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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