August 2, 2011

When the Lord enters: Ezekiel 44

Ezekiel 44:2  The LORD said to me, “This gate is to remain shut. It must not be opened; no one may enter through it. It is to remain shut because the LORD, the God of Israel, has entered through it.

I am reminded of a parable Jesus shared about a man who was stricken with a devil and cleaned up.  

Matthew 12:43When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
 44Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.
 45Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. 

It seems the problem is, this man failed to allow God to enter and then shut the gate  that no one may enter through it. When God enters a place, He should be so invited that He fills it. There is room for nothing that is not Him.

Let's make God feel invited to dwell in us, to fill us, and then shut the gate to everything else that poses a threat to that exclusive indwelling.

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