Do you have an old dream? Maybe it was earlier this year, or several years ago. You almost did not remember it, if you are being honest.
Sometimes, we venture out trying to accomplish what we dream … and fail. The dream dies. Its bones lay scattered in your soul, never to be picked up and hoped for again.
Except … when He gives a dream, He breathes.
As we usher in 2019, it is time to breathe on those dry bones, my brothers and sisters. It is time to call upon the power of the Lord to raise life from the dead things you have forgotten and cast aside.
Since I accepted Christ into my life, He has awakened the writer in me, the one He created who wrote stories and poems in her early elementary school days. There are several books I dream to write. Yet, discouragement sets in, tempting me to believe that book-writing is not my calling or His dream for me.
I want to share this hope, for you and for me.
The prophet Ezekiel had the absolute honor of speaking to the Jewish people through their trials of exile and providing hope for their restoration.
Can you imagine the awe in Ezekiel’s heart as he heard the actual clattering of dry bones (symbolic for the desolation of the land and scattering of the people) assembling together after God asked him:
“Son of man, can these bones live?” (Ezekiel 37:3).
Essentially, God is saying to us:
Is that thing you tried and failed gone forever?
Is that dream that nobody supports dead or can it live?
A humble response to Our Powerful God, Ezekiel (in that awe I imagine) says, “Sovereign God, you alone know” (37:3).
In reference to our past dreams and perhaps failures, it is only God who knows what our future holds.
Let us learn from this passage how to seek Him and be conduits for His power to revitalize what has been left for dead:
“Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the Word of the Lord!’” (37:4).
Oh, get your Bibles out and open to Ezekiel chapter 37!
Claim this promise for the “dry bones” in your life. Speak directly to dreams lost, buried, and broken:
“I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. 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,” (37:6).
Ezekiel obeys God, and then he hears the “rattling sound” and saw “tendons and flesh appear on them and skin covered them” (37:7-8).
Will I hear the sound of book pages flapping? Will I see the words fill up the screen?
What do you expect to hear and see as your dreams take shape and rise?
First, His breath.
God told Ezekiel to “prophesy to the breath” (37:9). God tells us how to do this:
“This is what the Sovereign Lord says, Come, breath from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live” (37:9).
For me and these unwritten books, I will lay out papers with their working titles and prophesy over them.
What in your life will you prophesy over? I cannot wait to hear 😊
Join me in a prayer to power forward into 2019:
Dear Most Gracious and Most Powerful God,
How can we ever thank You enough for Your living Word? How would we ever know Your instructions if it weren’t for these truths You breathed into the Bible for us?
Today, we honor Your strength and power in raising life from dead things: Your Son Jesus, our friend Lazarus, a young girl, an entire nation of Your people in Israel whom You saved and restored and gave back life.
Lord, help us trust that same power is in us. Lord, write out the testimonies You want the world to know by guiding us to breathe life into our forgotten and failed dreams.
Whether dreams of old or dreams of new, Lord, please give us trusted people to come alongside us to sharpen us as we live out our faith in You.
In Jesus Holy Name,
Wow! Thank you for all readers, new and faithful. What an awesome God we serve! If you have anything to share, feel free to start a conversation in the comments or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Without further delay, I pray you all have a peace-full entry into 2019!