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Today's Word of Encouragement from Wayne

"And it shall be with regard to an inheritance for them, that I am their inheritance; and you shall give them no possession in Israel - I am their possession"

Ezekiel 44:18

This was God’s most wonderful word of blessing, His "with Me" reward (Revelation 22:12), given to His most faithful ministers of the inner court. They shall have no possessions for "I am their possession."

At this time in history, there had been a great falling away from the Lord throughout the levitical priesthood, except for the family of Zadok. "The levitical priests, the sons of Zadok, who kept charge of My sanctuary when the sons of Israel went astray from Me, shall come near to Me to minister to Me" said the Lord (Ezekiel 44:15).

This was God’s highest favor and reward to those who had remained true to Him and to His presence, when everybody else had left Him; they "shall come near to Me to minister to Me." That which was the single greatest reward given by God in the Old Testament to His most faithful priests, to "come near to Me to minister to Me" in the inner court, is now the birthright of every single child of God in Jesus Christ, Who "has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father" (Revelation 1:6).

When you received Jesus Christ as your Savior, you became "a temple of God" (1 Corinthians 3:16) with "Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Colossians 1:27), as the "High Priest of our confession" (Hebrews 3:1) so that we all may be "built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood" (1 Peter 2:5).

This blessing, to "come near to Me to minister to Me," extended to so few under the Old Covenant, is now available for all of us in Jesus Christ. And yet, even as in Old testament times, the temple of God and our priesthood today lays in neglect, generally speaking, throughout Christendom, having been forsaken in favor of other things which people deem more important.

For the sake of the actual glory of God today and for the sake of the benefit of the true body of Christ, we must have a holy re- birth and reawakening of our call to God, for His entire body, to become "a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s Own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him" (1 Peter 2:9).

Because God loves us so much, He has made us to be His "Own possession" and, as priests to our God, we gladly receive His great "inner court" blessing, our Lord’s gracious "with Me" reward, to be with Him. This is identical to what was proclaimed through Ezekiel, which has been fulfilled for us now in Jesus Christ, that we shall have "no possession" for "I am their possession."

God openly rewards all of His priests with continual access to, and blessing in, His Own presence. He Himself is our inheritance, our reward, and our possession, both now and forever.


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