Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
December 3 Scripture Selection: Ezekiel 39-40
Food for Thought: Ez. 40:4
There is much for us to receive from the Spirit of God, much to see and hear, and our instructions are the same as they were for Ezekiel as he was shown the new city/temple. God desires to show us things by His Spirit that are particular for our own lives, and He has other things that He wishes to reveal to us so that we can announce them to others to give them hope for the present, as well as for the future. (Of course, what He shows us never contradicts the written Word.) Just like for Ezekiel, the Lord has particular plans and purposes for each one of us, and in order to live them out and fulfill His perfect will for our lives, we must pay close attention.
We have spiritual eyes and ears to capture the Word of the Lord for ourselves and others, and to do so we must become accustomed to using our spiritual eyes and ears instead of the natural ones. The world only knows how to be led by their natural ones, but believers are distinguished from them because they have the potential to hear and see by the Spirit. “But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear (Mat. 13:16).”
Once we receive a word from the Lord, the next part is fixing our mind on what He shows us, contemplating it, meditating on it, remembering it. That means that much of what could normally occupy our natural minds should be put aside. The next episode, or the most recent one, of our favorite show cannot be the object of our attention if we want to see the fullness of God’s Word in our lives. Neither can worries or fears be what we concentrate on. “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace (Rom. 8:5, 6).” Colossians 3:2 tells us to set our mind on things above, not on things on the earth. It’s just a matter of prioritizing the objects of our thoughts.
Once Ezekiel had the whole picture of what the Lord was showing him, his next step was to declare it to the people. Though much of what the Lord shows us is for our own edification and instruction, other things are specifically to share. There may even be a time to relate what we have learned for our own lives to another’s situation. It may end up being a lesson taught in a Bible study, a testimony spoken before the congregation, or a word given privately to a person in need as the Lord leads. It’s all part of our divine calling here on earth as we are led by the Spirit.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):