And the Spirit of the LORD fell upon me, and said unto me, "Speak; Thus says the LORD; Thus have you said, O house of Israel: for I know the things that come into your mind,
every one of them."- Ezekiel 11:5
In today’s age of digital surveillance, people are becoming more and more concerned about losing their privacy. Corporations and governments are intruding into the private lives of their citizens, and finding ways to hide from the prying eyes of technology is becoming a challenge.
But you can’t really lose something you never had in the first place. No one has ever been private from God’s surveillance, who is so technically advanced, He has the ability to see every aspect of our inner most being.
The wicked religious people of ancient Israel thought they could continue in their rebellious ways against God because they had limited Him and believed that He could not see what they were doing. He counters that fallacy by informing them that He can see every thought that comes into their minds. He is continually examining the motives and intensions of our hearts, good and bad.
The Apostle Paul who is fully aware of God’s supernatural abilities to scrutinize our souls, exhorts us to bring every thought into the obedience of Christ (II Corinthians 10:5).
Christians are saved by grace, but we all must stand before the judgment seat of Christ to receive or lose rewards depending on what we have or have not done in this life. It is there that our hypocrisies will be exposed (I Corinthians 4:5, 5:10).
God is interested in the total reformation of the inner man into Jesus’ image. It is easy to be “religious” on the outside. It’s much harder for some to relinquish their illusions of privacy and realize that God sees everything and there is no hiding who we really are on the inside from Him.
It is God who changes us through the inner workings of Jesus’ Holy Spirit, for without Him we can do nothing (John 15:5). We just have to be willing to love God enough to let Him change us into the people He wants us to be.
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