The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2 He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. 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.’”
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8 I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.
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.
In most cases when we hear preaching from Ezekiel 37 it is used to speak about of the Power of God: Reviving, Resurrecting, Restoring.
1. It shows us how our God can move into the graveyard of our lives and resurrect dreams and visions,
2. And how He can step into the middle of your chaos and confusion and he can bring order and peace.
We see God take nothing and through the process of hearing the Word of God and the operation of the Holy Ghost turn nothing into something great and powerful.
Then we close the bible and shout about the miracle in the valley of dry bones, and then go home.
But I want to start this message where we usually stop.
I don’t want to preach about the dry bones and I’m not here to prophesy to dry bones today, but (I am here to prophesy to the children of God.)
I want to preach to a group of men and women, under every condition and circumstance of life that God has called and anointed and appointed for such a time as this.
· I’m not speaking today to the depressed and distressed,
· I’m not speaking to the fretful and fearful,
· And I’m not speaking to the wounded and worried.
I don’t mean to sound uncaring, because I do care—-but God has focused my spirit on another class of people today.
My message today is not to the dry bones, but to the Army of God.
There’s not that many in contrast to the valley of dry bones, but in every city, in every church there are a select few that have answered the call of the Spirit to come up to a higher place.
· I’m talking about the Army of the Lord.
· They are a rare breed of people who have learned to be soldiers.
We’ve got a lot of Saints in the church, but we don’t have a lot of Soldiers.
We have a lot of Saints holding the fort, but we don’t have many Soldiers possessing the land.
God said: It’s time for the Army of the Lord to come to attention,
A. the adversity is great,
B. the conditions are hard
C. But we were created for the battle) we are Armed and Dangerous.
There will always be dry bones that need a prophet who will see the plan of God and prophesy and bring restoration and transformation.
I’m here to preach to you the children of God and I believe God wants to tell us this is our time — our Hour of Power.
God has brought divine order into your life, He said He has strengthened you and nourished you by his word and the wind of his Spirit has filled your lives and stood you up on your feet and now it’s time for you to fulfill your purpose.
You are God’s hands and feet in the earth, you are the agents of change and deliverance in the earth.
It was said of the early church: They have turned the world upside down.
It was God’s mighty power flowing through humble vessels that threw down
Satan’s strongholds and rose up and established the kingdom of God.
The mantle has fallen upon this generation the mantle has fallen upon us.
(Smith Wigglesworth is not here anymore, Charles Finney and John Wesley and Maria Woodworth Etter and Many other great Men and Women of God are not here anymore)
It’s our turn now to pick up the banner and run with it.
We are those who have been anointed to break through and set the captives free, we are anointed to bring deliverance to the bound and oppressed.
God said in Jer 51:20-21 “You are my war club, my weapon for battle— with you I shatter nations, with you I destroy kingdoms 21 with you I shatter horse and rider, with you I shatter chariot and driver,
Isa 41:15 Behold I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: Thou shalt thresh the mountains and beat them small and shall make the hills as chaff.
(Having Teeth) That means we’re not all talk, that means we have the power to back it up.
1Co 4:20 For the Kingdom of God is not in word but in Power
Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive Power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.
Wherever the Kingdom of God is, there will be a manifestation of the Power of God
Rom 14:17 For the Kingdom of God is not in meat and drink, but righteousness peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.
Then listen to what Jesus said:
Lu 17:21 nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.
We are the Children of God we have been delivered from the hand of the enemy; we’ve been washed in the blood of the lamb and filled with the Holy Ghost and Power.
God did not call us into his service and send us into warfare without weapons.
First of all God has given us his Armor (we find that in Eph 6:13-18)
Then the Bible tells us he has given us weapons that are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds and the casting down of imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. Bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. 2 Cor 10:4-5
I want to tell you today that In this battle and in this warfare, (We have the advantage) we have been given weapons that the devil has no defense against.
*We have the power of the name of Jesus) the name that is above every name in the three worlds.
Philip 2:9 -11 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father
Mk 16:17-18 and these signs shall follow them that believe; (In my name) shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
And we have the power of the blood of Jesus
There’s protection thru the blood There’s healing thru the blood There’s deliverance thru the blood
There’s cleansing for your conscience thru the blood there is access into the presence of God thru the blood
There is overcoming power thru the blood and they overcame him by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony.
And we have the power of the word of God.
1. The same word that God used to create the universe.
2. The same word that Jesus used to cast out devils and heal the sick, to open blind eyes and unstop deaf ears) we have that same word.
That word is eternal. When we use that word it’s the same as if Jesus himself were standing here speaking it.
There is healing power in the word there is delivering power in the word
Psalms 107:20 He sent his word and healed them and delivered them from all of their destructions.
When the devil attacked Jesus in the wilderness he overcame him with the word of God.
The Power that defeated the devil was the word of God in Jesus mouth.
It is written. (Matt 4:3-10)
We have the weapon and the power of Praise:
· Praise is such a powerful weapon that even a prison couldn’t hold the ones who dared to praise God in their midnight hour.
· Praise will knock down walls Praise will open prison doors
· Praise will set captives free Praise will bring divine assistance in your battle
· Praise will confuse your enemies
We have the power of Prayer and Fasting these are two powerful tools that we often neglect.
Isa 58:6 tells us the power in a fast is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
Prayer is powerful but fasting multiplies and magnifies the power and the effect of prayer.
Then we have this powerful communication system that the devil can’t understand.
We have the weapon of Praying in the Holy Ghost (praying in Tongues)
When we pray in English/Portuguese or our native tongue, the devil can track us on his radar but when we start praying in the Spirit, (Praying in Tongues), we disappear off his radar, and we become invisible.
You are called— you are chosen—- you are anointed
Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world…. 1Jn 4:4
A. The devil underestimated you, the devil underestimated us:
B. We are not some weak kneed, defeated, discouraged, beat down, head hanging in the dirt, bunch of believers just trying to hold the fort till Jesus Comes.
We are the anointed children of God and we can Possess the land.
Lu 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Matt 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Lu 9:1-2 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
All three of these scriptures describe an army on the move,
1. Advancing, marching in power and authority,
2. Treading down every enemy, every devil,
3. Every sickness and every disease,
4. Breaking through every obstacle and every hindrance.
That’s the church as God sees it
We’re not going in our own authority or our own power, but we are going in the name of Jesus and the power of the Holy Ghost.
There should be an anointing rising up in here right now.
We need to feel the breath of God breathing new life into us.
The devil may have hit you (physically, emotionally, financially, he hit your family) he hit you where it hurt and knocked you down.
But You’re up again: You’re standing on your feet again, You’ve got your breath back, You’ve got your fire back and you’ve got your faith back