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I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life

I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life
Jesus uses more "I Am" statements in today's reading. Jesus has all the words as He speaks on the role of the Holy Spirit and how He should be evident in our lives. Praise His name.John 14:I Am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life1 "Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.2 In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were...
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The siege of Jerusalem

The siege of Jerusalem
G'day folks. May our great God continue to confirm His love, grace and promises over you today. The Word of the Lord is finally confirmed as we see in our reading today. Ezekiel had a great personal cost to him as the Lord took away his wife "the delight of his eyes".Ezekiel 24:The Siege of Jerusalem1 In the ninth year, in the tenth month, on the t...
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A pair of whores

A pair of whores
There are some fairly graphic sexual descriptions in Ezekiel 23 as Ezekiel speaks to Judah about unfaithfulness. He does so by describing the lust of unfaithful sisters as an example. Ezekiel 23:Oholah and Oholibah1 The word of the LORD came to me:2 "Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother.3 They played the whore in Egypt; the...
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The shedding of innocent blood

The shedding of innocent blood was judged in ancient Israel and is judged in our day. What a tragedy it is when the church acts like the world. Ezekiel continues in his assault on unfaithful Israel.Ezekiel 22: Israel's Shedding of Blood1 And the word of the LORD came to me, saying,2 "And you, son of man, will you judge, will you judge the bloody ci...
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The sword of judgment

The sword of judgment
Ezekiel continues to speak to the elders of Israel about the coming judgement on Jerusalem. His words were recorded only 3to 4 years before 587BC. Be blessed as you read and pray.Ezekiel 20: Israel's Continuing Rebellion1 In the seventh year, in the fifth month, on the tenth day of the month, certain of the elders of Israel came to inquire of the L...
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The soul who sins will die

Back in Ezekiel this week. Ezekiel confirms in the OT that we are each accountable for our own sin – and not that of our parents.Ezekiel 18:The Soul Who Sins Shall Die1 The word of the LORD came to me:2 "What do you mean by repeating this proverb concerning the land of Israel, 'The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on...
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Jesus Wept

Jesus Wept
Jesus wept at the loss of Lazarus. However, Lazarus rising from the dead confirmed Jesus' power as the One who is the Resurrection and the Life. Be encouraged to walk in the newness of life in Christ!John 11: The Death of Lazarus1 Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.2 It was Mary who anointed the...
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I am the Good Shepherd

Enjoying the cooler weather? This rain has been a blessing to our farmers. More words in red from our loving Saviour as we continue through John's gospel. He is the "I Am".John 10:I Am the Good Shepherd1 "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber.2 But ...
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I was blind, but now I see

The Lord Jesus heals a blind man. An interesting dialogue occurs with the religious hierarchy. Praise God our Lord is the same yesterday, today and forever. May the blind continue to receive their sight.John 9:Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind1 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth.2 And his disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or ...
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I am the light of the world

We have one of the most famous passages of scripture as our reading today. Jesus' compassion, witness and deity are all detailed here. Be blessed in your reading and devotional time.John 8: 1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.The Woman Caught in Adultery 2 Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat ...
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Rivers of living water

Rivers of living water
Jesus comes out boldly proclaiming that if anyone thirsts, they should come to Him. People are confused as to who Jesus is, creating tension in the city. A tension that is still felt today.John 7:Jesus at the Feast of Booths1 After this Jesus went about in Galilee. He would not go about in Judea, because the Jews were seeking to kill him.2 Now the ...
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Israel - the faithless bride

Our Lord loves us more than we love ourselves. Praise the Lord! He will make us turn towards Him. Have a read to see how Lord did this for the inhabitants of ancient Jerusalem. Be blessed as you read, meditate and pray.Ezekiel 16: The LORD's Faithless Bride1 Again the word of the LORD came to me:2 "Son of man, make known to Jerusalem her abominatio...
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Israel - the unproductive vine

Spiritual reformation is something our city and country desperately needs. The Lord uses Christians to make it happen. Ezekiel saw the reaping of what was sown spiritually in Israel for so many years. Pray for Australia to turn to the Lord.Ezekiel 14:Idolatrous Elders Condemned1 Then certain of the elders of Israel came to me and sat before me.2 An...
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Offering peace, when there is no peace

Ezekiel has to speak against those who are giving false prophesies to the Lord's people. Often the hardest work is refocussing people who have held to unbiblical theology. Be blessed as you read and pray.Ezekiel 12: Judah's Captivity Symbolized1 The word of the LORD came to me:2 "Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, who have ey...
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Jerusalem and Israel will be restored

Ezekiel's words had come true for the Jews in the past. Are we seeing his prophecies also coming true in our day? Have a read and be blessed.Ezekiel 10:The Glory of the LORD Leaves the Temple1 Then I looked, and behold, on the expanse that was over the heads of the cherubim there appeared above them something like a sapphire, in appearance like a t...
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Visions of the abominations in the temple

We are back in Ezekiel this week as we continue in his message to the captives in Babylon. Ezekiel has a view of the temple back in Jerusalem in a vision. It would lead to their ultimate destruction.Ezekiel 8:Abominations in the Temple1 In the sixth year, in the sixth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I sat in my house, with the elders of Ju...
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Eat my body, drink my blood

The glory of God expressed in the miracles of God. Every Christian life needs to know the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit. I trust you do. Jesus then enters into Jerusalem and the heart of His hearers is revealed.John 6:Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand1 After this Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiber...
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Jesus the healer, equal with God

Healings and truth both show the message of the Messiah. We see both in Jesus words and works here in John 5 this morning. John 5: The Healing at the Pool on the Sabbath1 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed co...
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Worship in spirit and in truth

The story of the woman of Samaria is a message of grace. May we embrace this message with those we struggle to identify with in our day. John 4: Jesus and the Woman of Samaria1 Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John2 (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disci...
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You must be born again

John now changes the focus to the public ministry of Jesus. Here we read of the first miracles and the famous chapter on the central message and ministry of Christ, this being "you must be born again".John 2:The Wedding at Cana1On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.2Jesus also was invited to the ...
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