Several weeks ago I was working on a bulletin article about personal revival and we noticed a passage in Ezekiel 37. In that passage we find a story about Ezekiel and how he is shown a valley of dry bones. He preached to the valley of bones and they stood up like a great army. By the Word of God they were given the spirit they needed to live. We need God’s word to make us live again and revive!!!
Is your own spiritual life a valley of dry bones? I want you to know that life is never hopeless with God. With God there is always hope! Isaiah 1:18-20 says, “’Come now, and let us reason together,’ says the Lord, ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; But if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword’; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.’” Now is your chance to allow God to show you who He is and what He is about. We need to consider Matthew 11:28-30, Acts 2:38, and I John 1:9 when we wonder about the condition of our spiritual life.
God can breathe life into you and give you spiritual life. No matter how dead you think your spiritual life is, God can resurrect it. If God could breathe new life into a valley of dead bones He can surely breathe new life into you spiritually. There is a great example in the scriptures that illustrates this fact. The apostle Peter denied Christ to his face (Luke 22:54-62). In the courtyard, where Jesus was brought to trial, Peter denied Jesus and cursed before the people. After this event the Bible says that “the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, ‘Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.’ So Peter went out and wept bitterly.” In John 21:1-19 Jesus helped him to conform to His will. If God could change Peter, He can change you!
There is a song by Jeremy Camp, where he says, “I’ve found in you a heart that pleads forgiveness. . . . Replacing all these thoughts of painful memories. . . . I'm in the only place that erases all these faults that have overtaken me . . . . I know that your response will always be I'll take you back always . . . . and even when your fight is over . . . . even when the pain is coming through. . . . I'll take you back.” What a beautiful thought!
No matter where you are. No matter what you’ve done. No matter what you’ve been through. The Lord says, “I'll take you back” (Luke 15). Isn’t it time to revive your spiritual life? Aren’t you ready to revive in 2005! Have a great week!!!
You are loved.
Dr. Ray Reynolds
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This is part of an ongoing series on the Holy Spirit.