Words from the Heart for Monday May 6th, 2019

While Ezra was praying and confessing, weeping and throwing himself down before the house of God, a large crowd of Israelites—men, women and children—gathered around him. They too wept bitterly.

Ezra 10:1 (NIV)

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Bitter Weeping

The Weeping Wall is a set of cliffs, approximately 1000 feet high, located at the western base of Cirrus Mountain alongside the Icefields Parkway in northern Banff National Park. In spring and summer, the faces of the cliffs are usually covered with a series of cascading waterfalls. In winter, the waterfalls freeze into towering pillars of ice and become a well-known site for ice climbing. One of the most famous ice climbs in the world, the Weeping Wall offers a variety of challenge lines, including those known as Left Hand and Right Hand. Another line, known as Snivelling Gully is often wet and snowy.

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I was in Thailand earlier this year at a conference of leaders, and just before the Lord’s Supper, a sound of total brokenness erupted from the back of the room. Overcome with conviction, one man wept uncontrollably over the sin that had overcome him. God brought conviction of sin and immediate healing and deliverance. It affected everyone in the room. This is profoundly Biblical. Ezra 10:1 says, “While Ezra was praying and confessing, weeping and throwing himself down before the house of God, a large crowd of Israelites—men, women and children—gathered around him. They too wept bitterly.” Ezra led his people in total repentance for the sins they had committed. A great turning back to the Lord took place as the priest set an example to his people of the need to get their hearts right with God. Have you allowed sin to turn your heart from God lately? Follow the example of the godly priest Ezra. Confess your sin to the Lord and He will remove your sin and set your heart right again.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley