During Ezekiel’s day, there were many things going on in society that were similar to our day (read Ezekiel 22:23-31):
• The priests made no difference between the holy and the profane. That is to say, they didn’t sanctify anything to God; all was common and unclean to them. They also turned their faces away from those breaking God’s law (perhaps to be crowd-pleasers?).
• The prophets took the treasures from the people (prophesied for money) and prophesied lies to the people (they spoke peace and prosperity when judgment was coming).
• The political leaders shed blood (abortion and unjust wars) and were after dishonest gain.
• The people of the land oppressed and robbed each other and afflicted the most vulnerable among them.
• God’s response: He sought for one man to stand in the gap.
“And 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 mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord GOD.”
I. God is searching for a person
• It doesn’t take much to move God. He was only looking for one person to change the course of history for Israel. (Politics does not change a nation; people sold out for a cause or purpose change a nation.)
• God is searching the whole world for a person with a heart after Him (2 Chron. 16:9; Job 2:2-3; Acts 13:22; John 4:23-24).
• D.L. Moody was a shoe salesmen with a third grade education who once heard a Sunday school teacher say that the world has yet to see what God can do with a man who is fully devoted to Him. Moody said ‘I will be that man’ and within weeks he had hundreds of street kids attending Sunday school. He had to find a separate place for them to meet, and later became the most powerful evangelist of the latter part of the eighteenth century and the founder of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.
• When I heard my pastor repeat this story it had a similar impact on me. From that time on, when I was only 19, I made up my mind that all of my time, gifts, talents, and abilities would be used to bring people to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Ask yourself the following questions to determine which category you are in:
• Indifferent to God’s voice when He is calling you.
• Do you put off surrendering your life to Christ to another time or day?
• Do you only serve the Lord with all your heart when times are hard?
• Do you always serve the Lord with all your heart?
II. God desires a person to make up the breach in the wall
• There are many breaches or holes in the wall that leave a person, family, church, or nation vulnerable. (These holes are symbolic for sins or weaknesses that can cause something or someone to stumble and fall from their position.)
• We can either criticize or pray; we can either uncover or intercede.
• Any fool can take a sledge hammer and destroy a building, but only a few have to skill to design and build a beautiful structure.
• God is looking for people who are willing to lay down their lives to stand in the gap in both action and intercession.
III. The destiny of a city or nation depends on your response
Ezekiel 22:30-31: “I found none. Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them.”
• God is looking for people to stand between the living and the dead to stop the plague. Read Numbers 16:41-49, when Aaron stood between the dead and the living to stop the plague God sent because of His wrath.
• God tells the church to pray that we may have peace in the nations for the sake of the Gospel; read 1 Timothy 2:1-4.
• I remember spending hours in prayer over those who were making foolish decisions with their lives and they turned around toward the good path.
• I remember spending hours singing in tongues and playing my guitar over a person backsliding until I got a breakthrough in the Spirit. They came back to the Lord a few days later.
• I remember when our whole church interceded in the spirit for 45 minutes against a hurricane that was barreling toward Puerto Rico. We prayed until we received a breakthrough.
• God told William (Daddy) Seymour to pray 5 hours per day for years before God led him to start the meetings on Azusa Street in California. This launched the Pentecostal revival that spread across the world in just three years, and has become the greatest religious and sociological movement in the world over the past 100 years!
• God is calling the church to seek Him early in the morning so we will experience the greatest revival of His people coming into His Kingdom that we have ever seen!
Will you be a gap filler or a breach maker?
• If you do nothing after this message, you are just adding to the breach in the wall!
• If you get provoked to action but die out in a few days, you are adding to the breach in the wall!
• If you live by your feelings and emotions and do not get continually filled with the Holy Ghost, you are a breach maker!
• Only if you make up your mind today to stand in the gap and make up the breach in the wall will you be a difference maker!
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