GET TOGETHER- SPEAK TO THOSE DRY BONES
Eze 37:1-4 The hand of the LORD came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed, they were very dry. And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” So I answered, “O Lord GOD, You know. “Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD!
Over the past few months some of my brothers and sisters in Christ sent me the worship song Rattle by Elevation Worship. These past few days that song has really been going through my spirit. And as I was asking the Holy Spirit what to do today that song went through my spirit again. Last night we shared the passage from Eziekiel 37:1-10 with our group at Jesus Now Overcoming the Power of Sin and Addiction in your life. We also played the song right before J.J. read the passage and shared from it.
Ezekiel was a prophet in Mesopotamia that had been carried into Babylon during the Babylonian captivity under King Nebuchadnezzar after the fall of Jerusalem. All seemed hopeless for God’s people who had lived in Judah and had experienced the judgment of God upon a nation. But for God’s people there is always hope.
I believe as New Covenant believers in Jesus Christ that we can begin to speak to the dry bones and see life come again. I believe that we can speak to the dry bones and see our nation spared from judgment. I believe that we can speak to the dry bones and see hope come to the hopeless.
Dry bones can come in many forms. Dry bones can be in the lives of people that have allowed drugs, or other substance abuse rob them of walking in the plan that God has for their lives. Dry bones can be in the life of a man, or woman that is living in prison and in the natural there is no hope for any type of future. Dry bones can be the person that has bought into the lies of the culture and entered a lifestyle that is in opposition to the will of God.
Dry bones may be in churches that have grown cold and have forgotten the importance of corporate prayer. Dry bones can be in our churches where we got a little lethargic from the COVID situation. Dry bones can be in a nation, or culture that moves away from its Biblical foundation and roots. There are many ways that dry bones may exist all around us.
We might say that well we are not Ezekiel and you may not have the office gift of a prophet. But as children of God we can release life out of our mouths. Jesus said it like this: Mt 21:21 “So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.” Speak to those dry bones! Command lethargy and apathy to leave in Jesus Name! Command addiction to leave in Jesus Name !
The Apostle Paul said it like this in 1Co 14:1-3 Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. Speak to that addict that God has a destiny for them. Speak to that dead church that God has an assignment for them. Speak to the dry bones of a nation that God has a better plan for a nation than any demonic human philosophy, or system.
This is what Ezekiel spoke to the dry bones : Eze 37:5 ‘Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live.’ We speak breath into the dry bones around us, in our churches, and in our nation!
Eze 37:6 “I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the LORD.”‘” We speak that the church will breathe life to the hopeless and to those who believe that there is no hope!
Eze 37:7 -9 So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them. Also, 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 on these slain, that they may live.”‘” We declare and decree today that those who were baptized and have grown cold in their relationship with God will rise up and fulfill the commitment that they made when they put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ to save them from their sins. We speak life today over the dead bones of Pharisees. We call forth that we will be people of mercy and grace who speak the truth in love!
I hear a little rattling! We are expecting a great Army of Holy Spirit filled believers to rise up and to advance the Kingdom of God upon the earth making disciples of all nations baptizing them in the Name of the Father and the Son, and the Holy Spirit! Eze 37:10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.
In Jesus Name
Love you all !