I was reading through one of my prayer journals the other morning, and came across notes I had taken from a church sermon two years ago. They were from Ezekiel chapter 37.
In the scriptures, Ezekiel spoke to the dry bones; representing all the things in your life that you’ve either given up on or you’ve settled on because you’ve lost faith (family, marriage, children, friends, job, wealth, vision, business).
As I read these notes, I began to see things I had buried. They were things I had just pushed to the side and had given up on. Sometimes, we don’t even realize that we’ve settled; we’re comfortable and just accept things for the way they are.
We all have struggles to deal with and are walking around with dry bones; things that are broken in our lives. These dry places have a lack of water and fresh rain.
God is able to take those things that are scattered and put them back together again. Proverbs 18:21 says that “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…” We have the ability and authority to speak to every dry place in our lives and it shall live.
You have to open your mouth and have authority to that dead situation. You have to declare what God has spoken to you.
The wind only blows on what you speak.
God can’t speak to your situations that you have evacuated. He says, “Speak to your bones.” These areas of your life will not change if you don’t speak to them.
Oftentimes, situations don’t work out the way we planned, so we give up. It’s difficult to muster up the strength to keep going and keep believing. God tells us that His ways are not our ways. And the end may be according to His purpose and plan for our lives.
We have to remember that spiritual awakening is within our reach. Our passion for God and the life He wants for us is available.
Revisiting these sermon notes gave me a swift kick in the butt, especially as we approach the end of the year. It’s never too late to awaken those dead, dry places deep inside. God is never through with me, as long as I have breath.
Change can be scary and I’ve certainly had my share of it. But in order to grow it requires change. God already know the outcome and He’s waiting for us to get on board. Our job is to be faithful in the waiting, give thanks and trust.