One major portion of scripture that really hit me awhile back was Ezekiel 36:22-38 God was promising to cleanse me, to wash me from my impurities, and to put a new heart within me. My heart was a disgusting, dirty, broken one and so the thought of a new, whole, clean one from God was a beautiful thing. How I missed verse 27 is still a joke to me, haha. But here’s what it says:
And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.
Bam. There it is.
But what I want to talk about today is the next chapter. Because, you see, God was preparing me. He was bringing me along in my journey. I was learning these promises and desiring them. I wanted Him to move me. I wanted Him to guide me and to help me to keep His laws. I wanted to soar with Him. I wanted to walk on Water.
Now that I’ve gotten to that place where He’s teaching me that I can actually do all of those things, He’s given me His Spirit in a heavy dose and He’s teaching me how to walk in Newness of Life, I’m realizing something. I’m realizing that there are too few Christians who walk in this Newness of Life. We all spend our time trying to work out our salvation on our own. Yes, we are to work out our salvation, but not without a Trainer. We don’t work out without a Trainer in this department, kids. You have to rely on Christ. You have to rely on His Spirit within you. We cannot do this on our own! But I digress.
Ezekiel 37 is all about the dry bones coming to life. God’s words brought them to life. God is bringing us to Life today, guys. He is raising us up. But one thing I want to point out here is: the bones were dead first.
Wow, go Hannah! You know dry bones are dead, WOO! Preach it. :P Yeah, yeah okay. Give me a second. The bones were dead. Death always precedes Life in our Spiritual walk. Always.
Galatians 2. Romans 6. There are many more passages, inbox me and we’ll dig in deeper! But the point is we have to die to ourselves. We have to. The flesh and the Spirit cannot coexist.
I got to the point where I laid down everything again. I was sick of my flesh; yes, I was scared but I grabbed onto the promise that God is always good and that His promises never fail. It took faith. It took being so frustrated with my own flesh that I had no other choice than to jump out of my boat of fear and self and pride and get on the Water. Do you hear me? Do you see what I’m saying?
When we die to ourselves and put it all on the altar HE comes with New Life. Better life!
This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make Breath (aka: THE SPIRIT) 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.” (vs. 5-6)
Let go of whatever it is that is keeping you from dying to yourself. Because it’s not worth it. That relationship you’re afraid He’s going to take away? Have you ever considered it’s not going anywhere anyways? That hurt in your heart that just paralyzes you? Have you ever considered that He is our Healer and He delights in holding your heart, in fixing your brokenness? Why do you not trust Him? Why won’t you let go?
Let go and let Him come. It is the call for this generation. It is the hope for our hearts and lives. It is the only way we will find healing and see people come to Christ. Go to Jesus, accept His Spirit, and die to yourself. It’s not as gruesome as you’re thinking it is. You’re really not being a martyr. You’re laying down something that’s iiight, in order to receive something that is beyond incredible.
C’mon now. Abundant life is waiting. :)