Bone Dry

‘Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: 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.’”’ [Ezekiel 37:4-6 NIV]

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God is the God of the impossible! And what a relief that is. Sometimes life sucks us dry. Sometimes we feel like we have nothing left to give. We can feel a bit like the valley of dry bones Ezekiel saw. When God asked him, ‘Can these bones live?’ Ezekiel said, ‘Lord, only you know.’ I imagine his head was telling him ‘there is no way!’ but his faith had just an inkling that it might be possible.

There are times when we think, ‘there is no way anything good can come of this mess.’ But, God is a miraculous God. He can bring water from a rock. He can part the sea. He can make mountains move. It seems his specialty is making Something out of Nothing.

If we put our burnt out, dried out, depleted spirit into His hands, we can trust Him to perform a miracle. He can breathe life into any dried up, empty shell. And not just give it life either, but make it strong and victorious.

With that, I want to encourage you today. If you feel a bit like that, like you’ve got nothing left, spend some time soaking Him in — worship, pray, read the Bible — He will restore you to full vigour. Believe it!

Published in: on 17th September, 2012 at 10:19 am  Comments (4)  
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Always There

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” [2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV]

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King Solomon built a temple for the Lord’s presence to dwell in. On the day he dedicated it amidst great celebration and worship, he prayed that God would abide there. He prayed that if the people ever found themselves far from Him through their sin, or in trouble and desperate, if they would look towards the temple and call on the name of the Lord, He would answer them, deliver them, forgive them and heal them.

God honoured Solomon’s prayer by making the above promise. He said, “My eyes and my heart will always be there.”

Now, the temple of the Lord is within us and that promise remains. His eyes and heart are always with us. So, when we ever find ourselves in those dark times, if we’ve fallen away through sin, if we’ve turned our back because of discouragement, we can still know that our Saviour is only a whisper away.

If you are at the end of your rope, all you need to do is call on Him, humbly and earnestly, and He will be there in a heartbeat. He waits on you to turn to Him. That is my encouragement today — He is never far away, in fact, He is as close as your shadow.

Published in: on 30th May, 2012 at 4:22 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Little Faith

Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.” [Matthew 20:20-22 NIV]

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The disciples saw Jesus perform many miracles, and yet, when He had compassion on a large crowd and told them to feed the multitude, they thought it was impossible — and they had even seen Jesus miraculously feed a huge mob once before. They scratched around for food and only came up with a handful of loaves.

The Israelites saw miracle after miracle in the desert as they travelled, yet they still cried “what are we going to do?” whenever things became difficult. They went back to the thought that they would have been better off in Egypt.

To the disciples, Jesus often said, “oh, ye of little faith.” To the Israelites, God often said, “you are a stiff-necked people.” I wonder what He would say to me…

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I have been challenged over this the last few days. If the Lord is truly Number One in my life, should I not go to Him first when something goes wrong? Instead, if I or one of my children is sick or hurt, I run for the medicine cabinet. Or, if I lose something, I spend ages searching the whole house in frustration. It seems I only go to the Lord as a last resort, when I can’t fix it myself.

Should it not be the other way around? Should I not go to Him first for answers or healing? Would He shake His head at me with a loving smile and say “oh, ye of little faith”? I suspect He would. And so, I will endeavour to change my thought process and go to Him first.

What about you? Where do you go to first? Do you try to fix things yourself or with man’s solutions, or do you go straight to the Lord in prayer?

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” [Mark 11:24 NIV]

Published in: on 13th March, 2012 at 9:45 am  Comments (2)  
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