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VISION OF THE VALLEY OF DRY BONES
“Son of Man, Can These Bones Live?"
As Ezekiel looked at the valley filled with dry bones and walked through them and around them, the Lord asked him this question, “Son of man, can these bones live?” Ezekiel answered, “Oh Lord God, You know.” If Ezekiel had been a man of this world or living in his flesh and didn’t know God’s great power, he probably would have said, “They are dead and will always be that way.” But he knew the God he served and his answer reflected that. “Oh Lord God, You know.”
Ezekiel prophesied as the Lord told him, and the bones came together completely, with flesh and skin The Lord told him to prophesy again and the Lord breathed on them and they came to life
The vision is then explained. The dry bones are the whole house of Israel. At that time Israel was in a place of judgment because of their rebellion against God. By His power, God was going to restore Israel to their own land, united as one nation. Only God could do this. God was going to transform them from hopelessly dead to complete restoration as the Sprit breathed on captive Israel.
Many see the Church today as the same lifeless dry bones that Ezekiel saw. In many cases the Churches are just as dead. I heard it said, “The Holy Spirit could leave many churches today and it would take months for them to even notice Him missing. Some might not notice Him missing at all.”
If we were told to prophesy over these dead congregations, I can hear them say, “Get a book….Find a program…..Bring in a famous speaker or entertainer.” The dead church is a spiritual issue. It got this way because of rebellion against God and His Word, because of sin and compromise, and not willing to walk in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The enemy has crept in and we did not recognize him.
If God were to say to us, “Prophesy over these dead bones (our Churches)”, would we do it? The Holy Spirit stirred the bones to come together and breathed life into them. Could we stand back and allow Him to convict and resurrect these dead bones?
Apart from the Bible, there is no book that brings life. There is no program that can restore. There is no motivational speaker or entertainer that can bring life. In the book of Acts, we don’t see any of this. We see the Gospel preached under the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit. Following the Biblical example is the only way it will work. Only by the Church returning to God and His Word and allowing God to rule our Church can this happen.
It is God’s desire for His Church to return to Him just as captive Israel was restored. It’s one of those prayers that God is waiting to answer. What will it be? Will we repent and return to God with all of our hearts or will we continue to walk in the way of dead works and dead programs?
I’ve seen many congregations that resemble old dry bones, with little or no evidence of the Spirit of God dwelling there. I know that my God, the Creator of the heavens and the earth is able to breathe life and restore His bride (the Church). Our part is to repent from living apart from Him and for our sins, and return to Him with all of our heart. In Christ, Marty
Do You Know Who I Am?
I Samuel 17: 45 Then said David to the Philistine, You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the ranks of Israel, Whom you have defied.
46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will smite you and cut off your head. And I will give the corpses of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
47 And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.
When David stood before the giant, he knew that the same Lord who delivered him from the lion and the bear would deliver him from the Goliath.
I Samuel 16: 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed David in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. And Samuel arose and went to Ramah.
After David was mightily” filled with the Holy Spirit, he went back to his profession as a shepherd. During that time, I believe he was being prepared for service. He knew that the Lord would never leave him or forsake him. During this time and his time running from Saul, he met the Lord intimately and began to know him as Lord over all things.
As you read on, David’s victories became more known.
I Samuel 18:7The women sang as they played, and said,
“Saul has slain his thousands,
And David his ten thousands.”
After David was installed as King, His reputation became known to his enemies as well. Later during David’s reign they enjoyed a season of peace. This reputation continued even through Solomon’s reign. Their enemies knew that they were not a match for the God of Israel.
During Jesus’ ministry years, the enemy recognized Jesus and knew that they had no choice but to submit to him. Demons fled, the crippled were restored, the dead were raised, diseases were cured. Even Legion and his thousands of demons had to submit to Jesus’ authority. There was not any task too great for Jesus. Before Jesus ascended and was received into heaven, he told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem and they would be empowered from on high. On the day of Pentecost, The Holy Spirit was poured out on the disciples, as Peter preached thousands were saved. In the times to follow, thousands more were saved as signs and wonders were being performed through the believers. In Acts 19, the seven sons of Sceva tried to use the name of Jesus whom Paul preached. The demon replied”Jesus I know, Paul I know, but who are you”. Read the 14th chapter of John. Only those who belong to Jesus can use the name of Jesus with the same results that Jesus and the early church had.
John 14:12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.
Either Jesus meant what he said or he didn’t. If we set this verse as our ultimate goal and standard, our lives would look a lot different. I have had it explained to me that this was only for the early Church, but the verses used did not add up to me, But what I do know is this; The same spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead is in me and empowers me to carry out his work here on earth. Why would God remove this power from his church? We face the same enemy as what the Church faced in the book of Acts. When I stand before this enemy, I want him to know that the Spirit of the living God fills and empowers me. And that in the name of Jesus Christ I have authority over him. When the enemy attacks me, what does he see? Does he see me as a servant of the living Christ? Filled with the Spirit of God. Walking in faith and victory?
Can you picture Jesus in the storm, saying calmly “peace be still”? Can you picture Jesus taking the little girl by the hand and say,”Little girl I say to you arise” Can you see him standing before Lazarus’s open tomb saying “Lazarus come forth” Read this verse again
John 14:12“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.
This is not about memorizing prayers or speaking verses at the enemy. It is about knowing and walking in the authority that Christ has given his Church. When we walk in the fullness of what he calls us to, we have the capacity to live out this verse. In recent years, we have witnessed Jesus save, heal and deliver many people through his servants. These ministers were not show offs or snake oil salesmen. They are just servants of Christ who are beginning to walk in their God given authority. This is just the beginning of what Jesus has for his servants.
I don’t want to convince you that this is true; I believe that if you will seek him you will find him. He will show you what is true through your seeking. There are whole books, seminars, and many teachings written on this subject. I have received some great instruction and teaching, but there is no substitution for picking up God’s and reading what God says about it. Without spending time before the Lord in prayer, communication and worship you are not fully equipped to stand against an enemy who is seeking to destroy you.
When you stand before the enemy, Does he know who you are?
Just as this is an ongoing battle, I hope to continue to bring encouragement to you all in the coming months. As always, may the Lord bless and keep you and make his face to shine upon you and give you peace. In Christ, Josiah-Ministries
WALKING IN THE SHADOW OF THE GIANT SLAYER
The Bible speaks of King David more than any other of the kings in Israel and Judah. After he killed Goliath, he was taken in by King Saul and led the army to many more victories.
The women sang, “Saul has slain his thousands and David his ten thousands.’ (1Sam. 18:7)
From 1Samuel 16 to 2Samuel 24, and the first 2 chapters of 1Kings, we read of the life of David and his exploits. He is the king to whom all other kings are compared to. He is referred to as the “man after God’s own heart.” (Acts 13:22) Others are spoken about, good and bad, but David is spoken about the most.
As you read 1st and 2nd Samuel and 1st Chronicles 11-29, you can see God’s hand on David and David’s heart toward God. These chapters speak of many servants of David who did great things, yet very little of the details are reported. It would appear that very few of them tried to bring glory or credit to themselves (Absolon, Adonijah, Joab…) But overall not much is known of their of their service. 2Samuel 23 speaks of David’s mighty men. You read names like Adino, Eleazar, Shammah, Abisha, and others. David was a great king, but he didn’t do it on his own. The Lord was with him. The Lord brought many great men to serve under him making it possible to accomplish what David did. Goliath had 4 brothers, each one was killed by some of these men who little was written about. All of these servants were essential to David’s reign.
In the church today there are many great ministers of the Gospel, (preachers, teachers, etc.). God has raised them up and set them apart for His service. We know many of their names and testimonies. Behind these people are great men and women of God whom the Lord has called to support them.
In the book of Acts we see many servants of Christ “sent” throughout the known world, first to the Jews and then to the Gentiles. These believers were called by God, trained, set apart, and sent.
Steven and Phillip were examples of this. Both full of the Spirit and of wisdom. (Acts 6:1-6)
Steven and Phillip were, in a nutshell, busboys waiting tables, but the Lord was able to greatly use them. You have read sermons by Paul, Peter, Steven, but you don’t hear much from those who were with them. They were there in the background ministering.
Most Christians never get the opportunity to preach, teach, or lead worship, but that does not mean that they don’t have anything to offer. It also does not mean that what they have to offer is any less inspiring or Spirit filled. We serve a personal God who sees what we do in private and rewards us in private. Sometimes it’s just the peace of God or the still small voice saying, “Well done”.
In my life I have always been trying to prove myself before men and to prove my worth. I can’t explain it; maybe it’s the way I was raised or the circumstances in my life. Last year I was seeking the Lord for direction in ministry and the Holy Spirit gave me a vision of what I was doing at the time. At first it didn’t mean much, but as I thought about it, I heard the Holy Spirit say, “If this is all I have for you, is this enough?” I said, “Yes, Lord.” It meant not looking ahead hoping for what I didn’t have, but concentrating on the Lord’s work right where I was at.
It has been an amazing year with the Lord. Jesus has quietly used me to minister the Gospel like never before. I have watched Him save, heal, and deliver many people. I believe in an ever increasing relationship with Jesus. I expect to experience even more this coming year.
I am experiencing a time when I have been set free from trying to prove myself and justify myself before men. My hope/expectation is to see even more. It is the Lord who sees and knows how we serve Him. He is our rewarder. To hear the Lord say, “Well done good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your Master.” (Matt. 25:25)
Or, “Blessed is the slave whom the master finds so doing when he comes. Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions.” (Luke 12:44-45)
To those standing behind their giant slayer, be encouraged. The God who equips you for the battle is the same God who sees what you do and rewards you for all that you have done for Him. Focus on what is before you today and do not worry about what tomorrow brings. Don’t allow the accuser to come at you and belittle what you are doing. You have a calling that only you can fill each day. Focus on that.
I speak to the servants of the Lord who faithfully serve Him mostly out of sight. Your name and service are probably not known outside of your circle of friends and family, but God sees everything you do. He knows your heart. If you seek man’s approval or to be known by men, you will spend a great deal of time frustrated and disappointed. Know that God knows your name and sees all that you have done for Him. It should be enough to hear the Father say, “Well done good and faithful servant. Enter into your rest.”
In recent years I’ve learned that my name, face, or deeds may never be known outside of my family and friends, but that’s OK with me. God knows and that is all that counts.
You Are Not Alone In This Battle. If you have any prayer requests, leave them on our blog or email them to us. We would be honored to pray for you.
As you read through I and II KIngs and Chronicles. you can see that because of Israel's rebellion, judgment is unavoidable. There were a few Godly Kings, but overall things did not look good for Isreal or Judah. King Josiah was only 8 years old when he became King. His heart was right before the Lord and he began going through the land destroying the idols and their alters. I believe that Josiahs' obedience touched the heart of God and judgment was delayed 31 years while he was King.
The sins of our land are increasing and it would appear that judgment is unavoidable. But I believe that if the true remnant of God's people would humble ourselves, repent and pray, that God would look at our hearts and postpone judgment. Whether Christ return sooner or later, I pray that when He returns, he will find me doing my Fathers' business. The early church expected Christ to return in their lifetime. We should serve the Lord with that same mindset. I pray that these studies will encourage you to seek the Lord all the more as you see his return is near.
What brought us here
We have been serving the Lord for over 25 years. We have worked in childrens ministry, youth, street ministry, worship, preaching/teaching and most recently we are part the prayer team for Flames of Fire Healing ministry. Our desire is to encourage all we meet to push themselves to draw nearer to God. I have found that the best way is to seek Gods face. There is no shortcut, it only comes by time spent with the Lord.(reading the Bible, prayer, worship and some times just sitting before him. We hope that these materials will encourage you to go on further in your walk with the Lord. As we post lessons, feel free to email us with questions.
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