Today is July 18, 2018

Verse of the Day — Ezekiel 37:5

. . . say to these bones (Israel), “Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life.”


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

We are watching Bible prophecy being fulfilled in Israel today.


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

Ezekiel 37 is an interesting prophecy of Israel coming back to life after being dispersed worldwide. Comparing Israel to dead dry bones, God shows how He will revive the Jews and bring them back to life:

. . . the valley . . . was full of bones . . . —V. 1

. . . they were very dry. —V. 2

. . . I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life. —V. 5

I will put sinews on you, make flesh grow back on you, cover you with skin, and put breath in you that you may come alive; —V. 6

. . . the bones came together, bone to its bone. —V. 7

. . . breath came into them, and they came to life, and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army. —V. 10

And boy do they have a great army!


QUESTION FOR THE DAY
Dear Compass,

Regarding the GML about “forgetting what lies behind,” I agree but would like to add a comment. God may WANT us to deal with something in our past to bring us to complete healing, in His way and in His timing.

I had an abortion before I became a Christian and had never felt any remorse or regret. But after I had been saved for a few years, one evening I was listening to the radio and there was a speaker explaining the truth regarding abortions. It touched me so deeply that I sat there on my living room floor and cried for hours, crying out to God in repentance. In my tears I came to the full realization of what I had done, fully aware that I was cleansed and healed.

I was broken and restored within a few hours’ time. That’s the way God dealt with my past—instead of dragging it out for months with visits to a psychologist. Advice from a pastor is important, but ultimately it is God who heals. We should trust that God’s timing is always right, then He can use our past for something good as He has done with me.

Another wrote:

I would like to answer the person who wrote in desiring intimacy with God and asking “how to get that.” I have found, just in the last three years, that journaling helps me and has really given me an intimacy with God.

I didn’t really know how to begin journaling, but started with a concern I had, looked up a Scripture on the subject (in the concordance) and actually wrote a prayer in my journal. I also wrote various Scriptures and praised God in the pages as well.

If you have fear, look up verses on fear, write them out in your journal, and pray about them in your journal.

Writing your prayers keeps you focused as you’re praying. I have grown so much, and I take my journal with me (I’m on book #5 now) everywhere I go, even to work.

I went to Israel and wrote every detail of each day in my journal, as well as thanking and praising God for the very privilege I had to be there. You will really grow as you write out your prayers, concerns and praises. God bless you!


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