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Ezekiel 23:1-49


The following is one of the passages that truly caught my eye and imagination:

For when she left Egypt, she did not leave her spirit of prostitution behind. She was still as lewd as in her youth, when the Egyptians satisfied their lusts with her and robbed her of her virginity. (Verse 8-NLT)

The phrase, “For when she left Egypt,” implies to me that this “prostitution” this idolatry was a “seed” implanted in Jacob/Israel long before she got to Egypt. Sin is so very insidious and we can think we have uprooted it when we have only mowed the lawn and cut it back. Could this have entered into the household when Rachel stole her father Laban’s household gods? (Genesis 31:19)

We just don’t roll out of bed one morning and commit a sin. We don’t just begin sacrificing our children on our altars of self-interest, expending our children to satisfy the things we brought into existence because of our own lusts. The seeds of our idolatry, the seeds of every kind of deviant behavior we can think of, the seeds of our “little” sins lie hidden in our hearts.

We can pull out our little lawn mowers, place chemicals around the “plant” and try to burn it out; however, if even one little speck of the root remains, it will grow back—in time. When it appears above the surface we are shocked and amazed and justify it away, but it has always been there.

The images from the Books of the Law dealing with the removal of “leprosy” or leaven from the home before Passover, clarify to me how diligent one must be to rid our “temple” and homes from sin. Once it is found it must be swept out and examined, then reexamined over time to check for recurring outbreaks. (Leviticus 13-14)

We must remember that a seed and its eventual root system is underground and we never know it’s there unless we have planted it. What is under the surface looks nothing like the mature plant. To find the true root of our sin we need prayer, revelation and trust that God is working things out in our lives.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

Can I say, "I am a women of prayer"?? I always looked at others and tended to consider them as prayer giants and myself as anything but that. I have now run two Suzette Hattingh Prayer Schools, one of her comments is, "It is not how much you pray, how you pray ..., BUT that you pray." How freeing is that comment! It is not about you just talking and talking to God, but rather that we pray what is on His heart, which the Holy Spirit reveals to us. By doing that we are praying what Jesus is already interceding for! Being available to pray anywhere at any time is so important. Prayer can be reading God's word and allowing Him to speak to you, singing songs, anything that is focusing on Him. It's about relationship, partnering with Him, worshipping Him always. Don't you love Him enough to do that?

Ever wonder why Israel would go so deeply into sin? There is a form of depression that all children of God have to face when one has to leave the sinful life and become Holy and separate from the things of this world. A kind of loneliness sets in. Also the temptations of this world get stronger as the Devil begins to over compensate for the fact that he may be losing his grasp on the child of God. The Devil acts like a wolf, attacking the weakest and the loneliest. Christians really do need to help each other along the path to righteousness or else there may be little hope. Depression and loneliness is a powerful tool used by the Devil and it attacks especially those who are in any form of leadership. It can be a private hell on earth for those who are sincerely trying.

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