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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions
Dry And Thirsty Land
2/28/2017

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Ezekiel 19:1-14 KJV
(1) Moreover take thou up a lamentation for the princes of Israel,
(2) And say, What is thy mother? A lioness: she lay down among lions, she nourished her whelps among young lions.
(3) And she brought up one of her whelps: it became a young lion, and it learned to catch the prey; it devoured men.
(4) The nations also heard of him; he was taken in their pit, and they brought him with chains unto the land of Egypt.
(5) Now when she saw that she had waited, and her hope was lost, then she took another of her whelps, and made him a young lion.
(6) And he went up and down among the lions, he became a young lion, and learned to catch the prey, and devoured men.
(7) And he knew their desolate palaces, and he laid waste their cities; and the land was desolate, and the fulness thereof, by the noise of his roaring.
(8) Then the nations set against him on every side from the provinces, and spread their net over him: he was taken in their pit.
(9) And they put him in ward in chains, and brought him to the king of Babylon: they brought him into holds, that his voice should no more be heard upon the mountains of Israel.
(10) Thy mother is like a vine in thy blood, planted by the waters: she was fruitful and full of branches by reason of many waters.
(11) And she had strong rods for the sceptres of them that bare rule, and her stature was exalted among the thick branches, and she appeared in her height with the multitude of her branches.
(12) 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.
(13) And now she is planted in the wilderness, in a dry and thirsty ground.
(14) And fire is gone out of a rod of her branches, which hath devoured her fruit, so that she hath no strong rod to be a sceptre to rule. This is a lamentation, and shall be for a lamentation.

The most attractive people are those that can tell a good story, or a good joke that people enjoy the time spent around listening. What attracts a crowd is those that can speak to the listeners heart, soul and mind about life in many different avenues. Israel had become a place of no longer being listen too. Israel first son to be carried off into exile was a boy with dreams of his family bowing to him, and yet no one cared to listen. His name was Joseph. He seemed to be a kid with to big of a head and needed to be cut down in size. He was sold into bondage. In years to come his family would bow to him. Now a nation was being carried into exile into Babylon. The laws of Israel would be heard no more. It is like some of churches today that only hear the four gospels and nothing else, not knowing the history of the Bible or the history of Godís word enough to share the story of God and His Word/Son from being to end. People want to hear about love but they do not want the full knowledge of God. To hear about his wrath or judgment to some does not seem like love. People want the miracles but not the wrath of God. People wonder why the words of exile would every be preached in our modern world, but it is a warning as well as information needed in understanding the New Testament and time of judgment before the coming of Christ in the incorruptible flesh once more. To be blind is to have curtains over ones eyes but only feeling soft cuddly animals around you until you meet a snake that bites, or angry bear.

Truth of the matter as Israel went into exile their glory disappeared because of the face of God no longer shined upon them, because they choose the wickedness of the nation around them over God. Want to be like the world you will look like the world. What to look like a church you will look like a church. The church should be inviting but to the world it another old building to pass by. The building of the world has neon signs. Where is the brightness of our churches today, it is lost when the whole story of the Bible is not told. How many years does it take to go through a Bible in a church. There is only 52 weeks in a year and that for most average churches with prayer meeting only 156 services that ministers are ministering on average. That does not include small groups or Bible studies that can be done. However three services and preparation is a lot of work with wedding, funerals and emergency calls. His job is to train the next generation for his position. People with to much free time have time to learn to lead, if they have that type of call on their life, but others in truth are looking at other forms of out reach. A growing church takes all people reaching out into the community.

I wants heard a minister say until you been forty years in the desert you just would not understand. All I could think even in areas that are prominently Christian there is still work to do, if nothing more then caring for the flock. Yet it takes willing people to do the work of ministry. When people are too old they need people caring on the wait of ministry, but they are not to old to be ministers of faith to the generation coming up with stories of long ago.

The people of faith survive by the passing on of the information of faith, not just about love but the wrath of God. The world and politics will always change over time, but Godís word and the people of faith will survive. There will be places where the people of faith will not survive, but those places are often fruitful too. Whether a land is barren or not, fruit of God still blooms, even if but a few. Those watching Israel fall had not a clue of the people of faith that remained or how God would use those people to one day go back to rebuild the temple.

Dear Heavenly Father has we look at the weakness of government, we can not forget the strength of your people, In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Romans 9:24-28 KJV
(24) Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
(25) As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.
(26) And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.
(27) Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:
(28) For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.

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