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I usually prepare and present the Bible study and then do this blog. This time I did it the other way around, blog first, then the study. This message just wouldn’t leave me alone. I pray that God’s word will speak to you as it did to me and you will realize the responsibility that God has for us in these last days.
Ezekiel 33:1-9 (NLT) Once again a message came to me from the Lord:2 “Son of man, give your people this message: ‘When I bring an army against a country, the people of that land choose one of their own to be a watchman.3 When the watchman sees the enemy coming, he sounds the alarm to warn the people.4 Then if those who hear the alarm refuse to take action, it is their own fault if they die. 5 They heard the alarm but ignored it, so the responsibility is theirs. If they had listened to the warning, they could have saved their lives. 6 But if the watchman sees the enemy coming and doesn’t sound the alarm to warn the people, he is responsible for their captivity. They will die in their sins, but I will hold the watchman responsible for their deaths.’7 “Now, son of man, I am making you a watchman for the people of Israel. Therefore, listen to what I say and warn them for me.8 If I announce that some wicked people are sure to die and you fail to tell them to change their ways, then they will die in their sins, and I will hold you responsible for their deaths.9 But if you warn them to repent and they don’t repent, they will die in their sins, but you will have saved yourself.
The Watchman is responsible for the message he is given by God. His responsibility is to give the message. He sounds the alarm or warning. When he gives the message or sounds the alarm he has fulfilled his responsibility. He is not responsible for what those hearing do with the message. Now the responsibility shifts to those who hear the message (alarm, warning). If they act on what they have heard they will be saved. If they choose to ignore the message they will be lost. The hearer has the responsibility to save themselves.
Jesus gave this message in a different way.
Mark 4:14-20 (NLT) 14 The farmer plants seed by taking God’s word to others.15 The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message, only to have Satan come at once and take it away. 16 The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. 17 But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. 18 The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear God’s word, 19 but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced.20 And the seed that fell on good soil represents those who hear and accept God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”
Joshua was given a different task but his success depended on hearing and keeping the Word always before him. His priority and responsibility was to keep the Word and do what the Lord told him.
Joshua 1:3-9 (NIV) 3 I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. 4 Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west.5 No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.6 Be strong and courageous,because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. 7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditation it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged,for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
If we know what to do but don’t do it. It is sin.
James 4:17 (NKJV) 17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it,to him it is sin.
We have the power to do what the Lord tells us. Jesus provided it for us.
John 14:12 (NIV) 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
How do we do this? By Faith.
Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV) 11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
We all have different jobs and assignments just as those in the Bible had and we have to do them by faith, just as they did.
Hebrews 11:2-13 (NIV) 2 This is what the ancients were commended for. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. 4 By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings.And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead. 5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. 7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith. 8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance,obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations,whose architect and builder is God. 11 And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise. 12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead,came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore. 13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised;they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance,admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.
You are responsible to build your faith, through the word and complete your assignments. Do the work God has give to you. As usual the Lord speaking to me first and then I am sharing His message with you.