Ezekiel 11:17-21 (New King James Version)

Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “I will gather you from the peoples, assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.”’ And they will go there, and they will take away all its detestable things and all its abominations from there. Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God. But as for those whose hearts follow the desire for their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their deeds on their own heads,” says the Lord GOD. 
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 Where is your heart currently at? What’s it’s pulse? How is your heart yearning? Is it searching for the things of heaven or the things of earth? Mind check…where is your mind seated? Is it at the heavenly realms looking for what God wants? Or…is it persuing your own selfish interests on this world? 

These are heavy, and needed thoughts as we approach Easter. How are you going to change your attitudes about who Jesus is, and what He came to do for the world? How will you view His life, death and resurrection? 
Ultimately…are you going to view it as everyone else? “Another Holiday?”
My questions are coming from the fact that I’ve been on the most populated church ground ever…”Biola”. More christians are gathered in this simple place…but little is being done to outwardly reach out! People say “Oh…I do this..I do that” but their hearts are not in it for the correct reasons. They’re studying the word to make the grade, they’re doing the homework…for homework sakes. I have fallen victim to this mentality as well, and the Lord has snapped me back to reality. What good is all this ‘knowledge’ if it’s not working in my life to expose God to the world? Aren’t I better off without it all? Truly…I say I love my education that I am being given, but if it is just going to make me dead like every other head filled Christian walking off this campus…God had better strike me dead. I do not want to be so filled with knowledge that God cannot use me. I want to be a person that God is reviving, renewing and rebuilding in Christ’s image. I desire to see this world changed for the good and glory of God. Will it happen? Unfortuantely I think that sin’s toll on this world is heavy and indeed much harder to overcome, but to leave and let it die is not what I am called to do. 
As a christian…I AM called to be a light of the world. Salt of the earth. But we cannot be salt if we are not purifying our lives out, and trying to be more like Christ.
It saddens me that this campus, full of Christian young adults…is no better than going to UCLA or Havard. We’ve, as Christians, become so infilitrated by the World that it makes us no better than them! Why would they ever want what we’ve got? Their at least gaining more advantages than Christians…and they’re able to smile about it. But overall…if you’re so dead in the soul and filled with just the words…you’ve not got the new heart of God in you. Where is this heart that Ezekiel is told about? What’s is its status in your life? What is over running it so you cannot hear from God?
Something to think about as well, how are we approaching God? Here’s a little excerpt from something I was reflecting on for class…


I think it’s amazing when God moves to shake people’s conceptions about how ‘church’ is supposed to be. I think that if we as Christians did ‘drop the bags’ of our daily emotionally drained lives, our schedules, our this and that’s, God would be able to move more freely. To put God into human constraint of ‘time’, makes worshiping him less for him than it is about us. I find that when I was consumed with just focusing on God, time didn’t really matter. I didn’t want to leave…I didn’t care about the rides to get back. God had it all setup anyways, He could materialize a ride when it was time…and by letting myself be like that something changed. The time I spent praying for others was more about God meeting them, not necessarily me meeting God, but a need beyond myself and my desires being met. it was serving, and being a servant of God. It appeared to me, from my angle, to be more about  “one body” than me. That shift in attitude, I think, helped the service muster itself into being more God centered. It made God known to His people…and hearts were changed. That is what people was also talking about when he was referring to all of us using our ‘gifts’.
Enhancing the service by focusing on the needs of others is what makes the spirit flow corporately among the believers. It takes the focus off of you, and makes you desire God to touch lives and change lives. If every believer did this, can you imagine the real move of God? I don’t think America would be the same…but through study and observation I can say with all fervent hope that God will have that happen. But each believer must not be seeking their ‘own’ ideas and concerns, but truly reaching out in prayer for their sister to their front, that brother to their left, or the pastor praying in the back. Their focus needs to be off of themselves, and that is what I found happening to my prayers. They were about ‘me’. I didn’t want them to be. I wanted God to be touching people in a real way so that they could have the same faith and hope in God that I have—or better yet; their faith better than my own faith. I prayed for real encounters with God that service, and it did happen. Someone else in that service must’ve been praying the same way. It was a real move of the spirit and power of God. Glory to him! This was a great time of seeing God do great work in lives! To see this move from church to church will ignite a fire in people…beyond their four walls. Maybe this can be the first step to a restorative revival in America. To return to our first love…if every individual (or at least in our Biblical Interpret. Class) did this in their churches…what would really happen? How much of God’s glory can be seen then?  Our worship is a reflection of His radiance…”
So…I think that there is great hope that we can as one body of Believers think beyond our little boxes and devices that entangle and ensnare us. If we can overcome, and really Radiate back God’s magificance of who He is…services  would be different all around the world. To really know God is our God, and we are HIS people…these would be ignite our souls and catch other people’s on fire!
So…my question…
Why isn’t there a fire spreading? Why are you sitting there just looking like “my life is a pos…” or “God doesn’t really love me…” ? Why aren’t you praying for others? Why aren’t you seeking out ways of expressing God’s love for you and EVERYONE else? Why aren’t you excited about the fact that you are living? 
Why am I not being the on fire living it up for Jesus Christian I KNOW I need to be? What is holding me back? What sins so I need to confess? 
Once we start grasping the fact that we are not supposed to be about just ourselves…and start confessing our errors…then going out and giving the world a dose of God’s grace and mercy and love…things can change and do. Once you start taking these things of Grace we have: The Bible, The Holy Spirit, Salvation, Grace, Mercy, Agape Love, Life…liberty…Freedom; these things would not exist if it were not by the grace of God alone. It is For God…to God and From God that these were given to us Christians. Like my professor says “Even the discipline of God is grace and love…” Because God truly is a loving God. Each breath we take, each moment we waste…God is there.
We should be shouting from the rooftops!
“Praise be to God for his mercy, grace, and love! I am alive! And you can be too!”


—Just a thought….a nagging one…but a thought nonetheless.

 
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