Come Alive

The Valley of Dry Bones in the 37th chapter of Ezekiel is a marvelous revelation of God’s power to restore and bring life to those who were once dead. It confirms God’s promise of Israel’s rebirth and restoration prophesied in chapter 36, and points us to the true Messiah, Jesus Christ. Through the prophet Ezekiel, God beckoned the dry bones to come alive. And come alive they did.

Ezekiel 37:3-6

And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest. Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

When God speaks, His word is always fulfilled.

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When the Desire Comes

The Valley of Dry Bones is a depiction of hope and the amazing life-giving power of the only true God — the God of Israel.

 Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

Sometimes our hearts grow sick when our dreams are deferred. Hope seems like a distant memory and joy fades like a mist. We grow dry, and if not replenished, run the risk of fading away.

The children of Israel had been scattered and chastised with the rod of the Gentiles for their disobedience and rebellion. The nation that was once glorious and beautiful had been stricken with death. Surely the children of Israel felt battered and forgotten in the midst of captivity. But God promised He would not utterly destroy Israel. His promise is in the hope of Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ is the Tree of Life. Of a truth the Messiah Israel had been desperately waiting for did come the first time. He came to not only save Israel, but the whole world. Jews and Gentiles alike. When we see Jesus Christ again, it will be at His second coming. At that time Jesus Christ will reign with His saints on this earth for one thousand years before the final judgment.

What hope! What desire! What life!

If God can put together the dry bones, clothe them with flesh and tendons, and give them breath, surely He can breathe life into your situation. He is the same God who fashioned the first man and breathed the breath of life into Adam’s nostrils.

When Christ, our Lord, breathes on us and into us, we can’t help but to come alive.

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Water – Quenching the Thirst

We cannot live without water. Earth is made up of 71% water. All life on earth depends on water to survive.  Our bodies contain 55-78% water.

Clean, safe drinking water is critical. Water suitable for drinking is called potable water. We lose water throughout the day during normal functions, such as respiration, sweating and waste excretion. Our bodies cannot store water. We must replenish the water we lose daily.

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If we do not replace lost water, we become dehydrated. Dehydration is dangerous and deadly because it lowers the blood pressure and decreases blood volume. Alcoholic beverages cannot replace water because of the ethanol used to produce it causes dehydration. But other types of fluids work, along with plain water.

Survival

School Review – How long can the average human survive without water?

On average, humans can survive three to five days without water. Some can survive one week, but that’s usually the limit. Factors such as climate, age, gender, overall health, level of activity and body fat play a role.

 Quenching the Thirst

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Sometimes you have a song that’s on constant replay. This past week, I’ve been listening to Water by Anthony Brown & Group Therapy.

One part of the song says, “Your presence is water. Come fill me, then fill me again.”

John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

God likens His Spirit to water. This water is represented as a river, the rain, and a well or fountain of living water. It’s alive and gives life.

John 7:37-38

37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

The Lord has promised to quench the thirst of the faithful.

Isaiah 44:3 For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:

Jesus is the Lord, and when He walked this earth, He testified of the life-giving and thirst quenching power of His spirit.

John 4:10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

John 4:13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

When a River Runs Dry

Just as we cannot survive naturally without water, we cannot survive spiritually without the refreshing Water from heaven.

Being naturally dehydrated causes both blood pressure and blood volume to plummet. What about spiritual dehydration? Surely this, too, has fatal consequences if not remedied.

A natural river can run dry from overuse, reduced flow, the effects of climate and land changes, or low rainfall.

If we are not careful to stay focused on Christ, trials, tribulations, afflictions and persecution can weary and drain us to the point of “reducing and limiting the flow” of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

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What About You?

Have joy, faith and love flown out the window? Are you more carnal minded than ever before? Have you backslidden and gone AWOL on God?

Jeremiah 2:13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

Are you sampling beggarly methods and false doctrines, thinking they can solve your problems and bring you joy? Or is humanism your faith and climbing the achievement ladder your glory? Has your pining away for another person, money or things evicted the Word of God, praise and worship from your heart? The things of the world are broken cisterns. The world cannot receive, understand or replace the things of God.

How long can you trudge along dry and on empty before you perish? When a person forsakes the True and Living God, s/he becomes spiritually dead. There is no hope of survival without water. The rain will never come without possessing a repentant heart.

A river cannot flow if it has not been replenished by the rain. Jesus Christ is the Rainmaker – both naturally and spiritually. A river can run dry if the rain clouds do not gather and pour out its blessed and abundant gift. What’s left behind is dry, hardened and empty. No good fruit can spring forth from land destroyed by drought.

A Watered Garden

Have you beheld the beauty of a watered garden? What loveliness! Just thinking about it incites a remembrance of the wonderful colors and fragrances.

Isaiah 58:11 And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

Song of Solomon 4:12 A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.

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God wants us to delight in Him and draw water out of the wells of salvation with joy. He wants us to guard our hearts against corruption and pollution that can defile the fountain. If your river has run dry or if you’ve built broken wells, it’s not too late to be refreshed and revived with the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Isaiah 12:3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

 

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Surviving the Arctic Blast

An arctic blast has taken hold of the United States. Warnings have been issued. Extremely cold weather can be damaging and deadly, and we should take necessary precautions to stay safe.

Amid its brutal freezing effects, daily duties still have to be attended to. One such duty for me is taking out my shih tzu. He’s an old fellow who enjoys an expansive backyard, shared only with unwelcome cats known as neighborhood squatters.

I typically take my dog out the patio door to the back yard. On this day, it was so cold the patio door was frozen shut. I could have taken him out the front, back or side, but I was intent on taking him out the patio. Apart from wanting to get the door unstuck, that’s his “exit to go potty” portal. My brilliant ah-ha moment was grabbing a hot pink hair dryer and defrosting the patio door so we could exit out that way and confront the chill. It worked.

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Arctic Blast

I began to think about the cold weather, particularly this current arctic blast. Brr… A particular verse came to mind.

Matthew 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

What on earth does this have to do with the current arctic blast? Nothing, in and of itself. But one thought leads to another, and I began to consider the cold on a spiritual note. Signs and seasons point to where we are according to God’s prophecies contained in the Bible. We are in the time of witnessing the love of many waxing cold.

Just look around. While you’re looking, be sure to look in the mirror, too. The love of many waxing cold could be you.

Are you in the part of the country where you feel the sting of ice? The lashings of bitter-cold wind beating you down? In other words, are you on the receiving end of an arctic blast? If you’re like most of us, you want out of the freezing weather and into somewhere safe, toasty and inviting. Respite.

Or are you the giver of all things arctic? The one blowing chilly comments, giving icy looks and assuming a frozen presence with below freezing esteem for God and others?

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Arctic Love

What manner of love is this?

Cold love. Callous love. Selfish love. Is that a such thing? Prideful love. Indifferent love. It’s not real love. It’s dead. It seeks its own. A puffed up, proud little thing. Hollow showmanship, making merchandise of God’s people. Despising the poor. Unkind. No hospitality. Rude and discourteous. Unforgiving. Greedy. Hateful. Boastful. Disobedient. Blasphemous. Indignant. Lovers of self. Wanton. Without natural affection. Cold.

Anything that is cold is dead. Anything that is warm gets spewed out, according to the Word of the Lord. God wants our love to be fervent, kindled by the power and fire of His Spirit – the Holy Ghost.

Iniquity

Iniquity is perverse immorality, wickedness and lawlessness. It is sin that you willingly commit, knowing it is wrong and knowing the consequences. There’s more and more iniquity in the world. And because many are willfully transgressing God’s law out of knowledge and not of ignorance, their love is growing cold.

The knowledge of the glory of the LORD is abundant. We, literally, are without excuse, no matter where or who we are.

Habakkuk 2:14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

We are witnessing many falling away; losing faith, fervent love and hope in Christ to attain status, fame, acceptance and adoration from the world.

No love. No life.

We need protection from the cold in order to keep our bodies and temperature regulated. Protection from extreme cold and its effects preserves life. Did you hear the warning to bring in pets and vulnerable plants?

Maybe you’ve been in sitting in bitterness and damaging others with cold love for so long, you’re sort of stuck — like my patio door was. I remember the Sims® when a frozen Sim could be thawed with a hair dryer.

Do you need a hair dryer moment? Some thawing of the heart and limbs so you can love the way God wants you to? If your love waxes cold and is never set on fire again, you lose eternal life. No love; no life.

If you are repentant and believe, there’s some faith-driven kindling on the way just for you. What are you waiting for? Let’s turn up the heat.

 

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The End of a Thing

When I’m reading a good book, I’m excited to get to the end. Of course I could just flip to the back and read it, but that won’t do anything to help me understand the conclusion of the book. I’d never know how both the beginning and middle fit with the end. I won’t get the rewarding satisfaction of knowing the whole book, and not just parts.

Don’t Spoil the Ending

I’ve been in discussions about a movie when someone said, “Don’t spoil the ending,” for the person who hadn’t seen it yet. Sure the individual was hanging on to every description and character briefing, but don’t spoil the ending.

It’s funny how we like to be surprised about the ending, yet want to have clues about it at the same time.

1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

This makes me think of the Word of God. The bible gives us enough information about New Jerusalem (Heaven) to motivate us to want to be saved and live right to make it there, yet does not tell us everything we will behold and experience. If you want to see all Jesus Christ has prepared for us, you have to endure until the end and make it there for yourself.

We also have beautiful descriptions of New Jerusalem to know it will be glorious and beautiful, adorned like a bride to the praises of God.

Revelation 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

The Bible also tells us we will be changed, but we don’t know what we will be with a few exceptions; we’ll be like Jesus and see Him as He is, which encompasses being immortal, incorruptible, glorious, and the like.

1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

The End of a Thing

The end of a thing is better than the beginning. It gives you the conclusion of the matter. In life, we’re overjoyed and anxious to start kindergarten. When we’re enduring the trials of our formative school years, we anticipate the end — looking to graduation day. The end. Goodbye public school, private school, home school, charter school. On to college, trade school or work, where we endure, yet again, to confront an expected end. Certificate, degree, retirement. You get the picture.

When our test, trials and tribulations start, we know we’re being perfected or refined. We endure, and let patience have her perfect work. We know we’ll be better for it in the end, and God is working it out for our good.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Endure Until the End

Enduring until the end involves patience, self-control and faith. As we step into this New Year, I encourage you to number your days with joy, looking to the Author and Finisher of our faith to bring about an expected end — the salvation of our souls.

Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

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For Good to Them that Love God

We may not understand why certain things happen in our lives. But if we are Christ’s and love him, rest assured everything is working out for your good. Yes, even the hurt and brokenness has a purpose in God’s plan for you. If you give God time, you’ll see.

Conditional Good

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Many times we say things like, “All things work together for good, girl!” Which the other replies, “I know that’s right!”

That’s it. We stop right there as if the verse has a period behind the word good. We fail to recognize and accept that this “work together for good” is conditional. Certain requirements must be met to receive  this benefit of God.

We must:

  1. Love God
  2. Be THE called according to His purpose

Loving God requires obedience, for it was Jesus who said, “If you love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15).

Do women (and men) call themselves everyday to fulfill a purpose that is not godly or of God, but for themselves? Yes! However, we should want to make sure we are called according to His purpose, and not after man, the flesh or the traditions of men. The Bible tells us to make our calling and election sure. Know where you stand in God.

2 Peter 2:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

Hide it in Your Heart

“For the Good of Them” by Milton Brunson was ringing in my spirit this morning. I know God is encouraging me, and I want to pass that encouragement along. I want to remind someone that although you may feel weary right now or like you can’t see your way out, God is working things out for Y-O-U-R good— because you love Him and are THE called according to His purpose.

Remember who you are and Whose you are. Endure.

I hope you will also listen to the words of this song and let God give you courage to continue in Him…in patience and hope.

Sample Lyrics of For the Good of Them
The race is not given to the swift, nor to the strong, but to the one that endureth until the end. There’ll be problems. And sometimes you’ll have to walk alone. But I know, that I know, that I know…things will work out, yes they will. For the good of them who love the Lord. Eyes haven’t seen. And neither have ears heard the things God has prepared for them that love Him. Sometimes you may have to cry. Sometimes you may have to moan. But I know, that I know, that I know, that I know, that I know, that I know…things will work out, yes they will. For the good of them who love the Lord. No matter what the problem you can’t solve it. They will come, but don’t you worry (I’m a living witness that) it will work out for the good of them who love the Lord.

 

Here Am I! Send Me!

Send Me

Before you can be sent, you have to be available, willing and ready. The declaration of, “Here am I,” means just that.

Isaiah 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

God is not going to make anyone live for Him or surrender to Him. These are choices. If you’re on the path of resisting God, or if you’ve backslidden and have found yourself running far away from everything and everyone that remind you of holiness, this is your day to make a new choice. Yes, sometimes people in the “church” can hurt; but forgiveness is the will of God. I am a witness that God can and does heal all manner of hurt.

You can change your mind, change your life, and ultimately your destiny.

Send Me

One of the reasons people are hesitant to “be sent” is because they may have to go alone. Your family and friends may not be on the same path as you. For many, this thought can be discouraging. But you must make up in your mind to go where God wants you to go; even if it means going alone.

We sing a song in church that says, “Imma go if I have to go by myself.” If mother, father, sister, brother, neighbor, or friend doesn’t go for Jesus — you go. Follow Christ to the end. Go on. Model Him, girl.

Luke 14:26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

Hate is used here to mean to love less than, forsake or abandon. Jesus is saying, if you don’t love other people less than Him, or are not willing to forsake or abandon them and even your own life, you cannot be His disciple. Why? Because you are to put no one and no thing before Him. Anything placed before Him is idolatry. And yes, dear. This means you cannot love your boyfriend or husband more than Jesus.

Think About It

Are you available, willing and ready to go for Jesus?