THEME: DEPART FROM EVIL
“Therefore, you Israelites, I will judge each of you according to your own ways, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall. Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, people of Israel? For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live!”
-Ezekiel; God’s prophet from a priestly family was captured along with the captives in Babylon and was called to minister to the exiles. God spoke to him and through him about the sinfulness of Jerusalem and its fall, if they did not repent. Like other prophets, Ezekiel had to condemn Israel’s idolatry, moral corruption in public and private affairs. Ezekiel saw a vision of idolatry being practiced in the temple of the Lord which made the Lord jealous (Ezekiel 8:1-18). God promised restoration and spiritual renewal to His people by giving them a new heart and a new spirit if they departed from evil and harken to His voice. The Sovereignty and mercy of God as a righteous Judge is also displayed for He does not delight in the death of sinner calls each one of us to repentance. The Holy Spirit who dwells with all those who repent their sins and believe in Jesus Christ, rebukes us when we commit sin and helps us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. Jesus; in Mark 9:43-48 notes that, if your hand, foot or eye causes us to sin, you should cut it off, for it is better to enter into life maimed, lame or with one eye rather than go to hell; where the fire shall never be quenched with all body organs. It is good then to do a self analysis of oneself and look keenly into your life and expose every secret sin to God, who desires that none should perish but all to come to repentance. Jesus calls us to repent, depart from evil and put our trust in Him; Who is the way to eternal life.
Lord Your are merciful and Your mercies endures forever. Lord You are good and Your mercies endures forever. We appreciate You Jesus for Your sacrifice on the cross for the sins of the world. You died so that we may live. You resurrected from the dead so that we may live with You forever. We come before You today Jesus with repentant hearts, asking for mercy. We repent of all our sins, forgive us dear Jesus. Lord You have said in Your word that, if My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then You will hear from heaven, forgive their sin and will heal their land. Forgive us all our sins merciful Savior and heal our land. Forgive us our sins, sins of our family members, ancestors, churches, colleagues, president, members of parliament, governors, women representatives, senators, Mca’s, other leaders, nation and entire world. Forgive us dear Jesus, we have sinned and gone against Your holy will. Forgive us where Your people have consulted other gods and departed from You. Forgive us for all forms of idolatry we have thought of in our hearts or done. Create in us clean hearts Oh Lord and renew a steadfast spirit within us. Give each one a new heart and a new spirit, Holy Spirit and teach us to do Your will. Grant unto us the gift of salvation that we may have eternal life with You. Teach us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling loving Father. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forevermore. Amen
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