Friday, December 22, 2006

Blow the Trumpet this Holiday Season!

Ezek 33:1 AND THE word of the Lord came to me, saying,
Ezek 33:2 Son of man, speak to your people [the Israelite captives in Babylon] and say to them, When I bring the sword upon a land and the people of the land take a man from among them and make him their watchman,
Ezek 33:3 If when he sees the sword coming upon the land, he blows the trumpet and warns the people,
Ezek 33:4 Then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, and the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.
Ezek 33:5 He heard the sound of the trumpet and did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But he who takes warning shall save his life.
Ezek 33:6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, he is taken away in and for his perversity and iniquity, but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand.

Many of us have been made watchmen over our homes and families. In other words, there are many who are the sole voice, or one of very few, in their extended families. During this holiday season, I encourage each of you to sound the trumpet as you attend holiday gatherings, dinners and other family functions.

Oftentimes, our most difficult and stubborn audience is the very family with which we dwell. It is not an easy thing to correct the elders we have loved for years or the parents who have raised us. Yet, God has spoken many times over that this is a season of elevation, but only for the elect – only for the remnant that are walking in true holiness. There comes a time when we must put away emotional ties and exercise godly love, which includes spiritual correction and guidance.

As we visit extended family and friends this season, let’s think about how many of them are truly on a path to hell. All of us have a responsibility to share with them the truth. Let’s remember that God sends us on assignments. If you are seeing people in the next two weeks that you haven’t seen in a while, could it be that God is sending you as a messenger? Could it be that your assignment is to simply share the truth with those you love? Could it be that you are called to blow the trumpet in your own family? Be encouraged and obedient in this season!

Ezek 33:32 Behold, you are to them as a very lovely [love] song of one who has a pleasant voice and can play well on an instrument, for they hear your words but do not do them.
Ezek 33:33 When this comes to pass--for behold, it will come!--then shall they know, understand, and realize that a prophet has been among them.

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