Resurrecting a Dead Situation
Bible Text: Ezekiel 37:1-10 | Speaker: Parkey Cobern | Series: Standalone Sermons | Ezekiel 37 speaks of the absolute miracle of the return of national Israel to their land as a nation. But, within them, God can show us something about reviving a dead situation, hence today’s title. Many people are facing situations that do not appear to be moving – they are so unmovable that they appear dead. There are also things that intercessors in the body of Christ have been praying for a long time which have not yet moved. The Spirit will use this word to encourage and even move many of those situations.
You see, God has a way of working which is quite mysterious. He will often wait to move on something until all hope is lost. By waiting, He unveils His glory and gives testimony to His love and greatness. Out of this passage, let’s look at a few nuggets from the Spirit about your situation:
1. Get a word from God.
How basic is that? You need to get a word from God about your situation and that is what you speak. God asked Ezekiel for his perspective on the dry bones. Can these bones live? Well, intellect would say no, they cannot. Experience would say no, they cannot. But what is Ezekiel’s answer: “God, you tell me!” Peace comes from settling into God’s word about a situation.
Think of this – what type of feeling are you going to have by accepting an answer contrary to God’s? What type of outcome will that acceptance produce? Ezekiel depended upon God to define his reality and so should you! Some streams are for a season. This is why a word from God is so important. In 1 Kings 17, we read the story of Elijah the prophet. God told him to go to the Kerith Ravine and God would nourish Elijah through ravens and the brook that was there. Eventually, the brook dried up. Instead of staying and commanding the brook to flow, Elijah sought God for his next step. God told Elijah that it was time to move on. The truth here is that getting a word from God about your situation is critical for you.
2. Speak what God tells you to speak.
You will notice that Ezekiel’s part of the process involved intercession and prophecy. Through intercession, Ezekiel got direction. Through prophecy, Ezekiel brought manifestation. It can be nerve-racking when prophecy and intercession are separated, as well as when prophecy and accountability are separated. Anyway, the word of the Lord for the situation is this:
Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live.
/// Ezekiel 37:5 (NKJV)
But, it is interesting that God used Ezekiel’s agreement with Him to bring His purpose to pass. Your situation will be no different. God will speak to you and you will speak to your situation.
3. Be prepared if the work happens in stages.
Correction may come immediately. But, sometimes God works in stages.
Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them. /// Ezekial 37:8 (NKJV)
An amazing miracle was in process. It was miraculous that these bones connected and has skin and muscle upon them. But, they were still not alive. So, God told Ezekiel to prophesy to the breath and breathe on the slain that they may live. We all love immediacy but if God works in stages, maintain your faith.
4. Be a stage for the miraculous.
This happens through peace and persistence. A word from God will transcend time.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
/// Matthew 24:35
Let your word from God bring you peace. Let your word bring outlast your enemies.
Therefore do not cast away your confidence which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: “For yet a little while, and He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.
/// Hebrews 10:35-39 (NKJV)
Ezekiel 37:1-10 (NKJV)
Hebrews 10:35-39 (NKJV)
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