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Hello, God has given me something in Ezra 10:18 which says,

“Among the descendants of the priests, the following had married foreign women:
From the descendants of Joshua son of Jozadak, and his brothers: Maaseiah, Eliezer, Jarib and Gedaliah.”

Among the descendants: Among the descendants of the priests, there were several people who had married foreign women. There were so many people who had married foreign women. They had sinned, and they were going to repent. A lot of them had fallen into the trap of marrying foreign women. Even those who were the descendants of priests fell to the sin.

Forgiven: Among those now living earth, the following have sinned: every-one. Jesus never sinned, but we have. We are deserving of death, like the Israelites were. What did the Israelites do? They sent off the women. Okay, then we can drive away our sin! I’ll save you some effort; we can’t do that by ourselves. Without Christ, we are overcome with temptation. But, we can do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13). He helps be freed from our sins. He forgives us from our sins. So, why not come and be forgiven? He loves us, and is mighty to save. Why not be loved and saved?

What to do: Here is something to do as Christians: Go to God for help. Go to Him, and ask Him to help you get rid of your “foreign wives” or sin. He will help you. He will help all of us. Christ is understanding, He was tempted on this earth. We can go to Him, and He will be our place of refuge in the time of storm, our solid rock to stand on in the sinking sand, and our comfort in between the rock and the hard place. He loves us so much. He even gave His own life to save us from our sins. Thank You, Jesus!

God: God is loving and kind. He is king over this earth, and He rules over us. He showed us He loves us, by giving His own son for us on the cross. Jesus became the sacrifice for our sins. Praise His holy name, He loves us so much! Give God the glory, and love Him with all your heart! Thank You so much, Lord. Give thanks with a grateful heart, and love Him with all your heart, soul, and mind.

Application: How does Ezra 10:18 apply to us? Almost all of the Israelites had married foreign women, and all of us have sinned. God forgave the Israelites, though they had to work, but God sent His only son to be a sacrifice for us, and atone for our sins, so that we could be forgiven! Thank You, Jesus! We are forgiven. We had our “foreign wives” or our sins, and He forgave us our sins, and loved us so much. While were still sinners, Jesus gave His life to set us free from our sins (Romans 5:8). Thank You, Jesus.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for loving us so much. Thank You for giving Your own son for us. I pray that I would draw close to You. Please help me to love You more, and to long to be with You. Please send a revival, and strengthen me, and other believers all around the world. Please help unbelievers to come to know, believe in, and love You. Thank You for making You daughter. Please help me to grow more and more like You, and to grow in You, Lord. Thank You for all that You’ve done for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Verse(s):

Do all things, Philippians 4:13,

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

Still sinners, Romans 5:8,

“… but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Beginning verse, Ezra 10:18,

“Among the descendants of the priests, the following had married foreign women:
From the descendants of Joshua son of Jozadak, and his brothers: Maaseiah, Eliezer, Jarib and Gedaliah.”

Peace and love, Joy Cleveland

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