SECURED GATES – Fri, Nov 30, 2019

Ezekiel 48:31,35 KJV

And the gates of the city shall be after the names of the tribes of Israel:

[35] It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The Lord is there.

At the last Habitat Fair I attended, I spent the most time at about two exhibition booths, whose businesses focused on security doors and gates. Though I did not own a house, for some reasons I just couldn’t leave those stands.

I could tell others were equally interested, by the kind of questions they asked.
Gates and doors are by far the most basic form of security any house must have. In as much as they keep the unwanted out, they also grant access to the wanted. Gates are not limited to physical structures alone, they carry a significant role in spiritual matters as well.

It is not for no reason that in Prophet Ezekiel’s final visions of the post-exile era, he saw the names of the sons of Jacob (Israel) on all twelve gates of the new city, and the name of the city is JEHOVAH SHAMMAH, the Lord is there.

God will reside in the soul whose gates are well secured. The soul whose gates are re-inforced and won’t be compromised by the pressures of this life and the lusts of the flesh.
Your gates may be totally blown away but He can help you put them in place, so He can live peacefully with and within you.

Let’s begin to work on our gates, so we can keep sin out and entertain the saviour of our souls.

Have a blessed Friday.
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AS MUCH AS YOU CAN – Wed, Nov 27, 2019

Ezekiel 46:11 KJV

And in the feasts and in the solemnities the meat offering shall be an ephah to a bullock, and an ephah to a ram, and to the lambs as he is able to give, and an hin of oil to an ephah.

One concept that cuts across most religions or beliefs is that of *Giving.*
In local parlance we have heard many times that you never visit a chief with an empty hand, which is also scriptural. (See Deut 16:16c)

The Law actually encouraged the Jews to give even beyond what was mandated, according to how each man was blessed… that’s some equity!

So in Ezekiel’s vision of the post-exile era, He saw the Lord still instructing the continuity of that act… that act of giving beyond what should be given. Many times, in this chapter alone Ezekiel repeats the phrase “as much as one is able to give.” This kind of giving is a game changer, because the weight of what you give is just between you and the Lord.

He alone knows what you truly have, so He knows what you are or not able to give. You can’t go wrong on this one because it is just between you two. Give unto the Giver a good measure, as much as you are able to. As you scatter your seeds abroad, you will find a tree useful to you or another someday, in this life or the next.

Have a blessed day.
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FIRST AND BEST – Tue, Nov 26, 2019

Ezekiel 45:1 KJV

Moreover, when ye shall divide by lot the land for inheritance, ye shall offer an oblation unto the Lord, an holy portion of the land: the length shall be the length of five and twenty thousand reeds, and the breadth shall be ten thousand. This shall be holy in all the borders thereof round about.

I had a colleague in Junior High School who advised me that whenever I was in doubt about which answer to choose in an objective exam, I should always go for my first choice, the option that occurred to me first before the doubts settled in.

His dad had taught him this and it had worked for him more often than not, according to him. Though he didn’t have any empirical proofs to show, since he was a good student, I bought into his philosophy.

In his visions of the post-exile era, Ezekiel gave very clear instructions about how the land was to be divided. A first portion was ALWAYS supposed to be dedicated to the Lord. This principle was one that put the Lord first in everything one did, a practise meant to instill and cement the place of YAHWEH in ones life.

No wonder Jesus would admonish us to seek His Kingdom first in all our dealings (Matt 6:33), a great recipe even for material prosperity.

Placing God first in all your endeavours sends a clear message to the Heavens. Give the first and best of your money, your time, and your love to God, you won’t regret it in this life or the next.

Have a blessed day.
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THAT ALL MAY LIVE – Thu, Nov 14, 2019

Ezekiel 33:11 KJV

Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

On many platforms, I’ve seen people ask a lot of comments that question the love of Father. Many have a picture of God as the one who takes delight in executing judgement on people and only waiting for us to fall, so he can punish.

It reminds me of the feeling we had as students, about some of our teachers or lecturers. We always thought they took delight in marking us wrong, so they could whip or cane us. Come to think of it, some of them had a reputation for lashing 😅.

Fortunately, this is no where near the Father’s love. His desire in not for any to perish at all! He made this statement to His prophet, Ezekiel, so the people could know that for a fact. “Say unto them, as I live…”
This is why he made Ezekiel, and by extension, you and I, watchmen over the souls of men, in this field of souls.

Our will to save souls is in His divine Will and that makes us His partners. This is one of our cardinal mandates as believers. Help save a soul, help save a soul, help save a soul. He needs the souls to live. Knowing this is not enough, do something about it!

Have a blessed day.
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AFTER HERE, WHAT NEXT? – Wed, Nov 13, 2019

Ezekiel 32:19,21 KJV

Whom dost thou pass in beauty? go down, and be thou laid with the uncircumcised.

[21] The strong among the mighty shall speak to him out of the midst of hell with them that help him: they are gone down, they lie uncircumcised, slain by the sword.

Last Sunday in church, the scripture readings focused on the afterlife, a concept that has many variations among various christian groupings or denominations.

There are still many out there today who do not believe life transcends the physical one we have. Our priest used an analogy of babies in a womb who never knew life could exist outside the womb, to explain the afterlife. Of course, life on earth is better and longer than life in the womb, and same is true of the afterlife compared to life on earth.

In Ezekiel 32, the Prophet Ezekiel declared a prophecy over Egypt. He saw many souls languishing in the various regions of worlds beneath: Sheol, the Pit, Hell, Gehana, Hades; a study into these could be done another day.

Life doesn’t just end here on earth. Many Christian believe this but do not live in a way that suggests they do. There is a place to go after here, which life has no end. We shall live billions and billions of years after here, so it is wise to choose wisely where you end up.

Have a blessed day.
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DON’T REJOICE OVER THEIR FALL – Wed, Nov 06, 2019

Ezekiel 25:3-4 KJV

Thus saith the Lord God; Because thou saidst, Aha, against my sanctuary, when it was profaned; and against the land of Israel, when it was desolate; and against the house of Judah, when they went into captivity;

[4] Behold, therefore I will deliver thee to the men of the east for a possession, and they shall eat thy fruit, and they shall drink thy milk

Very recently when news of lecturers who had misconducted themselves in the alleged ‘sex for grades’ scandal came out, it didn’t take a full day to go viral. By the third day, funny posts and comments were dominating social media.

Later, I read one comment, that reminded me of what my disposition should be in such times. The comment suggested that when another man is down, you don’t go laughing and scorning, you rather take a cue from his actions and do well not to find yourself in a similar position.

Israel’s captivity brought a lot of joy to their usual enemies. Though this should be a very normal expression of their feelings, the Prophet Ezekiel had some hard words from the Lord for them (see v3-7).

Gloating over your brother’s misfortunes is definitely not godly, neither is feigning sympathy. In such situations, let’s remember who we are in Christ first, and ask if He would approve our reactions.

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WHEN YOU GO THROUGH THE FIRE, I AM WITH YOU – Tue, Nov 05, 2019

Ezekiel 24:15-16,18 KJV

Also the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

[16] Son of man, behold, I take away from thee the desire of thine eyes with a stroke: yet neither shalt thou mourn nor weep, neither shall thy tears run down.

[18] So I spake unto the people in the morning: and at even my wife died; and I did in the morning as I was commanded.

When I read certain portions of scripture, it gives me the feeling that modern day Christians have had the easiest ride in the practise of their faith as compared to the earlier days.

We established the fact that Prophet Ezekiel employed a lot of drama in his ministry, but we took no critical look at some of what he had to endure. That God had to actually take away the desire of his eyes, his wife, overnight, and asked him not to mourn, so God could use the occasion to depict what was going to happen to Israel, seems a hard one for my small mind to comprehend.

Like Abraham and other giants of faith, Prophet Ezekiel followed instructions to the letter, even though he probably didn’t approve of them.

When your faith is one of convenience, you may want to give it a second look. When all you seek for is your comfort and aren’t prepared to go through any fire, you may have to check what faith you have subscribed to. The Road is indeed narrow and few find it. I pray you keep to it, you who have found it.

Have a blessed day.
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