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March 5, 2018, 10:05 AM

Don't Flinch

Church Family,

Praise God for you and with you! God is so good to us. During my morning reading I flashed back to my childhood. There are many names to the game and to be honest I never liked it, but we called it flinching. You make as if you’re going to hit someone and if they flinched, you were allowed to hit them in the arm twice. It tested the heart and fear of those playing.

Ezekiel 21:14-15a As for you, son of man, prophesy. Clap your hands and let the sword come down twice, yes, three times, the sword for those to be slain. It is the sword for the great slaughter, which surrounds them, 15that their hearts may melt, and many stumble

16b-17 wherever your face is directed. 17I also will clap my hands, and I will satisfy my fury; I the LORD have spoken.”

Ezekiel is being sent throughout the city clapping his hands. This was done in the hopes that people would ask what he was doing and repent. Sadly, they did not. I don’t know if you see it or not but there is a lot grace in these verses. You maybe reading this now and going through a similar situation. Whatever your sin is, God has warned you time and time again. The boss/spouse/cops/etc didn’t catch you this time, but they came close. In fact, in made you flinch. Your heart raced and now that it’s over, you are right back to your sin. God is not trying to play a game. He is trying to extend grace through His warnings. Grace that can cover and offer forgiveness for your sins. God knows what you are doing more than you know what you are doing and yet, God is stilling offering you time to repent. Will you repent today? Will you turn from your sin and turn to Jesus on this day? God hopes that you will flinch before it's too late.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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