God inspects each heart

Looking for mushrooms…

10:00 a.m. Sunday October 17, 2021. 55F/13C.

The cool air chills old fingers. They gently touch the top of a nettle leaf. They wrap a clump of nettle leaves around the stem and snap the stem, collecting the pristine leaves. The air is fresh today, clean and pure. It bears a sweet aroma. Trees are very slowly becoming more pale green and yellow than deep green. The morning sunlight creates well-defined patterns with leafy edges on the sandy ground. A dog barks excitedly off to the south. Within a few minutes a single gunshot can be heard. Even slow moving armadillos of the forest are reasonably safe around the neighbor who usually misses.

The book of Ezekiel, chapter fourteen

Abba Father, I humbly beseech thee to open our hearts and let us learn your word. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

God began explaining to Ezekiel the basics of how and when he judged.

The word of the LORD came again to me, saying,

Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it.

Famine was the first of four judgments on the wicked nations that God spoke about. The word “land” in that verse could also mean nearly all of the people of a nation. God always left a small remnant of faithful people.

God began to explain that one person’s salvation, would not save his next of kin.

Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord GOD.

But if Daniel, Noah and Job had lived in a land that God condemned on account of its wickedness, those three men would only save their own lives. Their spouses and children could not be saved by the man’s righteousness. Their spouses and children could only be saved by their own righteousness.

God was inspecting each individual heart.

Life in the hollow, Sunday

I’m still praying over and reading about the role of prophecy and prophets in our day. And I do believe that modern day prophets exist.

I ask to be forgiven.

The role of a prophet changed radically with the appearance of Jesus on earth. Also, the nature of sacrifice changed radically. But what else could we expect when God put on flesh and walked among us? That’s hard enough to even imagine! Yes, Jesus lived and everything changed radically.

The Jerusalem temple is gone. We are the temple of God, and the Spirit of God dwells in us. Compared to the ancients, God’s Spirit is extraordinarily easy for the Christian to access.

In other words, we could ALL prophesy! However, we are not ALL prophets.

God has repeatedly taught me through his Holy Spirit to never add rules to his words and commandments. Some truths are simply noticed to be true in general.

I’ve learned not to adopt any rule that limits God. This includes rules about modern day prophecy, about the rapture, about praying in tongues, about being always saved, all of it.

God deals with me according to what is in my heart. I will do my best to never add rules, even those which prove generally true. I will do my best not to leave out anything discomforting.

Lord Jesus, while there is time, let your glory shine in internet discussions, where more people can be saved by witnessing our enthusiasm for you.

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