"And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity: the punishment of the prophet shall be even as the punishment of him that seeketh unto him; that the house of Israel may go no more astray from me, neither be polluted any more with all their transgressions; but that they may be my people, and I may be their God, saith the Lord God" (Ezekiel 14:10-11).

God is telling us in tender terms: "I am going to do whatever it takes to get you away from your polluted idols. I will not let you fall into deception and destruction. I am going to woo you back to Myself — but if that doesn't work, I will have to bring punishment.”

"When ye see their ways and their doings . . . ye shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, saith the Lord God" (verse 23). The Lord is saying: "You will know that My strong dealings with you are for a reason. I simply will not let you go."

Do you have a stumbling block of iniquity in your heart? Are you deceived by a bondage that could destroy you? If so, and if you find yourself under conviction from this message, there is hope for you.

It does not matter what your idol is — covetousness, sexual sin, pornography, alcohol, drugs, bitterness or unforgiveness. Ask God to open your eyes to your sin and seek Him for a revelation about it. Ask the Holy Spirit to instill the fear of God in you, to soften your heart to His convicting voice. You must hate your sin and determine to make no peace with it.

Cry out to Him now: "Lord, don't leave me blind. If there is any delusion or deception in me, expose it. I don't want to believe any more lies. I only want to hear Your voice and have Your power and authority rule my life."

There is deliverance for you if you truly want it. One day soon you will realize you are no longer a slave, but a child of God set free by truth.