And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee. And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me.
When he was called to be a prophet, Ezekiel has a vision of the “likeness of the glory of the Lord”. This completely drains his strength and he falls facedown. Then the Lord speaks to Him this verse, and as it is being spoken, Ezekiel is provided the strength to stand and hear the word of the Lord. In Christ we are granted the Holy Spirit, and rest assured that there is real power and strength that comes with His residence within us. He is able to strengthen, to counsel, to teach and to convict us. With the Spirit of God living in us, we are able to be ambassadors for Christ, messengers of the gospel, bearers of the living water that is found only in Jesus.
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I say it is true. Regardless if you believe or not we each will have an expiration date. Car wreck, a disease, a heart attack. Murdered by a robbery. A rapist who maybe only murders your spirit. People being kidnapped and chained up in darkness for sex slaves. Maybe you are living where Christians are being persecuted, beheaded, crucified on crossses, stoned, burned alive, fed to dogs. I never would have dreamed this world would have went so far back into the dark ages. People who have said the Holy Bible is out of date might want to read it and take another look at the sickness going on around the world and right here in America’s own backyard.
Crazy? Don’t want to hear about this? None of us like this but we have to face the truth. The darkness that is all around us. THE end is going to come for all at once or on day by day timing. Not one of us know exactly when but we do all need to face the fact that it will come one day and one way or another regardless of what you believe. Be ready mentally and spiritually. I pray you seek God, the One True God who sent His son Jesus Christ to shed His own blood as He was crucified on the cross but was perfect and sinless but took on all of the horrific sins of mine and yours and everyone’s in the world. Why? So that we might live in the presence of a Holy God and not be thrown into an eternal pit of hell. Hell is real. I cry when I think of tge horrific things going on right here in the here and now. It is heartbreaking. He’ll will be far worse than any of us can imagine. The worse day here no matter how grotesque or violent or sickening, worse than the craziest horror movie you may have seen, will not be able to compare to the burning hell that awaits ALL of us! All who haven’t called upon the name of Jesus Christ for the salvation He freely offers. We each make our own decision. You aren’t a bad person? If hell is a real place then it is for the truly evil such as Hitler and others that we catagorize as being bad in our eyes and not for the person who really is not so bad you say? Not true, God is Holy and no one can be in the presence of His Glory unless they have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus died to make ATONEMENT for our sinfulness so that we could go to heaven and be with the Lord God who created each of us. He loves us but cannot allow the filth of sin that is in and on each one of us to enter into eternity. He is a just God and don’t we want to live in a place free from the evil that is here now? We deceive ourselves if we think we don’t have sin. That is self righteousness and is a huge sin itself. It isn’t about what we can accomplish on our own and by our own works and good deeds. It is ONLY about what Jesus Christ did on the cross for us. He did the work that is required. We should do good things once we are saved but doing those good things or just being a good person will not…”repeat”, WILL NOT be able to get your name in the book of life at the entrance of Heaven. You will certainly be welcomed with open arms into Hell. They take everyone. All who walk the broad road will not even need to have a book checked to see if your name is in it. Too many will be storming in to keep track of the names. The evil will torment even the evildoers on earth. I wonder if Hitler would chanel how he lived if he could? I think of Luke 16:19-31, which explains very clearly how a man in hell desires urgently for someone to go and warn his brothers and family so they do not end up being tormented eternally as he was. He begged for someone to just touch his tongue with a drop if water. If he could only have told his brothers, if he had only realized himself! But the passage goes on to say that his family should listen to the prophets as they have all been warned and yet no one listens and no one cares so why would it be different if he told them? They would laugh and scoff just as they still do today. Read the passage in Luke noted above. Pray on it. Seek God concerning it. You say you don’t believe? What IF it IS TRUE and you are wrong? Do you really want to take that chance? Your choice and mine. I say, REPENT today and turn to God Almighty while you still have the chance to. Seek Him with all your heart and soul. He is faithful to finish the work in you. To change you and make you more than you ever dreamed you could be. We may not know how the things we do have affected someone else for the good while we are here. If you choose life and not death, if you choose Jesus Christ then one day in Heaven we will then truly see everything God wants us to know and see about the trials and struggles we are seeing or going through ourselves. We can see how coming through them allows us to comfort someone else going through the same.
1 Peter 4:7
The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.
Are you unsure? Do you wish to believe but just can’t quite get it? I was once there. I even though I did get it. One day I truly had to pour everything I had out before Him and had to truly trust Him beyond all believe. Why? I was at a place that I literally had no other choice. I already believed but I suppose I hadn’t trusted Him in a way it takes. I began to truly learn what worshiping the Lord was. Then I began to fall in love with Him. At that point I began to realize that I really hadn’t known Him before. He began to change ME. Life is still imperfect but I have hope that one day it will be perfect with our King of Kings! I pray that if you don’t know Him like that now that you will cry out to Him. Soon that time will be gone. The opportunity will have passed. Seek Him now.
1 Corinthians 2:6-12
We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written:“What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard,and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him— these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.
All who have accepted Christ have received the Holy Spirit to live within them. It is He (the Holy Spirit) who reveals to us God’s wisdom and “the deep things of God”. (vs. 11 NIV) Today, consider the importance of fellowship and relationship with the Holy Spirit. He is God within us, works to be in relationship with us, and provides understanding about the things of God happening in, around, and through our lives. He was released to dwell within people upon Christ’s return to heaven. He is a vital part of God’s plan for our lives.
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Thank you Pastor JD Farag!
Keep hold and stand firm!
Walk in the Spirit not in the flesh. I know…it is a minute by minute thing most days! Keep on and don’t lose hope and DON’T LOOKING BACK LIKE LOT’S WIFE DID! We have nothing in this world but we have a better future in Christ Jesus! Do you know Him?
2 Timothy 1:7
7 For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
Why do we do this? Ok, I guess I cannot speak for everyone but wait, I gueSs I can because Gods word clearly says no human being can tame it. We want to pretend we are all good. Maybe it front of many people we are but you get us with a close friend oR family member and we let that tongue fly and say just what we think about many people. People who maybe don’t see things like we do or act like we think they should or speak like they should. Hmmm. We do find ourselves doing that very thing we hate. Yes, we all do to a degree and even if it is only behind a closed door. You cannot hide though because our Father knows and sees it all. REPENT daily. We all must!
7Â All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8Â but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.A)’> 9Â With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.B)’>Cross references:James 3:8 : Ps 140:3; Ro 3:13 #Bible http://mydailybible.org/dv/niv/2013-07-17.htm