Thursday, March 12, 2020

AHA!

Today’s Reading: Ezekiel 36-37

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Mary and Joseph gazing upon the little One of whom it was written by the Prophet Micah (5:2) more than 100 years before Ezekiel’s prophecies, “But you, Bethlehem …. out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth have been from old, from everlasting!” I checked the dictionary this morning for the word “aha” found in 36:2 and here’s what I read, “Aha, so that’s your secret plan!” Jesus is the greatest “Aha” revelation in human history.

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Key Verses: Ezekiel 36:26-27

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.

 

Twenty-five times in today’s reading Ezekiel quotes God saying,”I will.” The fulfillment of these prophecies is still decades away in the restoration and rebuilding of Israel under the leadership of Ezra, Nehemiah, and a dozen prophets whose short books we’ll read by the time we complete our readings on June 2nd. When God says, “I WILL!!!” and when people pay attention and co-operate with Him in deliberate, obedient, positive action, good things happen!

Ezekiel 36 states what God will do and we know from history that these good things happened. Verse 31 tells us what the people would do as a result, “Then you will remember!” Let us take time today to remember the good things God has done in our lives.

Ezekiel 37 is another example of Ezekiel’s unique prophetic word pictures. Another old song is “Them bones, them dry bones…now hear the Word of the Lord” (click here for a fun children’s version produced by “Muffin” songs). We’ve read a lot of heavy stuff; perhaps it’s time to lighten up with the Light of God’s Word and with a light happy obedient heart.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I thank You for the “aha” moment in my life when You became more than Someone I heard about in family devotions and church. I pray that You’ll surprise many others today with a revelation of Your secret plan. May I be Your communications agent to all those I meet today. With Your Holy Spirit’s help, I will do my best to make sure Your plan is not a secret anymore. I pray this in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Messiah), the One who shone a bright light on Who You really are, Father God, Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I’m doing as our reading tells me…remembering. It was the first Saturday night of June, 1962, when the lights went on for a new TV show called Crossroads. There was only one TV station available and we were there with the greatest message the world has ever heard. That small beginning God grew into Crossroads Christian Communications Incorporated. Through the years, we’ve produced dozens of shows for children, teens, and the whole human family. They’ve been produced in many languages and distributed around the world. It’s been said, “If there’s no feedback from viewers, there’s been no communication!” An example of feedback from one of our productions was when there were over a million letters from children to our Russian language edition of Kingdom Adventure for children. They asked for a colouring book which taught about God. This was an amazing opportunity back when the Soviet Union first emerged from the 70 years of communist captivity (for an English video clip from the Kingdom Adventure series, click HERE).

Yours for millions of “aha” revelations!!!

David

27 thoughts on “Thursday, March 12, 2020

  1. Praise God for that first Saturday night back in June of 1962 when David’s Crossroads began. Look at the fruitfulness of God’s Kingdom that has emerged. We are part of that amazing heritage. We worship You Lord God on high! His blessings upon you, fellow saints.

    But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. Malachi 4:2 ESV

    Ezekiel 36:24-28 Song “A New Heart, A New Spirit” (with Lyrics)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UOd66KgT-Y

  2. Dear Lord God, it seems so hard to pray today. The news from this evil world goes from unrelentingly bad to even worse. You know this, yet You tell us to take heart because You have overcome it all, even death. Lord God, please put Your caring heart in all Your people today. Let Your light shine in each one freely so others will see and hear and turn to You. Please give our leaders the Godly wisdom they need to govern well. We commit all these things, and more, to You in Jesus’s name, amen

  3. I sent a message to the blog yesterday (late), asking for prayer for my daughter-in-law & her mom who were still in Florida after funeral of her youngest sister. I soon as I sent it my son messaged me that they had come home! So thankful for that. USA 🇺🇸 is closing down so many things because of the virus. Didn’t want them to have any problems getting back. Thanks all. Enjoyed the “Dry Bones” song!

    • So glad to hear that they are back safely, Doreen. I saw your request, late last night, and prayed for a safe return. Of course, they were home already….thanks be to God!

      Praying for you, dear Beverlee. Just as God brought the bones back to life, I pray He will bring renewed life and strength to every part of your body…every organ, muscle, cell, ligament, especially your back. We join our faith in this blog and “prophesy” complete healing to your entire body, in the Name of Jesus!
      Looking forward to your book !

      God’s blessings be upon each and every one of you, fellow bloggers!

    • Doreen, somehow the message I posted to you did not get on here. So happy to hear the good news about your daughter-in-law and her mom returning home safely. Your prayers were answered and your heart reassured. Such a wonderful God we serve. Amen.

  4. Amen, just read all the blogs from yesterday and today. Thank you for your research and posting of conversion therapy Beverlee. So sorry you are undergoing such physical problems and other struggles. I pray that through it all you will get victory through the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Glad your loved ones are home safe Doreen. Yesterday I was very saddened to hear that my brother, Vinal whom I requested prayer for his smoking a while back has cancer on his lungs and other organs in his body. And his wife who has lupus and not well does not want anyone to call or visit right now. Please pray that Vinal will recommit his life to the Lord first of all and have a real experience with the Lord and be healed if God’s will. After I was in prayer this morning, I saw this shape like a snowbird on my shrub through the window. When I went closer I saw that it was a piece of ice perfectly shaped like a bird and the Lord said to comfort me, “I love Vinal who fed my birds.” I took a photo and will give it to me. Pray the Lord will give him time to give his heart to the Lord. Thank you saints. You are a comfort to me.

    • Amen Ger. I believe your brother Vinal will call upon the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ before his passing. And I pray for a quick journey home that eases his pain and suffering. I know you would love to see him and I pray you will get the chance. We fellow saints pray for your comfort knowing your brother will meet our Lord in heaven and be saved. I believe that “bird” and Word the Lord spoke to you was reassurance that will be. Thank you also for your loving prayers.

  5. Dear Saints, I am praying for all of your needs & your family & friends needs.
    Update on myself & couisin: Eva is slowly getting better with rehab for her body from being in hospital since January. She has c-dificile & doctors don’t know why it is not getting better. I don’t know if I mentioned this before, but her cancer team don’t know if they can do anything for her because she is allergic to chemo & radiation has too many potential side effects.
    I fell on March 3rd & sprained my ankle & hurt my knee while getting into a cab. I saw the orthopaedic surgeon yesterday & l will be wearing an air cast for another 6 weeks. So, I guess Eva & l can use some prayers.
    Thank you! God bless you!

    • Dear Marie, we pray for your sprained ankle and knee in an air cast, and your awaiting a spinal MRI. We ask that God give you the strength and rest you need at this time. We hold up Marie’s cousin Eva who is dealing with c-dificile and cancer to You, Lord. Lay Your Hand upon Eva and give her strength to fight this battle with Your Holy Spirit and Word breathing through her. Send a multitude of angels to be with her and lift her up. In Jesus’ mighty Name, we pray. Amen, amen, and amen.

      • Amen! Praying for Maria and Eva.
        Also praying for your brother, Ger. Praying for God‘s comfort and encouragement for him, his wife and the whole family. Praying that Vinal will come to realize his need for the Lord his life .

        Although I don’t post on here daily, I do read every comment and pray for all requests. We are so blessed to have this means of connecting with and praying for each other.

  6. Lord God, Jehovah Rapha, Jehovah Jireh, our Prince of Peace and King of Kings, we pray to You with an outcry of urgency to send legions of angels to stop the spread of this coronavirus and heal all who are infected. God, this is becoming a pandemic that is spreading and which now affects major avenues of life–hospitals, nursing homes, the economy, travel, the schooling system, day cares, work, insurance. It is affecting so many people on so many levels. We pray Lord that people who are isolated at home have all their needs met but most of all that they turn to You in prayer and in Word and in worship. We pray that this brings people who are lost back to claiming You Lord. You are the only hope and breath and life we can depend on. We thank You for giving us the rock to hold onto and strength we need when we face trials of this proportion on a global level. We know You are in control Lord and we give You all the thanks and praise. In Jesus’ mighty Name. Amen.

  7. Thank you brothers & sisters in Christ for your continued prayers for Eva & myself.
    I am praying for you and your families & friends who are in great need of prayer.
    I am also praying for Ravi for total pain relief & healing.
    God bless you!

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