Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Lord, I pray that I have your thoughts. If only I could see you standing right here next to me, I want to react exactly how You would in every situation. Let my heart feel like Yours Jesus. Let my reactions be like Yours; let my words be as Yours. Give me the compassion for people that You have. Let my eyes see as You see Lord and my hands do as Yours do. Let me know exactly how You think Lord, let me know You more. I ask for more insight and revelation each and every day about You and who You are. Let my love for You grow within me because I know that You are love, pure love. There is nothing else in You. Every good thing is within love; every good thing is within You and comes from You alone. I want to know You. I pray every fiber of my being knows You, my heart, mind, soul and body. I want to grow to be just like You Jesus.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
THE HAND of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; it was full of bones. And he led me round among them; and behold, there were very many upon the valley; and lo, they were very dry. And he said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" And I answered, "O Lord God, thou knowest." Again he said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord." So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold, a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And as I looked, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, "Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live." So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great host. Ezekiel 37:1-10
Ezekiel 37:1 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.
God showed Ezekiel a valley full of bones- really dry bones. After battles, the bodies were often left in the field to decompose. They were not buried. This is what Ezekiel was looking at. A battle had taken place long ago, the bones were dried out. Not an ounce of life in them. No blood, no flesh, just dry.
The word dry comes from the root word yabesh, meaning to be ashamed, confused, or disappointed, also to utterly wither. Some of these bones that were there were people that had not come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ yet. They were confused and in the dark. They were fighting a battle with no chance to win. They had no real reason for living. There was no hope for a future. Theses bones were dried and probably cracked. Little did they know what God had in store for them.
1 John 5:12 He who has the Son has life; he who has not the Son of God has not life.The other bones were Christians that were spiritually dead. They didn’t have a relationship with the Living God. Christians without a relationship with Christ can feel worthless. These bones were in a valley. They were in a low point. Depression can settle in the spirit without the knowledge of the love of Christ. The feeling of unworthiness, undeserving, or inadequacy can cause the spirit to shrivel up and become dry. If we are in sin, we are dying- or even when we are looking the wrong way and not looking to God, we become hopeless. Looking to other gods or putting our trust in something other than God is sin. There is no light in this situation, but Jesus can revive us again. All we need is one word from the Lord.
Ephesians 2:1 AND YOU he made alive, when you were dead through the trespasses and sins
God sent a prophet to this pile of bones. He sends His messengers to bring His Word. He gives us preachers and teachers and ministers, or anyone He chooses to use to bring us His life giving word.
2. And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.
This verse says there were many of them. Very many bones in the valley. One version says vast quantities. All around us are dead people. Lots and lots of them. Can God use you to speak life to them? God made Ezekiel walk around them, pass by them, he was walking among these dried up bones. That’s what Christians are doing today- walking by spiritually dead people every day.
3. And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? and I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest.
God asked Ezekiel if these bones could live. Just like a teacher asking a question. God already knows the answer, but maybe He was letting Ezekiel think a little. In our minds the answer is obviously no- not without a miracle! The only one that can give life is God Himself. With God, all things are possible! If we had the faith of a grain of a mustard seed, nothing would be impossible either, but that faith is still in our God who gives life.
4-6 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.
God told Ezekiel to prophesy to the bones. In other words, speak or sing to them by inspiration. Tell them to hear the Word of the Lord. Preach to them, minister to them, show them the love of God. Testify. Give them life through God’s Word. Tell them God will make them whole again. Tell them God will give them flesh and muscles and put skin back on them. He will refresh them. He will put the breath into them and they will know that He is Lord. Tell them what God has done and can do, what He will do. Prophesy to them. God’s Word IS alive and it brings life to the dead! He is life itself. Jesus Christ is God’s Word, bring Jesus to them. When He touches you, you know He is God.
When God speaks, things happen. Whether He chooses to use somebody else’s voice or not, His Word brings life. His Word brings life and healing. God’s voice brings life and light into our world. It brings reconstruction, reformation, and things that were a mess become orderly. Things that were not come into being. When you speak God’s Word, things happen, whether you can see it or not. The truth comes out and the lies have to leave. The lies of death, the lies of sickness, the lies of unworthiness and every other lie has to leave when the Truth enters in.
7. So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.
Ezekiel prophesied as God had commanded, and God brought up the bones. There was a shaking, a rattling- one version says an earthquake. God took the old dry bones and shook them up. The Word of God shakes people up. His Word can cause excitement in your bones, cause a stirring in your heart and butterflies your being. His Word can give goosebumps to your flesh and awakening to your soul. His Word can also pierce you to the inner depths of your heart.
The Lord caused an uproar in the dead bones. They came together, bone to bone. Even if the bones weren’t connected, He brought them together. Their lives were no longer a mess. The enemy might have torn them apart, scattered pieces here and there and had their lives in shambles, but God puts everything back in order.
8. And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.
Now the framework is done, they can have a firm foundation to stand on- Gods Word. But God doesn’t stop there, He always completes the work He starts, The Lord renews and makes whole. He fixes everything perfectly. He gave them muscle. He gave them strength. The enemy had knocked them down in battle, but God can raise them up and give them strength to stay up. We can’t do much without muscle. We would be weak. God is our strength, He gives us His strength.
After the muscle, He put the skin on them to contain everything. The skin protects and clothes the body. All God has for us can be contained in this package He gave us called the body. Just as He has given us skin for our body, our Lord also covers the believers soul with garments of salvation and with the robe of righteousness. (Isaiah 61:10) The believers are the body of Christ. The only thing left to do now was to breathe on them, to give them life.
See, the bones had heard the Word of the Lord, they came together, they were formed and whole- except for life. They were now ready to live, ready for eternal life. Adam and Eve committed us to eternal damnation through sin, but thru God’s Word, Jesus Christ, we can receive His Holy Spirit and live forever with Him.
9. Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.
God told Ezekiel to speak to the Wind- or speak to the breath. “Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.” The breath here is the God's Holy Spirit. So Ezekiel did as God commanded and spoke to breath, and He came into them. They started breathing, they stood up, and they lived.
We can speak to the Holy Spirit to breath on those we love, to our family and friends, to bring them life, His life. Ask God to give them ears to hear with and eyes to see Him. The Holy Spirit can breathe on us and revive us again. He will bring life to the lost souls of the world.
We can look like we are alive, but be spiritually dead inside. Even if we go to church every time the doors are open we can still be a walking zombie. If we are not connected to the Holy Spirit, His Holy breath, God’s Word, we could be old bleached up, dried up, dead walking bones.
10. So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.
So Ezekiel spoke to the Wind as God had commanded and the Lord raised them up, He raised up an exceedingly great host- a lot of people, a humongous army. Ezekiel was obedient and God brought revival to that place. He obeyed God and look what happened! Because of one mans obedience, look how many hearts and lives were blessed! Can you imagine seeing all of your loved ones come to the Lord? Every single one of your friends serving the Lord? All of their friends walking His way? Everyone around you on fire for Jesus Christ Himself! They all received His Word, and they all received His Spirit! The obedience of one person can save generations to come. Just say "Yes Lord!"
God raised up an army. When we hear God’s Word and accept Jesus in our heart, we receive His Holy Spirit in us. We are automatically on God’s side now. We are in His army. We fight for His cause, for souls to be saved and lives to be healed. God equips us with all the gear we need to fight the battle. We’ve got truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, salvation, and the Word of God (Ephesians 6: 11-17) He is the commanding officer, all we have to do is obey, and He actually fights the battle for us. It is by His Spirit that battles are won.
We live in this world, but we don't fight like people in this world. For our fight we are not using weapons which come from this world. No, our weapons come from God. They are powerful enough to break down strong forts. 2 Corinthians 10:3-4
Whatever the situation is that caused the dryness, Jesus can revive your very being. He is the Living Water. Get back into reading God’s Word and soak it up. Study the Bible, listen for God’s voice, hear His Word and let God bring life back to you. Let Him take over and take control. When you let Him do things for you, He does them perfectly and completely!
And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken, and I have done it, says the Lord." Ezekiel 37:14