Hello, everyone, I hope your week so far has been phenomenal!
I was sitting in church one morning, and my mind being one to meander from time to time, wandered right over to Ezekiel chapter 37… 🙂 Now what made me think about this particular chapter? (Even though my mind IS prone to wandering and has to be regularly reined in). It was a conversation I had with a wonderful friend of mine, who though has been through a lot over the past year has maintained her joy, her infectious spirit, and her smile… We were talking about a situation she had prayed about, which, instead of her seeing an immediate turnaround in the situation, seemed to result in things going somewhat awry. The events that followed eventually led to a favorable ending, but it was through much prayer, fasting and holding on to God’s promises.
As I thought about our conversation, I believe the Spirit dropped something into my heart. He said:
He said to me, ‘I led Ezekiel to the Valley of dry bones, dead bones. What he saw was a horrific sight to behold! A sight so terrible that when I, the Lord God Almighty asked Ezekiel if the dry bones could live, he said ‘only you know Lord!’ The Lord said ‘I then told him to prophesy to the bones, and you know what happened afterward…’
The Bible stated that as Ezekiel spoke, suddenly there was a rattling noise all across the Valley and as he watched, bone began to move towards bone, attaching to each other as parts of whole skeletons. He watched, and the process continued until skin covered the entire bodies, over muscle, over bone, but still no breath was in them. The Lord then said to him ‘prophesy to the winds! Speak breath into these dead bodies so that they may live again’. So, Ezekiel spoke the message, and the Bible records that they came to life-A formidable army!! This vision that Ezekiel saw was representative of what God wants to do among his people which is, to raise them up from a place of deadness unto life!
1 The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. 2 Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. 3 And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”
So I answered, “O Lord God, You know.”
4 Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! 5 Thus says the Lord God to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. 6 I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.”’”
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8 Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them.
9 Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.”’” 10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.
Using the account above allegorically, I came to the realization that if things seem to take a turn for the worse, rather than the better when we pray, instead of seeing it as a setback, which would most certainly result in discouragement or in thoughts that God was not answering prayer, that the devil was waging war or believing that it was an obstacle I would have to surmount by faith, that that may not be the case at all! It may actually be the magnificent and mighty power of the Spirit working to change our situation.
This is borne out by Scripture:
1. Paul and Silas prayed, and the prison where they were kept shook so much so, that their chains fell off.
25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.
2. On the day of Pentecost, the Bible records that there came a sound as of a rushing, mighty wind that filled the upper room just before the disciples got baptized by the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in diverse tongues.
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
These accounts corroborated what I felt the Spirit was ministering to me. He said to me, when things like this happen after a period of prayer and prophesying, do not be silent! What to do? Keep listening for what He wants you to say, keep saying what He tells you to say, keep prophesying, keep declaring and don’t give up hope. And as Ezekiel saw a mighty, living Army raised up like the Phoenix from deadness and decay, you will see the answers to your prayers manifested right before your eyes.
These scriptures spoke to me on an incredibly deep level as I am currently going through a similarly “chaotic” situation. I now know that instead (as I previously did) of seeing this as the end of the beginning, I now see it as the beginning from the end! So instead of a wail, I will let out a victorious shout! Instead of a moan, will groan in the spirit, to birth the desire of my heart, and instead of being quietly dismayed I WILL PROPHESY!!!
You all have a fab week, filled with righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost!
With love from,
“Me” to you.