Summary: A Warning is a good thing as it send us back on the right road. You can also listen at www.preaching.co.nr
I want to bring a message today from a passage of scripture that someone in the fellowship woke with and was overwhelmingly convicted to send to me.
It was Eze 37:1-14, the vision of the “Valley of Dry Bones.”
Background & Revelation for Israel
This vision came during the time of Israel’s captivity under Babylon. It brought a revelation of the condition of God’s people but also a promise of restoration and release. This is God’s amazing grace. However low we go, however spiritually dry we become, even if we are dead spiritually, God is always prepared to restore. The explanation of the vision is clearly in the later part of the passage. (See end of the Notes for more on background)
I have been asking the Lord, “how does this vision of the valley of dry bones apply to us at ECC?” Are we a heap of dry bones? Are we lifeless? Are we dead? I believe the Lord answered in my heart and said “NO!”
This Word from the Lord may be a warning to us,
a warning that we can easily and quickly become dry & lifeless at ECC or in our personal spiritual walk with Lord.
Life in a church is not about being loud and lively; I have been to some lively funerals but it’s still the burial of the dead.
Life in church is about reproduction, sheep giving birth to sheep, and if we don’t reproduce we’ll die out.
Dryness in church is not the dull delivery of sermons; it is an absence of the activity of the Holy Spirit.
Hope in Hopelessness
In the midst of this warning, God is also bringing a message of hope to those who have become dry & lifeless in their spiritual walk.
The process of Becoming Dry Bones
1. Famine, is simply the result of there not being enough food. However, the UN tells us that the world produces enough food to feed everyone, so sometimes famine in a nation is self-imposed because of political corruption.
I have found that even where there is good spiritual food, because of a person’s bad behaviour or bad attitudes, they don’t like the good spiritual food that will nourish them. They would rather have something that will justify their bad behaviour or attitude.
It is important that if we are to avoid becoming dry bones, we feed on the food that is provided in this house and avoid a self-imposed spiritual famine.
2. Fruitless, without good spiritual nourishment we become fruitless or we produce bad fruit.
The fruit that should come from our lives is “good works” Col 1:10, “soul winning” Rom 1:13 “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Gal 5:22-23
A fruitless fruit tree is of no value.
Luke 3:9 "Indeed the axe is already laid at the root of the trees; so every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire."
John 15:2 "Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.
John 15:6 "If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned