“And He said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O’Lord God, thou knowest” (Ezekiel 37:3).
The hand of God was upon the Prophet Ezekiel, and carried him out in the spirit of the Lord, and set him down in a valley which was filled with dry bones. In Ezekiel’s vision this huge valley is filled with dead men’s bones, there were very many according to the prophet and they were very dry. The valley reminds me of some of the large Christian churches and congregations I have visited and observed on television, lifeless, Spirit-less—dry as a bone
in the valley of Ezekiel’s vision.
God asks the prophet; “can these bones live?” It is a question worthy of close examination by the modern Christian Church Body of Jesus Our Christ. Why are so many churches dead? Can they live? A more fundamental question is: Are the congregations—the people that form the church body—spiritually dead and can they live in the Spirit of the Lord? I believe the answer is yes!
A large percentage of today’s Christian church spiritual problem is not a lack of spiritualism but a lack of belief in the power of the Spirit of God. Until faith, trust and belief in the power of the Spirit of God grows within the hearts and minds of the adopted sons and daughters of God the Father, He will not move. Consequently, they will remain
dry bones in the Valley of Death, spiritually dead.
What will happen when God begins to move? When God begins to move the dry bones of Christian congregations will form skeletons upon which will form muscle, flesh and clothes. Then God will breathe into the congregation of bodies the breath of life, and the bodies will come alive spiritually and physically. That is a picture of what God will do with the church body of Jesus Our Christ; He will give her life again. Also, that is what He will do with anyone who believes in Him and asks Him for life and life eternal. Have you asked God for a spirit-filled life?
Timothy writes that God alone possesses immortality. “Which in his times He shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords: Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto” (I-Timothy
6:16). Jehovah is not a selfish god, He gives us His immortality, so we praise Him: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:3-6). God has blessed us with life, life eternal in Jesus Christ, life everlasting without end.
God is life, and He is the giver of life. He can make dead things live. Recently, have you asked God for life again? Sing praise to the Lord, You saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:4-5). One of our responsibilities as children of God is to give God credit for who He is and what He does. It would be a grave mistake to go into the presence of God standing on a hollow belief in the strength of our own merit. Scriptures tells us all have sinned, great and common, and fall short of His glory; “You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting.”
Only a spiritually blind and careless Christian would stand under the showers of God’s blessings without recognizing them, or an equally foolish and irresponsible Christian who recognizes God’s blessings and does not give Him the credit. Ezekiel recognized God’s ability to give life to the dead things and through this God is glorified, “thou knowest.” We must always be alert to the blessings of life. God is ever-present in our lives we must express our gratitude to Him, and give Him public credit in the presence of men, saints and sinners alike.
The apostle John writes: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. . . In Him was life, and the life was the light of men” (John 1:1, 4). God is life—and not just life for today—but forever. The saints, believers and all whose trust and hope of life in the providence and Grace of God rejoice knowing we can come before Him on the merit of Christ Jesus—holy and undefiled. “Thou knowest” we were dry bones, glory to God, but Jesus took our place on the cross and we are now alive with muscle, flesh and clothes, empowered by the Spirit of God. Reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:11).
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
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