Thursday, August 30, 2012

Ezekiel 34:1-36:38

Ezekiel 34 As I read this text I am reminded that we must never become complacent. We must always be caring for our fellow believers, but also reach out to all the lost people. We must not be content with how large our church has grown or how many attend on Sunday, but go after those who do not. I need to be a greater witness and shepherd. I am so thankful that God sent Jesus to be our shepherd when we fall short. I am thankful he cared enough to come find me when I was lost.

Ezekiel 36 I am so thankful for my new life. I am so thankful to have my sins washed away. God washed away all the sin and impurity from Egypt and renewed the land for his people. I wonder if that is sometimes the reason for floods. Is that God purging our land and making it new and clean?  Often times when a flood comes or some other disaster we think of the devastation it brings, but maybe we should be looking at the before and after picture.  We should look at all the people saved through those times and the way it seems to bring out the best in peoples spirit. I am not saying that it is not hard for the people to lose things, but they are just things. We must pray for lives to be saved during those times and help those in need.  I think God calls us to help others through those times.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Ezekiel 24:15-25, 29:1-16 Jeremiah 34:1-22

Ezekiel 24:15-25- It seems so harsh to me that God told Ezekiel that he wife was going to die and that he was not to mourn for her. I'm sure it was very hard for him as well. I am inspired by his total faith and his servants heart. I think God uses certain situations even though they may be sad and hard to understand in order to prepare us for what is to come. We just need to have faith even when we don't understand or see the reason.
Ezekel 29:1-16 Egypt had everything it needed, but instead of thanking God and giving him the glory they were saying that they did it. We must always remember that everything we have comes from God. He gives and he can take it all away, so we must always remember to be thankful and give him the glory so we will not be punished like Egypt was.
Jeremiah 34:1-22 Always do what is right by God. We must never turn our back on that. We can do what is right once, but we can't rely on that we must continue to do what is right. You can not say "oh I helped this person and did this" that is the past and while it was good and right by God it is in the past and we must continue to do what is right in the present and the future.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Ezekiel 20:1-22

Why are we so rebellious? Usually it's because we think we know what's best. If only we could be more trusting of God and know that He is the only one who knows what is Best. I am a person who likes to be in control so this is a hard one for me. I am so thankful that God is patient with me and never leaves me. I am able to give the Lord control over my life now because I can see all the things that have happened in my life and that he was in charge of all of them and they turned out for the best. Israel was so rebellious thinking they knew what was best, I can relate. Often times when we are being led by others, do we not question them? I think that it is normal to question things and doubt, but that is where faith comes in. We can build faith by reading his word, worshiping Him, and giving our lives to him. When we rebel from God we will be punished and should be the same as when a child rebels from us they should be punished, it is used to teach a lesson. God teaches us just as we teach our children, because we are his children. I am so thankful that he has love for us no matter what we do just like we do for our children.

Keeping the Sabbath-Oh how I love Sunday's! I am so thankful for such a wonderful church family. We do things as a family on Sunday's. I know it is hard not to work on the Sabbath because often people work all week and we have things we need to get done. I try really hard to get all my errands etc. done on Saturday that way Sunday is just for worship, family, and rest. We are always so busy in our lives. God gave us the Sabbath as a way of telling us to rest and give him the day(he even made it a law). What a wonderful God who knows exactly what we need.