I was mowing the grass the other day and I really noticed how dry and brown it had gotten. Every time I would drive over a really dry part, the cuttings would blow all around me like a dust storm. While I was mowing, I was thinking about all the dryness and drought and a passage of scripture came to mind. Ezekiel 37 talks about the Valley of Dry Bones.
The Lord took hold of me, and I was carried away by the Spirit of the Lord to a valley filled with bones. He led me all around among the bones that covered the valley floor. They were scattered everywhere across the ground and were completely dried out. Then he asked me, “Son of man, can these bones become living people again?” “O Sovereign Lord,” I replied, “you alone know the answer to that.” 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. 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.’ Therefore, prophesy to them and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: O my people, I will open your graves of exile and cause you to rise again. Then I will bring you back to the land of Israel. When this happens, O my people, you will know that I am the Lord. I will put my Spirit in you, and you will live again and return home to your own land. Then you will know that I, the Lord, have spoken, and I have done what I said. Yes, the Lord has spoken!’”
God has such great power that when He breathes on us our dry bones come back to life. If we are truly honest with ourselves, how dry are our bones? Have we allowed the true breath of God to breathe into our lives and bring us back to true spiritual life? To allow him to raise our dead bodies back up and fill us with His Spirit and annointing. He longs to have us stand tall and strong in His strength! We often walk in a lifeless spirit, only a body put back together without the breath of life. Only half using all that God has for us to use. We need to walk in His FULL life giving wind! So, stand up! Stand up, allow Him to fill you with His Spirit breath and walk in it! Reinhard Bonnke had a great quote today on his Facebook page that I loved! It said “The Gifts of the Spirit (1Cor 12:7-11) are not medals of honor to be worn on Sunday morning at church. THEY ARE TOOLS FOR THE JOB and are handed out the moment you report for God’s work. He won’t give you a hammer when you need a chisel. The Lord will give you the perfect tool for the assigned job. You will call it “a miracle”. You have to use what He gives you but first you ahve to allow Him to breathe the breath of life into you! So, be filled! Be completely filled with His Spirit! =) Be Blessed!