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Dry Bones

I am typically a pretty joyful (easily excitable) person. But I’ll admit that there are times in my life when all I feel is apathy. I somehow lose my awe and wonder over who God is and what He has done. It isn’t always a result of sin – sometimes I just feel dry, parched, empty... Can you relate?
 
We sang a song in church recently that caught my attention:
 
As we call out to dry bones come alive, come alive
We call out to dead hearts come alive, come alive
Up out of the ashes let us see an army rise
We call out to dry bones, come alive

 
It reminded me of Ezekiel 37 where God gave the prophet a vision of a valley of dry bones:
 
Then He said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.  Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live.  And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord.” Ezekiel 37:4-6
 
God breathed life into old, dead bones – He covered them with flesh and made them LIVE again! Amazing! If you are feeling a bit like dry bones today, can I challenge you: ask the Lord Your God to breathe life into you again!

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Necessary Armor

“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil… Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day and having done all, to stand firm… In all circumstances … praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints…” Eph. 6:11-18

Life is hard, but as Christians, we’re not defenseless. Ephesians 6 contains the famed “armor of God” and it’s what we need to stand and withstand and stand firm. This isn’t a weak little cowering behind some flimsy man-made “look on the bright side” silver lining. The weapons we fight with have divine power to destroy strongholds (2 Cor. 10:4). 

What strikes me is how complete and comprehensive this armor is. The complete passage tells us we have a belt of truth, breastplate of (Christ’s) righteousness, shoes of peace, helmet of salvation, shield of faith, and sword of the Spirit (which is God’s word). We’re covered, in more ways than one. It’s the whole armor of God, not just a few random scraped-together pieces. They all have a role and a purpose and we need it all.

The other thing that strikes me is that the armor can be used in all situations. Every single one. The word “all” is used seven times in as many verses. I think God is trying to tell us something! Having done all. In all circumstances. Praying at all times. With all prayer and supplication. All perseverance. Making supplication for all the saints. I love that last one. Lest we get all fired up with our own armor and our own abilities, let’s not forget: we’re in this together.

Let’s pray that the whole of God’s people (all of us) understands the armor of God more fully, and uses it. We need it.

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