Thursday, February 27, 2020

ICHABOD

Today’s Reading: Ezekiel 10-12

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

 

Angels opening a scroll are depicted in beautiful artwork inside the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, Rome. Ezekiel’s visions of the most unusual creatures, which he refers to as Cherubim, leave us in awe at the nature of these beings.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verses: Ezekiel 10:18a, 12:28

Then the glory of the Lord departed….Thus says the Lord God: “None of My words will be postponed anymore, but the word which I speak will be done,” says the Lord God.

 

In 1 Samuel 4:11-22 we find the story of an earlier time when the “Glory” departed from Israel. The time comes when God, who is 100% Holy, is so grieved by the actions of His people that He ceases to manifest His presence anymore until there is a deep sorrow for sin, a turning away from sin, and a turning back to Him. Phineas, son of the high priest Eli, who participated in removing the Ark of God from the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle, was killed, and his widow bore a son whom she named “Ichabod,” which means “the glory has departed.” As our second key verse tells us, God will not postpone forever the consequences of human rebellion against His clearly stated will.

Don’t give up, family of God! He has made over 7,000 promises which are recorded in the Bible. Here’s one of them found in Ezekiel 11:17-19. Let’s read that one again from today’s reading. Verse 19 says, “I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take away the stoney heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh.”

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I think of the saying, “Have a heart!” Yes! I pray for that “one heart,” and that “new spirit” to be renewed daily within me. You have created me as an eternal being as spirit, soul (heart), mind, and body. Like a father and mother care for their children, so You care for me. I rest in Your arms, totally confident in the constancy of Your love! May Your presence, Your glory, permeate my entire being 24/7. Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

One time, shortly after Norma-Jean and I were married, we had retired for the night. I was half asleep when suddenly I was wide awake, sat bolt upright, and cried out in fear. Norma-Jean remembers this also. I sensed that an intensely evil presence had entered our bedroom and was threatening to destroy us. I cried out the name of our Lord and Saviour “Jesus” in a loud voice, and immediately that sense of dread and evil was gone, never to return to this day, 57 years later. That has happened only once, but over and over through the years I have experienced the Presence of our loving God, sometimes with greater intensity than at other times. The Scriptures tell us that in His “presence is fullness of joy!” King David wrote a song about this. Read Psalm 16:5-11.

Yours for experiencing the Presence of God! (He’s always there; I’m the one who is not constant. May God do an ongoing work in me until that day when I’ll see God face to face in eternity!),

David

Crossroads has helped train hundreds of people from 82 countries in the art of producing good TV programs. Ashvin Dev, seen over Norma-Jean’s right shoulder, is one of our graduates. He and his team presented us with scarves from India as a “thank you.” They now have three over-the-air TV stations licensed by the government of India. Dr. John Hull, a former host of 100 Huntley Street, is on the right.

Did any blog readers watch Olympic hockey a while back. It’s in the Canadian nature to apologize, most of the time  for any evidence of triumphalism. I thought you might enjoy the Canadian beaver and the American eagle.

 

23 thoughts on “Thursday, February 27, 2020

  1. Thank you so much for making reading through the Bible so interesting,spoken word ,pics,commentary,so grateful for David Maines vision.

  2. Lord, I pray for a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit today, to know your heart and to be moved by the pain You feel for the lost. Let me be sensitive to the even smallest prompting of the Holy Spirit to be obedient to the call. I ask that the Lord would awaken a desire in the hearts of those who are lost to seek Him and to seek Truth. I feel led to pray for the lost youth in Canada. Luisa, I continue to lift Tyler before God and pray against the depression and Eleanor, I am remembering and trusting God for a complete healing for Gavin. I pray that God’s Spirit would melt the pride that causes many to hold to wrong opinions about Christ and His salvation.

    The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Cor 10: 4-5

    I would ask for prayers for my 25 year old son, Sheldon as we await the doctor’s report on Friday, cancer. I am walking by faith and fully trusting God. Satan uses the word cancer to Instill fear and that is from the enemy. My God walks with me in the fire and He is the same God on the mountaintop as He is in the valley. In Jesus mighty and precious name. Amen

  3. Dear Lord God, thank You for all the beauty of everything You made. Thank You for Your Word and Your faithful ones who share it. Please, Lord, open the doors wide for Your Truth to go out through all this world You made, and help all Your people be the faithful witnesses You made us all to be. We ask for wisdom, for courage and compassion for all Your children, that You wash each of us clean, and fill us with Your Holy Spirit. Bless all those who are working for You, Lord. We pray that Your Kingdom comes and Your will is done on Earth, even in Canada, as it is in Heaven. In Jesus’s matchless name, amen

  4. I was off line for 24 hrs but now I shave a new modem and it’s working well. Enjoyed today’s reading (sounded like a play). Prayers are needed for the peace of Jerusalem (which is under attack) and for the Covid-19 virus which is showing up in manny places away from China. They are working on a vaccine. Pray for wisdom & understanding with God’s guidance in this task. Amen

  5. Some more “woes” in today’s reading to Israel for their idolatry and rejection of God. When I turned on the CPAC channel of the proceedings of Parliament today and found out they were discussing C-7, an Act to amend the Criminal Code(medical assistance in dying), I could also sense the Lord saying in this time and space, “Woe, woe, woe”. Right? Agree with you Rob, Lord bring conviction on our leaders in error that they turn back to the Bible. Prayers for your son Charlene that the Lord will speak to him and you bring him deliverance from cancer. The lord spoke to me that we need to pray for the healing of the soul first before the healing of the body in my family. Blessings saints. A big storm in coming in now here.

  6. Amen to the above and prayer.God is good.
    I believe Rabbi Jonathan Cahn is correct in his books,The Paradigm and The Oracle.The similarities in so many past ‘cycles of recurring history’ of the OT and the present age are far too many to be coincidental.(“Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.”)
    We know through ‘His-story’ of the many prophecies that were fulfilled and wait for the final ones to meet us.(Those last 2 words just came into my head as I typed,much like my early poems,so I typed them.)Yall have a great day full of God’s blessings.

    The Mountains Of The Lord

    His mountains shall be above all mountains,
    His house above Zion’s hills shall rest,
    For this is the pool of the golden fountain,
    His people,the chosen few and best.

    The rivers will flow to the shores of Zion,
    For the world will soon know this King,
    The proven Master we could rely on,
    The Shepherd worthy above everything.

    His exalted name will be widely praised,
    When He returns to vanquish the beast,
    And everywhere voices will be raised
    In celebration with His banquet feast.

    Let fair warning go throughout the land
    He will return with shield and sword
    And as Satan shall take his last stand,
    My Friend shall show that He is Lord.
    G W (Bill)Marshall /Nov 9,2012

  7. Report says Ravi Zacharias came through long surgery today successfully. Family is thanking everyone for prayers. Doctor said he had them working hard. He said the pain now will be from recovery from the surgery for a few weeks.

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