Summary: I don’t know where you are in your relationship with Jesus this morning, but, God demands exclusive worship. A person can say they are a Christian and even claim to worship Jesus but only a genuine follower understands the sacrifice, to be in over their

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I saw on Facebook last week that Dean went scuba diving. His status update reminded me that learning to scuba dive is on my bucket list. Kristi and I went on a cruise about 10 years ago and one of our excursions on that cruise was scuba diving. We maxed out at about 35 feet. I know that’s not very deep for seasoned divers like Dean, but, for me it was an experience I’ll never forget. This experience rates as one of my favorite, weirdest and most magnificent adventures of my life. I remember taking my first breath underwater, the sensation of that moment will stay with me the rest of my life. But I also remember as I followed our guide into deeper water, still only about 35 feet, the pressure I felt on my body. The deeper a diver goes under the surface of water the more pressure per square inch the body experiences. But the real danger is the pressure on the oxygen tanks and equipment the diver uses to breathe under water.

What does any of this have to do with Ezekiel? For the last three weeks we have been talking about Jesus. We talked about Jesus the person, the Redeemer and last week, Jesus as the Boss of everything. We talked about Jesus because the prophets we are reading through prophesied about Him. Much of the Old Testament points to Jesus, and then in the New Testament, Jesus points us back to the Father. Now that the Father has our attention, what does He want from us? It just so happens that the book we will be exploring for the next few weeks has the answer to that question.

We are all in different places in our walk with God today. Some of us have yet to make a decision to believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. If this is you, think of yourself on the shoreline. You haven’t made the dive into the waters of faith because you have yet to believe. Then there are those of us who maybe have recently come to the conclusion that Jesus is the Son of God and we are in the water. Paul tells us in Ephesians 6 that there are tools or resources provided by the Holy Spirit that enable and empower us on our journey. In a modern context think of these tools or resources as your scuba diving equipment, and just as a diver could not sustain a dive without his equipment, it’s impossible to sustain a life of faith without truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, and the Bible. So some of us have put on the gear and we’re ready for the dive but we’ve just started getting used to the idea of breathing under water, the whole experience is new and a little uncomfortable. And then there are those who have been diving for awhile. They are used to the experience, the equipment, and they understand the pressure that comes from going deeper in their faith. And then there are some of us who even though we’ve been in the water for a long time just can’t seem to sustain a dive for very long. Maybe the pressure becomes too much, but, with people who have been in the water of faith for a long time but can’t sustain deep dives, my experience tells me it’s because they don’t trust the equipment. They have issues completely trusting truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, and the Bible.

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