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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Ezekiel 1:1-3 KJV
(1) Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God.
(2) In the fifth day of the month, which was the fifth year of king Jehoiachin's captivity,
(3) The word of the LORD came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the LORD was there upon him.

Has we journey this month through the book of Ezekiel looking at the love of God during time of Captivity, one can not forget the hope and peace God can only bring during times of defeat, and correction. The hope of prosperity when defeat comes the first time. It does not mean you get up and fight, but you learn to be submissive to gain knowledge, information, and peace, that will lead to prosperity and a return home to the promise land.

Ezekiel was a great prophet of his day. God choose to speak through him. The Lordís hand was upon him in the days of captivity. Godís people had sinned so much that it caused their captivity. There ability to rise up over the enemy was no more, because they no longer had the great faith in their God to fight their battles. When we fail to grasp God desire to fight our battles, if we will trust in Him. If God be before us, who can be against us, no anyone. Yet if God is not before us, then will we not fall. Ezekiel a man of faith, would learn in the most difficult time of his life, the power of His God to enable him to speak to a nation in captivity.

Are you willing to speak in times of difficulty as God directs? The prophets of old stood up when God spoke to them to do so. It was through Godís power they spoke to their nation as a whole of Godís grace and mercy and their need to repent of their sins. Are we willing to listen to God by His Spirit to obey him in defeat as will as in victory. Let us go before the throne of God lifting up our voice in honor to him, knowing our Savior Jesus lives today. This was the time before Christ, but Christ was still there among Godís people, for Christ is the word of God that came in the flesh, to full fill prophesy of Godís Spirit. Godís word will be fulfilled even in troublesome times.

Dear Heavenly Father give your people the continue hope of faith. That even in exile because sin they have hope. Even when defeat you have not forsaken your people if they will only turn your hearts to you. Help the backslider Lord to see the need of Christ this very hour. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Revelation 20:8-9 KJV
(8) And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
(9) And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

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