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Daily Devotional | Examining my Life to Show God’s Character and His Holy Name

Untitled-1Recently I read a passage found in Ezekiel 36. I felt the need to really examine my life. Am I living my life to the degree that I show God’s character and His Holy name? Or, have I made a mess of things. What encouragement verses 24-28 are! We know that Jesus Christ came to earth and paid the price for every single sin we ever committed. He has given us the Holy Spirit and when we believe on His Name, we have the ability for this Spirit of the Holy God to dwell inside of us. May I challenge you to read this passage and ask God to show you what “stinking pollution” He wants to pull you out of. For Him to be able to say “You are my people and I will be your God” and for us to “realize that He is God”.  Once we realize that He is God, we must humble ourselves to be obedient to Him. I pray that the year 2013 will be a spiritually challenging year for you.

                22-23 “Therefore, tell Israel, ‘Message of God, the Master: I’m not doing this for you,          Israel. I’m doing it for me, to save my character, my holy name, which you’ve blackened in every country where you’ve gone. I’m going to put my great and holy name on display, the name that has been ruined in so many countries, the name that you blackened  wherever you went. Then the nations will realize who I really am, that I am God, when I  show my holiness through you so that they can see it with their own eyes.

                24-28 “‘For here’s what I’m going to do: I’m going to take you out of these countries, gather you from all over, and bring you back to your own land. I’ll pour pure water over you and scrub you clean. I’ll give you a new heart, put a new spirit in you. I’ll remove the stone heart from your body and replace it with a heart that’s God-willed, not self-willed. I’ll put my Spirit in you and make it possible for you to do what I tell you and live by my commands. You’ll once again live in the land I gave your ancestors. You’ll be my people! I’ll be your God!

                29-30 “‘I’ll pull you out of that stinking pollution. I’ll give personal orders to the wheat fields, telling them to grow bumper crops. I’ll send no more famines. I’ll make sure your  fruit trees and field crops flourish. Other nations won’t be able to hold you in contempt  again because of famine.

                31 “‘And then you’ll think back over your terrible lives—the evil, the shame—and be  thoroughly disgusted with yourselves, realizing how badly you’ve lived—all those obscenities you’ve carried out.

                32 “‘I’m not doing this for you. Get this through your thick heads! Shame on you. What a mess you made of things, Israel!

                33-36 “‘Message of God, the Master: On the day I scrub you clean from all your filthy living, I’ll also make your cities livable. The ruins will be rebuilt. The neglected land will be worked again, no longer overgrown with weeds and thistles, worthless in the eyes of passersby. People will exclaim, “Why, this weed patch has been turned into a Garden of  Eden! And the ruined cities, smashed into oblivion, are now thriving!” The nations around you that are still in existence will realize that I, God, rebuild ruins and replant empty waste places. I, God, said so, and I’ll do it.