Ezekiel 37:1-14 “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.”
Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”
So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin 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 it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.”
Those without God’s Spirit are the dry bones. They are dead. They are without breath. They are without hope. No matter how man tries, no matter how much he learns, no matter how sophisticated he is, he can’t bring dry bones back to life. The dry bones are good for nothing. But when the bones hear the word of the Lord, they come to life. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the Word of God and the Gospel brings dead people back to life. Why do we run from the Gospel? Why do we often think there is a better way? The Gospel of Jesus Christ saves.
The modern church is high on the accountability of community because most are walking without the power of the Holy Spirit. I can say that because that was me for most of my life. I lived a powerless carnal Christian life and I desperately needed self-help books, counsellors, and accountability. I needed people in the church to build me up and make me feel good about myself. My joy came from my perceived success and others perceptions. Serving in the church gave me a sense of belonging and made me feel good about my walk. Am I saying I don’t need accountability now that I know God? Not at all. But I am saying that I don’t need to go looking for it outside of God. God is my everything. God lives inside me. When I get out of line He will either speak to my heart, speak through His word, or He will send a Spirit filled man to convict me. As long as I am connected to Him, He will lead me into all truth.
If you are a Spirit filled Christian, you are Israel. You are a child of God. God raised you from the dead to be a soldier in His army. You were called to fight the battle and to stand up for truth. To defend those that are mistreated and to love others despite what they do to you. Loving people is not always telling them what they want to hear because the truth often hurts. People will come against you because people came against Jesus Christ.
The enemy is relentless in his attacks. He loves to pervert anything that comes from God and the Gospel is at the top of the list. We must stand on the truth with all boldness. We cannot compromise. We cannot soften God’s Word. If we are filled with Christ’s Spirit, how could we not preach the full Gospel? Could Christ deny Himself? 2 Timothy 2:13 “if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” The Spirit of Christ would never soften His message. Boldness to share the Gospel comes from His Spirit. If the full Gospel is not preached, the Spirit is not there.
May God bless you with the grace to walk like Jesus Christ walked and the boldness to stand up for the truth. If you don’t know Him, turn from your sins and seek Jesus with a humble heart and you will receive the Holy Spirit.
2 Timothy 2:3-4 “Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.”
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.’”
John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
Revelation 3:1 "To the angel of the church in Sardis write: He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars, says this: 'I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.”
Luke 15:24 “for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.' And they began to celebrate.”
1 Corinthians 1:18 “For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
Proverbs 28:1 “The wicked flee when no one is pursuing them, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.”
Acts 4:31 “After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.”
Psalm 56:3-4 “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid What can mere man do to me?”
Psalm 73:23-25 “Nevertheless I am continually with You; You have taken hold of my right hand. With Your counsel You will guide me, And afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.”
Jeremiah 17:5-6 “This is what the Lord says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord. That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives.”
Galatians 1:10 “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
John 14:15 "If you love me, keep my commands.”