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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Ezekiel, Chapter 2, Verse 6
But as for you, son of man, do not fear them or their words. Do not fear, even though there are briers or thorns and you sit among scorpions. Do not be afraid of their words or be terrified by their looks for they are a rebellious house.

I sought the LORD, and he answered me, delivered me from all my fears. (Ps. 34:5)

Ezekiel’s name means “God strengthens” and his own people hated him. He was commissioned by God to be a prophet for the Jews exiled to Babylon for their sins. Ezekiel faced opposition at almost every turn. Opposed because he dared to tell it like it is. The people could not handle the hard truth. Ezekiel compelled the Jews to hear him and struggle with the pressing issues. Ezekiel’s work is a fore shadow of the work of Christ; who would ultimately save the people from their sins.

Tough Times[1]

God sent Ezekiel to a rebellious people who acted like stubborn children and would not listen to the prophet, yet he continued whether they listened or not. How to you lead those who refuse to follow; by staying true to the message and persistent. Consider the roles of both God and people:

God’s Role
The Human Role
1.        He calls us into service.
1. People confirm our call.
2.       He gives us gifts and graces
2. People cooperate with their gifts.
3.       He provides words of direction.
3. We use our mind and emotions.
4.       He supplies a compelling fire inside us.
4. Others recognize and respect the fire.
5.       He controls the outcome.
5. We are to be faithful to the end.

[1] John Maxwell, The Maxwell Leadership Bible.

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