The Wheels in Ezekiel

The Wheels in Ezekiel

Ezekiel was a prophet and a priest, for at least twenty-three years, that was exiled to Babylon in 597 B.C. He was very aware of God’s presence and power among the people and he spoke to both the exiles and those left in Judah with messages of warning and judgment, predicting the fall of Jerusalem. After Jerusalem’s fall in 586, Ezekiel prophesied hope and reassurance for the people of Judah, who had lost the focus of God’s covenant (the temple in Jerusalem). The vision he had of the valley of dry bones, found in chapter 37, is a picture of God’s ability to renew his people.

Now that you have a little bit of Ezekiel’s background, let’s begin to understand the four wheels in his visions and they meant.

The four wheels illustrate omnipresence and omniscience of God. These wheels were associated with the “four living creatures” found in Ezekiel 1:4, who were described in Ezekiel 10:5, 20 as cherubim. Cherubim are angelic beings appointed as guardians of the holiness of God.

Ezekiel 1:4 – As I looked, behold, a stormy wind came out of the north, and a great cloud, with brightness around it, and fire flashing forth continually, and in the midst of the fire, as it were gleaming metal.

Ezekiel 10:5 – And the sound of the wings of the cherubim was heard as far as the outer court, like the voice of  God Almighty when he speaks.

Ezekiel 10:20 – These were the living creatures that I saw underneath the God of Israel by the Chebar canal; and I knew that they were cherubim.

The “living creatures”  were able to move in any direction instantly without to turn, like a flash of lightning, because each wheel was actually two in one, with one apparently set inside the other at right angles. These wheels had the appearance of chrysolite, which you can compare to a topaz. The outer rims are described as high and awesome with outer edges being inset with “eyes”.

Ezekiel 1:14-18 – 14 And the living creatures darted to and fro, like the appearance of a flash of lightning. 15 Now as I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the earth beside the living creatures, one for each of the four of them. 16 As for the appearance of the wheels and their construction: their appearance was like the gleaming of beryl. And the four had the same likeness, their appearance and construction being as it were a wheel within a wheel. 17 When they went, they went in any of their four directions without turning as they went. 18 And their rims were tall and awesome, and the rims of all four were full of eyes all around. 

Ezekiel 1:20-21 tells us that the living creatures were able to move any direction the wheels moved because the Spirit of the living creatures were in the wheels. Some biblical scholars say that the Spirit of God gave the wheels direction through direct knowledge of and access to the will of God. The mobility of the wheels suggests the omnipresence of God. The eyes being omniscience. The elevated position being omnipotence.

Ezekiel 1:20-21 – 20 Wherever the spirit wanted to go, they went, and the wheels rose along with them, for the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. 21 When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those rose from the earth, the wheels rose along with them, for the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. 

Ezekiel’s vision is powerful imagery of movement and action that demonstrates the characteristics of God’s divine nature. It presents God as being on a chariot-like throne, His glory supreme and immanent. Showing his existence in and extending into the created universe. The entire revelation by God in this vision, the cherubim, the chariot, the Spirit, and the wheels, emphasized their unity and coordination.

Even though the vision was a scary one, it vividly displayed the majesty and glory of God, who came to Ezekiel and the children of Israel in the middle of their Babylonian exile. He always comes through at the exact right time! It reminded them of His holiness and power as the Lord of ALL CREATION. Though His people were in exile and their nation was about to be destroyed, God was still on the throne and was able to handle every situation!

Ezekiel 1:28 – Like the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud on the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness all around. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard the voice of one speaking. 

The lesson we all need to take from this today is that, through His marvelous providence, God moves in the affairs of all nations to work out His own unseen plan, always at work, intricately designed, never wrong, and never late. I hope everyone who has read this has an amazingly blessed day. Jesus loves you!

Romans 8:28 – And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 

 

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Daily Prompt – Translate: How to Understand the Battle in Your Mind

Daily Prompt – Translate: How to Understand the Battle in Your Mind

Daily Prompt – Translate

To explain in terms that can be more easily understood is the definition of translate that I am using today. Let’s begin!

How to understand the battle in our minds

The first thing we must know and understand is that the battle in our minds is spiritual warfare – the struggle against evil in our minds. The Bible tells us  that the battle we fight is not physical, but spiritual: 

Ephesians 6:12- “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” 

Trust me, I know it is hard to overcome our thoughts sometimes ( a lot of times). Most of the time we don’t even realize where our thoughts are coming from or why we are having them in the first place. Once I started paying attention to my thoughts, I couldn’t believe the difference it made in my life. Certain things became less stressful than before. Things that would’ve stressed me to the max, didn’t overwhelm me.  My view on daily “tasks” are even different. Things that I do as a mother, spouse, friend, woman, and employee aren’t daunting or dreadful anymore.

I have finally started to really understand what spiritual warfare is and how it affects our lives every second of every day. I can not tell you enough how understanding this battle has forever changed my life. I am now better prepared to win these battles with the authority I have in Christ and you have the authority, too! 

Two kinds of spiritual warfare

Yes, there are two kinds of spiritual warfare (as if one isn’t enough):

1.) Offensive – tearing down strongholds (incorrect thinking patterns) that have formed in our minds by accepting satans lies and deception.

2.) Defensive – when satan commands demonic spirits (demons) to launch fiery darts at us. 

Defensive Spiritual Warfare

Ephesian 6:16 tells us: “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”

Now, these fiery darts can come at us in three different forms; temptations, deceptions, and accusations. If you start paying attention to the negative thoughts you have, you will notice that they are more than likely under one of these forms. These are the easiest ways to get into our minds and create strongholds. Isn’t satan just so smart?

Temptations are used so satan can get his foothold in our lives. He can not cause havoc in our lives if he does not have the rights to us, so what does he do? How does he get his foot in the door? He tempts us to sin. Sin opens the door wide open for him to enter. 

Ephesians 4:27 warns us against giving place to the devil. He tempted Eve in the garden only because he did not have a place in Eve’s life. When he wants more legal grounds in our lives, he will definitely send temptations our way. The moment we give in to those temptations and sin, it is so important to quickly (as soon as we notice) turn away from that sin and repent. When we repent, we can be forgiven and the legal ground he had can be removed. 

Deception is blinding. He deceives us by causing lies to seem as truth. I refuse to live a lie and be defeated by his deception. Once deception takes hold, strongholds can be formed. Demons love to use these strongholds to their advantage. Strongholds have tremendous power to affect our emotions and feelings. Have you ever felt guilty, worthless, unloved, or not good enough? I know I have, but now I know that those feelings (and others like them) are just a few of satan’s deceptive ways. 

2 Corinthians 11:3, “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled (deceived) Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” 

If we have those feelings, we need to remember that God is a loving Father who desires so deeply to have an intimate relationship with us. 

Accusations are his way of reminding us of our past sins and failures. Satan is known to be the accuser of the brethren (children of God). 

Revelations 12:10, “…the accuser of our brethren…” 

If we listen to the accusations he makes against us, we will begin to dwell on our pasts and become guilt-ridden failures. Guilt and failure have been dealt with on the cross! Has the blood of Jesus not washed away our sin? Then we have no need to think about it anymore. The past is the past. We repent and move forward. We have been washed clean in the blood of Jesus without a spot or blemish. Satan would love nothing more than to make us feel like dirty, worthless failures. 

Believing the devil’s accusations can form strongholds, too, that need to be torn down before we can experience freedom. 

Offensive Spiritual Warfare

Finally, after all this talk about how strongholds can be formed in our minds, let’s learn how to take them down. When we meditate on and apply the truth found in the word of God, we destroy these strongholds. We are now on the offensive!

Ephesians 6:17 tells us to take up the sword of the Spirit (the offensive piece of weaponry): “…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” 

The sword is meant to tear down and destroy the enemy, which is why it is an offensive weapon. God’s word tears these strongholds down and there is nothing Satan can use against it. They are built in error (lies) and torn down through truth. 

Again, believing the lies will make you feel like a failure. However, if you meditate on Gods word, you will begin to feel clean and victorious! 

Conclusion

The battle in our minds is between truth and error. It is a spiritual battle. If we know the truth and can focus on it, while also ignoring the error, we will always win the battle! 

The best part? We aren’t fighting him alone! 🙂 

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Daily Prompt – Unseen: When Your Grief Sneaks Up On You

Those who have grieved, raise your hand!

Now, as you put your hand back down, think of all the other people who raised their hands with you. So many of us have experienced a time (days, months, years) when we have needed to mourn the loss of a significant person in our lives. We all know the multitude of emotions that respond to that loss: sadness, numbness, relief, anger, confusion, and guilt. Each one of us uniquely grieves. We could all lose the same significant loved one and we would still mourn their loss differently. Those who feel more relief could feel less sadness than the others. Either way, it doesn’t really matter. Grief is grief.

Any one of those emotions can just “pop up” whenever it decides to. When you’re grieving, you never know when something may trigger your sadness. You may hear a song, smell a certain aroma, watch a movie or hear an old voicemail that immediately reminds you that YOU’RE STILL GRIEVING. You haven’t “gotten over it” yet. I had one of these unseen moments the other day.

A few weeks ago, I contacted a local group of christian women who help counsel others. Most of the teens and women they help have been through a lot of abuse, trauma and loss in their lives. I wasn’t looking for a counselor because I think I need mental help, but I do think that I would tremendously benefit from talking to someone who doesn’t know me, my family or friends and can be honest with me while helping me see the things that I need to change or work on so I can grow.

So, as I am explaining to my husband two days ago that I was called for my first meeting and that I was super excited, he asked, “Why do you feel like you need to talk to a counselor? You can talk to me.” Good question. I never really thought about it. I start telling him how I think it would be great to talk to someone who has an unbiased opinion and their own personal experience in life struggles..blah, blah blah. Then, all of a sudden, BOOM! It hit me! It all became so clear.

I hear myself saying, “I really just want an older woman to talk to about womanly things. Ya know, like, just talk about life and stuff since I don’t have Mom to talk to anymore.” And just like that, I’m crying.

Once I started verbally explaining why I wanted to go, the words became so overwhelmingly painful from the grief that still lies within me, completely unseen.

Once I started verbally explaining why I wanted to go, the words became so overwhelmingly painful from the grief that still lies within me, completely unseen.

 

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