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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Your life depends on God's power

Valley of Dry Bones in Ezekiel 37

Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of dry bones (Ezekiel 37:1-14) came to him after God had directed him to prophesy the rebirth of Israel (jy, jou gesin) in chapter 36. God had just announced, through the prophet, that Israel will be restored to her land in blessing under the leadership of “David, My servant [who] shall be king over them” (Ezekiel 37:24), clearly a reference to the future under Jesus Christ the Messiah, descendant of David (Isaiah 7:14, 9:6-7; Luke 1:31-33). However, this seemed remote in light of Israel’s present condition (your marriage, relationships, finances, illness, hardness of heart, etc).  She was “dead” as a nation, deprived of her land, her king and her Temple. She had been divided and dispersed for so long that unification and restoration seemed impossible. So God gave Ezekiel the vision of the dry bones as sign.

God transported Ezekiel—probably not literally, but in a vision—to a valley full of dry bones and directed him to speak to the bones. Ezekiel was to tell the bones that God would make breath enter the bones and they would come to life, just as in the creation of man when He breathed life into Adam (Genesis 2:7). Ezekiel obeyed, the bones came together, flesh developed, skin covered the bones, breath entered them and they stood up in a vast army. This vision symbolized the whole House of Israel (u and your family) that was then in captivity (sinaddictions, lies, etc).  Like unburied skeletons, the people were in a state of living death, pining away with no end to their judgment in sight. They thought their hope was gone and they were cut off forever. The surviving Israelites felt their national hopes had been dashed and the nation had died in the flames of Babylon’s attack with no hope of resurrection.

The reviving of the dry bones signified God’s plan for Israel’s future national restoration. The vision also, and most importantly, showed that Israel’s (u, your family) new life depended on God’s power and not the circumstances of the people. Putting “breath” by God’s Spirit in the bones showed that God would not only restore them physically but spiritually as well. The Israelites residing in Palestine today are not the fulfilment of this prophecy. It will be fulfilled when God re-gathers believing Israelites to the land (Jeremiah 31:33, 33:14-16) and Christ returns to establish His Millennial Kingdom (Matthew 24:30-31).

Speak life into your 'dead situations', envision growth, healing, restoration by depending on God's power to bring forth life in every situation.

Friday, 24 January 2014

Success 4 the upright

He (the Lord) holds success in store for the upright
(decent, honest, moral, upstanding, righteous, honourable, reliable, trustworthy)

~ Prov 2:7

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Laws vs Grace

A Famous sheep farm in Australia has no fences. Many people ask why the sheep never run away. The farmer simply answers, “We’ve built a big waterhole in the middle of the farm, and the sheep don’t want to go far from it”. God draws us to Himself and changes us not through laws (fences) but through grace (the waterhole). Laws try to force us to be good, while graces makes us want to be good. Grace means there is nothing we can do that will make God loves us more. And there is nothing we can do that will make Him love us less.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Word makliker

Vir hierdie jaar 2014....

As jou woorde nie sagter is en jou dade meer liefdevol omdat jy agter Jesus as Heer aanstap nie, dan is jou volg-afstand te groot.

Loop naby genoeg aan die Man van Nasaret dat sy stof gedurig op jou eie voete spat.

Loop naby genoeg aan die Here sodat Sy liefde vir God en mense afgee op jou.

Dan verander jy al hoe meer in die regte Rigting.

Dan volg jy Jesus tot daar tussen al Sy gunsteling mense wat vandag hemelse brood en water benodig.

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