New Life (Ezekiel 11:16-25)Dr. Sylvester Williams, December 27, 2015
How will I handle the trials coming in the New Year? We say that we love God and we come to church because we love God, but the way we live doesn't reflect that we love God...
God is saying that yes he does love us and he is going to punish Israel to turn them back to me. The only way God can pull you back to him is to put you through a trial to get you back to him.
When you are weak is when God is strong. You need that new life to make you strong. One way to know you need help is to flunk a test. We don't control anything. Your life is not in your hands. God has placed a lot of love in you to get through the past and leave it in the past. People lie because we think that God would not love us if we told the truth.
But I will leave a few men of them from the sword, from the famine, and from the pestilence; that they may declare all their abominations among the heathen whither they come; and they shall know that I am the Lord.
Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying,Son of man, eat thy bread with quaking, and drink thy water with trembling and with carefulness;And say unto the people of the land, Thus saith the Lord God of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and of the land of Israel; They shall eat their bread with carefulness, and drink their water with astonishment, that her land may be desolate from all that is therein, because of the violence of all them that dwell therein.
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16Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Although I have cast them far off among the heathen, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet will I be to them as a little sanctuary in the countries where they shall come. 17Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel. 18And they shall come thither, and they shall take away all the detestable things thereof and all the abominations thereof from thence. 19And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: 20That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God. 21But as for them whose heart walketh after the heart of their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their way upon their own heads, saith the Lord GOD. 22Then did the cherubims lift up their wings, and the wheels beside them; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above. 23And the glory of the LORD went up from the midst of the city, and stood upon the mountain which is on the east side of the city. 24Afterwards the spirit took me up, and brought me in a vision by the Spirit of God into Chaldea, to them of the captivity. So the vision that I had seen went up from me. 25Then I spake unto them of the captivity all the things that the LORD had shewed me. (KJV)