By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Stand in the gap reveals the quest for a man who would take a stand for the land that God would not destroy it. For the people had exceeded all bounds of law and justice; having forsaken the Word of God.
Scripture reveals: I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. Therefore have I poured out my indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way (or deeds) have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord God (Ezekiel 22:30-31).
In reference to setting a godly example; for others to emulate, Scripture reveals: You therefore which teaches another, teach you not yourself? You that preach a man should not steal, do you steal? You that say a man should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You that abhors idols, do you commit sacrilege? You that make your boast of the law, through breaking the law, dishonor not God (Romans 2:21-23)?
How many today could afford having their lives put under strict scrutiny? Would God have a difficult time in finding a man of a godly nature to take a stand for godliness today?
We are living in an environment as that of Lot in Sodom. Scripture reveals: For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed (or tormented) his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds (2 Peter 2:8).
There is increasing dramatization of sinful living that can take one captive; if allowed. Scripture reveals: Every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust (or desires) and enticed (James 1:14). Many have been caught up in such a grip; trapped, and then give in to its evil influence.
The term "Stand in the Gap" comes during a time in biblical history that the nation's sins were listed, with each guilty party being singled out for judgment. Scripture reveals: Therefore have I poured out my indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way (or deeds) have I recompensed upon their hearts, saith the Lord God (Ezekiel 22:31). The false prophets who had devoured souls, the priests who had violated God's law, the leaders of the land who like wolves used oppression and robbery towards the people.
Just prior to that: I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge (or a wall), and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: : but I found none (Ezekiel 22:30). God was looking for a man that could close the gap that had been made through violation of His Word!
We are seeing debauchery in the land; those who would seduce, and corrupt, through misleading the people towards ungodliness of man; as existed in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah of old.
Scripture reveals: And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them with an overthrow (or destruction), making them an example of those that afterward should live ungodly (2 Peter 2:6). A lesson that remains unlearned today!
We have seen many great evangelists; who have been used by God, to stand in the gap for the land, but what about replacements? There are many, who are filling in for the saints of old, but are we seeing them utilized in like manner?
Are we seeing the great moves of God as previously witnessed? Are those who are ministering of the same mentality as those replaced? If so; why is it that we are not seeing the same moves of God as previously witnessed?
Scripture reveals: Because iniquity (or lawlessness) shall abound, the love of many shall wax (or grow) cold (Matthew 24:12). Are the lives of those professing the name of Christ measuring up to sanctification (being set apart unto God), righteousness, and holiness or are we losing sight of such terms?
Is the world becoming an influence to the church in that it is becoming as the Laodicean church, spoken of in the Book of Revelation: So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew (or spit) you out of my mouth (Revelations 3:16). Laodicea means "People Ruling" that represents the materialistic church vastly influenced by a secular society.
Thank God for churches which have not deviated from God's Word; nor been misled by the world and its ungodly standards, that there are those who breath and live holiness before the Lord. Scripture reveals: Follow (or pursue) peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).
There is the mentality of Sodom and Gomorrah; and of the Babylon setting spoken of in God's Word. Babylon had become the habitation of devils (or demons), and the hold of every foul spirit. The evilness of such needs to be dealt with by those willing to stand in the gap for the land!
Unless a spiritual renewal takes place; with a change of heart and lifestyle, many once godly nations will continue on the slippery slope of unrighteousness. Unless there are those who will take a stand, and sound the alarm, many will continue to fall into the clutches of filth and degradation.
Let us pray that God will raise up godly individuals; who will not be swayed by the ungodly, who will rise to the occasion of their calling, to promulgate the Unadulterated Word of God without fail or falter. For without such individuals; little hope is in the offering, as man continues to be swayed into consuming the ungodliness that surrounds him.
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