Friday, 3 November 2017

Marked.



Ezekiel 9:4-6

"Walk through the streets of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of all who weep and sigh because of the detestable sins being committed in their city...Kill everyone whose forehead is not marked. Show no mercy; have no pity! Kill them all--Old and young, girls and women and little children. But do not touch anyone with the mark."

So I just woke up this morning doing my devotions and minding my business when I came across this verse. Immediately it broke me as my mind started wandering back and forth. I struggled with finishing up the readings because I just wanted to share it immediately. However, I disciplined myself till the end.
The realisation of God's wrath on the day that matters most-The Judgment--is something serious. I'm not sure why but I became REAL SHOOK at the thought of it. Let me let you know, as much as I have silly fears like being put in prison and roaches or anything else that crawls coming close to me; my BIGGEST and MIGHTIEST-EST TERROR and HORROR and NIGHTMARE is come Judgment day and God looks at me without emotion, forming His lips to utter the words: DEPART FROM ME. I NEVER KNEW YOU!!! *falls out*


WAIT SWEET JESUS! REWIND AND FREEZE PLEASE. "What do you mean by 'depart' first of all?! To WHERE? HOW? Can I EXPLAIN?!" Like there are too many questions. The frightening part is that day will be so clinical. The verse says "show no mercy; have no pity?" WHAAAA?! If nothing else motivates me to get this life right, the fear of the anger of God is more than sufficient to set me straight.

The faithfulness of the people of Jerusalem at that time was determined by the sorrow over the nation's sin. Those that had their foreheads marked were spared, and those without were killed. In the days leading up to the Judgment, God will single-handedly mark the foreheads of those that are truly His (Rev. 7:3), and Satan will equally mark his (Revelation 13:16,17). Tying that to our present day, we are in a time where we have access to so much of the gospel for the most part. This is an era that allows us all to repent and turn away from our evil ways and truly focus our eyes on God. We are in a season that God is beckoning on us and tugging at our hearts to choose life. This is the era of God's PERFECT LOVE. What are we going to do with it?

This life is not a joke to me at all. As often as I can, I try to draw other's hearts to Him in any way possible. I don't shy away from topics focused on God except of course the conversation is not productive and aims to cause division rather than God's love. In that case, I won't be found there. There are so many things the Bible doesn't explicitly say, but I won't pamper my ignorance by debating contexts, Hebrew and Greek translations and every other devices we use to exalt our logic. Something I remember my dad saying is "If there's doubt, don't." That is enough for me. If I need to sit down and search deep within if what I'm purposing to do is right or wrong, I would rather not. When I get to heaven, if I missed out on anything on earth and it was indeed a good thing, I am beyond confident that I will have access to it there. While I'm here though, I am laser-focused. Close-minded to the world (SUPER CLOSE-MINDED) and open ONLY to the VOICE OF GOD. I'm not trying to be shaking in my boots all alone when I am called to give account of my life. Nobody will be there to defend you (and this is why we need freedom from people-pleasing). Run YOUR race for YOUR eternity.

There are SO MANY distractions in this world. My Goodness! A TON of distractions that if you don't know God for yourself you will end up doubting what you believe. Close your ears to this world please. Pay no attention to the desires of your flesh. This flesh will never be on God's side so the earlier you stop listening to what it wants, the quicker you get to say YES to the Spirit of God. While we have time let's do all that is in our power to keep our names in the Book of Life. You can't live life how you want as if when we are lowered six feet under that will be the end. If that isn't a LIE of the devil, I don't know what it. Listen! The moment you shut your eyes on this side of life, you immediately begin a new one. That is the true beginning of life. What mark do you carry? Are you on the Lord's side? For real for real!

(Pardon my CAPITAL's lol It just mirrors the passion in my heart over this issue). We need to stop playing life. Seriously! We canNOT afford the game. Make that decision to be marked and stamped for God alone. This world is not our home.

TIP:
- Be very careful who you follow on social media. Guard you eyes and your heart. People you innocently follow can start to desensitise you to things that go against your beliefs. Things that were a total "no-no" to you begin to look "Not that bad" anymore and so on. Social media is partly for entertainment, but be careful not to lose sight of what matters most.

Psalm 139: 23-24

"Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Point out ANYTHING in me that offends You,
and lead me along the path of everlasting life."


AMEN.

I LOVE YOU. I MEAN IT!!!

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