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When I read this verse today in Revelation, “Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy” (Revelation 22:11 NIV), I thought of people thinking they’re doing the right thing when they’re not. I know this verse refers to the righteous person doing righteous things and not the ethos that makes up what people think is right and wrong. However, it bothers me that people think they’re living the right way when they’re not.

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Sometimes when I’m reading the Bible I pause and wonder why the scripture I’m reading is in there. I know “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,” (2 Timothy 3:16 NIV) so when I’m reading one of those scriptures I ask the Lord, “What about this? How is this useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness?” I believe in the word of God so when I’m asking God this question I really want to understand. This was the case today when I read through most of Ezekiel 40 and 41.

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One of the hardest facts to wrap our heads around about God is that nothing happens without Him. Isaiah tells us “I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things” (Isaiah 45:7 NIV). However, we like to compartmentalize things. We see hurricanes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters and we place them over here in their own category. War, famine, starvation, and disease are put into their own category. We take everything that we think is “evil” and we assign it to the Devil and everything that is good we assign to God.

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Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them.

Ezekiel 37:13 (NIV)

As I was reading through Ezekiel today I read about the dry bones and I felt something move in my spirit. I had a sense that there was something the Lord was bringing to my attention but I couldn’t pinpoint what it was. I continued and finished my reading for the day but I kept thinking about those dry bones. My brothers and sisters, we who have been saved by our faith in Jesus Christ were once like those bones. We were animated and walked about as spirits without the breath of God and one day, He breathed life into us and we were born again. We were new creations with stellar futures ahead of us in the Lord. However, as we’ve walked with Him some of us have become weary. We look at the world around us and though we hate to admit it, it doesn’t look like how we thought it would look.

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