Once I got off drugs and to Jacob’s Well, the first thing I wanted in life was to feel something different. I wanted to do something justifiable for a change. I wanted to be a morally upright and decent person. I wanted to be RIGHT. But I was wrong. I was looking to myself for that change and it had to come from the Lord. I met Mrs. Lisa at Jacob’s Well. She was a devotion leader there and I slowly got to know more and more about her as she opened her heart to us. I can gratefully say that she is a strong presence in my life today, a spiritual mother to me and a dear friend. She came for devotion one night when I was still in residency at Jacob’s Well and my search for righteousness within myself came to a crashing halt. I was MOVED by what she shared with us that night and I will never forget it. It changed my whole perspective. I saw that my desire was selfish because I wanted to be right and everyone else be wrong. That isn’t what God wants…
My deeds up until that point didn’t deserve even a glance from God because they were so self-centered. I was doing things to be seen, to be heard, to be known. Not for the glory of the Lord. No wonder I wasn’t finding righteousness. I was stuck in the wasteland and the prosperity in my life was being hidden from me by ME.
Ezekiel 10:4 – Then the glory of the Lord rose from above the cherubim and moved to the threshold of the temple. The cloud filled the temple, and the court was full of the radiance of the glory of the Lord.
The Glory of the Lord is, in fact, the very presence of God. In my self-centeredness, I was walking around outside of His Glory and His Grace. I was choosing darkness over light. I was accepting of the sin and not accepting of the mercy. God moves in His people and His Glory saturates our being, when we allow Him to have His way. I want the Glory of the Lord to inhabit my temple!!
Guess what? The Lord FREED me from the one thing I wanted the most because of my sin and my selfishness. I wanted righteousness so bad that I could taste it but my sin was keeping me from it. And I didn’t even realize it!
You can read Ezekiel 6-10 about Ezekiel’s call to prophecy and the vision of sin and judgment at www.biblegateway.com. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #Ezekiel
To further your reading, consider this from:
1 John 2:28-29 – And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming. 29 If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.
John is speaking about Jesus. If I seek FIRST the kingdom of God, the laws of man, and the righteousness of Jesus Christ, the Righteous One, then I will have what I desire!! I will do what is right because I want to please Him and no one else on this earth! I will seek to follow His lead and not out of any selfish ambition of my own. That is true righteousness in the eyes of the Lord!