Day 10

Jan 13

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, “Prophecy 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. Then He said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the whole house 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.”

We, as the church, can be just like those spiritually dry bones.  And sometimes we don’t even realize that we’re lying uselessly at the bottom of a valley.  We weren’t always like this.  We used to be alive and full of the Spirit.  But for whatever reason, we’ve become tired, worn out, exhausted, and overwhelmed.  And over time we can find ourselves dry and utterly lifeless.  

Now we can stay that way.  In fact, we will stay that way on our own.  So, we need the breath of Christ to revive us.  We need the gentle, yet powerful voice of the Holy Spirit to rattle us back to life.  We need the healing words of Jesus to piece our broken bones back together; to strengthen our muscles and tendons with His hope; to cover us with His grace like skin.  We need Him to lift us out of our graves.  Only then can we become a “vast army”; a church that cannot be quiet about the miracle of resurrection, because we’ve experienced it first-hand.  Only then can we bring the hope and joy that this world so desperately needs.

So listen and watch for the life-giving breath that God desires to breathe into us.  When we inhale it, it will heal us.  When we exhale it, His breath will bring life to all who need it.  

  • Take time to pray and ask God to reveal where His church is dry.  Invite Him to bring new life there.  
  • Ask God to show you what specific gifts He’s given to you.  Ask Him how He wants to use your gifts in bringing new life to His church.  
  • Think of someone in your life who has been hurt by the church.  Ask God to heal that wound.  Ask God to enable that person to feel safe with Him and with our church family, again.