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Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! ( Ezekiel 37:4 )

Could it be that your next testimony is a prophecy away? The Bible says life and death are in the power of the tongue. The book of James calls it “a small part of the body that makes great boast” (see James 3:5). So there is so much good we could do with our tongue as much as evil. But today we want to talk about the good we could do with our tongues. Our commentary was introduced with a question, could it be that your next testimony is a testimony away? Usually what separates us from what we envision are, our words and our actions. The words we sow into our daily life is very important to our daily growth or stagnation. Ezekiel was confronted with some dry bones but instead of God doing something about the situation, He asks Ezekiel to prophecy to the bones. Now we must understand that prophecy is the word of God spoken out by man. It means repeating or reporting what God says. And so Ezekiel begun to do as God commanded him. Ezekiel told the dry bones to hear the word of the Lord. God created the world and all that is in it by the word of His mouth, as such every created thing knows and recognises the word of God when spoken. The only reason why any created thing would respond to a major change like the one Ezekiel was undertaking was the word of God. Speak the word of God to the circumstance of life confronting you. Say to that situation what God says and it would pay heed. The key is to speak consistently with the word.

Prayer_Bead: Creator of all things and sustainer of all. Teach me to realize that any situation that confronts me is an opportunity to manifest your glory to the world.

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God has a better army

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You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.'” ( 2 Chronicles 20:17)

Battles are always approached with strategic mental attitudes and planning; the ultimate goal being to win over perceived enemies. Usually, each side does an under cover investigation to know the man strength and amunition power of their opponents to prepare in advance. But here in Israel, at the time of King Jehosaphat, the army of Israel didn’t follow the laid out military protocols. They have been instructed by a prophet of God to follow a certain procedure he had disclosed to them. This was an approach foreign to their enemies—something that would naturally throw them out of course. They would have carried the battle from the physical sphere to a spiritual arena. As such their opponents were ill prepared for that kind of combat. The best way to win over any battle, even life’s battles is to change the battle plan and mode of engagement. That way the opposing group is thrown into confusion. You would then not have to fight just as the Israelites didn’t have to fight to conquer their enemies. All they did was to take their spiritual strategic positions as instructed by the prophet and then they stood firm [had faith]. They went out to face their enemies but not to fight them but to look upon their destruction. This is what happens when we fight our physical battles with spiritual arsenals. Stop fighting your battles by yourself. There is an army stronger than all the world’s armies ready to fight on your behalf. Engage them and let them do your bidding.

Prayer_Bead: Jehovah Overdo, thank you for the spiritual and physical provisions and supplies. I hand over my battles to you. As I take my position in praise, rise against my adversaries.

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God will stop the unstoppable

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So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. ( Joshua 10:13)

Five Kings of the Amorites came up against Gibeon and overpowered them in battle. And so the Gibeonites sent word to Joshua and his men to help them fight the Amorites. It was during this battle that Joshua prayed and the sun stood still like frozen water and the moon stood motionless like a statue. It may be quite difficult to appreciate this great miracle in our day because Science has convinced us that the sun is already stationary. But even if that were true,  then it means for the sun not to “move” in our scientific interpretation, we would understand that the earth did not revolve around the sun nor spin (rotate) on its axis for that number of hours [then—instead]. Making it rather a beautiful miracle. The reason for considering this scripture is to appreciate what length God would go to protect His name and glory. He did not want to disappoint His people so He had to come through for them. If God would make the sun stop for someone then He could and would make every scorching situation cease in your life. Anything that steals our joy and robs us of the peace of God is hereby stopped in Jesus’ name. God would do whatever He would do to display His glory and kindness to the world through us. Does your situation seem insurmountable? Call upon the God who surmounts the insurmountable, He who stops the lion’s mouth, calms the storms and speaks to fishes. He is the same God today.

Prayer_Bead: God of wonders and exceeding miracles, thank you for your sovereignty and power. Lord, do in my life what would demonstrate your glory and power to the world today.

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God will restore

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“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten–the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm–my great army that I sent among you. ( Joel 2:25)

Fortunately for us as believers, there is no apparent loss in our walk with God. Whatever we lose can be restored to us in a split second. There is a provision made available for us to chance upon when we experience a loss of any sort. The grace of God and the sovereignty of God is able to make the impossible possible. God is able to work through all our past pains and hurts and losses to bring us to where He wants us. And then when we get there, He is also able to restore unto us all we have lost. God made the above promise to His people that He would repay (restore) what His army had destroyed. So it means the destruction was permitted by God Himself. He allowed it in order to correct and reroute His people from going the wrong way. And then when they were awakened to the right path, He restores what was lost to them [now that they have found their way back to where He wanted them to be]. Beloved, whatever we have lost can be restored to us. But first of all, could it be that God has taken what He took in order to get our attention and to lead us to the right path? We need to exam ourselves to know why we experience the loss in the first place. After we discover the reason, we need to now align ourselves and then the restoration becomes automatic.

Prayer_Bead: Father of all lives, My God who called light out of darkness and the things which are not as if they were, please order my steps in your word and restore whatever I lost through disobedience and negligence.

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God alone has the answer

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He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “O Sovereign LORD, you alone know.” ( Ezekiel 37:3 )

The Lord had taken Ezekiel, the prophet into a valley full of dry human bones. And there in the valley the Lord asked him whether the bones could receive life and live again? Ezekiel responded thus, only God knew. Now that statement right there set the tone for what would happen next. Sometimes in a crisis, we make negative confessions. We say things out of fear or anxiety and such words go to hinder the outcome we would have hoped for. A typical example was a  statement made by an Officer of the King in 2Kings 7:19. He said God could not do anything about the famine crisis in Israel even if the floodgates were opened. You know the rest of the story. He actually saw the miracle happen but he didn’t partake of it because of his confession. But here, in the valley, Ezekiel made the right assessment of the situation and realized that he couldn’t help the situation thus only God could.  Whatever situation we are confronted by, we must always live in the consciousness that God knows all things and He can change any and every circumstance. Ezekiel could have said that “Ah Lord, you know these bones cannot live again, why bother me?” And that statement would have denied him the opportunity to see for himself the power of God at work. He wouldn’t have learnt these lessons from that experience too. God can get the best out of the worst. Remember He calls light out of darkness and order out of disorder and chaos. He is God over all things, both living and dead situations. Our assignment is to put our absolute trust in Him.

Prayer_Bead: Father of creation, thank you for your Sovereignty and your love for humans. I pray that you’d help me to trust you even against the odds as Ezekiel did.

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