Walking with God isn’t easy. Adam walked with God in the garden, until Adam thought he could get a better deal by being his own god.
It didn’t turn out well, and changed the path we must walk on today.
Amazingly, God still wants us to walk with Him. His requirements
haven’t changed. He continues to look for a pure heart; one completely sold out to Him in everything. We sing songs about God being our Everything; our All in All.
One look at our calendar, check book, or credit card
statement quickly reveals what holds our time and money. Rarely is it God.
Typically, in a crisis or the midst of some storm we suddenly realize how
much or little genuine relationship we have with the Lord. The worse scenario
would be to call out “Lord, Lord” and He replies: “Who are you? I don’t
recognize your voice.”
When His will truly is our will, we see things about ourselves and others we
had never noticed. This is when our heart is broken for the things we know
have touched God’s heart. A new level or depth of compassion awakens our
heart to do something about what we see that is wrong. Unfortunately, the
injustice, unfairness, unforgiveness etc mount up against weak structures of
peoples faith and beliefs which, eventually, fall to the ground, victims of doubt
This is when I saw a “bone junk yard”. Right out of Ezekiel (37:4) there came
the command “Oh dry bones, hear the Word of the Lord.” Wow! I knew I was
to prophesy life to these bones, but wondered whose bones they were. This
wasn’t the army rising up as in Ezekiel.
Then the Lord revealed this was a bone yard of dried up finances, forgotten
prayers, broken relationships, failed jobs, abandoned hopes and discarded
dreams. Death seemingly had won the victory.
Yet, these bones had been commanded to hear the Word of the Lord.
Several scriptures immediately came to mind. “A merry heart does good like
medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.” Proverbs 15:13 ”The spirit of a man
will sustain him in sickness, but who can bear a broken spirit?” Proverbs 18:14
Yah…this is about a broken spirit! “Broken” here, in Hebrew, means to be
wrecked; shattered”. This is a spirit that is so overwhelmed with sorrow, it has
become weak and fragile. At this point, all pride and self-righteousness are gone,
and God’s mercy and compassion begin flow into the dry places.
Hear the Word of the Lord, my dear friends. If your bones have become dry,
know the power of God’s word to bring life. There is resurrection power in
every Word that God speaks. The rhema Word, the perfect Word, for every
circumstances releases an explosion of energy and life! The voice of His Word
releases inner strength, joy, and the ability to hope again!
“Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to
the bones.´ Proverbs 16:24
(July 22, 2017)