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Summary: Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you as He led Ezekiel by learning from this fine Biblical example of leadership. The Holy Spirit directed Ezekiel to take on a difficult ministry of speaking to an obstinate and hard hearted audience. His example teaches us t

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How The Holy Spirit Can Lead You as He Led Ezekiel

Ezekiel 2:1 (NIV, NIRV, TNIV, KJV)

How The Holy Spirit Can Lead You as He Led Ezekiel

Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you as He led Ezekiel by learning from this fine Biblical example of leadership. The Holy Spirit directed Ezekiel to take on a difficult ministry of speaking to an obstinate and hard hearted audience. His example teaches us to trust, obey and follow the Lord fully by the Spirit’s empowering regardless of how unlikely it is that you will enjoy success in the eyes of people.

Illustration:Wherever they went, they profaned My holy name. –Ezekiel 36:20

Companies that compete for consumer dollars know the importance of protecting their name and reputation. Shoddy quality or poor service can cause profits to plummet.

While on a trip, I saw a car rental company experience a customer-service disaster. When people arrived at the rental counter to pick up their keys, they faced long lines, discourteous staff, and inconvenient conditions. Their reaction was predictable: frustration and anger. I doubt that many of those customers would ever rent cars from that company again. The agency’s name had become an object of mockery.

This reminds me of how Israel’s behavior brought disrepute to God’s name. Because they had lived like their pagan neighbors, the Lord scattered them among the nations. The unbelieving world laughed at both Israel and the name of her God.

Let’s bring this situation up-to-date. As Christians, we bear the name of our Savior Jesus Christ. What does the world think of Him by what they see in us? Bringing honor to His name is more important than a great corporation living up to its name. Our lives really have only one purpose–to reflect our Lord. We must guard against doing anything that will cause others to profane His holy name. –MRDII

When others get to know you, will they want to know Christ? (Our Daily Bread)

1. The Holy Spirit led Ezekiel to stand for God. Everyone eventually has to stand for something and the Holy Spirit helped to raise Ezekiel up as a prophet. The Lord said to Ezekiel, "Son of man, stand up on your feet and I will speak to you. As he spoke, the Spirt came into me and raised me to my feet and I heard him speaking to me." (Ezek. 2:1,2) Ask the Lord to help you be responsive to the Spirit’s specific calling for your particular ministry speciality without any hesitations.

2. The Holy Spirit directed Ezekiel to take on a difficult ministry of speaking to an obstinate and hard hearted audience. The Lord said, "Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me; they and their fathers have been in revolt against me to this very day. The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn." (Ezek. 2:3) Ask the Lord to help you to obey the Spirit’s directives regardless of how unlikely it is that you will enjoy success.

Illustration: Americans are getting warned to death. Manufacturers are growing increasingly wary of being sued when their products are misused, so they are attaching warning labels to hundreds of items.


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