Bible In One Year-Day 225 (Wednesday, August 13, 2014)
Commentary: Ezekiel46-48. Seeing the glory of God is the greatest blessing a genuine man of God could ever claim to have.
Psalms 24:5 “He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.”
This glory brings two basic things to the fortunate man; blessing and God’s righteousness. However, to be the fortunate man to experience this grace, you must first take your eyes away from the things of this world. They are vanities. Anything that rubs us of our focus is vanity. The enemy is very clever. He could allow a person to rise according to his heart desire but could make the person focus on the blessing instead of the God who blessed him. This could lead to destruction. King Saul was guilty of this; he lost his place before the Lord. What I am saying in essence is that people, after being blessed, often wants to be the master of the blessing thereby putting God as secondary. They start receiving the praise of man and seeking for recognitions.
John 13:16 “Verily, verily, I say to you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.”
Many want to be the best preacher in the world. Some prefer to have the largest congregation in the world, while some wants to build the biggest cathedral in the world. They could have these things, but it is a wrong notion before the Lord. A genuine prophet will never seek for such ambition; rather, he wants to serve the Lord as it is pleasing to Him and not as it is pleasing to the man of God. Therefore, a prophet is a servant not desiring his own praise but God glorified.
Jeremiah 9:24 “But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.”
Ezekiel was such a prophet who was enrolled in the school of the Holy Spirit. His knowledge was not relevant when God spoke. He submitted himself to the all knowing God.
Ezekiel 37:3 “And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.”
He did not prove to know, rather, he submitted all himself to the teaching of God. A servant does not take decision without asking for the opinion of the master. All that is in the heart of the true servant is to please the master even if he is going to be hurt by people.
Ezekiel 3:25-26 “But thou, O son of man, behold, they shall put bands upon thee, and shall bind thee with them, and thou shalt not go out among them: And I will make thy tongue cleave to the roof of thy mouth, that thou shalt be dumb, and shalt not be to them a reprover: for they are a rebellious house.”
A servant has not the mind of his, but the desire of his master is core in his heart. He went through a lot in the hand of the Lord. God made him to lie on his sides for a total of 430 days which he did without complaints. Ezekiel4 is a chapter that tells of what entails in the school of prophets. The life of a pastor or priest is different from the life of a prophet. Pastors feed the flocks with the knowledge acquired and carry out the ceremonial functions in the sanctuary. But the prophet receives raw message from God’s presence and delivers ‘as is’, revealed or heard. Ezekiel’s life was a clear picture of what a prophet is. To be a prophet is not a matter of position among men but of servitude to the Most High God. To function as prophet, you need a new heart, soul and spirit; the heart to be a faithful servant and the spirit to serve Him faithfully. The secret of the success of the ministry of Ezekiel was that he never spoke out of the imagination of his own heart, but as the Lord says “thus saith the Lord …”
There is a blessing greater than seeing demons in human being; it is having access to His glory and to His secret. Only those who have taken their eyes away from the things of this world (fame, position, money and worldly splendor) could have this grace.
Psalms 24:3-5 “Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.”
God called Moses His servant and was proud of him just because of Moses’ servitude to Him. God went as far as defending Moses when his siblings attacked his personality.
Do you desire to be a servant of God? Then, you must be ready to be changed from within; changed soul, heart and spirit. The life of a prophet is full of troubles, but God’s grace grows them through it. The law around them is holiness and the conclusion of their life is as the book of Ezekiel ends “THE LORD IS THERE”
Remember, beloved, God has not provided a platform for any contest in His vineyard; no rivalry, no best or No 1. God has not given the best ministry or church. These are from men. He is only prepared to welcome the FAITHFUL SERVANT; this is the only one that will enter His joy.
Matthew 25:21 “His lord said to him, Well done thou good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”
Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Daniel1-3. Keep the fire of burning and alive.
Pastor Supo Abayode
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries