God's Holy Fire: 'Called to Communicate'

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

"Stand up, son of man," said the voice [of the Spirit to Ezekiel]. "I want to speak with you." The Spirit came into me as he spoke, and he set me on my feet. I listened carefully to his words. "Son of man," he said, "I am sending you to the nation of Israel, a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me. They and their ancestors have been rebelling against me to this very day."
— Ezekiel 2:1-3 NLT

Key Thought

Ezekiel had seen an amazing vision during a horrible time in the life of God's people. Ezekiel was a prisoner in a foreign land, and God's glory — God's messenger, God's Spirit — came to him and communicated several important things:
  • God is not confined to a place, but he lives in and with and for his people.
  • God knows what his people do, and their conduct matters to him — no matter where they are and what their circumstances are.
  • God uses his Spirit to call people to serve his people and communicate his will whether they are willing to listen or not.
These same messages need to be heard in our day! Which message do you most need to hear today?

Today's Prayer

O Father, God of all nations and Lord of every circumstance, please use your Spirit in our day to raise up leaders who will communicate your truth to us and call us to serve you and bring you the honor that is due you. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Illustration

Illustration of Ezekiel 2:1-3 NLT — "I am sending you to the nation of Israel, a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me. They and their ancestors have been rebelling against me to this very day."

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About This Devotional

God's Holy Fire is a daily devotional about the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The Thoughts and Prayer for God's Holy Fire are written by Phil Ware.

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