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  The Reason for Everything
#11 in a series

   

A Personalized Paraphrase of Ezekiel 36:22-38

 
 

Sovereign Lord, it is not for our sake alone that you bless us, but for the sake of Your Holy Name – a Name which we have often profaned among those who don’t know you. You want to show the holiness of your great Name to the lost, but we have brought shame to you among them.

Sovereign Lord, you want to show yourself holy; you want the lost to know that you are the Lord, as you bless us, your people.

Father in Heaven, I ask you to bring me into the fullness of your Kingdom. Bring me to a place that is above the brokenness of this world. Bring me back into the relationship with you that was part of your creation design.

I ask you to cleanse me from all my impurities and from my idols. Give me a new heart and put a new spirit in me. Remove from me my heart of stone and give me a heart of flesh. Put your Spirit in me and move me to follow your decrees and to be careful to keep your laws. Then I will live in the fullness of your Kingdom and you will be my God. You will save me from all my uncleanness. You will call for the grain and make it plentiful and will not bring famine upon me. You will increase the fruit of the trees and the crops of my fields so that I will no longer suffer disgrace because of need. Then I will remember my evil ways and wicked deeds, and I will loathe myself for my sins and detestable practices. Sovereign Lord, I know that you are not doing this for my sake but for the sake of Your Name. I am ashamed and disgraced by my conduct.

Sovereign Lord, as you cleanse me from all my sins you will resettle my life and rebuild the ruins I have caused. I will no longer be spiritually desolate but will produce the fruit of righteousness, and those around me will see it. They will say, “He who was laid waste has become like the Garden of Eden. His life was lying in ruins. He was desolate and destroyed but he is now strong, protected and full of life.” Then, Sovereign Lord, those around me will know that you my Lord have rebuilt what my sin and rebellion had destroyed and that you have replanted what was desolate in me. You the Lord have spoken these things and you will do them.

Sovereign Lord, I know that you yield to the plea of those who love you, and you will do this. You will make me numerous as sheep, as numerous as the flocks for offering at Jerusalem during her appointed feasts. Then those around me who live in spiritual ruin will know that you are the Lord.

   

Born in 1940, Ken Stoltzfus has worked as a pilot, ordained Christian minister, businessman, missionary to Africa and writer. This is #11 in his series "Snippets from the Good Book", and is one of many short articles that can be found at www.John2031.com  

© 2010, Ken Stoltzfus, www.John2031.com, P.O. Box 228, Kidron, OH 44636 USA. May be printed for personal use and may be reproduced for non-commercial purposes without further permission if proper acknowledgment is given.

 

 

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