PROFANITY ON HIS SANCTUARY – Fri, Apr 29, 2016

Ezekiel 23:38-39 KJV
Moreover this they have done unto me: they have defiled my sanctuary in the same day, and have profaned my sabbaths.

[39] For when they had slain their children to their idols, then they came the same day into my sanctuary to profane it; and, lo, thus have they done in the midst of mine house.

Jerusalem became the capital of Judah and Samaria remained the capital of Israel when the Kingdom of Israel divided into two, after the reign of King Solomon.

Even though God expected much from these two sister nations, whom He’d later call Oholah and Oholibah, we all know what they did.
One thing Ezekiel mentioned that struck me can be found in verse 39.

Recently, a joke went viral on WhatsApp about a first-timer in church who confessed she spent the night at her boyfriend’s.
God entertains sinners but NOT sin. We can’t sin and show up in church as if it never happened.

We profane the sanctuary, like Oholia and Oholibah did when we return to the church and put on our ‘holy robes.’ Our posture/diposition in such instances should purely be that of a repentant one, than otherwise.

You don’t go singing praises to God with all that guilty conscience. Make peace with Him first. Confess your sins and ask Him for another chance. Do not profane His sanctuary.

Have a blessed Friday.
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FINDING INTERCESSORS – Thu, Apr 28, 2016

Ezekiel 22:30 KJV
And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.

I’ve come across a number of verses like this in the scripture a number of times, and usually when I do, my mind is cast back to my time as a student on KNUST campus. These were the verses the Intercesory Ministry loved.

Since Genesis, God has always sought for people who would stand in the gap. I used to wonder why God would just not do what He had to do, but would wait for an Intercessor. Abraham, Moses, Nehemiah and Daniel, all sought for divine interventions for their people in the face of adversity.

Interestingly, this desire of God hasn’t ceased. He ALWAYS require people to stand in the gap. So if your family isn’t living up to expectations financially, morally or even in terms of health, then you must know what to do.

He has called you an intercessor for that purpose and you would be surprised that His hand may not move until until your knees bend and do the needful.
We are called to this great ministry. Make daily intercessions for your family, they need you.

Have a blessed day.
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THE SWORD OF THE LORD – Wed, Apr 27, 2016

Ezekiel 21:2 KJV
Son of man, set thy face toward Jerusalem, and drop thy word toward the holy places, and prophesy against the land of Israel,

Ancient movies about the crusaders reveal that Jerusalem was really a sight to behold. In one of the movies I watched, the crusaders saw nothing more important in life, than to give their lives for Jerusalem.

But how about the Lord Himself, when He sets a sword against Jerusalem, who may defend it?
Indeed no condition is permanent. Even the most beloved people of God were rejected when they lost track and sin set in.

So no matter the love the Lord has for you, no matter how special and favoured you are, no matter how rich you are, you cannot allow sin to take over. Grace abounds in our time, yes, but Grace cannot save you in your sinful state. It only puts you on a leash.

The sword of the Lord is making haste to cut through the places that were once Holy, but now are dungeons of sins; hearts that loved Him but now prefer the world; hands that worked righteousness but now condone evil.
Prepare to meet thy God.

Have a blessed day.
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SODOM’S SIN UNVEILED – Fri, Apr 22, 2016

Ezekiel 16:49-50 KJV
Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
[50] And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good .

Yesterday as I sat before one of my mentors, he schooled me through some few facts of life he had come to learn about himself, and continue to live by.

He stated that he knows his mission in life is to be a conduit for others to be blessed. All the wealth he’s acquired is just to make others wealthy and give them too a life, so that he’s not necessarily the final recipient of what he has.

That’s why he keeps giving out, and he keeps getting back in return. He said God will continue to give to him so he in turn could give to who God wants him to give to.
In today’s text God stated the main reasons why He took out Sodom.

We’ve always thought it was just the abundance of sexual sin in all forms. But we see today that they had in abundance and yet never strengthened the hand of the poor.

Ponder on this as you enjoy a blessed  Friday.
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NO MORE DEATH – Thu, Apr 21, 2016

Ezekiel 15:5 KJV
Behold, when it was whole, it was meet for no work: how much less shall it be meet yet for any work, when the fire hath devoured it, and it is burned?

When we were little boys we talked of a church in the neighbourhood called “Agbooo Dɔŋ” (literally meaning “No more death” or simply “No dying.”)

Young and foolish as we were we thought anybody who went to that church would escape death, so they could do whatever they wanted for a long time, then live for God later. That sounded pretty attractive to us, till the day we heard the head pastor at Agboo Dɔŋ had passed on.

Agboo Dɔŋ didn’t mean what we thought it meant afterall.
God expects us to make the most of the opportunities He brings our way while we are yet alive. Especially that of working out our own salvation. Ezekiel used an anology of the vine to explain this in this chapter.

Now Day is here, Night will surely come for each of us. Then our eyes will be dim and watch the light fade away. What account of ourselves will we give the Creator? May your transcript enable you avoid the fire.

Have a blessed day.
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SEVERE JUDGEMENT – Wed, Apr 20, 2016

Ezekiel 14:21 KJV
For thus saith the Lord God ; How much more when I send my four sore judgments upon Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine, and the noisome beast, and the pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast?

Even before Christianity came to Ghana, we are told that our ancestors worshipped God through smaller gods and whenever there was a famine, they knew they had offended the gods.

Ezekiel outlined 4 severe judgements God plagued Jerusalem with when He wanted their attention:
1. The sword (Wars)
2. Famine/Drought
3. Wild beasts
4. Pestilence (Epidemics)

In their time, Israel saw these only when they sinned against God. How contrasting is this, because in our time we see and hear of these all the time: The wars never seem to end, food aid is constantly being provided for some countries.

We talk of the Bird and swine flus, the Ebolas, Pneumococal Meningitis and the Zika viruses. They never end! In my opinion, these are only manifestations of the level of evil that abound in our time.

I pray you and I shall separate ourselves and be part of the remnant of this generation that knows the Lord, so that even in these times, we shall be comforted (v22 – 23).

Have a blessed day.
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SOUL TAKERS – Tue, Apr 19, 2016

Ezekiel 13:20 KJV
Wherefore thus saith the Lord God ; Behold, I am against your charms, wherewith ye there hunt the souls like birds, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, even the souls that ye hunt like birds.

Some months back we read from Isaiah, about the deeds of false prophets and how much God detested what they did. Jeremiah also had his shot at same.

But Ezekiel includes a new twist to the equation. Not only does he condemn the false prophets but also the women in the temple who slew the souls of men through charms and divination. They ‘prophesied’ to the people but were actually soul takers in disguise. Now that is dark!

It is not wrong to expect very good things from the Church, in our time. But it also folly to embrace everybody and everything that comes from the Church without subjecting it to ‘prayer’ and sometimes ‘REASON.’

Spiritual issues may not follow logic and common sense, yet common sense in itself (backed with prayer) is a gift from God that needs to be used. So know where you draw the line between the two.

Have a blessed day.
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