Return and Live!
Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall.
Read Ezekiel 18:30-32
Ezekiel became the first prophet to receive the call to prophesy outside of the Holy Land. His first task was to prepare his countrymen in Babylon for the final destruction of Jerusalem. His prediction was not widely accepted yet he was vindicated in 587 when the Babylonian King destroyed Jerusalem.
Ezekiel’s message quickly changed. From now on his prophecy was characterized by the promise of salvation and the conditions necessary to obtain it. Ezekiel stressed the absolute majesty of God and the new heart and spirit necessary to prepare for the new covenant doctrine of salvation through grace. Ezekiel writes whatever God does to or for man is motivated by zeal for his own holy name.
Ezekiel provides a roadmap for us to salvation. God desires that we all turn from our evil ways so that we may live (V.23). It comes down to personal responsibility for our thoughts, words, and actions-Owning it! The good news is that we have God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit at our side to equip us for our earthly journey. We have 24-hour access to the Trinity as we acknowledge how we “need, trust and love” the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Seek God with a contrite heart!
Step 1: Put on a “Smile” (and if appropriate take a step back) and say to yourself: “Jesus, I need you.” (Diffuses tension, relaxes the jaw, open to change)
Step 2: Breathe In and Breathe out slowly: calms your mind, relaxes your body and renews your spirit. Gives time for the Holy Spirit to guide your thoughts, words, and actions. Disengage from the situation when appropriate. “Jesus, I trust you.”
Step 3: Love: wrap you and the person(s) or situation in the white light of love, kindness, compassion, forgiveness, and peace. Pray for those who persecute you. “Jesus I love you.”
As Jesus is all and in all, we have been given the mandate to love one another.
Jesus Christ is the game changer…Jesus, I need you, trust you and love you.
Unite all in Love for God is Love!