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CALLING AND OBEDIENCE - CAC The Living Water - Sat 18 August 2018

2 years 5 months ago #7071 by gospelnaija
CAC Living Water Daily Devotional Guide
Saturday, August 18, 2018

TOPIC: CALLING AND OBEDIENCE
Read: Ezekiel 33:1-8

MEMORISE

When I say to the wicked, 'O wicked man, you shall surely die!' and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand

( Ezekiel 33:8).
EXPOSITION
Ezekiel was called to be God's mouthpiece to declare His message of warning and repentance to the people of Israel. If Ezekiel heard the word of God and declared it to the people, and even if the people did not turn from their wicked ways, the prophet would be saved. If Ezekiel heard the word of God but failed to declare it to the people, and if the people did not turn from their wicked ways and perish,then the prophet would have to bear the consequences. It was a difficult assignment. Yet,God's calling of His workers is always purposeful, and His will is not to be denied.
This passage reminds us of our own different callings from the Lord to be ministers of His Word. Have we fully obeyed God's call to speak into the lives of His people, each and every time? Of course, No. Yet, by His mercies, Christ's work on the cross atoned for these times, when we have failed to be faithful.
However, we shouldn't take God's grace in Jesus Christ for granted (2 Cor. 6:1). Because of His grace and truth, we must grow in obedience and faithfulness to His call for our lives. Even where He has called us to do and say things that might not be popular, or even offensive to some, we must obey in faith. We must trust in God's heart for His people.
Ezekiel was sent to declare God's warning and way out to the people. He would be free, if he obediently did accordingly, otherwise.... You are also sent to warn the world of the impending doom and tell them how to escape it (Matt. 28:18ff). You have God's full backing. You have no reason not to obey. Stop giving excuses!

PRAYER POINTS
1. Lord God, help me to be the minister that You have called me to be.
2. Oh Lord, Your call is purposeful and not a laughing matter. Help me to treat it with the sanctity it deserves.
3. Lord, help all ministers of the gospel to wake up to aggressive evangelism and missions, with proactive strategies.

EXTRA READING FOR TODAY:
Psalms 44-47 & Revelation 10

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