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Ezekiel 37.1-14

Graves Into Gardens
ME
Big John. Elk leg.
WE
Bones. Death. Repulsive.
Bone collector. I brought an end to these animals.
51% of young Americans say they feel down, depressed or hopeless CDC
Signs of positive mental health- Curiosity (86.5 %), persistence (84.7%), and self-control (79.8%) among children ages 12-17 years
Among adolescents aged 12-17 years in 2018-2019 reporting on the past year:
15.1% had a major depressive episode.236.7% had persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness.24.1% had a substance use disorder.21.6% had an alcohol use disorder.23.2% had an illicit drug use disorder.218.8% seriously considered attempting suicide.215.7% made a suicide plan.28.9% attempted suicide.22.5% made a suicide attempt requiring medical treatment.
Ezekiel’s vision- like Satan’s trophy room
Meant for great things- yet they were dead and dry
GOD
v. 1 power, hand
v. 1 skeletons
v. 2 pulled along (led)
v. 3 can they be revived (live)
Prophesy - cause to bubble up
v. 9 - breathe: set aflame
YOU
ARISE
Like Israel’s dry bones, we can be brought to life
Practical application?
Practically, you have to be made a new creation from the INSIDE OUT. We can talk about doing x, y, and z… but for x, y, and z to mean ANYTHING, you have to have the LORD’s spirit.
He calls for you to ARISE.
new creation. more than anything, I need You today, Jesus. I long for You. I look for You. What you say of me is true. You aren’t just Creator and Lord God (Adonai)… you are YHWH (in relationship with me)
Do you want God? Do you long for Him? Do you want Him more than anything?
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army for the LORD
never give in, never give up
Do you want to serve Him?
Do you believe He created you to walk in good works
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