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Dry Bones 2

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Previously
Ezekiel is shown a valley of Dry Bones that represent the condition of Israel in captivity in Babylon
This is what the vision means.....
Ezekiel 37:11 NLT
Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones represent the people of Israel. They are saying, ‘We have become old, dry bones—all hope is gone. Our nation is finished.’
The Dry bones represent a time of utter hopelessness
It was a situation beyond their ability to see any solution for
Yet a few things are made clear about what is needed in a time like this.
God commands Ezekiel to prophesy to the bones.
Ezekiel 37:4 NLT
Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to these bones and say, ‘Dry bones, listen to the word of the Lord!
Sometimes God asks us to say & do things that seem ridiculous.
God asked Ezekiel if the situation could be fixed
Ezekiel said...”you alone know the answer to that”
Ezekiel takes a chance and goes along with this seemingly crazy request from God....
This is what happened....VIDEO
Ezekiel 37:4–10 NLT
Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to these bones and say, ‘Dry bones, listen to the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Look! I am going to put breath into you and make you live again! I will put flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin. I will put breath into you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’ ” So I spoke this message, just as he told me. Suddenly as I spoke, there was a rattling noise all across the valley. The bones of each body came together and attached themselves as complete skeletons. Then as I watched, muscles and flesh formed over the bones. Then skin formed to cover their bodies, but they still had no breath in them. Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to the winds, son of man. Speak a prophetic message and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, O breath, from the four winds! Breathe into these dead bodies so they may live again.’ ” So I spoke the message as he commanded me, and breath came into their bodies. They all came to life and stood up on their feet—a great army.
Some things to look at:
1) God told Ezekiel what to say and do (speak to the bones)
Who owns the hands that do God’s work on the earth..? (we do)
Who owns the feet that bring good news…?(We do)
Who has the tongue through which God blesses and commands…?(We do)
We need to listen to God’s directions
A Scripture brought to life
Still small voice while praying or talking with God
A picture or a word can be given as God’s direction
If we do not practise listening for God’s direction we will make a mess of it
Verse 7 says
So I spoke this message, just as he told me. Suddenly as I spoke, there was a rattling noise all across the valley
2) Ezekiel obeyed God without argument or hesitation
Don’t ask God for direction without the decided mind to obey
Decide before you pray that whatever God says, you will do
Don’t ask for what you will not do
Summary so far
a)Listen to God
Prayer - bible- confirmation from others
b) Obey what he says to do or speak
c) Then the Miracle happens
The miracle is when God takes over
Ezekiel needed to step out of the way and just watch God work
Children gone astray
Ask God what to do or say
Then step back and let God work
Marriage in trouble
Ask God what to do or say
Then step back and let God work
Career roadblock or challenge
Ask God what to do or say
Then step back and let God work
Issues of becoming like Christ
Ask God what to do or say
Then step back and let God work
God put the dry bones and bodies back together
God outwardly fixed the situation - but there was one more thing needed
God’s breath
This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Look! I am going to put breath into you and make you live again!
God’s breath made them stand on their feet and become a great army
What is God’s breath?
Hebrew word is RUACH
“wind, breath, air, spirit.”
Job 34:14–15 NLT
If God were to take back his spirit and withdraw his breath, all life would cease, and humanity would turn again to dust.
This speaks of life-being a living soul…God gives that.
God’s breath is so powerful that he breathed into Adam and humanity has been releasing it through procreation ever since.
But in order to become part of the great army of God....to fulfill your true purpose in life
Something else is needed.
Jesus proved this to us.....
John 20:21–22 NLT
Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
The human body needs breath of life, the human spirit, to live
But your human spirit needs the Breath of God, the Holy Spirit, to live
John 3:5–7 NLT
Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’
Again we see there is another kind of life that God wants to give humanity
Spiritual Life…eternal life.
John 11:25–26 NLT
Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?”
Jesus refers to it in another way…Abundant
John 10:10 ESV
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
Whatever you are going through
Whatever miracle is needed
Whatever the impossible situation you are in or are seeing
The Breath of God, which is the Spirit of God, which comes to us through the Son of God is the answer.
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