Can you imagine walking in a valley with no-one else on your side but only dried bones in your sight, every direction you turn?
What would be your thoughts? Nothing to eat, no-one to comfort you or to reassure you, no fresh air to breathe but the air of death that surrounds you. You may think to yourselves, ‘I would probably die eventually as I am fed daily with the remains of dead things.’ And then you probably are thinking….’Oh well, thank God this valley of dried bones doesn’t exist in my life but that of Ezekiel’s.’ Look around you, look around your home, does everything have life in it, don’t you see a skull hanging on a rope some where? Okay, what about your plants, are they alive? Wat about your marriage, do you see the crumbs of dried bones or check your mind, do you have a valley of dead things?
The thing about our facade is that….it is not faithful to us……it cheats the relationship of our hearts and is only faithful to our outward mask, the facade is also a skull, a dried bone painted in our image, a counterfeit of what life is. We live our lives bearing witness daily with Persia and dancing with skulls in the clothing of Lazarus. Yet we ask,
‘When are we going to see our break through?’
‘When are we going to be healed?’ ‘When are we going to get that job of our desire?’
‘When are we going be able to finish our studies?’
‘When are we going to get that husband or wife?’
‘When are we going to enjoy our marriage again or our spouses?’
‘When, when, when?’
The real question is, ‘do you think death walks freely or was it commanded?’
God spoke and called Lazarus by name and commanded him to be awakened. God spoke. He spoke life as he believed in his powers to prophesy and changed atmospheres. God spoke to Ezekiel and said, ‘Ezekiel, go to the valley and prophesy these things.’ Ezekiel spoke!
The thing about prophesying is that, prophesying holds no communion with dead believes. Dead believes is the reproductive organs for dried mouth and an infertile tongue –Phoebe Robin-. God is saying as he calls fort Lazarus by name the same spirit that woke Lazarus from the dead God have annointed you with that power to step fort and call every dead situation in your life by name and prophesy. Speak the word, ‘Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live.’ God is saying, get up and rip every dead clothing off and break every grave. Throw out every facade, every mask, every scent of death and speak life. Put the flesh of God’s mighty words on every dried up bones and step fort as you believe in the power of life in the power of God that everything that has breath must praise God. We don’t worship a God that doesn’t need recognition, we worship a God that needs to be glorified, as a result speak life in every dead thing and awaken their position so even those things unspokenly in their moment of life, they may glorify the God of Ezekiel and the God of Lazarus and the people of God will now know; trust and believe the word of God, ‘And I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bring fruit: and I will settle you after your old estates, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I am the Lord.’
God is saying, command your valley of dried bones to be an army of life.