As I’ve been pondering the power of words I realized that I can speak words that seem true from my perspective, but are they truth? I have seen there is a difference between what I believe is true and what God says is truth.
If this is so, can I limit the outcome of my situations by relying on what I believe to be true?
Do I limit my life by speaking words within my own understanding, within my own experiences?
God took Ezekiel to the valley of dry bones; and as Ezekiel looked around God asked him if those bones could live again. I find Ezekiel’s answer profound. Ezekiel didn’t give an answer with words from his own understanding; He didn’t answer with words from an earthly perspective. Obviously in the physical realm there was no way those dry, dead bones could live again. But Ezekiel chose instead to answer, “You alone know the answer to that.” He realized there was a truth that went beyond possibility in the physical realm. His answer left room for God’s truth to come forth. It didn’t put limits on what could happen, and it allowed for God to speak to him about the dry bones.
Ezekiel’s answer invited God to decide what could take place in that valley, what could become of those dry bones.
And so God answered and told Ezekiel to speak His word over the dry bones.
“So I spoke this message, just as he told me. Suddenly as I spoke, there was a rattling noise all across the valley. The bones of each body came together and attached themselves as complete skeletons. Then as I watched, muscles and flesh formed over the bones. Then skin formed to cover their bodies, but they still had no breath in them.
Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to the winds, son of man. Speak a prophetic message and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, O breath, from the four winds! Breathe into these dead bodies so they may live again.’”
So I spoke the message as he commanded me, and breath came into their bodies. They all came to life and stood up on their feet—a great army. Ezekiel 37:7-10
Oh the mighty power of God’s truth, God’s words of life spoken through the mouth of a man!
By looking to God for the answer Ezekiel was ready and available to be God’s spokesman. He was anticipating God’s answer and was obedient to speak the words God gave him. Because of this he witnessed a most amazing miracle!
How often have I looked at a situation in my life that was just like those dead, dry, scattered bones and thought, “There is no way those bones can live again!”?
How often have I based my belief, my answer, my expectations, on what I saw in the physical realm?
How often have my words of death, based on my own understanding and past experiences, kept me from the life God intends for me?
How many miracles have I missed out on?
What if…we would respond as Ezekiel did when we face dead, dry situations in life?
What if…when we look over the dead, dry bones we don’t consider the impossibility of the situation?
What if… we don’t limit our belief based on what we see?
What if… we don’t speak words of death based on our own understanding and past experiences?
What if we look at our dead, dry situations and choose to look up to God and say to Him,
“You alone know the answer to that.”?
What would it look like to allow God alone to speak into our dead situations? What if we would wait on Him to guide our thoughts, to form our words, to direct our paths? What miracles would we get to experience as God breathed life into our dead situations?
Lord, please forgive me for my fear from what I see, for my doubt when facing this dead, dry, situation. Lord, forgive me for limiting You with my words of death, for responding in my own understanding, for taking control to find answers on my own.
Lord, I choose to allow You to determine what You want to do in this impossible situation. I acknowledge that You alone know the answer. Please put Your words of truth, Your words of life, into my mouth that I may speak according to Your will.
I believe You have a greater purpose in what I am facing and I want the fullness of all You have planned. I believe there is an army rising up on the other side of this situation filled with life and with power that will gain much victory for the kingdom of God!
Thank You, Lord, for Your forgiveness, for Your grace and, for Your mighty power that will bring about an incredible miracle for Your glory and praise! Amen.
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” Ephesians 3:20