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Ezekiel 1:5
...and in the fire was what looked like four living creatures. In appearance their form was that of a man,

Ezekiel goes on to explain the appearance of the creatures he saw, but it impossible for us really to visualize them. He will go on to speak of each creature having four faces, facing four directions, but then he speaks of their moving straight forward. Putting it all together is impossible, but we are left with an awesome sense of the majesty and mystery of spiritual reality. All things divine are a mystery to us. We can describe Jesus, but only in a fragmentary way, stretching to embrace the whole of what He is. Our minds need to be enlarge. Help us, Lord, to perceive something of the height, the depth, the breadth, and to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge. Holy Spirit, show us Jesus.

Lamentations 1:5
Her foes have become her masters; her enemies are at ease. The Lord has brought her grief because of her many sins. Her children have gone in to exile, captive before the foe.

When a Christian fails to resist the influence of the world, making compromises for the sake of peace, the enemies o God stop worrying abut him and focus on fully capturing their children. Many a child from a professing Christian home has abandoned the faith the parents tried to teach and chosen the values, the goals and the comforts that the world offers and partly delivers. Lord, help us stand against the influences of the Devil and not be conformed unto the world. Our own freedom in Christ is at stake, and the eternal state of our children hangs in the balance. Lord Jesus Christ, deliver us from the Evil One and keep our children safe.
Jeremiah 1:5
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.

Jeremiahís gender, his gifts, his education, his preparation, his ordination, his work and the results that were to come from his work were all determined by God before Jeremiah was even born. This did not change the fact that Jeremiah needed personally to seek the Lord, to submit Himself to Him, to develop his gifts, to consecrate his life, and to pursue with diligence what God had ordained for him to do. God knew His will for Jeremiah, but Jeremiah did not. And so it is for us. We are where we are by Godís appointment, and we are discovering in our lives the things that God has foreordained shall come to pass. Help us, Lord Jesus, to follow Your way.
Isaiah 1 :5
Why should you be beaten anymore? Why do you persist in rebellion? Your whole head is injured, you whole heart afflicted.

What is the point of disciplining you when yo will not hear? Donít you see how I have afflicted you? Donít you recognize My hand in your national distress? Donít you see that I have blasted your crops, ruined your economy, allowed your relationships to sour, held back your fruitfulness, made foolish your intellectual pursuits? Donít you see? What is the use of disciplining you? God speaks this way to Israel, but He could speak so to us, as well. We have declined as a nation in every respect because the hand of the Lord is no longer with us. What will it take for us to recognize this? Lord, open our eyes, bring us to repentance, and rescue us by your grace, for Jesusí sake!
Song of Songs 1:5
Dark am I, yet lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem, dark like the tents of Kedar, like the tent curtains of Solomon.

Dark we are, Lord Jesus, like the tents of Kedar, but You have loved us with an everlasting love, and in Your good time y came to earth to live and die for us. You bore the anger of God for us on Calvaryís cross, and you rose again from the dead for us. You tell us in Your word that you delight in us, rejoice in us, take pleasure in us, and we embrace that fact and recognize that in Your eyes we are lovely. If others question our loveliness, You do not, and for this we thank You with all of our being. We are dark, but we are lovely. Help us when we are tempted to despise ourselves because of our darkness.
Ecclesiastes 1:5
The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises.

And it certainly does seem to do so! We are aware as Solomon could not be of the remainder of the circuit of the sun, as it blesses billions of people on the other side of the world while we sleep. Our being asleep makes the time seem to pass very quickly before the sun is ready to come up for us again. Thank You, Lord, for taking care of everything that is outside our purview. Thank You for blessing people we donít know. Thank You for seeming to rise only for us. Help us to broaden our perspectives and deepen our appreciation of Your circuit around our lives. May all those realms be drawn to Your Son Jesus! Thank You that He rose again as if only for us. Praise His Great Name!
Proverbs 1:5
Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance--

You need wisdom to get wisdom. The first step is acknowledging that you do not necessarily know something, and being open to something perhaps new. This seems like a baby step, but for many it is giant. We can be so certain about the way that seems right to us that we will argue anyone into a corner rather than admit that we donít know. We have a natural tendency to see things our way, and the wonderful way we have stated our perspective makes it seem all the more certain to us. Still, it may be wrong, and it would be wiser to listen. Lord, give us this wisdom this day! Some wise person may be trying to reach us. Help us listen. You, Lord Jesus, may be showing the way. Help!
Psalm 1:5
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

There will be a sorting out. Those who seek God will not always be troubled by those who do not. At this point in time there is still hope that some of the wicked will experience a change-of-heart. We can witness to those outside of Christ, and God may use this means to call men and women, boys and girls to Himself. But the time will come when the offer of grace is over. Time will have run out for the ungodly and unbelieving, the judgment will come, and the wicked will not stand, but will be cast into eternal darkness, in the place God has prepared for those who hate Him. Lord, have mercy on our loved ones who have not believed. Open their eyes. Bring them to Jesus Christ.

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