Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to these bones and say, ‘Dry bones, listen to the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Look! I am going to put breath into you and make you live again! I will put flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin. I will put breath into you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”
So I spoke this message, just as he told me. Suddenly as I spoke, there was a rattling noise all across the valley. The bones of each body came together and attached themselves as complete skeletons. Then as I watched, muscles and flesh formed over the bones. Then skin formed to cover their bodies, but they still had no breath in them.
Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to the winds, son of man. Speak a prophetic message and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, O breath, from the four winds! Breathe into these dead bodies so they may live again.’”
So I spoke the message as he commanded me, and breath came into their bodies. They all came to life and stood up on their feet—a great army (Ezekiel 37:4-10 New Living Testament).
Every one of us has a valley of dry bones in our lives, some of us may know exactly what it is, others may not be so aware of it. This morning the Lord told me to tell you to prophecy to your valleys, to tell those dry bones to get up and live! So, whatever your valley is – call it out and prophecy to it! Speak to the dry bones of:
So, what are you waiting for? Speak life into your valley and watch the awesome power of the Lord unfold!
“The secular has profaned the Holy”, this phrase has been repeating itself in my heart and I know this is a message for the Body as a whole. God is not only love, He is also holy and the things of God are holy, therefore we should be mindful of holiness when serving God and the people of God.The secular and common are encroaching and being heavily implemented in ministries and Christian relationships. Perfection in ministry is often based on a secular definition of perfection and success. While a basic secular premise can be used in the formation of, and facilitating ministry actions, there should be no continued comparison of our ministries to how similar things run in the secular world. When we consistently contend with ourselves and fellow ministry workers in order to be comparable with the world and seem relevant to those in the world. we take from the miraculous awe that is God, and we bring his holiness down to a level it should never reach. We begin to rely on our own strengths and talents, rather than reaching for, and trusting God to do what only He can do within our ministries. Why would anyone want what Jesus has if we speak, smell, appear, work and serve exactly the same way as the world all around them? Where are the miracles in that?
Church, when did we become so ready to exchange the holy and miraculous for the secular and common? At what point did our hearts deem this okay? Why are we allowing common fire on the altar of God? Oh, how the Lord loves us! How He loves His people, but His heart cries because we have allowed His Holiness to be profaned by the world. God can not be compared to the secular and common for He alone is perfection, He alone is worthy, He alone is holy, He alone is all we need to succeed in ministry and service. It’s time to reassess our spiritual temperatures and reacquaint ourselves with the holiness of God. We are truly changed when we stand in the presence of God. What He has, we cannot find in the secular world no matter how pretty the devil packages it.
ARE YOU HERE TO SERVE OR BE SERVED?
“Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him? And what profit do we have if we pray to Him?’” ~Job 21:15
Let’s take a moment to ask ourselves, and really consider, just what is being asked here. Think about it, mull it over, toss it around your brain, meditate on it.
Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him? He is God. He is the Alpha and the Omega. He is the beginning and the end. He is the creator of heaven and earth. He separated the oceans from the dry land. He knows each and every one of us intimately because He formed us in the womb. He knows what we need, when we need it and before we even recognize our need for it. He is our help in times of trouble. He is our strength when we are weak. He is our living Redeemer. He is the Rock of our foundation. He is our loving Father, filled with mercy, grace, love, joy, abundance, peace, strength, wisdom, knowledge and so much more.
And what profit do we have if we pray to Him? OH, the benefits of praying to the Lord are endless! Prayer is what keeps us centered. Prayer is the most direct means of communication with God. Prayer is not one-sided, as some may think. There are quiet times of listening in prayer, just as there are moments of tears. Prayer brings us closer to our Father. Prayer allows us to see His glory more and more. Prayer can break down walls, loosen chains, free from bondage. Prayer can strengthen weak knees and lift hands that hang down. Prayer changes lives, empowers us to do what the Father has asked us to do, helps us to understand and discern His will for us as well as know what He doesn’t want. Prayer is placing trust in God.
Many of us sit in our Sunday services singing along or if we don’t feel like singing, listening to the praise and worship songs; we’ll hear a good sermon; agree with our pastor as he prays; say hello to friends and then leave and go about our day. We consider it a great day if our service was short enough to afford us the extra time to do everything we sat in church thinking about doing. Sound like you? If so, I’ve got news for you – you are growing pew-fat and expecting to be served rather than serve. Those of us that come to church out of habit or to make ourselves feel good are spiritually wasting away. If there is no application of God’s word throughout the week and no prayer to maintain the relationship; if there is no acknowledgement of God at any other time besides inside the church, how can we effectively serve the Lord? How can we effectually minister within the ministries that God has placed us? There are even some who don’t serve God in a ministry because it cuts into their time! Time was created by God for us, He can help with time management. How dare we call ourselves Christian if we can’t even follow Christ’s example?
If God has called you, and you call yourself by His name, but expect to be served rather than serve, then perhaps it’s about time that you sat in His presence and bowed before Him in prayer, recognizing that He is the Almighty and it is good to serve Him. Open up the bible that’s been sitting there, collecting dust on the coffee table, get into His word and learn who the author is. Repent, make a new commitment and keep your vow to serve Him.
Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, we give You thanks and praise for blessing us with this day! This is the day that You have made, we will rejoice and be glad in it!!! You are the creator, the giver of life, our hope, our peace, our shelter! You are love, and You are faithful, full of grace and You are beautiful! Oh, to just sit in Your presence and gaze upon Your beautiful face! Father, it is our prayer that You forgive those that have grown fat, but are still spiritually starving. Father, renew their hearts and their love for You. Speak into their hearts, into their spirits, into their souls and may they have an unforgettable encounter with You that will bring revival into their lives. Father, there are many who are just going through the motions, expecting to sit back and let everyone else take care of what needs to be taken care of, may You place within their hearts a sense of urgency, a sense that they are missing something because they are not serving You with their whole heart. Draw them closer to You. May You assist with time management those who say they have no time, help them recognize where their priorities should be and remove from them that which is no longer something they need to spend time on. Father, we love You, we praise You, we give You glory and honor!!! In Jesus name, Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: Take some time to reflect on who the Almighty is in your life; whether or not you attend your church to be served or to serve; if, when and how you apply the word of God to your life. If your relationship to God is not your highest priority and you only go through the motions of church, seek the face of the Lord. He will guide you, He will speak to you, and He will help you get back on His path in His perspective.
Additional Scriptures: Isaiah 29:13; Proverbs 10:4; Proverbs 19:24; Psalm 106:36; Matthew 20:28
Today’s Word is “Washing of water by the Word”
For the last few days the following Scripture from Ephesians has been repeating itself in my heart. “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:25-27 NKJV). This Scripture has been on loop within my heart, but the portion of it that has been standing out is “washing of water by the Word”.
The Church of Christ is the Bride of Christ, and He is coming back to collect His Bride. As a collective Church, how do you think we are doing as far as loving and caring for others? How are we at making disciples (I’m not talking about notching our belts with other folks personal salvation, but actually personally ministering and teaching discipleship to others)? How do you think we do in sharing our testimonies and living Christ-centered lives? Do we really pray for others with spirits of love and compassion, or do we often pray for others as afterthoughts?
As a collective Church, we all have something we can learn from others. We are people trying to do life together. Often, under the umbrella of “Christianity”, we forget we are surrounded by other people trying to do life together and we clash. God created us as unique individuals to complement each other with our gifts and talents, yet too often, we use our gifts and talents to demean others and tear them down. Jesus Christ is the Word of God, and it is when we dive into the Word and swim deep that we begin to change. Jesus changes us, but we have to allow Him access to do so.
Washing of water by the Word – where am I going with this? This is what I see: I see a Bride and Groom standing on the shore. The water is crystal clear, almost bluish, and there are words swimming within it. There are words surrounding the Bride and Groom, there are words all over actually. It’s as if the words, instead of simply being audible or on a page, they are living, breathing and active throughout. The Bride is crying, her wedding dress is no longer white, but has become dingy yellow, dull and mud-splattered from her journey. The Groom’s suit is brilliant white and sparkling, and she feels very unworthy of being His Bride. He leans down and whispers to her, I can see the words forming in the air, but am unable to make them out for they are, after all, His whisper to her. After a few moments, she begins to wipe the tears from her eyes, and He takes her by the hand. The smile on His face is all I can see as He leads her to the waters edge. She looks towards Him and her focus is solely on Him as He leads her out farther into the water. She does not notice that her dress has begun to change and is no longer the dull, dingy yellow with mud splatters, but is becoming the same brilliant white as her Groom. Her focus is so on Him and His on her. They begin to dance and as they swirl and twirl, the words in the water and air sweep over them creating an even brighter brilliance.
I hear the Lord say “You are My Bride, I AM the Word that changes, that sustains, that sanctifies and changes you. Swim in the water of My Word, be cleaned, be healed, be made whole. Focus on Me and let the water of My Word wash away this world and the stain it leaves. My love for you is everlasting.”
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12 NKJV).
Today’s word is “Intimate Encounter”.
Psalm 27:8 says “When You said ‘Seek My Face,’ my heart said to You, ‘Your face I will seek.'” I see a small child curled up in the lap of his mother. His face is tucked in to her body, he is breathing deeply and she is stroking his hair, rubbing his back and whispering words of love, comfort and safety to him. Psalm 131:2 “Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.” The mother and child are experiencing an intimate encounter, not to be rushed, not to be broken, but to last as long as it needs to.
I hear the Lord whisper “Come to Me, seek My Face, crawl into My lap. Let Me comfort you, let Me calm and quiet your soul. I have seen your struggles, I have heard your cries. Come to Me, seek My Face and rest in My lap. Surrender your will to Mine, yield yourself to the work of My Spirit, do not fear the things in your life you do not yet understand and know that I AM working on your behalf in them. Do not be dismayed or discouraged by what you see and experience around you, focus on Me. Seek Me and know Me, rest in My embrace, let the Light of My Love guide you and listen for the soft, sweet song of My heart to penetrate the noise of this world. Crawl into My lap to calm and quiet your soul.”
I find words such as this comforting and encouraging. God is always looking out for us and He knows that in order for us to stand firm, we must refresh and strengthen ourselves in His presence. We must rest in His lap and trust ourselves to His care. Too often we needlessly carry our burdens and problems when all we really need to do is drop them at His feet and crawl up in His lap. There are times when all I pray is “Lord, I just want to sit on Your lap today and breathe in Your fragrance. That’s it, I don’t want anything more.” And you know what? He honors that request and I find everything else falls into perfect place and perfect peace.
#Psalm27 #godstillspeaks #gotlove
Today’s word is “Holy”, and actually it may this week’s word. Yesterday during our first service I had the awesome experience of a Revelation 4 vision. It was the most amazing thing God has shown me, and ya’ll know He’s shown me some wonderful things! Yet, this is the first time I’ve actually “seen” a spiritual vision superimposed over what’s going on in the natural.
What I saw was the Throne Room on the platform of our sanctuary. I could see only the feet of Him who sits on the Throne. It was such a magnificent sight, I still don’t have enough words to describe it. The Sea of Glass stretched throughout the entire sanctuary. I could sense the angels moving about, but their features were hidden from my sight because of the radiant glory of the Lord. There was such light coming from the Throne that I really could only see His feet, and that was enough. I was reminded of when Moses was allowed to only see the back of God as His goodness passed before him (Exodus 33: 19-23). The feet of God were so brilliant that the shiniest golden jewelry is the closest I can come to describe them. His throne seemed to be made from marble, gold and jewels all intertwined, but the vivid glamor came from Him who sits on the Throne. The exquisite light of heaven comes from Him also, and His glory and presence so filled our sanctuary each of us stood on holy ground whether or not we realized it. I could feel Him listening to our Pastor and sense His pleasure and I saw the submitted hearts of the congregation.
As I was seeing this vision, I began to hear the attached song in my spirit, and realized that sometimes we become so focused on the beauty of God’s grace and mercy that we can miss the exquisite elegance and awe of His Holiness and Manifest Presence. Furthermore, whatever was declared, decreed or prayed over during that time is done. We cannot stand before a Holy God and not be forever changed.
I heard the Lord say “I Am Holy. All who stand in My Holiness and My Presence are changed. There are many who do not recognize the splendor of My Holiness, yet when I AM among them, they are changed – healed, delivered, anointed. They are Mine. Call to Me, come up higher, come up deeper and I Will answer you.”
Revelation 4: 2-11 ” Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads. And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:
“Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come!”
Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:
“You are worthy, O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they exist and were created.”
A Storm All Around You – Jon Thurlow
I know there are creatures all around You
I know there are lightenings and thunderings
I know there’s a storm all around You
Holy, Holy, Holy
I see seven lamps of fire burning
I see a sea of glass mingled with fire burning
I see the Son of Man with eyes of fire burning
Burning, burning, burning
Halle- Halle- Hallelujah
For the Lord God omnipotent reigns
Everyone in the temple cries holy (glory)
Give us the fear of the Lord that we would not depart from You
The Lord is in His temple
Let all flesh tremble