The Revival Call
by Linda Boyette
“Repent and turn away from all your transgressions, so that iniquity may not become a stumbling block to you…” Ezekiel 18:30.
For their iniquity(rebellious hearts) and sinful transgressions committed, Israel, the ones called out and separated from the world to be God’s people, were living with a destiny of doom; The soul who sins will die (Ezekiel 18:4). God presented them a weighty ultimatum:Cast away from you all your transgressions which you have committed and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! For why will you die, O house of Israel? (Ezekiel 18:31). With God’s wisdom and understanding, the powerful truth in these Old Testament verses will magnify the New Testament passages of Romans and cause us to humbly, diligently and prayerfully seek personal and world revival within His church today.
Israel knew they were incapable of fulfilling either condition: getting rid of their transgressions or making a new heart and spirit. No amount of sacrificing bulls would fill the need. So they blamed God, The way of the Lord is not right (Ezekiel 18:25). The book of Ezekiel reaffirms and fully demonstrates what began in the Garden of Eden. Transgressions are not sin. Sin began when Adam and Eve willfully turned from the absolute Word of God and chose to satisfy God-given desires with their own human will and way. The first transgression was in the taking of the prohibited apple. The book of Romans teaches from this one man – Adam, all are born with a sin nature to resist the Almighty God and with ungrateful hearts live to fulfill their lusts through deeds of the flesh. The end is death (Romans 1,2 & 5).
Isn’t it interesting that today our reaction is still to blame God? “I can never meet God’s standard” or “I will always be a sinner”, or “God knows I’m just human.” God is not about tricking, deceiving or shortchanging His beloved treasures. No, no, and triple no!
Israel could not meet God’s request of getting rid of their sinful actions or making a clean heart and right spirit. Paul states in Romans neither can we! Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Romans 7:24,25) …those who are in the flesh cannot please God. However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him…for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons/daughters of God (Romans 8: 8, 9 & 13).
God never intends humans to be or do in the flesh what God alone IS and GIVES. As in the days of Ezekiel, no amount of willed determination, striving, stressing, struggling or sacrificing will produce what the living God intends and longs for man to be and have. We can only be holy, be courageous, be self-controlled, be vigilant, be watchful, be faithful, beof good courage and selflessly love one another by the blood of Jesus offering forgiveness for all transgressions and through His filling and abiding Holy Spirit in me. Yes, I’ve written this before. God’s Word says it on nearly every page. However, it is emphasized over 65times in Ezekiel. I AM the Lord, I have spoken, and I will perform it (Ezekiel17:24).
So, one more time: Jesus IN me, me IN Jesus and one IN the Holy Spirit of God is the only life from the right heart and spirit, the only source of holiness, the only guaranteed harvest of righteousness and the only beauty of agape-filled living! God the Father’s Lamb was slain as the source for holy living promised long before man knew their need. For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies,” declares the Lord God. “Therefore, repent and live. (Ezekiel 18:32). What will be my answer to revival’s call?
Read More: Ezekiel 36: 26-27; Philippians 2:13; I Peter 1:20.