Ezekiel 36:22-32 -- God equips His people to please Him!

For millennia, a given family name has been very important. Those who bear that name are generally expected to give a good account of themselves lest they bring reproach on the family name. I think of that as I consider part of Isaiah 43:1 — “I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name.” Having been chosen and redeemed by Him, ancient Israel bore His name. How often they brought reproach on themselves and on His name! That would surely qualify as one way of taking His name in vain. We too bear His name. Let’s not do so in vain. Let’s hold it fast so that He is not ashamed to be called our God.

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Encouragement and assurance for the follower of Christ

I got to Psalm 138 in my reading early this morning:

The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me:
thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever:
forsake not the works of thine own hands.

(Psalm 138:8)

That reminded me, vaguely and hazily, of another verse. I found in it 1 Thessalonians, and along the way I found some other verses:

Being confident of this very thing,
that he which hath begun a good work in you
will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.

(Philippians 1:6)

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly;
and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved
blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

(1 Thessalonians 5:23)

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling,
and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory
with exceeding joy,
To the only wise God our Saviour,
be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

(Jude 24,25)

Now the God of peace,
that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus,
that great shepherd of the sheep,
through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
Make you perfect in every good work to do his will,
working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight,
through Jesus Christ;
to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

(Hebrews 13:20,21)

Be encouraged, if you’re a disciple of Jesus!