Idolatry in the temple

Ezekiel 8, “In the sixth year, in the sixth month on the fifth day, while I was sitting in my house and the elders of Judah were sitting before me, the hand of the Sovereign LORD came upon me there…Then he said to me, “Son of man, look toward the north.” So I looked and in the entrance north of the gate of the alter I saw this idol of jealousy. And he said to me, “Son of man, do you see what they are doing-the utterly detestable things the house of Israel is doing here, things that will drive me far away from my sanctuary? But you will see things that are even more detestable.”

In Ezekiel chapter 8, the spirit of the LORD took Ezekiel to Jerusalem to the entrance to the inner court, where the idol that provokes to jealousy stood, and there before him was the glory of the God.

Ezekiel saw the idol of jealousy at the entrance north gate of the alter. Idol of jealousy still stands at the entrance gate of the alter. Its still tries to get hold of the people who try to go near the alter. The idol of jealousy makes every effort to reign in the area that should be filled with Godly reverence and submission. Those who approach the alter should have reverend submission for the LORD God Almighty, but the idol of jealousy works hard to catch those who come to the alter without having Godly submission and reverence. There are people who work for the Lord to glorify His name and there are those who work for the Lord to glorify themselves. When people approach the alter with wrong agenda, the idol of jealousy catches them and fills them up with jealousy.

The only way to conquer the idol of jealousy is to follow the teaching of our Lord ans Saviour Jesus Christ who says in Matthew 23:12, “For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles will be exalted.”

If we approach the alter with clean heart and pure mind with an agenda to glorify the Lord, the idol of jealousy will never be able to conquer us.

The LORD has not called us to work for him with an hidden agenda to glorify ourselves. The LORD has not called us to work for him in public while worshiping the idol of jealousy in private.

Let’s approach the alter with pure heart and clean mind so that our worship may be accepted at the alter of most High God. WE SERVE THE LIVING GOD!

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Multidimensional love of God

“..that you being rooted and established in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth of God’s love.”  Ephesians 3:17-18

God’s love is multidimensional, it has height, breadth, length and depth. It is beyond our human understanding. We can’t comprehend the fullness of God’s love doesn’t matter how hard we try unless the power of God (Holy Spirit) reveals the hidden layers of God’s love to us.

Our definition of love is restricted to one dimension only, that is, something that makes us feel good is lovable. But God’s love is different. Sometimes the expression of God’s love fill us with great joy, other times it brings us to the depth of the valley of shadows. In the bottom of the valley, we struggle to comprehend God’s love. We question ourselves why our loving God would put us in the depth of the valley? We forget that “All things work together for the good of those who love the Lord.”

When Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were thrown into the furnace since they disobeyed King’s verdict to bow down the statue that was erected as per the kingly order. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were thrown into fire but God in His love didn’t leave them and came down to rescue them out of the furnace.The most amazing thing happened that the King asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?” They replied, “Certainly, Your Majesty.” He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.” Daniel 3:24-25

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were thrown into the fire but God not only rescued them out of it but also revealed his glory to the King by showing him the Son of God.

If you are in deep valley, the Lord will not only exalt you to the greatest heights but also give a testimony to those around you!!

God’s love never leaves nor forsakes, in fact it follows us when wherever we are! God’s love didn’t leave Joseph who was thrown into deep pit by his brothers. When Joseph came out, he was made the prime minister of Egypt!

When Paul and Silas were thrown into jail (Acts 16), their imprisonment became a means by which the jailor and his family came to know the salvation of the Lord.

God’s people, even though in jail, bring deliverance and salvation to others for the glory of the Lord!

Where are you today? in deep darkness, depth of shadows or somewhere else. Remember God’s love is pursuing you tight now! He is ready to cover you with his outstretched arms. Worship him like Paul and Silas and the Lord will not only rescue you but also bring salvation to those who have put you in adverse situations!

We serve the living God!

 

Teach us to number our days

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Psalm 90:12, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

Wisdom begins when we come to the realisation that the Lord has put us on this earth for a short period of time. Wisdom begins when we acknowledge that our lives on earth are numbered and we have been created to live with God in eternity. Wisdom begins when we begin to prepare ourselves for the coming of the Lord while living in our earthly abode.

This wisdom doesn’t come easily. People don’t think about eternity until they go through some painful experiences or situations that shatter their confidence and bring them to realize that they might think of themselves as  wise and mighty in their own sight but its the LORD who is Sovereign in all situations.

Blessed are those who prepare themselves for eternity by walking in the fear of the Lord.

If you are living a life that is not focused on eternity, this is the time.

Think that the things of the world will come and go but whatever is done for the service of the LORD will be remembered forever. Its our fellowship and the work done under the guidance of the Holy Spirit that will be recognised by the Lord just as the Lord recognised the work of Cornelius when an angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, ” Your prayers and work of charity has come as a memorial offering to the LORD.”

Let us work hard so that our work bring commendation from the LORD Himself!

Lets manage our time well and not forget that we have a mission to accomplish on this earth as copartners with God.

Lets remind ourselves every day that we have been created to accomplish two fold work  by fulfilling our responsibility in this world and the world to come, as per the Lord’s command, “Give to God what belongs to God and to Caesar what belongs to Caesar.”

Let’s work hard to be called wise in the sight of the LORD by managing our time well!

 

 

 

Rejoice in the Lord always!

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Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord always, Again I say rejoice.”

Paul was writing to the congregation of Philippians urging them to rejoice in the Lord.

The world may rejoice in their material possessions but the believers rejoice in the LORD. The world may rejoice to see the abundance of their possessions but the believers rejoice to see the LORD in all situations.

The believers walk by faith while the world walks by sight. The believers rejoice when there is no reason to rejoice since the Lord fills them with his grace that enables them to see the Lord in all situations.

The grace that has come down to us through Jesus Christ is the greatest blessing that believers receive when they come to the Lord. The grace, like a covering, keep the soul, body and spirit of a believer safe from every worldly and spiritual shock and attack. Those who are covered with grace can endure anything and go through everything that come on their way. Grace enables a believer to focus on the author and finisher of faith Jesus Christ, even in the midst of a storm. Grace not only saves a believer, but also empowers him to walk in the precious salvation every single moment of his lives.

Its the Grace that covered the earlier believers so much that they were ready to die for Christ instead of renouncing their faith in him. Its the Grace that we all need in our Christian walk. Grace provides devil proof atmosphere to a believer so that a believer may enjoy life in all its abundance even though he may be in the midst of a fiery furnace or mighty storm.

Grace Keeps us safe in Christ!

Its the Grace that enables us to rejoice in the LORD.

Let’s approach the throne of Grace and ask the Lord to fill us with the abundance of his grace so that we may rejoice in Him always!

What is my Calling?

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Most of us go through a phase in our lives when we ask this question  – What is my calling?

My calling is different from your calling. Your calling is different from someone else’s calling.

Our calling is unique.

Sometimes,  we determine our calling by looking at the progress that others are making under the same calling. For example, sometime people get so inspired by certain preachers/pastors or healers and they start their own ministry/churches without receiving any instructions or conformation from the Lord.

Sometimes, people jump into ministry work to satisfy their hunger for recognition. I have seen many such ministries that start with great pump and show but come to an end in no time. This happens because the work of the Lord can’t be established on the foundation of our own desires or needs. It has to be established on the cornerstone of the VOICE of Christ. A ministry that is founded on the WORD will endure the hardship of time and stand firm even in the midst of turmoil and storm.

The first step to determine our calling is to hear clearly from the Lord. The ministry that Jesus establishes will not be overcome by anything in this world or the world to come, Just as he told Peter in Matthew 16:18, “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

Most of us struggle to hear clearly from the Lord. The answer is found in Jeremiah 29:13, “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” 

Seeking the Lord early in the morning brings clarity to our mind and prepares it to hear the voice of the Lord. Those who seek the Lord during early hours of the day are blessed with the greatest gift of fellowship with the LORD.

Seek Him and find Him.

Don’t run after some people who prophesy that you will become a great preacher/pastor etc. unless you have heard it clearly from the Lord.

Another step in determining your calling is to evaluate your strength and weakness. We are all unique with different gifts that could be used to multiply the kindgom of God. When Jesus called Peter, he was a fisherman but the Lord made him a fisherman of men. Likewise if you are a diligent businessman or teacher/lawyer etc.,  the Lord will use your special gifts and talents to spread his kingdom, only if you are faithful to your work. 

If you are faithful in whatever the Lord has entrusted you with, HE will promote you by adding his kingdom work to your portfolio and the reward will be too much for you to keep.

What are you thinking? Have you been struggling to find your calling? 

Be faithful in the  job/responsibility the Lord has blessed you with. Do your work diligently as if you are working for the Lord, then seek the Lord early morning and the LORD will be more than happy to bring a new assignment to your portfolio to multiply His kingdom.