ArticlesPoetry Feb 17, 2018 From Dry Bones to Battle
Kearsten Hendershott Article by Kearsten Hendershott Author @ uncarvedimage.com, thinkheaven.com

I was sit­ting here this morn­ing writ­ing out a Bible verse. In the mid­dle of the verse I was think­ing about one spe­cif­ic mis­take I made in my past. I was beat­ing my­self up, think­ing how I could even man­age that life and lifestyle when I copied the words, “Be­hold, the for­mer things have come to pass, and new things I now de­clare; be­fore they spring forth I tell you them.” Isa­iah 42:9. I was torn up. I won­dered how this body could de­serve Life in God. How does this body, one that was dead in sin, trans­form?

Then the Holy Spir­it put on my heart to read about Ezekiel. Here this guy was in the mid­dle of a val­ley full of bones from dead bod­ies. Wouldn’t you be scared? Stand­ing in the mid­dle of death! I can’t imag­ine the smells and hor­ror that the val­ley ex­hib­it­ed. Ezekiel was com­mand­ed to proph­esy over the dry bones, in the val­ley of dry bones, three times:

The first time, in Ezekiel 37:4-6, God told him to say: “‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones; Be­hold I will cause breath to en­ter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cov­er you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord.’” God told the dry bones to come to­geth­er, and they did.

The sec­ond time, in Ezekiel 37:9, God told him: “Proph­esy to the breath; proph­esy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.’” God told the dry bones to breathe the breath of God, and they did.

The third time, in Ezekiel 37:12-14, God told him: “‘Thus says the Lord God: Be­hold, I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my peo­ple. And I will bring you into the land of Is­rael. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my peo­ple. And I will put my Spir­it with­in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the Lord; I have spo­ken, and I will do it, de­clares the Lord.’” God told the dry bones to live, and they did.

Dry Bones, Breath­ing, and How to Live

God doesn’t send us into the bat­tle to lose our lives, we are re­quired to go into bat­tle be­cause we have al­ready lost our life. We go into bat­tle now be­cause we have Life. Wait… didn’t I con­tra­dict my­self? I know you may be ques­tion­ing this odd state­ment. How can we go to bat­tle be­cause we lost our life and have Life?

Our old life and self­ish selves need to die Ro­mans 6:6. We have to ac­cept sal­va­tion through the death of God’s son, Je­sus Christ Ro­mans 10:9-10. God tells our dry bones to come to­geth­er and move. We must al­low God to shape our bones in His im­age and not cling to our old, dry bones Isa­iah 64:8. God tells our dry bones to breathe the breath of God, we do this through the Holy Spir­it John 16:13-15. The Holy Spir­it will guide us and con­nect us deeply to our Fa­ther. We can­not go into bat­tle un­less we are whole and have Life. We find our­selves full, whole, and full of Life be­cause of God. He is Life.

Dry Bones to Bat­tle

Our dry bones have been brought to life to tell His sto­ry, for His cause, for His holy fight. I can­not keep hold­ing onto my dry bones and al­low­ing my pre­vi­ous death to hold me back from Life in Him. We aren’t brought to life to live com­fort­ably. Every day is a bat­tle. We can ap­proach the bat­tle be­cause of who He is and what He has done for us. We can love our en­e­mies John 13:34-35 be­cause we have the Spir­it of the Liv­ing God in us! We can evan­ge­lize. We can do ex­act­ly what Ezekiel did and call out to our fam­i­ly, friends, and neigh­bors to come alive in Him!

We can do this be­cause of the new life He has giv­en us Psalm 105:1! We can face the chal­lenges and tri­als of this world, be­cause we know what God has done and what He has brought us through Matthew 17:20. I chal­lenge you as I would any of my friends. Have you ac­cept­ed the gift of Life? Have you left your dry bones be­hind? Are you breath­ing the breath of God? Are you go­ing into dai­ly bat­tles be­cause you have Life? Are you call­ing out to dry bones? What­ev­er you have to do.. go, friend. God is on your side. You aren’t a pile of dry bones.

“Knowledge is any relationship we experience through our relationship with Jesus Christ.”

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