sway with the wind as mankind does.  There is constancy here, reliability here and there is fearsome judgment from which we have a way of escape.  The  gift of salvation from the curse of sin through Jesus Christ is freeing in all areas of life.  The one who created, loved and continues to love.  So should we.

Ask yourself the question: What is your purpose? We are charged with spreading, sharing the message of the cross. We “were not commissioned to be God’s policemen.” Like that line.

Practical Bible Teaching

The fourth week of July, 2012 saw some tumultuous division occurring in our country due to one man’s personal views being publicly stated.
Dean Reynolds of CBS wrote, “The controversy is prompting politicians and activist groups on both sides of the issue to organize events where like-minded people can demonstrate their discontent.” (see full story)

As usual, I am not reporting from the trenches. I stand on the sidelines observing the two sides going at it with one another. This is how I learn (or in modern techno-lingo, this is how I roll). I have not taken a strong stand in favor of, nor against either side. I did, however, post a comment to one of my virtual friends on FB who appears to be a warrior against anything labeled as conservative.

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rejoice and not weep

Ezekiel 12:1-20

Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying: “Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which has eyes to see but does not see, and ears to hear but does not hear; for they are a rebellious house.

“Therefore, son of man, prepare your belongings for captivity, and go into captivity by day in their sight. You shall go from your place into captivity to another place in their sight. It may be that they will consider, though they are a rebellious house. By day you shall bring out your belongings in their sight, as though going into captivity; and at evening you shall go in their sight, like those who go into captivity. Dig through the wall in their sight, and carry your belongings out through it. In their sight you shall bear them on your shoulders and carry them out at twilight; you shall cover your face, so that you cannot see the ground, for I have made you a sign to the house of Israel.”

So I did as I was commanded. I brought out my belongings by day, as though going into captivity, and at evening I dug through the wall with my hand. I brought them out at twilight, and I bore them on my shoulder in their sight.

And in the morning the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Son of man, has not the house of Israel, the rebellious house, said to you, ‘What are you doing?’ Say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “This burden concerns the prince in Jerusalem and all the house of Israel who are among them.” ’ Say, ‘I am a sign to you. As I have done, so shall it be done to them; they shall be carried away into captivity.’  And the prince who is among them shall bear his belongings on his shoulder at twilight and go out. They shall dig through the wall to carry them out through it. He shall cover his face, so that he cannot see the ground with his eyes.  I will also spread My net over him, and he shall be caught in My snare. I will bring him to Babylon, to the land of the Chaldeans; yet he shall not see it, though he shall die there.  I will scatter to every wind all who are around him to help him, and all his troops; and I will draw out the sword after them.

“Then they shall know that I am the LORD, when I scatter them among the nations and disperse them throughout the countries.  But I will spare a few of their men from the sword, from famine, and from pestilence, that they may declare all their abominations among the Gentiles wherever they go. Then they shall know that I am the LORD.”

Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Son of man, eat your bread with quaking, and drink your water with trembling and anxiety. And say to the people of the land, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the land of Israel: “They shall eat their bread with anxiety, and drink their water with dread, so that her land may be emptied of all who are in it, because of the violence of all those who dwell in it. Then the cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste, and the land shall become desolate; and you shall know that I am the LORD.”

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An object lesson on consequences for sin in the land is described in this passage.  Object lessons are not new, hmm?  The purpose is to attempt to reach those who are no longer following the commands of the Lord.  It is an attempt to extend mercy and reach out through the pain of rejected love.  The Lord tells Ezekiel:

“…It may be that they will consider, though they are a rebellious house.…”

He states:

“… you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, …” 

Not much different today.  How long will the Lord be patient with this nation?  As long as there are those who follow his word and his teaching?  The phrase:

“…has eyes to see but does not see, and ears to hear but does not hear;…”

is repeatedly emphasized in scripture.  Jesus used this same phrase often.  True is it not?  We see, often it is in plain sight but we miss it; whatever the ‘it’ is. Another similarity with today is the violence in the land.  The Lord tells Ezekiel to:

“…eat your bread with quaking, and drink your water with trembling and anxiety. …”

and

“…“They shall eat their bread with anxiety, and drink their water with dread, …”

Be sure there are many today who eat in anxiety and drink in despair for the towns are laid waste, not only in other areas of the world but also right here in our country.  Visit any inner city to see this truth, or many downtown areas of our nation. He says:

“…the cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste,…” and

“… because of the violence of all those who dwell in it….”

We have ample evidence of the violence done by those who dwell in these areas and the violence is spreading.

The Lord told Ezekiel:

“…I have made you a sign to the house of Israel.”…”

and the same can be true today of all believers.  We are the sign to those unbelievers apart from God and to believers who no longer follow the commands of the Lord but have turned away even though they have knowledge of the Lord.  Jesus said we are salt and light to an unbelieving world. This passage continues to state:

“…they shall know that I am the LORD…”

We can know him through Christ and rejoice or we can know him outside of Christ and weep.  But it is oft stated that we will know that he is Lord.

Our take away is this:  These may be ancient words but they are still accurate and true for today.  Mankind has not changed.  Neither has God.  His hand of mercy is still extended to all who will ‘see’ and ‘hear’.  Let’s be sure to be an object lesson to those around us.  Let’s be sure to share Christ so that there may be more who can rejoice and not weep.

Because I am Carly.

More and more often I find that tolerance is one-sided. I also find that what Jesus said is very true; “They hate me, they will hate you.” paraphrased.

Biltrix

“Carly can’t speak. Many people called her dumb or mentally retarded. But after she turned 11 years old, she discovered something truly incredible and found her voice. This is a must see.”

I cannot embed this video, so you have to go to godvine.com to see it – Yes, this is a must.

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Promises of old…promises new

Ezekiel 11:16-25

Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Although I have cast them far off among the Gentiles, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet I shall be a little sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.” ’ Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “I will gather you from the peoples, assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.” ’ And they will go there, and they will take away all its detestable things and all its abominations from there. Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them,  and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God. But as for those whose hearts follow the desire for their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their deeds on their own heads,” says the Lord GOD.

So the cherubim lifted up their wings, with the wheels beside them, and the glory of the God of Israel was high above them. And the glory of the LORD went up from the midst of the city and stood on the mountain, which is on the east side of the city.

Then the Spirit took me up and brought me in a vision by the Spirit of God into Chaldea, to those in captivity. And the vision that I had seen went up from me.  So I spoke to those in captivity of all the things the LORD had shown me.

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 Ezekiel is obedient to share even though the vision is full of hard words to receive and imagery that could  cause some to disbelieve its truth.  There are several key elements to note, one of which is the Lord’s statement that he is with his people wherever they are.

“…I shall be a little sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.”…” 

This is encouraging to hear for it speaks to us today as well.  No matter the conditions around us, no matter the turmoil, the stress, the destruction caused by mankind, still our God is with us in all of it.  There is a testimony to this truth that is current.  It can be read here;  So you STILL think God is a merciful God?!  This is the written response from a believer who was in the theater in Colorado when the gunman came in and did the shooting.  She is writing about her experience from the perspective of one who knows in reality that God is present with us wherever we are.  He was her sanctuary and the sanctuary for her daughters.

Another element is that God promises to give a heart of flesh for a heart of stone.  To those who continued to seek him he promised:

“…take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God….” 

This change of the heart is the same change that is brought to the believer when they accept Christ.  A transformation takes place and the old man/woman is gone and in their place is a new man/woman.  In Colossians  3:10 ESV  we read:

“… and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator….”

Finally, God promises unity.

“… I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, …” 

Jesus prays for this same gift for all believers in John.  In John 17:11 it says:

“…Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. …” 

This promise was given to the Israelites who continued to worship the Lord God of Israel and it is also given to the present day believer in Christ.

He is our sanctuary, he promises a transformation, he promises unity and new spirit.  The promises are as old as time and new every morning.  We can take hold of these promises and allow them to be manifest in our lives.  God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.  Count on that.