Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Ezekiel 3:25-26 (KJV) (KJV) Worse Not To Be

Ezekiel 3:25-26 (KJV)
But thou, O son of man, behold, they shall put bands upon thee, and shall bind thee with them, and thou shalt not go out among them:And I will make thy tongue cleave to the roof of thy mouth, that thou shalt be dumb, and shalt not be to them a reprover: for they are a rebellious house.
As difficult as it is to be reproved by the Lord it is worse not to be.
It is unpleasant to be scolded for our actions and to be goaded into quitting them. The rebellious nature of us all wants to be in charge, to feel unrestricted and free to do as we please. To be reined in, to be kept from the liberty of license – that is unpleasant. It is worse, however, to be free from God.
A number of years ago our family possessed a cat who was determined to be outside. The cat was meant to be indoors. We live in a property where predators abound and we knew the cat would not survive long outdoors. Still it was the nature of the cat to want outside. We would let him out from time to time, only when we knew we could watch him.
One day he got farther away than we would have liked. My boys saw coyotes and within moments they saw the coyotes kill the cat. The cat got what it wanted. It got outside our boundaries. But then the cat got killed.
God places boundaries on us. He uses the preacher’s reproof to keep us within those boundaries. If the reproof is removed we are likely to step into dangerous places.
When God withdraws His reproof, He has withdrawn His blessing.

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Ezekiel 3:25-26 (KJV) (KJV) Worse Not To Be

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