“But when the people of the land come before the Lord on the appointed feast days, whoever enters by way of the north gate to worship shall go out by way of the south gate; and whoever enters by way of the south gate shall go out by way of the north gate. He shall not return by way of the gate through which he came, but shall go out through the opposite gate. The prince shall then be in their midst. When they go in, he shall go in; and when they go out, he shall go out.”
Ezekiel 46:9, 10
Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins.
2 Corinthians 5:16-18
Every New Year’s Day, I pray that I would look and love more like Jesus by the time New Year’s Eve rolls around again.
Ezekiel knows what I’m talking about.
His words for his people are simple. If you walked in through one gate, you needed to walk OUT through the OPPOSITE gate.
So, basically, any time you have an encounter of any kind with Jesus ( through reading His word, singing songs to Him, or praying…) it should
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
We can have new years, but we can also have
And brand new days!
I know for certain I’m not the same girl I was last year.
But hopefully I’m not the same as I was last WEEK, either!
You see, we can, and we should, be in the process of being made new all the time. Because if not, why does the bible tell us that His mercies are new every morning?
But the best part is in the last verse of the portion of Ezekiel. ” The prince shall be in their midst. When they go in, he shall go in; when they go out, he shall go out.”
Isn’t it beautiful that He promises to change us, and also promises to be right there with us….
While sinful things die in us, He is there.
When painful things eat away at us, destroying our old self,
He is there.
When conflict comes,
When betrayal slithers in,
When loved ones are taken,
When illness ravages our bodies and brains,
When all these things start to damage who we once were,
Refining us like silver,
Burning us like forged diamonds,
He promises to walk in WITH us to the things which hurt us,
And He promises to walk OUT with us, too.
After the molding and melting of our day, our week, our month, or our year
Has done it’s job, He leads us out the door,
Where we stand in the sun,
For just a minute,
Enjoying be made