January 29, 2018: Where do I stand?

Ezekiel 22:30-31 (NIV)
30  “I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.
31  So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger, bringing down on their own heads all they have done, declares the Sovereign LORD.”

Genesis 18:22-25 (NIV)
22  The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the LORD.
23  Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?
24  What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it?
25  Far be it from you to do such a thing–to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?”

Genesis 19:27-29 (NIV)
27  Early the next morning Abraham got up and returned to the place where he had stood before the LORD.
28  He looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, toward all the land of the plain, and he saw dense smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a furnace.
29  So when God destroyed the cities of the plain, he remembered Abraham, and he brought Lot out of the catastrophe that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived.

 

Do you have anyone you know that needs Jesus in their life?  What can you do to make a difference in their life?  Consider Abraham and his position in prayer for his nephew Lot.

Abraham knew what God was going to do in Sodom.  He knew time was short and his nephew was caught up in the sinful pleasures of Sodom.  He also knew Lot’s wife was being used by the enemy of Lot’s soul to keep him distracted from hearing the voice of God.

What can a person do if they know they have someone they love who is caught up in sin’s enticements?  You do what Abraham did, you take up your position as an intercessor and cry out to God to rescue your loved one.

Can you see the power of one standing in the gap for another?  In Abraham’s life, his standing before the Lord brought Lot out of danger.  In Ezekiel’s day, the word was that there was no one to intercede for the land so God destroyed it.  Is it possible God is calling you to take up your battle position for the souls of those you love so he can rescue them from their certain destruction?

Why not answer the call to stand in the gap for someone who needs Jesus?  Why not give yourself to pray for their conversion so they might be delivered from certain destruction that is sure to come on all those who reject Christ?

I can think of nothing better to give yourself to.

Standing in the Gap for those who need Jesus,

 

 

Pastor Phil

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