Topic: Sin Destroys [Friday June 30, 2017]
Text: Ezekiel 20:1-9
Key Verse: “Son of man, speak unto the elders of Israel, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Are ye come to enquire of me? As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will not be enquired of by you” (Ezekiel 20:3).
Matthew Henry, a nonconformist English minister and Bible commentator, once said, “No attribute of God is more dreadful to sinners than His holiness.” That is why our text reveals that when the Israelites wanted to inquire certain issues from God, He outrightly refused to listen to them.
They had completely entangled themselves in sin and deserved no communication with God. Sometimes, when God keeps silent when we have prayed, there could be a reason. It is required of us, therefore, to do a thorough soul-searching examination to find out the cause. The Israelites had been in captivity. When they came to Ezekiel, they probably wanted to find out whether God would use the Egyptians to rescue them or they would soon return to their own country. But God ignored them, asking Ezekiel to inform them that there was no basis for it.
As against their inquiry, God instructed Ezekiel to tell them about their depravity, which had put them at contrary purposes to Him. Today, quite a lot of people have forgotten God. They hardly count God’s blessings upon their lives. Instead, they mesmerise themselves with unprofitable things, getting entangled with sins. They forget that sin brings negative things. If it were positive, God would not have been concerned about it and there would not have been any need for repentance. But because of its injurious nature and Satan being at the crux of it, God commanded that we should come out of sin.
Sin could destroy your innocence, tarnish your integrity, destroy your deeds and will, put you into slavery, produce sickness, pain and degeneracy in your life and put you to death. That is why you must come out of it today. Delay may be dangerous.
Thought for the day: Sin is an entanglement; free yourself from it.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.