A Rebirth Through The Valley of Dry Bones – Part 6

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APPLICATION

At some point in each and every person’s life, they will discover their own personal Babylon, that one thing that keeps them captive. For some it will be drugs and alcohol, for others, it may be food, finances, family and yet in others their home, car or career maybe even something from your childhood continues to hold you back. Regardless of who you are what your position in life is you will have a Babylon that needs to be conquered. For Israel, it took losing everything they had and held dear: the Promised Land, the temple, and their national unity. This was everything that made up the nation of Israel’s identity. Those personal issues can hold you back and make you believe that there is no hope, that you are dried bones, or make you figuratively or in some cases literally “cut off ” from everything and everyone that holds value within your life. This can even include God. The nation of Israel had given up all hope all hope even in God’s love.

God, however, had a different plan, a plan of restoration. Hope can be restored for the person going thru their personal Babylon thru God alone. The restoration truly can be from anything. Nothing is too big for God to handle. Let’s look at it; in the vision, God raised dry bones. Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. God breathed into man’s nostrils and life began. As every individual does thru their Babylon they must stay faithful, it is easy to be tempted to stray and begin to believe that you are insignificant to God and that He has abandoned you, but we must realize it is a lie. God cared so much for each and everyone that he sent his own son, to be crucified and die, so that all who would believe would be saved. Belief is what brings on restoration. Without belief there is none. God is willing to lead us out of Babylon if we just give him our hand. If we continue to pray and worship him he will restore us to a life free of a personal Babylon. He will do it because of his love for each one of us and to bring glory and honor upon Him. Then we can witness to all of exactly what God has done in our lives.

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A Rebirth through the valley of dry bones – part 1
A Rebirth through the valley of dry bones – part 2
A Rebirth through the valley of dry bones – part 3
A Rebirth through the valley of dry bones – part 4
A Rebirth through the valley of dry bones – part 5
A Rebirth through the valley of dry bones – part 6

 

Author: Chris Flees

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