Ezekiel and the Valley of Dry Bones
If you’re familiar with the Bible you’re perhaps familiar with Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of dry bones from Ezekiel 37:1-10. The LORD instructed Ezekiel to prophesy to the dry bones and so the prophet spoke to them in place of the LORD: “I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life” (verse 5) and “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” (verse 6). Notice that he spoke “breath” into the bones twice. The bones came together with tendons, flesh and skin, but they still had no breath. So the LORD instructed Ezekiel further:
“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.
Two things stand out. First, although the LORD said he would make the bones come to life with tendons, flesh, skin and breath, it didn’t automatically happen. Ezekiel had to speak it into being. If Ezekiel hadn’t spoken the Word of God over the dry bones they would not have come to life. This testifies to the power of words. Proverbs 18:21 says that “the tongue has the power of life and death” and Jesus also noted the incredible power of words spoken in faith (Mark 11:23). Furthermore, Hebrews 11:3 says that “the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” You see? Words have the power to create and resurrect when spoken in faith! This is how Dirk received his healing for his knee in 2013 (see the video Can I Recieve a Healing?).
Secondly, notice that Ezekiel only had to speak once for the tendons, flesh and skin to manifest but three times (altogether) for the breath to materialize. So if you’re speaking in faith for something that the LORD has put on your spirit, don’t give up if it doesn’t immediately manifest! Dirk had to repeatedly speak healing over his knee before it materialized. In fact, it took four months! The Bible repeatedly emphasizes that it’s not just through faith that we inherit what is promised, but through faith and patience, which is perseverance (Hebrews 6:12). So don’t give up!
In light of what the Bible blatantly says, I find it odd when believers say things like, “I don’t believe in that faith stuff!” They say they don’t believe? Like Jesus said, “Be it to them according to their faith.”
– Carol Waren
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