Scripture Memory 6/15/2019

Ezekiel 18:30 -Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, each according to his conduct, declares the Lord God.
The Israelites had refused the Lord’s ways for a very long time. He was saying He would punish the individual for his conduct. He was telling the Israelites to lay down and retreat from their transgressions so they may not cause them to waver/trip and fall. I have a friend who says she has tripped over the same rock more than once. I know I sure have. The enemy knows we do, and that is precisely what he tries to do. He knows our weakness so he tries to tempt us in that area. If it continues to work , he continues to trip us up.
I believe this scripture is telling us to break the cycle of poor decisions that have happened over the years in our families. We tend to be punished like the generations before us because we continue to make the same decisions and actions they did. We learn from our families, good and bad.
In my career as a Customer Service Consultant, I reviewed processes and gave recommendations on ways to improve efficiency and the customer experience. When I would ask the associate why they did a process a certain way, their response most times was, “That is how the person before me did it. “ I would refer to this as the “post roast mentality”. You see, there was a little girl in the kitchen with her mother one Sunday afternoon, learning to make pot roast. She saw her mother cut off the end of the pot roast and discard it before placing the pan in the oven. The little girl asked why she did that. Her mother said she learned to cook the pot roast like her mother cooked it, and that’s what she did. Since the pot roast was so good, she did it the same way. The little girl went to her grandmother and asked why she cut off the end of the pot roast before placing it in the oven. Her grandma said she learned how to make pot roast from her mother and it was the best she ever had, so she did the same thing. Still puzzled, the little girl asked her great grandmother why she cut off the end of the pot roast. Her great grandmother replied, “Well dear, it wouldn’t fit in the pan. “ You see, over the years, this action was passed down through generations. It wasn’t until the little girl asked questions to understand more clearly, that the cycle could be broken. Our pans and ovens have changed over the years so it is no longer necessary to cut off the end and waste that portion.
The same is true with our lives. We can ask the Holy Spirit inside us to reveal our poor decisions and actions and help us to make better ones. We can break that cycle. Through Christ all things are possible. What rock do you keep tripping over?
Build bridges and allow God to change your life. You will never regret it.
In His love,
Tini

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