It’s important for us to fix our eyes on God and strive to never lose sight of His goodness and glory.
I am writing to let you know that in the midst of everything that’s going on in your life and the world that God can breathe life into what appears to be a dead situation. He can breathe life back into this world that to some appear to be hopeless. He can breathe life back into your, marriage, health, finances, relationships your faith and what-ever else you’re going through that may appear dead. He will if you allow him to by placing it into his hand and placing it on his shoulders through pray trusting that he has your best interest in his hands.
The blog is everything about stories from death to life and hope. Biblical hope looks to God’s character alone as the basis for trusting that the future will be better than the present.
I have found it helpful to remember another hard place, a place where a man faced a dead, barren valley, helpless to change anything on his own. In Ezekiel 37, we read that God himself set Ezekiel down in the middle of the valley of dry bones.
3 He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”
I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”
4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! 5 This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath[a] enter you, and you will come to life. 6 I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”
9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.
11 The Lord said: Ezekiel, the people of Israel are like dead bones. They complain that they are dried up and that they have no hope for the future. 12 So tell them, “I, the Lord God, promise to open your graves and set you free. I will bring you back to Israel, 13 and when that happens, you will realize that I am the Lord. 14 My Spirit will give you breath, and you will live again. I will bring you home, and you will know that I have kept my promise. I, the Lord, have spoken.”
Judah and Israel Together Again
The Lord said:
16 Ezekiel, son of man, get a stick and write on it, “The kingdom of Judah.” Then get another stick and write on it, “The kingdom of Israel.” 17 Hold these two sticks end to end, so they look like one stick. 18 And when your people ask you what this means, 19 tell them that I, the Lord, will join together the stick of Israel and the stick of Judah. I will hold them in my hand, and they will become one.
20 Hold these two sticks where they can be seen by everyone 21 and then say:
I, the Lord God, will gather the people of Israel and bring them home from the foreign nations where they now live. 22 I will make them into one nation and let them once again live in the land of Israel. Only one king will rule them, and they will never again be divided into two nations. 23 They will no longer worship idols and do things that make them unacceptable to me. I will wash away their sin and make them clean, and I will protect them from everything that makes them unclean. They will be my people, and I will be their God.
24-25 Their king will always come from the family of my servant King David and will care for them like a shepherd. The people of Israel will faithfully obey my laws. They and their descendants will live in the land I gave my servant Jacob, just as their ancestors did. 26 I solemnly promise to bless the people of Israel with unending peace. I will protect them and let them become a powerful nation. My temple will stand in Israel for all time, 27 and I will live among my people and be their God. 28 Every nation on earth will know that my temple is in Israel and that I have chosen the Israelites to be my people.
These were bones of Israel who died hopeless, cutoff and felt like their bones were dried up but God breathe new life into them so that they could live.
God made them live.
God, being rich in mercy, promised that he would restore Israel. He would give them life, fill them with his Spirit, make them his people. Isn’t that all we really want for our dreams? We want our dreams to be His, not just their motions. We want God’s kingdom to come in them and through them. We want to treasure Jesus above all things. And what was true for Ezekiel’s day is still true for ours. The life for which we long comes only from Him, the words of Christ.
I’m learning that faith is the most essential component of my life, but… Faith isn’t magic. I’m not suggesting that you should stand in your yard, demanding that God produce a bloom before your eyes. Pray for His blessing, then carry on in the messiness with the belief that He will respond.
Faith is active. God moves in us as we move with Him. We start with Him, in faith, then we move about completing His work. There are times when He calls us to stillness, to rest, but He will always move us from that place into action.
Faith yields clarity. The closer you draw near to God, the more you’re willing to humble yourself before Him, the more you’ll clearly see Him move. When He does, tell the stories. Not as a testament of your faith, but as a testimony of His faithfulness.
When you consider the reality that faith pervades every facet of your life, you’ll learn that God is in everything. And then, you’ll see with the eyes of faith. That is the place where dead things come to life. He breathes life into dead things
I’ve been in that place where I was surrounded by dead things. And I’ve learned that God is the only One who can bring dead things to life. He did it for His Son. He’s done it for me.
God’s story is one of overcoming insurmountable odds: giants falling, seas parting, and walls falling. While many would say that the Bible doesn’t apply to your life today, that it’s an old, religious book that is no longer relevant, I would argue otherwise.
Nothing in the Universe is set.
You still don’t believe.
When we are desperate or feel surrounded by darkness, when times are difficult and confusing—this is when it feels impossible to believe in the impossible, doesn’t it?
People tell you to pray and believe in a miracle, but your circumstances are telling you to be wary and skeptical. It’s hard to believe Jesus’ words, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matt. 19:26) But what if instead of believing in and hoping for a big miracle out there, you looked at the miracle that’s already happened inside of you?
Before Christ, we were sinners without hope for redemption. Redemption felt impossible, as did freedom. But Jesus made all of this possible. He says in Luke, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.” (Luke 4:18)
You heal the broken hearted
You set the captive free
You lift the heavy burden
And even now You are lifting me
During times of trial, we must retrace the steps of our faith journey and remember, God has already done the impossible in us through his son: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!” (Rom. 5:8-9) One word and the sinner’s forgiven because God does the impossible things. You are a captive set free. And that makes you walking proof that God can do impossible things, and that he will.
It’s never too late to remember who you are, it’s never too late to dream big dreams and discover that God loves you in ways you cannot yet imagine. To experience a transformed life of significance, freedom, and purpose; to rekindle those dreams that lay smoldering and forgotten – and to remember that with God, nothing is impossible.
Do you dare believe in a God who wants to make your dreams come true? It seems like there is no time to dream these days. Yet the Bible is full of dreamers―those who exchanged their old dreams for new ones, and those who received unexpected dreams from God that changed the course of history. Stories of real people, interwoven with biblical insight, to help you discover God’s dream for your life.