Summary: God will breathe life into anyone who is willing to let the fire of the Holy Spirit burn in them.
Light the Fire
TEXT Ezek 37:1-14
The world is looking for God. Tragically and ironically they are looking in the wrong places. Sadly, as the world is looking for God, God’s people are asleep in their pews, asleep in religious traditions, lethargy and slothfulness .
CHURCH, IT IS TIME FOR REVIVAL!
We get what we pay for.
People today want revival without paying for it.
The cost of God’s super natural power moving in us and among us is so high that we feel it’s not worth all the effort to have it.
The spiritual needs of the world is great. Let me give you a list.
The world needs to know “how to” come to God and worship Him. The world needs to recognize the voice of God.
The world needs models of authentic Christian living. The world needs to see God in the lives of faithful Christians.
The world is being saturated with the word of God through all kinds of media but like the food that we eat, it does us no good until we get it inside of us.
The world needs to witness the power of God being demonstrated in the lives of people with an intimate relationship with Jesus. They need to know that God can solve their problems, meet thier physical, emotional, social and financial needs.
They need to be taught that “....seeking the kingdom and his righteousness, is how they get their needs met.
As I have informed you about what the needs of the world are, I believe that the church also has a great need.
Amidst all the prosperity in our nation today, there is a great famine in our land today and that is of God’s people personally communicating the Word of God to people lost or saved.
I think that we need a revelation of Christ, greater than we’ve ever had before.
We must have a revival of sincere repentance of sin.
Listen to 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves (the church today is too proud–the church should not led by outstanding people but by kneeling people) and pray and seek my face (we must hunger for God more than for food, entertainment or self satisfaction) and turn from their wicked ways, (not halfway, each one of us must repent, confess, be baptized, and be restored) then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
God will bring revival to our land, our people, the church, if we humble ourselves, pray and turn from our wicked ways. Church, it is time for revival!
God gives us a Visual Aid of Revival.
Ezekiel is a man of God confronted with a congregation of God’s people who are discouraged, displaced and spiritually dead. The circumstances were ripe for revival. As I believe that they are today.
God took Ezekiel to a mountaintop and gave him a visual aid of revival.
37 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,
2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.
3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.
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:
6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
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.
8 And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.
9 Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.
10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.
11 Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.