Faith
Wednesday Sept 19, 2007
Hartsville News Journal
Page 6A
FAITH COMMENTARY
"The dead can live again"

Can the dead return to life again? To find the answer you go to Ezekiel 37:1 and 37:3 KJV where you see God instructing Ezekiel to perform this task.

    [1] The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,

    [3] And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest.

Ezekiel does not doubt God as he stands ready to obey His command. In Ezekiel 37:4-5 KJV you read:  

    [4] Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.

    [5] Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:

These dead bones belong to the living! They are spiritually dead as God instructs Ezekiel to prophesy and preach His spiritual life into them. The Word seems to do just that…give spiritual life.

Ezekiel 37:7 KJV shows that Ezekiel listens to God:

   [7] So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.

Listening to God with understanding brings about a shaking that lets you know you’re alive…spiritually!

 The graves release the dead! Ezekiel 37:13-14 KJV shows you that God’s Word brings spiritual life to us:

    And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, [14] And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it, saith the Lord.

Through His Word, God’s Spirit brings life into you. He promised it, Ezekiel preached it and you receive it. When God declares something, you can be put it in the bank.

God will deliver on His promise of life to you but first you must ask yourself a question: Are you looking for it and are you prepared to receive it?

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Pastor Billy Johnson can be reached by email at billy@lakeshorebible.info or viewed online at www.lakeshorebible.com