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I’ll do better for you now than at your beginnings!

by on January 30, 2012

“I’ll do better for you now than at your beginnings” is a phrase from Ezekiel 36 verse 11 and, put in context, is part of a promise God made to the nation of Israel after they had turned their hearts back to serving Him.  That text came to me this morning as I was in prayer about the conclusion of our fast.  The signs and wonders, the miraculous answers to prayer, the keen awareness and acute attuneness to the voice of the Holy Spirit have not been only for a season of 21 days, they have been because hearts are more open and uncluttered to experience the demonstrative power of God.  “But how do I do that?” you might ask.

There is another passage in the book of Ezekiel that I meditate on often.  It’s found in the 47th chapter.  It is the story of Ezekiel’s vision of the Heavenly Temple and the river that flows from its threshold.  As the prophet is led to the bank of the river, the angel challenges him to step into the water. As the story progresses, the angel leads Ezekiel further into the river to a point where he says, “Again he measured one thousand, and it was a river that I could not cross; for the water was too deep, water in which one must swim, a river that could not be crossed.”[1]

Some may have gone through the last 21 days without seeing something miraculous in their eyes, but no one progressed through those three weeks completely unchanged.  The question is, what are you going to do with it now?  No matter how deep you are in your spiritual journey with Christ today, He calls you to wade in deeper still.  Have you ever heard the cliché “the tip of the iceberg?”  When you see an iceberg, you are only viewing about 10% of the actual mass; the tip.  It’s the 90% you don’t see that keeps the iceberg upright and stable.  You see, many have a concept that yielding control of your life to the Holy Spirit might product an appearance of instability – oh, they would never say that out loud but it is their genuine fear.  When the truth is, surrendering control of your life to the person and pleasure of the Holy Spirit is the only true guarantee of stability.  That is what fasting is to do and to teach.  It reveals areas of our life by which we are being controlled and in exposing the control we push through and persevere.  It is he that endures to the end that is saved (delivered, set free).   Ezekiel 47 tells us that the prophet was led to a level of the river in which he could no longer keep his footing, where he had nothing but the hand of the angel to hold on to, “a river that [he] could not cross”.  It is the heart of the Father that this fast will be just the beginning of a deeper relationship between you and Him. But to do that, you must let go of your own moorings and allow yourself to be swept up in the current of the Holy Spirit.

You have gone 21 days telling your body “no” to some of the foods you enjoy most; “no” to the comfort that it brings.  Look into the corners of your life, at those habits that have kept you from a true pursuit of God.  The enemy would tell you they are much different – far more difficult, I tell you that is a lie coming from the father of lies!  Control is control whether you are leading a puppy or a pit-bull.  The Apostle Paul said “for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”[2]  Take that dog by the leash and show it who’s the boss!

Friends, God has so much more for you and I; more than we can imagine or conceive.  But these “things” are reserved for hearts that are yielded, surrendered to Him and Him alone.  But the prize is so worth the price.  Think of where your life was 21 days ago, where it is today – and hear the voice of the Father say, “I’m going to give you so much better!”

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.[3]

Today’s suggested scripture reading Ezekiel 47:1-12

Pressing in,

Pastor Terry

[1] Ezekiel 47:5

[2] Philippians 2:13

[3] Philippians 4:13

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