Memorize: …We have trespassed against our God, and have taken strange wives of the people of the land: yet now there is hope in Israel concerning this thing” Ezra 10:2
Devotional Reading: Ezra 10:1-14
Most often, it has been discovered that people fail in life not because of the enormity of their problems, but because they loose hope, give up easily and are not ready to take personal responsibility for their circumstances. It is often said, that quitters never win, and winners never quit.
The passage reveals the challenges Ezra and some concerned leaders faced in bringing Israel back to God from their backslidden state. They prayed, wept, confessed, repented and made restitution. It is clear from their action and attitude that they clearly understood the maxim that “Every cloud has a silver lining”.
The uniform testimony of the Scripture is that as much as God is angry with sin, He loves the sinner and is ready to deliver those who follow the path of repentance and rectitude. A lot of problems with individuals and society will be solved, if we pray aright rather than search for answers where they don’t exist. Going to the mountains, visiting prophets, paying and compensating people to hold vigils and fast on your behalf will amount to nothing if we do not sincerely repent and forsake our wicked ways. The scripture says – can we be in sin and expect grace to abound? The answer is NO.
You can experience positive change, if you simply look inwards, own up to your faults, confess them to God, repent of them, make restitution where necessary and yield to Christ completely. This will definitely open the door of recovery, revival and renewal in your life. You must reconcile with God.
Some people write themselves off thinking God cannot forgive them because of the volume and weight of offenses they have committed, the nature of God is different from the nature of man. He does not give up on anyone. Ezekiel 18:23; Have i any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? Saith the Lord GOD; and not that he should return from his ways, and live?
Be willing and courageous to amend your ways, because there is hope for you.
I pray that the LORD will restore and settle you in the fullness of his power in the name of Jesus.
Prayer point: O GOD in whom there is hope, restore and settle me today in Jesus name.
Key Dose: God will always make a way, if there is a will, there is Hope for you!
Pastor James Ademuyiwa
Senior Pastor (IHPCT)