This past weekend at Ignite Church, I had the opportunity to preach from the text Ezekiel 37:1-14. To give a brief overview of the Scripture, Ezekiel had a vision where he saw many dry bones in the valley. It was a picture of utter defeat. With no hope of life, God’s Word rattled the bones and He breathed life back into those dry bones! What once was dead, was now alive, a vast army! Through these Scriptures, God pointed out 4 things we must do/have to see Him move in an incredible way. You must:
1. Have a desperate situation
God can only fill what is empty and he can only heal what is broken. I believe that when you have difficult circumstances, you are officially a candidate for God to move greatly on your behalf! The worse your situation is, the more opportunity you have for God to step into your mess and turn it in to a miracle.
A desperate situation is anything in your life that cannot be fixed by human hands. So what is your desperate situation? Is it that you have never experienced Salvation that only God can give? Is it a dead dream that you want God to raise to life? Is it a broken relationship? Is it a financial hole that you can’t seem to get out of? Identify your situation and begin asking God to put breath back into your desperate situation!
The best way to fix your desperate situation is to draw near to the ONE who can raise the dead to life!
2. Get Uncomfortable
If you want different results, you have to do things a different way. Insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Too often people never escape a lifestyle that is apart from God because they are comfortable in the life they have, even when they don’t like the results. Sometimes you have to step out into the unknown to experience God’s best for your life.
“Faith is believing in advance what will only make sense in reverse.” – Phillip Yancey
3. Make Some NOISE!
When God’s Word was spoken to these dry bones, they began to rattle and make noise! Too many “Christians” today are sitting on the sideline watching the game when Christ has called us to get IN the game and make some noise! How can you expect to change the world for the glory of God when the world doesn’t even know you’re there? God has not called you to fit in, he’s called you to STAND OUT!
Moses had a burning bush that distracted him so that he could meet with God. Church, we are called to be the burning bush to the world!
4. Live with POWER!
When God puts breath (the Holy Spirit) in you, you have a power that lives within you that is unstoppable! The same power that conquered the grave lives in you. When we can unleash the people of God with the presence of God for the purpose of God, we are unstoppable!
Are you ready to see God do incredible things in your life? If so, stop what you’re doing right now and begin to ask him to rattle your bones and put life back into the dead areas in your life!
When you want what God wants for the reasons He wants it, He will give you the desires of your heart.