I have been doing a lot of reflecting lately, looking into the mirror of truth, and I don’t always like what I see. However, I know that everything about me is on display, I have opened the closet and let out all the skeletons and they are no more. I daily walk through the valley of the shadow of death, the valley of dry bones. I examine what brought me here and reflect on my regrettable choices, some regrettable choices I made just YESTERDAY.
Ezekiel 37:1-10 (NIV) – 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. 2 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. 3 He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.” 4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! 5 This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath[a] enter you, and you will come to life. 6 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 theLord.’” 7 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. 8 I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them. 9 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 windsand breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.
God alone has the power to bring life from death, but I can speak life over my own situation and allow Him to do the rest. He is able to resurrect ALL the dead tings in my heart. I no longer believe that my mistakes and regrets pose too much of an obstacle for Him. If I did, I would not live. I have been cleaned out and made new. There is a process to the rebuilding of my body, mind, soul, and spirit. I can’t just jump up from the ground and start running. Everything comes back in proper sequence, so I must be patient. LOVE is the first word that needs to be spoken into those bones. Next comes FORGIVENESS. I no longer walk with my head down low weighed down by the burdens of the past. Like the paralytic, I have been forgiven my sins. It’s time to take up my mat and walk.
Matthew 9:4-8 (NIV) – Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? 5 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 6 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” 7 Then the man got up and went home. 8 When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man.
DRY BONES…COME ALIVE