October 19, 2018

Ezekiel 37:11-14…Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel, behold they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost, we are cut off for our parts. Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves. And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land, then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.

Ezekiel, a priest, and a prophet, ministered during the darkest period of Judah’s history, that involved the 70 years period of Babylonian captivity. He was carried along with them to exile, and the LORD used him to prophesy unto them that were in exile. He used parables, signs, and symbols to dramatize God’s message to the people of God in exile. One of such symbols is the imagery of very dry bones as the LORD showed him, and he says in these verses that the dry bone represent his people, the people of Israel. The people were taken to exile because they sinned against God and God warned them through many prophets of God, but they did not yield to the warnings until God had to take action by sending their enemies (Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon) to capture them and bring them into the land of Babylon. Jeremiah had prophesied that their captivity would last for 70 years and God in his infinite mercies that promised never to leave them nor forsake them allowed some prophets to be among them so as to speak to them. Ezekiel was one of such prophets and the  message of God to them during that time was that their situation could be likened to dried bones in the grave which have no hope of coming out. The children of Israel had given up on themselves, and thought there was no hope to return to their land any more.

So God sent Ezekiel to tell them that they would still come back to their land. The LORD told them that their graves would be opened by His mighty power and He would bring them out of their land of captivity and placed them into the land of Israel. He asked the prophet to prophesy into their lives by saying the word of God to their situation, and that as the words were coming out. power of God that performs the word spoken by his servants backed the words up and miracles were seen. The bones that were very dry started to gain their flesh back, and as he prophesied again, the great army of God became alive by the Spirit of God that entered each and every one of them.    His words are powerful and the Bible says His word is He Himself, and He honors His words more than His name. He performed every promise He made to the children of Israel. He returned them into their land. Our God is a God of MERCY and COMPASSION. Taking them from the land of captivity back into their land, is a practical demonstration of the grace of God upon humanity. He did the same thing when their ancestors were in bondage in Egypt, He took them out with powerful signs and wonders in Egypt and led them through the wilderness and opened red sea for them to pass through.

Children of God, whatever situation you find yourself, if you believe in the God of Israel, all you have to do is to bring your challenges to Him, He is always ready to prove Himself that He is God and that there is nothing impossible for Him to do. He wants you to believe His words, and use these words to prophesy to your situations. You need to speak the word of God to that mountain of yours. Matthew 21:21 says, “Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea, it shall be done”  Verse 22 says “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”  Let the word of God be your health capsule, or the weapon that destroys every stronghold of your life, and breaks in pieces every association of the wicked one. Speak the word of God repeatedly until you become terror to the kingdom of darkness, and until sin itself has no place in you any longer. Definitely the grave has been opened for you and you are coming out and you will reach your intended height of glory (Destination) in Jesus name, Amen.

Prayer…Lord thank you for forgiving me all my sins, and giving me a fresh start. I appreciate your love for me, and I ask that you continue to watch over me and my loved ones and don’t let us slip out of your hand in Jesus name. Amen.

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