Ezekiel 37-39; 1 Peter 5; Psalm 110

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. 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 the Lord.’” (Ezekiel 37:4-6)

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. (Ezekiel 37:10)

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 5:8-11)

There is a very cunning enemy who really seems to know my weaknesses. I recently experienced a downward spiral because I was snared! I got caught in the trap, believed the lies, and swallowed the bait! I missed the subtle slow slide until I was taken down. Hard. I was ready to give up: my bones were dry, and my spirit was weak. My emotions got the better of me and I was letting the enemy win.

I can see how it happened. Work priorities started getting in the way of my quiet time. Then, someone touched a tender spot with their words and instead of holding to the truth of who I am in Christ, I took that fiery dart right to my heart. Direct hit! My bible study suffered, I was working on Sunday instead of going to church, I started isolating from my friends, and my enemy was circling as I wandered away by myself.

But GOD . . . two of my favorite words.

You see, I believed the lie that I was alone in my battles. Unfortunately, that’s a leftover piece of my past that I had not surrendered to God. Oh, I know Jesus was with me, but His words were not the ones I was listening to. I had forgotten, when I became a follower of Jesus, there was a whole Body that came with it.

Recently while on vacation, God showed me the truth– I am not alone–and I experienced the power that comes from thousands of people standing in reverential awe of Him. I saw a church that was hot, on fire for the Lord. Out of the blue, so I thought, I was invited to attend a Monday night prayer meeting at my niece’s church. I’ve been to prayer meetings before but never one like this. There were over 2,000 people in attendance. It was standing room only. On a Monday night! Just being in the presence of that many praising believers recharged my spirit. Everyone had their hands raised singing with everything their heart had to give. Over 1,000 men came forward as the pastor prayed over them and had them vow to become the spiritual leaders in their homes. I felt like Ezekiel who witnessed the raising of the bones. The breath of God was breathed into this woman’s dry soul. I saw warriors being outfitted for battle. They raised the sword of truth and took back any ground the enemy had stolen from their homes.

For the second part of my time away, I attended a women’s conference that happened to be on the topic of battling the enemy! One of the teachers made a statement that jumped out at me: “Together is very important to God.” TOGETHER. Not ALONE. TOGETHER. There are so many verses in the bible that support this (Eccl 4:9-12 comes instantly to mind). So, I need to remember the family of believers. I need to pray for them to be strong trusting they are praying for me. We can fight the enemy TOGETHER with God as we stand firm in the faith. I reiterate:

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

There again, thousands of women were being called to worship our great God. For just a moment in time, I was able to glimpse what it will be like when all the saints assemble to worship Jesus. Revelation has foretold of this great event. What a glorious day that will be!

Lord, even in my weakness you heard my cry for help. You came to my rescue. You lovingly revealed those places of darkness I’ve hidden and offered to take them from me. I feel the strength that comes from unity with the family of believers. I confess I forget that resource and I ask you to help me always remember. I know others are struggling with the “same kind of sufferings” and I humbly offer to be used to breath life, your life, into them as you breathed into mine. In Jesus name, Amen

Cindy (gardnlady)

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2 responses to “Ezekiel 37-39; 1 Peter 5; Psalm 110

  1. I love your two favourite words – “But God”

  2. Great words for today. Thank you Cindy.
    DMB

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