RAISING DRY BONES
In our meditation yesterday, we talked about those who are facing spiritual death or who have died spiritually during their wilderness experience.
Ezekiel was instructed by God to prophecy new life into dry bones. As you travel the desert road of life, you can bring new life to fellow travelers. But to do so:
You must go where they are. The Spirit of the Lord came upon Ezekiel and took him to where the need was. In order to bring life, you must go to the desolate wildernesses of the world--the prisons, to the drug addict, the alcoholic, etc.
You must not listen to the voice of man. People may tell you that it can't be done--that a person cannot be restored or a dead ministry cannot be revived. Wonder what they said to Ezekiel about talking to a bunch of bones?
You must recognize the seriousness of their condition. They are dead or dying spiritually. They do not need rehabilitation, they need regeneration through the new life of the Gospel.
You must be endued with supernatural power. A lifeless, powerless believer cannot infuse new life into someone else. You must have the life of God within you and flowing through you in order to transmit it to others.
You must know the objective. The objective is not to cleanse a dead body, embalm it with spices, or cover it with fine linen to prepare for burial. These are all improvements, in that you can no longer see or smell the effects of death. But you still have a dead body. Your objective is not to teach morality, self-improvement, cover sin, or change society. Your objective is to transmit new spiritual life. Settle for nothing less than life!
As you travel through desert experiences, do not focus only on yourself. Look around. Other believers are traveling right there with you. Some of them are weak and need strengthening. Some are hungry and thirsty and struggling spiritually. Others have fallen by the wayside and will die there in the wilderness unless they receive help.
Like Ezekiel, could this be one of purpose for which you were taken into the wilderness? Is this the reason you stand at the edge of the valley of dry bones? Are you, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to be instrumental in raising the dead and dying to new life?