Wednesday, June 12, 2013

These Dry Bones

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The Valley of Dry Bones. Ezekiel 37

The hand of the Lord was upon 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, "Son of man, can these bones live?"
I said,  "O 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 Lord. '"
... 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" O 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. ' "

Never have I read scripture that gives such amazing imagery. I can see Ezekiel standing in this field of dry- dead bones, and God taking him back and forth across the field. He's probably thinking, what in the world?

Can you imagine being asked to bring bones, bones, back to life?!

God gives life to the dried up places in our life, the places where we feel have no hope.

Like these dry bones that he brought back to life, he can do the same for us. When we are feeling weak he is our strength.

When we are feeling out of hope and down on our luck, he is faithful to show us a new way.

I know what it's like to feel like a dried up sack of bones, with nothing good to offer anyone, because you feel like nothing good lives in you.

I know what it's like to just make it through the day and crumple into to bed at night knowing you have to do it all over again tomorrow.

The weariness and aches from this life try to bring us so low, that we lose our hope.

But don't!

God brings the dead back to life!
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He will and can breath new life back into your weary dried up places, right now. It may feel like it takes too much strength and energy to even ask. But try anyways. The devil wants you to stay weak and weary, he doesn't want you to be set free.

Even if you can only utter the words "help" He will be there, rest in Him.

He loves you, He cherishes you, You are adored and loved beyond measure. You are his priceless jewel that can never be replaced.

Lord Jesus, breathe life into our dried up dead bones today and renew our hope, we know that your spirit is in us and the plans for our lives are good and not bad. Settle us in our land today, so that we will know that it is you Lord that has saved us. Amen.

 If He is for us, than who can be against us?

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  1. I love those verses....especially after hearing them in a Chris Tomlin song!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on them!

    1. I don't think I've heard that Chris Tomlin song did I miss that?! I'm going to have to google it now!

  2. Dear Alecia
    Oh, this Scripture makes my heart jump with joy!! When I look at God telling Ezekiel to speak to the dry bones the other day, I realized that I haven't paid enough attention to the "speak" part in the past. Whenever I am in a dry place, I draw close to our Lord Jesus and listen to His voice when He speaks to me! His words of love and encouragement always brings new life to my weary heart.
    Much love

  3. Alecia,

    My favorite line here? "God brings life to the dried up places in our lives." Yes!

    Nice to be here again, friend,
    Jennifer Dougan

    1. Ain't that such truth? It's good to see you here again too, friend

  4. I remember all too clearly what it felt like to feel as though nothing good lived in me. I still have weary days, but this made me think of when my bones felt completely dried up and all I wanted to do was give up. "He will and can breath new life back into your weary dried up places, right now." Amen!
    This was beautiful Alecia. Absolutely beautiful!

    1. We all have those moments, but we also have such great hope too. Thank you Beth!

  5. Alecia, I've claimed this promise from Ezekiel so many times- prayed it over my own dried up soul, over my husband, over a friend battling infertility (who by the way just had her third baby :) dry bones dancing there!) and over nieces and nephews who are living in desert lands without faith. And I agree with you- this imagery is vivid. It's powerful. And it's a reminder that NOTHING is impossible for God. Thanks for the word of hope today!

    1. Wow! Thanks for sharing. God can and will breathe new life into our dry bones.Just another affirmation-thank you.

  6. I'm singing the song, now: These bones, these bones these dry bones, now hear the Lord of the Lord!" Very encouraging: thank you.


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