You Talking to Me? – Part 20

Any way you examine it, preaching to stones and dry bones is strange.

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Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 21, 24, 26, & 28 – And God said . . .

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Ezekiel, called one of the major prophets of Israel, and the reasons for that are numerous, not to mention the enormity of the Word he received from God of the insights into the realm of the Spirit and the times to come.  Take a moment today and read chapter 37 of Ezekiel.  It’s the story of the valley of dry bones.  It has been preached about again and again, and even songs have been written about it.  But if ever there was a “You talking to me?” moment, it was this event in the life of Ezekiel. 

Imagine, truly imagine yourself, in Ezekiel’s shoes.  Suddenly, you are whisked away from where you are to a place you’ve never been.  Before you is a valley full of dry bones; human bones.  As you look upon this scene of utter lifelessness, the Lord speaks to you.  The first thing He does is ask you a question; you, a natural person.  And the question is, “Can these bones can live?”  At that moment, Ezekiel is wise enough to know He doesn’t know, but one thing he DOES know is that God knows.  So, he responds with, “O Lord God, Thou knowest.” 

Then the Lord goes further by commanding Ezekiel to prophesy to the bones, and I’m sure you know the rest of the story.  Ultimately, all those dry bones stand up as a mighty army ready for battle.  While I am sure Ezekiel came quickly to a point of realization that God was doing a powerful thing through him, I am equally sure that at the beginning of this episode in his life, Ezekiel had a powerful “You talking to me?” moment. 

As I’ve repeated often in this series of writings, having a “You talking to me?” moment in your life does not have to be bad or evil.  We simply need to be able to recognize the source of creation of that moment.  There is really only two possible sources; light or darkness, good or evil, holy or unholy.  If the source is darkness, evil, and unholy, your response should already be chosen in your life.  Your response is a resounding “NO!”  If the source is light, good, and holy, your response is a resounding “YES!”  The difficulty one might face is in the determination of the source.  But even there, Holy Spirit has made a way for us to accurately identify the source, and by that identification, make the right decision.  That way provided to us by Holy Ghost is the Word of God.  Go to the Word, my friend.  The entrance of God’s Word into your spirit brings light, and in that light, revealed truth makes all such decisions fool-proof, blessed, and life giving.  You WILL have your own “You talking to me?” moments.  That is guaranteed in life.  The choice of how you respond is yours.  Selah!

Manna for Today – Genesis 1; Psalm 119:89; Proverbs 4:20-23; Mark 11:22-26; Romans 3:4