Series 4 of "A Call to: Wake Up"
Written by: Kim Stairs
Thank you Lord that it is time in the body to rise up. It is time to live. Beloved it is time to stop just being a resemblance of life. Ezekiel found the valley full of bones. A valley is a place of growth. It is green and lush; yet, not always fun to go through. We mature in the valley. This particular valley in chapter 37 showed its true nature. At the base it is very dry, full of dry bones. These bones were not just dry. Verse 2 states very dry.
Some of God’s chosen people have gotten stuck in the valley. They have been in the valley so long, their structural parts became dry. Their flesh and their blood (life source) have been sucked out by the heat of the fires raging in their life. Others who could not enter the heat, have turned and gone back to the enemy’s land.They have retreated to an area of comfort. However, Scripture tells us in Isaiah that we will walk through fire and not get burnt (paraphrased).
The souls who lay with dry bones had their flesh deteriorate. Their bodies were starved from food and drink. The body of Christ is loosing souls because during times of valleys in our life we have neglected to stay in God’s Word. We have not encountered His presence to refresh us, to water our soul. The Word of God is our life source. It flows to all areas of the body and spirit.
When one area is not getting its essential needs, the whole body begins to suffer. As with anorexia, the body becomes sunken and frail. We cannot afford to let our spirit man become week and fragile. That is the best time the enemy knows we are weak. That is when the enemy will try to come and ambush us.
God set Ezekiel in the middle of the valley. Right in the heart of the entire valley; yet in this valley, was deadness. There was a resemblance of lives. The valley may have looked lush and growing on the exterior, but God is a God who examines the heart. In Hebrews 4: 12 it says, “God judges our thoughts, attitudes. Nothing in all creation is hidden from Him.” The heart of this valley was dead. God examines the heart of man, ministries, and churches, all He created. If one part of Christ’s body is dead and dry, it will begin to rot the other parts of the body.
When the physical body begins to rot, the bad section needs to be amputated to save the life of the body. If the deteriorated portion does not respond quickly to the treatments, the doctors carefully and quickly cut it off. This is also what Jesus said He would do to the church In Revelation 3: 1-3. Jesus saw their works, but called them the walking dead. He called them to wake up or He would return like a thief in the night and they would be cut off (paraphrased). And in chapter 37: 11 the Lord spoke to Ezekiel that His children felt dry, cut off with no hope.
In verse 3, God asked Ezekiel, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I believe God was looking and asking Ezekiel if he truly believed that God was able to rise up these dry bones. Please notice that God did not send an angel to get a dry bone from the pile to recognize where it came from or if it believed its companions could live again! Ezekiel was an outside source sent to look at the inside. God showed him the heart of the valley. Its dryness was exposed. Its weakness and frailness exposed. Bones that laid bare with no skin for covering. No protection from the enemy. No muscles for moving together. No unity could be formed.
If we in the body are individually becoming dry and dead, soon the whole body is affected. Deadness and dryness, rotting is contagious. Ganged green spreads quickly. If we have back biting, gossip, offense, rebellion, pride, etc. in our heart it will spread if not exposed. God is a God who exposes darkness into His marvelous light. These sins infect the body and spread like cancer.
You begin to lose your unity as a body. You begin to get weak and frail as division creeps in.Without unity you begin to deteriorate and lose protective covering. Pretty soon your precious vital organs are exposed; the life source slowly begins to drain out. You become thirsty and hungry until there is no hope. You have been laid bare in the valley dead- in pieces.
God has been doing a rattling. He has been exposing the heart of His children, the body of Christ. There has been a sound of the bones coming together (verse 7). God is restoring unity and protection. He has started the healing process. He is putting down the scalpel for those responding to His voice, those children and members of the body who are letting Him reveal the hidden things, to those who are repenting and calling out to God to not be cut off.
Now God says in verse 12, “…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.” It is time to take off the grave clothes. He has begun the process, but in verse 8 & 9 there was no breath from God’s Spirit. “I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.”
The Lord has led some of us to examine spiritual strongholds, generational and those from our own decisions. He’s also cleaning up those who allow Him to work in their life. God is also trying to move in ministries and churches. A resemblance of life is appearing. But there is no power. No spirit inside them to live a victorious life.
Now God is speaking, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” Verse 10 continues, “So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet- a vast army.”
I believe God is looking and getting ready to send His Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ in a way that many have not experienced. I feel He is tired of looking at parts of His body rotting and turning dead. We cannot defeat the enemy if we are the walking dead. This fresh move of the Spirit is open to those who want to receive Him. He will come and break down denominational strongholds, racial strongholds, economic strongholds, and gender strongholds.
He is calling us, the body, to stand together in unity.He is calling us to live with joy, peace, love, gentleness, faithfulness, kindness, goodness, patience, and self-control (Galatians 5: 22). The Spirit of God brings the call and gifts of God for our life. The voice of God is in the Spirit.The power of the resurrected Jesus is in the Holy Spirit. The power to march as mighty warriors against an already defeated foe is in the Holy Spirit.
God has a power source for us to tap into, but it is up to you to plug into the source, the Holy Spirit. He is gentle and loving and will never force anyone to come. When we are ready verse 12 says’ “I will put my Spirit in you and you will live.” We need to examine our hearts and let God reveal to us if we are just existing or really living day to day by the Spirit of God. If the Lord is revealing to you that you need the breath of God in a fresh or new wave of the Holy Spirit, come and receive your breath from God. The four winds are beginning to blow.
A MOMENT OF CLOSING PRAYER FOR YOU AS WE CLOSE OUR SERIES “A CALL TO:WAKE UP!”
In Ephesians 1: 17-20, “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit [the Holy Spirit] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him [the Holy Spirit] better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he [the Holy Spirit] has called you, the riches of his [the Holy Spirit] glorious inheritance in the saints, and his [the Holy Spirit] incomparably great power for us who believe (not just a belief in a God who exists, but to believe God). That power is like the working of his [the Holy Spirit] mighty strength, which he [the Holy Spirit] exerted in Christ when he [the Holy Spirit] raised him [Jesus] from the dead and seated him at his [the Holy Spirit} right hand in heavenly realms.”
Dear Christ Jesus in heaven,
I pray you lead us to know, to recognize, to spend time with the person of the Holy Spirit. I pray we move past a belief that you only died for us to be saved. You are the Savior. Hallelujah, you did not stay in the grave!! Help us to open our hearts to the one who came into the tomb to breathe the life of God back into your body. We have come to you, Jesus, and died to ourselves. We desire now to experience the life and call and power you intended to give us as you promised in Acts 1:4-5, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift (we chose to accept or reject it) my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Verse 8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses… to the ends of the earth.” Lord we need to be enlightened to the Holy Spirit coming on us! What a difference life can be as the Holy Spirit falls fresh on us. Breathe Lord into our sleeping spirits and wake up the spirit of power to be mighty for the kingdom of God!