Thank You Lord for your reprovers

Ezekiel 3:24,25,26 - Then the spirit entered into me, and set me upon my feet, and spake with me, and said unto me, Go, shut thyself within thine house. But thou, O son of man, behold, they shall put bands upon thee, and shall bind thee with them, and thou shalt not go out among them: And I will make thy tongue cleave to the roof of thy mouth, that thou shalt be dumb, and shalt not be to them a reprover: for they are a rebellious house.

Two days back I send a mail on The Truth rally which we are conducting in Mumbai, in that mail I mentioned about RC Church celebrating the birth of Jesus on 25th December while Jesus was not born on that day, and how they made people do all things against the Spirit of Christ by encouraging commercial and pleasure centric activities in the name of Christmas. This mail hurt a brother of the Catholic faith and instead of writing to me he sent a mail to one of my colleagues organizing the event with intentions to create disunity. The spirit that worked in this brother was not the Spirit of Christ.

Had I wrote more details as to why the 25th December date was chosen and how this date and most of the practices of RC Church are related to the pagan practices of the early Romans. How the Church leaders in adventure to convert the Roman pagans actually landed following their practices in the Name of Jesus Christ and Christianity, I do not think he will ever celebrate Christmas. For a real Christian who knows Christ, He was before the foundations of creation. The Christmas celebrations are more an opportunity to tell the story of Jesus to the children and to the people who do not know Jesus Christ. Birth of Jesus as man is not among the 3 feast which a Christian should be celebrating - Resurrection Sunday, Pentecost and Feast of the Tabernacle (which many do not celebrate and all these celebrations are to do with Christ).

When any Man of God corrects one should thank God that He has yet kept the door open and His mercy is still available.

In today's scripture the Lord tells us how He made Ezekiel dumb for had Ezekiel corrected them, they would have changed and escaped punishment. The anger of God was so much on Israel at that time because of what they were doing, that the Lord wanted to punish them severely and not escape it.

If we find Men and Women of God correcting us, we should rejoice at the fact that the Lord is still not wrath with us and His grace is yet available for us.

[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, since ages You have spoken through your anointed ones. There were times when the sins of man was so thick that You did not send your messengers to speak to your people and You turned your face away. We have seen in history how the enemy had crushed your people when your Face was turned away. Lord, we thank You for your anointed ones through whom You speak and correct us. By your Spirit guide us and strengthen our weak hearts that we may walk your path of righteousness...

We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[ Reference Scripture ]
Isaiah 13:9-11
9 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.
10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun [representing Jesus Christ] shall be darkened [sunlight represents His grace] in his going forth, and the moon [representing Man of God] shall not cause her light to shine.
11 And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.

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