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December 11, 2021 5:00 am
Dry bones, come alive! Evangelist Michael Bowen preaches on Ezekial 37: 1-14 and the Valley of Dry Bones, encouraging you to let God make your dry bones comes alive with His Ruach, his power - his very wind, breath, and Spirit!
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Join Truth Network in supporting gospel for Asia gift firstname.lastname@example.org and click on the Christmas critter campaign hello this is Matt slick from the match look like podcast right defend the Christian faith and lay out our foundation of the truth of God's word chosen Truth Network podcast is starting in just a few seconds. Enjoy it, share it, but most of all, thank you for listening and for choosing The Truth Podcast Network. This is the Truth Network, the resurrection power of Jesus Christ absently transforming and restoring life, making all things in this power; to hell God is hello and thank you for tuning in this podcast breaks the chain's ear microphone and I pray that the Lord blesses you greatly and you received this word in love and in truth, this podcast is dry bones come alive. And I really enjoy this message today because were to be reading out of the book of Ezekiel and referencing the valley of the dry bones and and I relate to this greatly because in my life at one time my life was a valley of dry bones and I was addicted to drugs and I and I could not stop using them and I will my life was devastated and in ruins, and I found myself in prison and so I really relate to this being somebody who was just lying there in in in death and in despair and in so I can relate to the valley of dry bones and am very passionate about this message and I'm just going to speak to you today and I want to just open up your hearts and receive this word, and there may be some dryness in your life you may have some disappointments. Some despair may have lost a loved one may walk away from the Lord may not even know the Lord and and you feel like your life is dry and what's the point what's the purpose in this message is for you.
Hallelujah in the book of Ezekiel chapter 37 start in verse one and go through verse six the hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the midst of the valley and it was full of bones. Any cause me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many an open valley and indeed there were very dry and he said to me, Son of Man can these bones live so I answered a Lord you know again he said to me, prophesied to these bones and say to them all dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones, surely I will cause breath to enter into you and you shall live. I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you and you shall live then you shall know that I am the Lord, I ask you right now what is this breath that they're referring to in this piece of Scripture.
This breath is the Holy Spirit.
This breath is rock in the tannic, which is the Hebrew Bible, the word rock generally means when breath mind or spirit. Now there's another definition that I like very much the basic meaning of rock is both wind or breath, but neither is understood as essence.
Rather, it is the power encountered in the breath and the wind did you hear that it is the power that is in the breath in the wind. The block is the power encountered in the spirit of God hallelujah.
Acts 18 says, but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit is come upon you, and you shall be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, and all today and Samaria and to the end of the earth in your mind right now see a picture of a mighty forest standing tall full of trees giant big trees with big branches and leaves. Now see a mighty wind storm blowing through the forest blowing through the trees and see the wind uprooting and knocking down all the trees and are falling down or coming crashing down and are being uprooted. Look at the devastation that is left in its wake is the storm passed through.
You see all the trees are uprooted by the great winds. Now think about this. What was it did not down all of those trees was at the land I say no, it was not the win. If it wasn't the win. Whether what was it, it wasn't the wind that knocks down the trees. It is the power in the wind that knocks down the trees. Ezekiel 37 verse six, God says I will put breath in you. I will put my Roulac and you. I will put my power in you and you shall know I am Lord, you will know Jesus is Lord when he puts his spirit in you is he putting in his disciples in the upper room on the day of Pentecost after he promised that he would. Jesus told his disciples to Terry wait in Jerusalem for the promise of the father, they would be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now I know Jesus is Lord because he put his spirit in me when I surrender my life to him on a prison shop floor after being addicted to drugs for 25 years. He put his Roulac in me. He put his power in me.
He put his holy spirit in me. He kept his promise in his word to me and have been changed.
No longer my slave to sin and addiction. I'm now spirit filled disciple of Jesus Christ and witness to the end of the earth because of the promise God made to me. John 1415 through 18 says these the words of Jesus himself. If you love me, keep my commandments and I will pray the father and he will give you another helper, that he may abide with you forever. The spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him that you know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans, I will come to you. The key statement here in this verse is the promise Jesus promise us the same spirit that dwells with them. Now the dwell with the disciples will be in them in the future. The promise was through them and it's also for us today for you and me when listening to this podcast right now.
This promise is for you. What spirit is it the dwells with them now as Jesus made them this promise the spirit. The dwells with them.
Now is the spirit of the one true living God. John 424 says God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship him in spirit and truth. God is a spirit in Jesus is God who is spirit manifested in the flesh, God, who is spirit created for self and body is the son of God so he can reveal himself in the flesh to his creation be our Savior, as he promised some 9114 through 16 because he has set his love upon me, therefore I will deliver him. I will set him on high, because he has known my name, he shall call upon me and I will answer him. I will be with him in trouble. I will deliver him and honor him with long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation. And that's what he did in my life and that's what he would do with you when I surrender my life to Jesus Christ on that chapel prison shop before I called out to Jesus Christ please Jesus save me any did hallelujah Jesus Christ, the son is God manifest in the flesh. Jesus is God in the flesh who came to be our Savior. According to Matthew 123. The sun shall also be called Emmanuelle, which is translated, God with us the spirit that was in Jesus Christ, the son is God's holy spirit that same spirit.
He promised to put into his disciples at a later time. Any did when they received the baptism of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.
Hallelujah. Where is your day of Pentecost. What day will be your day of Pentecost when you're filled with God's Holy Spirit as promised. John 1411 says believe me that I am in the father and the father in me the spirit of God is the spirit of Christ is the spirit of truth. It is the same spirit that Jesus promise will be in them and in us in you and me, the Roulac will be in them the power will be in them, the Holy Ghost will be in them and will be in you and me.
God is showing us our salvation by the indwelling of the spirit, and those who believe on his name and receive him as Lord and Savior. Won't you receive him as your Lord and Savior today. If you've not done so won't to turn back to God. If you walked away from him in any way.
If you turn back to old sins turn away. Repent and turn back to him and come back to the one true living God who loves you. He's calling for you. He wants you to come closer come to him. He has so much to give you he has so much to show you and so much to teach you and and I'm just asking you right now turn to God right now as I did, hallelujah X2 3839 says and Peter said to them, repent, and let everyone you rebaptize in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit for the promise is to you and to your children and to all who are far off as many as the Lord our God will call God is calling you right now we are those who are far off that this Scripture is referring to you and me hallelujah Jesus is calling you.
Now he is saying come you same believe he same repent. He Sandy baptized. He said be filled with the Holy Spirit, fill with the Roulac be filled with the power be filled with the fire X2 verses 1 to 4. When the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
Then there appeared to them divided tongues as of fire, and one sat upon each of them and they were filled with the Holy Spirit began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
And they were filled with gridlock, they were filled as promised with the spirit of truth, they were filled with God's Holy Spirit the refill with power and fire you two can be filled just the disciples were on the day of Pentecost believe in Jesus and be saved. Believe in Jesus and be baptized, believe in Jesus and be filled with the Holy Spirit, believe in Jesus and be born again. The time is now in Jesus name. Hebrews 1229.
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear for our God is a consuming fire die kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. The word of God says the Lord's prayer says on that day of Pentecost God's kingdom had come to earth in the form of fire returned from heaven is a Holy Spirit invaded this world the disciples that day and the many others.
Over 3000 souls who came to believe. All were filled with the Holy Ghost as they began to speak with other terms as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 240 243 and with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, be saved from this perverse generation, then those who gladly received his word were baptized in that day about 3000 souls were added to them and they continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Then fear came upon every so many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.
This is the apostles doctrine.
There is one God and his name is Jesus. God was manifest in the flesh of the sons of the invisible God could be seen and known by his creation, God was manifest in the flesh we could redeem his creation by the sacrifice of his son Jesus Christ and the spilling of the precious blood of the Lamb to prepare for us in Jesus Christ.
Jesus lived a sinless life and only his blood could atone for the sins of humanity. Second Corinthians 518 to 19. Now, all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ is given us the ministry of reconciliation that is that God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not imputing their trespasses to them and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. God was in Jesus Christ. Me and the Holy Spirit was in Jesus. This same Holy Spirit that was in Christ will be in you and me, Jesse, Jesus promised to disciples and in God's written word. John 14 in him was life and the life was the light of men. In Jesus, was life in Jesus was a great light.
In Jesus, was a Holy Spirit and Jesus was the rule and Jesus was the power to raise the dead back to life. Jesus is the power of the resurrection. Jesus is the resurrection itself. Jesus is the way the truth and the life and he wants to raise you all back to life right now. Old dry bones come alive old dry bones, you shall live whole dry bones. You shall have power over dry bones, you shall be filled with the Holy Spirit and fire. Ezekiel 1 verses 5 to 6 thus says the Lord. To these bones, surely I will cause breath to enter into you and you shall live. I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you and cover you with skin and put breath in you and you shall live then you shall know that I am the Lord when I was in prison. I was nothing but dry bones. Then one day I found myself on the present trouble for crying out to God for him to save me in that moment I felt the hand of God strike me like a hammer is like my spokes soul split wide open and my spirit poured out onto the floor like dirty water pouring out from the broken vase that day. Jesus broke the chains of my sin and addiction once and for all that day as I wept and cried for him to save me my dry bones came alive hallelujah Ezekiel 37 verses 7 to 10 so I prophesied as I was commanded and I prophesied, there was a noise and suddenly a rattling, and the bones came together, but wound up bone. Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them in the skin covered them over, but there was no breath in them. Also, he said to me, prophesied to the breath, prophesy Son of Man and say to the breath, thus says the Lord come from the four winds of breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live. So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath came into them and they live, and stood upon their feet, and exciting. Exceedingly great army of my friends were listening to this podcast right now stand your feet. Everyone he is Stan shake off the dust of the ground and the dust of your old dry bones stand up and make some noise unto the Lord. I can hear the bones rattling now old dry bones come alive be filled with the breath of God before filled with the rock be filled with the Holy Spirit. Now you are a mighty army and you will live from this day forward, you shall live and you will know what I know that Jesus Christ is Lord.
Ezekiel 37 verse 12 to 14 therefore prophesy and say to them, thus says the Lord God beholding my people.
I will open up your graves, and cause you to come up from your graves and bring you into the land of Israel and you shall know that I am more when I have opened your graves all my people, and brought you up from the graves, I will put my Spirit in you and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land, then you shall know that I the Lord have spoken it formed. It says the Lord come up out of your graves, you dead men and women walking lead the terms of your empty lives now put aside all the treasures you have stored up for yourselves here in this world that have lost all their pleasure leave the loneliness behind forget about all your broken dreams.
Forget about the broken promises made to you put away the disappointment. Separate yourself from all your past hurts put down alcohol and the drugs that have you bound lead this darkness behind break loose from the chains of your addiction race would break loose from the chains of hopelessness and despair.
Let the old man, an old woman died. Now let the bones fall to the ground and become dry. Repent and turn away from your sins be baptized before filled with the Holy Spirit and you will come alive today, God will put his spirit in you so you can live receive the room. What my friends receive it received the breath of God, receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. It's a promise to you receive it received the spirit of truth receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
Let the divided tongues as of fire rest upon you now speak with other tongues as the Spirit gives you utterance be filled with the promise of the father be filled with the power of God before filled everyone to you with fire from above make for yourself an altar now and go lay yourself down upon it. Give yourself in your life as a sacrifice to God's will in your life to Jesus so he can change like he changed me old dry bones come alive now in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. I'm here to tell you.
Everyone listening to this podcast. My friends my brothers and sisters in Christ. Those you don't know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
I'm telling you right now God is for you the same promise Jesus gave to the disciples before he ascended into heaven is the same promise. He is giving you today. God loves you and wants to give you his most precious gift, which is his Holy Spirit.
Please receive this were true today. Make Jesus the Lord and Savior live baptize and be filled with the Holy Spirit and let your dry bones come alive this winter tell you a little bit about dry bones come alive. I will. Last month, November, four weeks ago, I traveled to Liberia, West Africa, grandma missionary and there is a group of people in Liberia and their called logos. The former child soldiers from the brutal Civil War and they were kidnapped from their families and they were taken by the warlords and they were put had guns put in their hands, machetes, and made to do horrible things during that Civil War and they were so fine there, just young boys, some eight 910 1112 and in their teens, and they were so frightened in order to get them to keep them on frightened or the warlords fed them drugs, cocaine and heroin and all kinds of different drugs so they would be afraid and and they were made to do simple things and they had so much trauma during these times, and when the disarmament came in that country. In early 2000's.
There was a 13 acre cemetery graveyard called Palm Grove Cemetery in the center of Monrovia and these boys didn't have anywhere to go and had a drug addiction. They took the guns away from them, but the drug addiction stayed and so they went and they only place they could go with this. This 13 acre cemetery and they broke into the tombs encrypts the began to live inside the tombs and crypts and so now, and all the cemeteries there are ghettos that are springing up around it at that have grown up around the cemeteries and there's a horrible problem with drugs in that country and I went four weeks ago and I walked to the center of that cemetery. And as I walked to the center that cemetery, I saw this all goes. These young men. These young drug addicted men to come up out of the buildings they came from around the Crips and tombs.
They follow me and I walked to the center of that cemetery and had my volatile oil and I poured a bottle of oil right in the center of that cemetery and I said I declare and decree right now that this is holy ground. This is sacred ground.
We are taking this now this ground right here now in the name of Jesus. This is King Jesus. This Cemetery Baltic King Jesus old dry bones. You come alive now in Jesus name. And we had used. We stayed there for for for a little while and we prayed in the and the men were coming up and women were coming up and we are laying hands on and praying with them and telling them about this rule about this breath of God about this mighty king Jesus Christ and you could see them change they started to smile and and and and be happy and there was there was joy that they came around and I saw the first breath of life being breathed on upon them by God. It is, he was calling them to them and we walked down that street after after doing a porn at all and that cemetery and there's a there's a bombed out building an old building and on the second floor there's a smokehouse or smoke room with her all their smoking drugs and we walked upstairs and went inside that room with.
I told him I said put down these drugs. I have something better for you to tell you about Jesus Christ. I began to witness an MMI ministry team will begin to lay hands on the moon told a put down the drugs they put down the drugs began to work with and praise the Lord hallelujah sites want to tell you that that God is alive and and and and huge heat read his spirit and you like is breathing on those logos on those drug addicted people in Liberia. He will do it for you this what he wants. He wasn't give us his precious gift with his Holy Spirit in us that precious gift when I laid on my face in that prison.
I surrender my life to Jesus Christ and I said I hate this world I hate myself hate this world. I don't want anymore. All I want is you, Jesus. I said if you will save me.
I will serve the rest the days my life was fun able to pick myself up before I felt his presence felt his breath and felt his rock. I felt his Holy Spirit.
And it's that power they gave to me and since that day I've never had a desire to drink uncle or do drugs ever again let Jesus break your chains like you broke my is been my honor to be able to share this message of love and power with you. My hope is for you to understand that no matter where you are in your life or what you have done if you give your life to Jesus Christ, like I did on that prison job for you will change you know what he created you to be able to deliver you once and for all from the valley of dry bones that your life is. I love you all and I pray that you too can find the freedom that I found in Jesus Christ. Jesus breaks the chains is raise my dead dry bones back to life and I am the center for Christ and his anti-Mormon open advances were as we preach the gospel to every creature in the world. This is the greatest life I've ever lived. Living my life in Jesus Christ. God bless you all in Jesus name. I think you for listening. For more information on Michael Billings ministry sons and daughters of daughters offender.org and remember there is no addiction Jesus Christ Jesus makes the chains. This is the Truth Network