This is a few years old and I believe I have posted it here before, BUT, this never fails to stir my soul! It never fails to encourage me, lift me, give me a renewed hope! It always moves me to tears and moves me to praise my King of Kings! Hallelujah!
Powerful! This gave me a renewed passion to pray for those I love so dearly that are lost. God works in amazing ways!
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.
Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.
(Hos 4:1) Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.
(Hos 4:2) By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.
(Hos 4:3) Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.
(Hos 4:6) My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
I read these verses and I cannot help but see America. Verse 1 says not truth, no mercy and no knowledge of God in the land. Verse 2 says By swearing and lying and killing and stealing and committing adultery….hmmm. Yes, that verse fits this country too.
Verse 1 tells us that there is no knowledge of God in the land. Why?
Verse 6 tells us that people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Why?
Scripture tells us that we have no knowledge because we HAVE REJECTED KNOWLEDGE. Because of rejecting knowledge from the one who gives it He will also reject us.
In verse 6 the word destroyed in Hebrew means CUT OFF. So, my people are cut off for lack of knowledge.
How do we change this? How do we turn things around? Can we?
1Sa 2:3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.
Psa 14:4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD. (I find it interesting that this is said again word for word in Psalm 53:4.)
Let’s pray. Dear Father in Heaven, as we read Your words written for us in your Holy Bible help us Lord. Convict each of us however you need to. Help us to look at our own lives. Help us to see where we each are lacking. Help us Lord God to cry out to You, to seek You, to search for You. Help us Lord God to have the ears to hear You. Circumcise our hearts. Circumcise our ears. Cut away all our wickedness. Teach us what the meaning of “fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge”. Help us to read the scriptures and give us understanding as only You can. Open our eyes and ears and our hearts. Deuteronomy 30:6 says…And the Lord thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of they seed, to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all they soul, that thou mayest live. Help us Lord God Almighty to learn from You and Your perfect ways. In these days we see darkness growing and we desire to be a light in the darkness as You have called us to be. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit. Keep our lamps full of oil. May we be ready on that blessed day when we hear the trumpets blow. Thank you for hearing our cries and our prayers. Thank you for not turning your back on us and cutting us off as we know we all deserve. Thank you for your mercy and your grace. Help each of us to repent where your holy spirit reveals to each one of us. Help us then to turn from our wickedness and not go back. In your strength and your strength alone, help us to stand and not be shaken. It is in the name of Jesus Christ we ask all these things. We give thanks unto You! We praise You!
Psa 119:66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.
Pro 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Pro 2:1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
Pro 2:2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
Pro 2:3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
Pro 2:4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
Pro 2:5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
Pro 2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
TRUTH. ..Do you have eyes to see and ears to hear?
Pastor JD Farag
May God continue moving across ALL nations and ALL peoples! I pray God opens the eyes if those who have been deceived by false gods and idols.
Thank You Jesus Christ for coming and going to the cross for the sins of the world. I pray that all will accept the gift of salvation that only comes from believing and receiving the truth that You speak of in the Holy Bible. The word of God. John 14:6. Jesus saith unto him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me
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Scripturally based teaching. Truth. No matter what you believe you need to watch this and be encouraged! We all need that!
“Why Should You Believe In The Rapture?” Pastor Jack Hibbs
The word of the Lord couldn’t be more true. True then and I would say it is still true today. It has been especially easy to see for many in other countries around the world. Now here in America we are seeing the greatest division among ourselves that I have ever witnessed. I consider myself to be a fair person. Someone who tries to stand back and make judgements based on many things. I don’t think you can always simply say this rule applies here. Maybe the rule dies apply as law itself goes but then again I am not a judge. What I am is a person who desires to find compassion for all sides. I try to listen and to give a fair and honest assessment. I try to deal with people from where they are. From there perspective. That has always helped me in my day to day work and life.
What I am seeing now in this country disturbs me greatly. No one will listen rationally to anything good. You know, just good sense. Now it seems that many, NOT ALL, are it is either black or white. If you are white then you are the problem and some want to hang you from a tree. Today’s problems feel as though we have simply rolled back time. Before my time. Seems that this movement is evil and is ‘hell bent’ on making everyone pay for the pent up anger that is clearly still there. Most are younger than me and like me didn’t live during the time when segregation was happening. So, is it simply anger passed down from generation to generation?
I feel like yes, there will always be a certain amount of racism but only because of ignorance. What I seem to be seeing now is something much different. Something evil. Something taking all of us back to a time most of us have only seen on television movies. Heartbreaking things that no sane person would agree with. Yet, here we are. Are people creating segregation again only it is the people and not the government?
In Matthew 24 we read. (Just pointing out a few and not all. Go and pray and read over it with discernment of the time.)
6. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars….
7. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
9. Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for my names sake.
10. And many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.
11. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.
12. And BECAUSE lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
2 Thessalonians 1:3-4
We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing. Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.
First, this church is being persecuted. Second, while they are being persecuted, their “faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of them abounds toward each other”. (NKJV) Persecution can bring much pain and suffering, yet this church somehow continues to love one another through the persecution that they face. Lord God, please transform our hearts and press out authentic love for one another, for Your church, that is uncompromising. Jesus said, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” (John 15:12-NIV) Help us love one another, as Christ loved us!
Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.