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Strangers to the land of living – CAC Living Water Devotional

Christ Apostolic Church Living Water Daily Devotional Guide

Friday, June 10, 2022

Strangers to the land of Living (II)

Read Ezekiel 8v7-12
7 Then he brought me to the entrance to the court. I looked, and I saw a hole in the wall.
8 He said to me, “Son of man, now dig into the wall.” So I dug into the wall and saw a doorway there.
9 And he said to me, “Go in and see the wicked and detestable things they are doing here.”
10 So I went in and looked, and I saw portrayed all over the walls all kinds of crawling things and unclean animals and all the idols of Israel.
11 In front of them stood seventy elders of Israel, and Jaazaniah son of Shaphan was standing among them. Each had a censer in his hand, and a fragrant cloud of incense was rising.
12 He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen what the elders of Israel are doing in the darkness, each at the shrine of his own idol? They say, ‘The Lord does not see us; the Lord has forsaken the land.’”

MEMORIZE: But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” (Revelation 21v8).

EXPOSITION
The trend these days is to belong-the popular term for conformity with the global social acceptance. It is being part of this world’s system, more particularly, through cultism or extra normal activities. Various clubs and societies of our time, to the uninformed, are mere smokescreen for deep occult practices. These are created and made to look harmless and simple for the gullible to enrol and be lost eternally. Those gullible ones eventually discover they have entered into terribly weird practices that irk God with unspeakable passion. Such associations are bound to attract God’s serious judgement, immediately and ultimately, as we see in today’s devotional reading.
The Word of God warns us to *come out* of such godless unions and associations (Isa.52v2,3,11; 2 Cor.6v14ff, Rev.18v4). The living God promises to cut off all sorceries and idol worship from among His own people, immediately and ultimately. That these abominable people are seemingly making it now doesn’t mean they are escaping God’s judgement. He is only being patient with them, peradventure they would change; He doesn’t want anyone to perish. They would eventually reach the elastic limit of His grace, mercy and longsuffering, and that would be to disastrous to bear. This makes such practices unacceptable to Him (Mic.5v12-15).
In a generation where religion, Christianity inclusive, is fast becoming a mere means of socialising, we must ask ourselves, if we truly belong to the land of the living (cf.2 Cor.13v5).

PRAYER POINTS
1. Lord Jesus, keep me in You to the end of my journey here on earth.
2. Lord, keep me from the evil powers of this age that make one conform to godlessness.
3. Lord Jesus, help Christians everywhere to overcome the temptations of these last days.

Extra Reading for Today: Job 37-38

Author: CAC Worldwide

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