Dry Bones Live

Ezekiel 37: 1-3 The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones.  He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”

This message was born from a sermon I preached months ago about the valley of the dry bones from the book of Ezekiel 37:1-14. When I was writing that sermon God brought to my attention the many situations we walk into or go through in our lives that remain dead because we do not seek Him to resurrect them. We stopped having faith. We have stopped believing. Ezekiel 37:1-14 is a prophetic teaching about the house of Israel being restored (Ezekiel 37:11-14 Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.’”).

God asks Ezekiel if the dry bones can live and his answer was “Lord, You alone know.’ I’ve read that many times but I’ll never forget the day it hit me how off that was for a prophet to give that answer or how at one point in my walk I’d have given the same answer. Today, if God asks me that question, I’d say ‘Yes Lord, the dry bones can live’, without missing a beat. Why? If God is asking then the answer is a resounding YES! He gives life. He is the God of the living, not the dead. He is almighty and all powerful. Nothing is impossible with God. He is not limited.

My pastor said something very profound one Sunday that the Holy Spirit asked him that morning. ‘Even though it may be dead or decaying, don’t I have the power to give it life?’ That sent chills down my spine. I could feel that stillness in the atmosphere as those words kept sinking deeper into my heart. I got chocked up as certain promises started rushing through my mind at lightning speed. I may not have been the only one who got touched by those words but I know I was impacted greatly. I had forgotten some promises God had made to me because time had passed without them coming to fruition. Had I lost faith, had I stopped believing God was able, or had I just forgotten because it had been so long? I could almost feel those “graves” holding the promises opening and these promises coming out and starting to unravel right before my eyes. I sat quietly listening as the pastor continued speaking and the picture of the dry bones coming to life embedded in my brain. It doesn’t matter how much time has passed or what you have been through, if God said it He will bring it to pass. My pastor used Lazarus as an example which I found so fitting; Gods power bringing to life long forgotten dreams or unanswered prayers. Lazarus had been dead for four days yet Jesus upon arriving at his tomb, asked the stone to be rolled away. For anyone familiar with the process of decaying and decomposing, the smell is not pleasant. Even Lazarus’ sister Martha pointed out that his brothers body had started to stink. John 11:39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days. Martha who had told Jesus in (verse 22; but even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You): was skeptical because of the number of days her brother had been dead. Some people may still be in that place; they believe God has the power to do anything but doubt a ten year dream or promise can be fulfilled.

Jesus’ response was classic. “John11:40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” It all comes down to faith though that’s easier said than done sometimes. Jesus says to you if you believe it shall come to pass and you hang in there and wait praising and glorifying His holy name but as time goes by, your praise and faith wane then completely go out of steam. Some even decide it was not Gods will or voice they had heard. That’s very dangerous because the enemy has a habit of killing, stealing and destroying and when you give up halfway in the waiting, you’ll never see the fruition of the promise.

The dry bones can come to life. It is possible when God is in it because His very words give life. He spoke creation into being; only man and woman were created. He said let there be, and there was (Genesis 1). Don’t doubt that the dry bones can come to life when God says they will live because time has gone by. God doesn’t look at time the way we do (2 Peter 3:8). Abraham and Sarah are a very good example of this. They were both very old and while Abraham had fathered a child with Hagar, his wife Sarah remained childless because she was barren. Yet, Gods power restored her womb and she conceived the child promised by God years earlier. If God can restore the womb of a woman who was well past child bearing age, is He limited in fulfilling your promise? Is he unable to breathe life in your situation?  Everything God touches, every place He’s at, there’s life. Like my pastor said, nothing that is dead or decaying remains thus when God shows up. I will close with this 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some understand slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

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