FRIDAY, JUNE 7
Scripture: Ezekiel 13:11-16
Verses 11-16 says, “’…say to those who plaster it with untempered mortar, that it will fall. There will be flooding rain, and you, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall tear it down. Surely, when the wall has fallen, will it not be said to you, “Where is the mortar with which you plastered it?”’ Therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘I will cause a stormy wind to break forth in My fury; and there shall be a flooding rain in My anger, and great hailstones in fury to consume it. So I will break down the wall you have plastered with untempered mortar, and bring it down to the ground, so that its foundation will be uncovered; it will fall, and you shall be consumed in the midst of it. Then you shall know that I am the Lord. Thus will I accomplish My wrath on the wall and on those who have plastered it with untempered mortar; and I will say to you, “The wall is no more, nor those who plastered it, that is, the prophets of Israel who prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and who see visions of peace for her when there is no peace,”’ says the Lord God.” When do ministers become enemies of God so that they cannot stand when God visits? This passage implies that the point arises where we yield to the motivation of antichrist spirits and we accept untempered mortar, which is watered-down, compromised Word. If the church listens to prophets of peace when there is no peace, then we find ourselves in a place where we cannot stand when God visits. Untempered mortar is compromised Scripture and refusing to listen to the warnings of the Word. It is a refusal to examine and weigh passages that are uncomfortable or do not fit our popular view of God. The sin of Thyatira was tolerating sexual immorality which eventually opened the door to tribulation and death! How spiritually naïve are we to cling to only the attributes of God that we are comfortable and familiar with! Love saves and love judges! Love heals and love terminates! Does God kill everyone who dies? – certainly not! Death is both a blessing and a curse! Every believer that dies meets their Heavenly Father face to face and He wipes away every tear. They enter the joy of the Lord and begin to occupy eternity, joy unspeakable and full of Glory is theirs. Those who taste heaven do not want to return here! Those who refuse would long to return but cannot!