7/18/21 The Power of God’s Word (Ezekiel 37:1-14)
Although it is unseen to our eyes, we must not forget that the Lord and his heavenly angels are with us. We are meeting the Lord here and He is giving us his word for this week. Let’s not forget, we are God’s people. C.S. Lewis says “Christianity isn’t a religion but a relationship with God.” God is looking for his people who are holding onto his word, his covenant.
1. Life without God’s word (verse 1-3)
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?”
Even though people possess so many things in this world, their spirits are dead. People are unmoved when they hear the word of God, because they are unable to receive his word. Their spirits need to be revived and there is no solution other than the gospel.
It doesn't matter if you’re a billionaire, have a nice car or have a nice house, our spirits are dead without God. There is no need to envy anyone in this world, because we have everything; we have life in Jesus. We need to confirm this truth for ourselves in our fields.
Currently, there are so many people who are taking drugs for mental illness. Students as young as kindergarteners are taking drugs for ADHD, depression, and other mental illnesses. People are lonely, thirsty for any human connection and interaction. They are filled with grief, so they turn to religion, to drugs, to alcohol or to gambling.
People are enslaved to Satan, tied to invisible idols. The only way to liberation is Jesus Christ.
God has given us the direction for our lives and every blessing we need, yet we live our lives apart from God, apart from his word. Ask yourself: Where is my spiritual address right now? What is my current spiritual state? We need to receive God’s word not through our ears, but through our hearts. When we lose hold of God’s word, we may have salvation but we live lives like nonbelievers, like dry bones. However, in God’s word, we can live the fullest life.
2. Life and Power in God’s word (verse 7-10)
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, and there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, “Prophesy 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.
In the scripture reading, we’re seeing the impossible become possible. In that same way, when we receive his word, the most impossible change becomes possible. When the word of God enters in yourself, or your field, everything and everyone is revived.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Let’s really hold onto the word of God. The Word is not there for us to just memorize, but to capture us, to lead us. Only through the word of God can we heal our disbelief, and revive ourselves, making the impossible possible. After hearing the word of God, are you filled with thanksgiving, realizing everything you’ve received in Jesus? There was a study done on 300 people, who were instructed to give thanks about just one thing once a week and it resulted in their blood pressures normalizing, without drugs. If we can give thanks for his word, for what he did for us, how much more can our lives change?
The Bible tells us that God is us all the time, everywhere, forever, regardless of what we do, so let us not forget.
3. Church that does true word movement
Not only do the bones come together, but they form an army. In that same way, God desires for his people to be revived and become an army that fights the spiritual battle. There are demons that work to thwart God’s plan, and angels who serve God’s plan. God’s people, such as Apostle Paul, John Calvin and Wesley, realized that there was a spiritual realm and a spiritual battle taking place.
To fight the spiritual battle, we need to pray and restore personal word movement, even just 5 minutes a day, wherever we are.
It’s so easy to get swept up by reality and become discouraged by the things we see. Let’s hold onto the unseen truth.
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
We are children of God and God is with us. All we need to do is pray and God will answer us with peace and will guard our hearts.
1 Peter 5:7
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
Yes we’ll face problems like everyone else, but the key is that we take them to Jesus, and he will answer us with victory.