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I think it was really interesting that in yesterdays ready in Hebrews 3:15 we are told that "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion."

And in todays reading in Hebrews 4:7 we are told the same thing--. I take warning in this because it is important enough to mention 2 times in 2 chapters. I"d like to hear your thought on this.

I dont read your posts that often as I sould ,but some thing told me to today I was so into it that I started to read out loud (i home school my kids) and my kids started to come one by one and listen I even was explaining not noticing that I was doing just that, what I have been told !

so thanks today I got my children to listen (well as a kid can) is there a way or a kids page any were that they can get to that is safe ? thanks and God Bless.

wow...Eze is pretty heavy...if you dont warn them, their blood is own your hands. Is God saying this to us today? Shouldnt we take others' salvation that seriously.

Eze hadto do some crazy things!! and this verse:

"Very well," he said, "I will let you bake your bread over cow manure instead of human excrement." ---hahahahaha.

Hebr. had a beautiful promise to believers: "Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need"

...We can boldly and with "confidence" approach holy God, through Jesus. Isnt that amazing?

Jesus is our high priest yet isnt unsympathedic to us. He is compassionate and knows our temptations, weaknesses and shortcomings. He is attainable!

I think these readings, Eze and Heb. we get a pretty full picture of God.

Great Psalm! I love animals and am so awed by the vast array of sealife and every animal, fish, and bird. If you just look at all those creatures, the colors, the shapes, its incredible!

Great word!

Ezekiel 3:16-6:14


When God gives us something to do and something to say, obedience requires that we do it and say it. Our message should not be tempered by how we think people will feel or whether they will like us are not our job is to just do it and submitted servants and children of God. Ezekiel job as a “Watchman” was not an easy thing to do in his own strength he would have had to rely totally on God to sustain him and empower him.

His job as the nation’s Watchman was not just one of looking to see who was coming and going. The Hebrew word translated watchman is the word:

tsâphâh (tsaw-faw) it is, A primitive root; properly to lean forward, that is, to peer into the distance; by implication to observe, await

This had to be a very lonely job. If you are watching you can’t socialize or “party.” Your people relationships must be few and far between because if you are to watch with a clear line of vision you cannot be encumbered by distractions. You have to be far enough away from the situation to see the “big picture” and to observe any breaches in the landscape. God may be your only companion if the call is placed on your life to “lean forward” so that you can “peer into the distance.”

Ezekiel 6 (English Standard Version)
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"Yet I will leave some of you alive. When you have among the nations some who escape the sword, and when you are scattered through the countries,
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then those of you who escape will remember me among the nations where they are carried captive, how I have been broken over their whoring heart that has departed from me and over their eyes that go whoring after their idols. And they will be loathsome in their own sight for the evils that they have committed, for all their abominations.
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And they shall know that I am the LORD. I have not said in vain that I would do this evil to them."

I like verse 9 in the Amplified Bible:

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Then those of you who escape shall [earnestly] remember Me among the nations to which they shall be carried captive, how that
* I have been broken by their lewdness and
* [I] have Myself broken their wanton heart which has departed from Me and
* [I have] blinded their eyes which turn after their idols wantonly;

and they shall be loathsome in their own sight for the evils which they have committed in all their abominations.

NOTE / PRAYER:
Lord, do not listen to my squealing prayers which want to escape from difficult situations. I know that truth is progressive—that is, if I do not learn truth now, it will be more difficult for me to learn it later.

So, may I allow You, Lord, to use every circumstance from You—even painful ones—to work in me Your mindset. I ask You, Spirit of God, to place within me Your mindset as I seek You and Your Word.

Hebrews 4 (English Standard Version)
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Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it.
2
For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened.
6
Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience,
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again he appoints a certain day, "Today," saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted,
"Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts."
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Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.
12
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

NOTE:
I REALLY like verses 11 and 12 in the Amplified Bible:
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Let us therefore be zealous and exert ourselves and strive diligently to enter that rest [of God, to know and experience it for ourselves], that no one may fall or perish by the same kind of unbelief and disobedience [into which those in the wilderness fell].
12
For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.

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Our response to our hearts, to the Lord, to life, and to others is key. Our mindset about God is key!

I like Hebrews 3
English Standard Version
12
Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.
13
But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called "today," that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

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I like this thought I heard this morning on a CD:
Thank God that the mind we had when we entered the Kingdom of God through faith in Jesus is not the mind we will have when we go to heaven.

I just found this meditation this morning, and it really blessed me.

So I share it with you.

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Those who choose to do this will find that Jesus' yoke is light because He is a Master who cares for us.

His yoke is not lighter because He demands less, but because He bears more of the load with us.

Vance

Ezekiel 3:16-6:14

I find verses 24 through 27, which are the last four verses in the third chapter very interesting. It’s not so much the words that are spoken to Ezekiel by God but what the reactions of the those watching him might be. I began thinking about what I would say, do and think if I saw a man doing and behaving like Ezekiel. Because I would only see or hear one side of his “conversations” with God, I would more than likely think he was a couple of French fries short of a Happy Meal.

Then the Spirit entered into me and set me on my feet; He spoke and said to me, Go, shut yourself up in your house. But you, O son of man, behold, ropes will be put upon you and you will be bound with them, and you cannot go out among people. And I will make your tongue cleave to the roof of your mouth so that you cannot talk and be a reprover of the people, for they are a rebellious house. But when I speak with you, I will open your mouth and you shall say to the people, Thus says the Lord God; he who hears, let him hear, and he who refuses to hear, let him refuse; for they are a rebellious house. (Ezekiel 3:24-27 AMP)

It is one thing to read the Word of God and just take it all in as if what is being spoken to the prophets is a normal day’s occurrence. If we really thought about how we would react if a serpent came up to us and began speaking like he did to Eve, how we read the Bible would probably take on a new sense of purpose. If the next-door neighbor went into his house, tied himself up with a rope and became reclusive, only speaking intermittently, and when he spoke, they were words of rebuke and judgment, how many of us would take him seriously? I doubt if I would.

Maybe our tendency to dismiss the odd balls amongst us is why we are not to judge situations and people based on mere appearance. Wisdom, godly Wisdom, as stated in the book of Proverbs, should be searched for as diligently as a prospector searches and pans for gold. It doesen’t just walk up to you and smack you in the face and proclaim, “Here I am.” Mabe some thoughtful introspection is needed when something strange this way comes. Maybe some time needs to be set aside to observe, think on and evaluate those strange “church” folk down the street.

I think I need to make some serious changes in my life.

There is a verse in the fifth chapter that has given me something to think about regarding our youth, the next generation,

Because of all your abominable practices, I will do to you what I have never done before and will never do again. Therefore, fathers will eat their own children within you and children will eat their own fathers. I will execute judgments against you, and I will scatter to the wind any among you who survive. (Ezekiel 5:9-10 NET.)

We are a society that devours our own children for the sake of our own pleasure. Instead of protecting them, we expend them to pay for our own sins. They in turn, having learned this behavior from the generation that should have valued them and protected them, they turn and consume their parents having learned the lesson well.

Hebrews 4:1-6

I took note of something here that I had never paid attention to before, God’s rest has always been in existence since the foundation of the world.

3 … "In my anger I made a vow:
`They will never enter my place of rest,' "

even though his place of rest has been ready since he made the world.

I know none too few Christians who are looking forward to Jesus’ return because of the “rest” they believe they will receive from work. However, I think God’s rest is not like the rest we have envisioned. If God’s rest existed since creation, then Adam, before the Fall had to have lived in that rest. Yet Adam had a job. He took care of the Garden and He named the animals. It appears to me that rest and work do not cancel each other out and in God’s economy intersect and interact with each other.

Have you enjoyed your work today?

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