STAND IN THE GAP

INTRODUCTION

Stand in the gap for the land is needful to stem the tide that would; if unchecked, bring destruction.  One of the saddest responses found in the Book of Ezekiel is God's response to having looked for such an individual:  "I found no one" (Ezekiel 22:30)!  

For a land that was not cleansed; of those who had devoured lives; of the priests who had violated the law putting no difference between the holy and profane, neither between the clean and unclean.  Of false prophets who said, "Thus saith the Lord God" when he had not spoken; of the people of the land who oppressed others for their own gain, God was looking for one who would stand for the truth (Ezekiel 22:23-29). 

STAND IN THE GAP
NO INTERCESSOR FOUND

No man among them was found; none that could make up the hedge and stand in the gap that had been broken down, by the transgressions of the people who had exceeded all bounds of law and justice.  No reformer, no repairer of the breach; no restorer of paths to dwell in.

No intercessor as Abraham for Sodom, Moses for Israel; or Aaron, who stood between the living and the dead to stay a plague.  Where are those who are willing to stand in gap; as instructed by the Lord through the prophet Isaiah to:  "Cry aloud, spare not, lift up your voice like a trumpet, and tell my people their transgression, and their sins (Isaiah 58:1).

UNLEASHING OF UNGODLY AGENDA

There is an unleashing of ungodly agenda in America, and many countries, that violate all moral boundaries, yet for the most part there is no one crying out against such injustices or to "stand in the gap for the land" to avoid the next words spoken through the prophet Ezekiel concerning the people of the land:

"Therefore I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord God" (Ezekiel 22:31).

If those who bear the name of Christ do not stand in the gap for the land; continue to remain silent and do not proclaim the Word of God to its fullness, we could readily see this scripture become a reality.  Let us pray that America, and other once godly nations, will take a stand and live in accordance with God's Word! 

THOSE WHO STAND FOR
UNRIGHTEOUSNESS

There are many who are willing to stand in the gap for the unrighteousness of man; openly proclaiming it with little regard to the scriptural consequences for having done so!  They are caught up in the ungodliness of man; allowing the appeal of the flesh towards all forms of perversion.

There are many in high places willing to stand in the gap towards openly endorsing ungodly behavior, and in helping to promote such agenda.  Scriptures spells out who one is to stand against:

Stand against the schemes of the devil.  Against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12).

GOD'S VINEYARD
WILD GRAPES

God's intent for man is identified in the Book of Isaiah; in the parable of the vineyard.  This parable reveals that God planted a vineyard in a very fruitful hill; and he looked that it bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes (Isaiah 5:1-4).

God's abundant care and provision for America, in her youth, was as in the parable of the vineyard; yet in her latter years she begin to bear wild grapes.  She begin to depart from God's provision and walk in her own desired way. 

Sin begin to blossom forth at a high rate of speed. The wild grapes of ungodliness begin to flourish as she walked away from God's blessed Word which would have produced good grapes rather than wild! 

WIDESPREAD UNGODLINESS

It was a wide spread of ungodliness in the days of Ezekiel that polluted the land; with no one to stand in the gap for the land that God would not destroy it.  We are seeing such take place today with the sinful practice of abortion upon demand that has claimed so many innocent lives: 

Also homosexuality, which is condemned in God's Word, is openly displayed and advocated, even towards the youth of the land.  The endorsement of same sex marriage; and the transgender movement is further spreading havoc in the land.

Our airways are being polluted with ungodly material, flaunting of nudity, pornography, and vile language; which were at one time denied access.  Censorship has become a mockery to the term decency. 

THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD

Scripture encourages the believer in Christ to be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might and to put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-11):

Be girded about with truth, having on the breastplate of righteousness; feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; and taking the shield of faith, wherewith one is able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  And having the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit (Ephesians 6:14-18).

The spiritual battle Christians are engaged in exists "from now on" until the Lord's return; with little or no quarter given of hostilities.  Scripture reveals that our weapons of warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty through God to the taking down of strongholds; casting down arguments, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).

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