The Hand of the Lord Upon—Part TwoBy: Pastors Rodney & Adonica Howard-Browne
Publish date: 08/25/2019
Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. 2 In the fifth day of the month, which was the fifth year of king Jehoiachin’s captivity, 3 The word of the Lord came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the Lord was there upon him. 4 And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire. Ezekiel 1:1-4 KJV
1. The Hand of the Lord.
a. Something happens when the hand of the Lord comes upon you.
b. You step out of the realm of the natural and step over into the supernatural.
c. You see things others can’t see.
d. You know things others don’t know.
e. Ezekiel 1:28 KJV — As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.
f. He was overcome and fell upon his face.
g. Ezekiel 2:1-2 KJV — And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee. 2 And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me.
h. God set him on his feet.
i. He began to speak to him.
2. The Voice of the Lord.
a. Ezekiel 3:12 KJV — Then the spirit took me up, and I heard behind me a voice of a great rushing, saying, Blessed be the glory of the Lord from his place.
b. Ezekiel heard the voice of the Lord.
c. Ezekiel 3:22-24 KJV — And the hand of the Lord was there upon me; and he said unto me, Arise, go forth into the plain, and I will there talk with thee. 23 Then I arose, and went forth into the plain: and, behold, the glory of the Lord stood there, as the glory which I saw by the river of Chebar: and I fell on my face. 24 Then the spirit entered into me, and set me upon my feet, and spake with me, and said unto me, Go, shut thyself within thine house.
d. The Lord spoke to him and instructed him to separate himself and shut himself up in his house.
e. Throughout the book of Ezekiel, God was speaking to him and revealing to him things which were to come.
3. Obey His Voice—Do as He Commands.
a. The valley of dry bones.
b. Ezekiel 37:1 KJV — The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones.
c. Ezekiel 37:7a KJV — So I prophesied as I was commanded…
d. Ezekiel 37:10a KJV — So I prophesied as he commanded me…
e. Those whom God can use, are those who obey His voice and who do as He commands.
f. Many seek supernatural experiences but are not obedient, nor submitted, to His Word.
4. Reverence His Presence.
a. Ezekiel 43:2-5 KJV — And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory. 3 And it was according to the appearance of the vision which I saw, even according to the vision that I saw when I came to destroy the city: and the visions were like the vision that I saw by the river Chebar; and I fell upon my face. 4 And the glory of the Lord came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east. 5 So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house.
b. Ezekiel fell on his face.
c. Ezekiel 44:4 KJV — Then brought he me the way of the north gate before the house: and I looked, and, behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord: and I fell upon my face.
5. Move Up Higher.
a. It is time to move up higher in your walk with God.
b. You do this with/from your heart.
c. Psalm 24:3-4 AMPC — Who shall go up into the mountain of the Lord? Or who shall stand in His Holy Place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted himself up to falsehood or to what is false, nor sworn deceitfully.
d. Revelation 1:10-18
e. Do not let anything hinder you from stepping over into the realms of God’s glory.
f. Psalm 119:2 KJV — Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.