Standing

My husband and I were born in this town. Am I doing everything I can to push out any wickedness here?

Ezekiel 21:30, “…In the place where you were created, in the land of your origin, I will judge you.”

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I am not called to serve in our civil government, but am I praying for my city? Am I contributing to projects that build a wall around my city to protect the inhabitants: Food Bank, The Well, Goodwill, and the Hospital Auxiliary?

Ezekiel 22:30, “I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one.”

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Pastor Gary Van Nyhuis spoke about this in his sermon entitled, “Battle Stations.”

“They humbled themselves, fasted, and prayed. They stood as one and said something. They pointed to God. They didn’t have to fight but they manned their battle stations. They bowed and worshipped God. Fear not, stand firm, speak, and go forward.”

Pastor Gary Van Nyhuis, 8-21-22

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Ezekiel 7:27, “…According to their conduct I will deal with them, and by their judgments I will judge them. And they will know that I am the Lord.”

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Dear Lord, give me a new heart so my words are uplifting. Show me where to improve my conduct. Forgive me for judging. I know You are the Lord of all. Amen

“Attacks may be vicious but they are never victorious.”

Deb Steenblock,
After round 11 of chemotherapy

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Jeremiah Stood at His Battle Station

Jeremiah’s last prophecy given in Jerusalem was not to the king or the high priest. Ebed-Melech was not a Jew or of middle-east descent. He was an African from Ethiopia, possibly a slave because there were men he dreaded – but he trusted God.

Jeremiah 39:15-18, “Now the word of the Lord had come to Jeremiah while he was confined in the court of the guardhouse, saying,

16) ‘Go and speak to Ebed-Melech the Ethiopian, saying, “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Behold, I am about to bring My words on this city for disaster and not for prosperity; and they will take place before you on that day!

17) But I will deliver you on that day;’ declares the Lord, ‘and you will not be given into the hand of the men whom you dread.

18) For I will certainly rescue you, and you will not fall by the sword; but you will have your own life as booty, because you have trusted in Me,’ declares the Lord.” ‘ “

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Everyone in Jerusalem is starving. The Babylonian army is ready to tear it apart. But God notices one man who trusts Him despite everything. He sends him a prophecy of assurance. Jerusalem’s downfall was his escape.

“The truth is, faith can’t grow without hardship; it must incubate in the darkness of adversity.”

The Word for You Today, 8-24-22

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The Jews Stood Even After Jerusalem Fell

Their families starved to death. Their country was captured and their temple burned. Enslaved, they were marched across the desert to Babylon.

Their response?

Lamentations 5:19, “You, O Lord, rule forever; Your throne is from generation to generation.”

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Psalms 79:13, “So we Your people and the sheep of Your pasture will give thanks to You forever, to all generations we will tell of Your praise.”

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Two Verses to Help Me Stand

Psalms 94:19, “When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul.”

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Jeremiah 42:11, “Do not be afraid of the king of Babylon, whom you are now fearing; do not be afraid of him,” says the Lord, “for I am with you to save you and deliver you from his hand.”

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