Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Today's Favorite Verse: Ezekiel 19:12-13

Today's Favorite Verse: Ezekiel 19:12-13
"But she was plucked up in fury, she was cast down to the ground, and the east wind dried up her fruit: her strong rods were broken and withered; the fire consumed them.
And now she is planted in the wilderness, in a dry and thirsty ground."

This is the state of Israel after turning their back on the Lord and being led away captive. Now they must thirst for living water for they have none. Sometimes what you didn't find desirable becomes desirable when you no longer have it. I think this is part of the reason the Lord lets them suffer for a season.

Day 1396

Monday, January 21, 2019

Today's Favorite Verse: Ezekiel 18:21-22

Today's Favorite Verse: Ezekiel 18:21-22
"But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statues, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.
All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live."

This is the beauty of repentance. For after repentance my sins are no more. The Lord will not mention them at final judgment. They are as if they never happened. How merciful is that! To be made clean there is no stain left. If only the world could do that to. I am so sadden as I see people unable to forgive others, and so willing to bring up dirt so long ago overcome and say you life is now wasted forever. No wonder I see depression and suicides increasing.

For the Lord says in version 32 "For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye."

Spiritual death can be overcome in Christ. Man now teaches the opposite. That is unrighteous judgment and such will be condemned.

"For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again."
(Matthew 7:2)

"Therefore, my son, see that you are merciful unto your brethren; deal justly, judge righteously, and do good continually; and if ye do all these things then shall ye receive your reward; yea, ye shall have mercy restored unto you again; ye shall have justice restored unto you again; ye shall have a righteous judgment restored unto you again; and ye shall have good rewarded unto you again."
(Alma 41:14)

Day 1395

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Today's Favorite Verse: Ezekiel 17:2, 12

Today's Favorite Verse: Ezekiel 17:2, 12
"Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable unto the house of Israel;
Say now to the rebellious house, Know ye not what these things mean? tell them, Behold, the King of Babylon is come to Jerusalem, and hath taken the king thereof, and the princes thereof, and led them with him to Babylon;"

I pondered on the Lord's use of parables throughout the scriptures. That those that have eyes to see and ears to hear will understand them. In this chapter He knows they are rebellious so he gives part of the meaning. These are keys to understanding the full meaning if they would just ponder on it. I think it is through the act of pondering on the words of God that the spirit has the chance to testify and instruct. The Lord was trying to get the rebellious to open that door.

Day 1394

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Today's Favorite Verse: Ezekiel 16:8

Today's Favorite Verse: Ezekiel 16:8
"Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord God, and thou becamest mine."

This chapter is written so beautifully that I could see all the Lord has done for his people and how even after rejecting him, his hands are stretched out still. There is sad cycle of how God showers his love upon his people, then sin over takes them. They turn to pride, gluttony, idleness, turn their backs upon the poor and needy, justify the sins of others, and judge unrighteously. The worst is when their sins cause them to feed their children to the fire. Which I think means they no longer teach their children about God and leave them to the fires of hell.

I just sat and wept over how lost they became. My heart cried how do I not go this same path? How do I not leave the goodness of the Lord? Then I went back and read the beginning of the chapter and saw the key. Never leave His embrace. Don't break my covenants and leave Him. Love the Lord back with all my heart. Let Him call me mine. Remember I am nothing without the Lord, and do not turn to pride. 

Day 1393