RHAPSODY OF REALITIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL ;
14TH JUNE, 2018 ; PASTOR CHRIS OYAKHILOME;
“PROPHESY TO THE WIND”
…Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live (Ezekiel 37:1-5).
Are you aware that you can change hopeless situations and effect positive changes in your life through the creative power of God’s Word in your mouth? You can change anything through the gift of prophecy. To prophesy means to speak words of divine revelation and potency: words that have, and give life.
In our opening scripture, Ezekiel found himself in a valley full of dry bones, and the Lord asked him, “Can these bones live?” Ezekiel’s response was, “Lord, you alone can tell”; it was a hopeless situation. Nevertheless, God said to Ezekiel, “Prophesy to these bones”; He needed Ezekiel’s cooperation.
Now, here’s the interesting thing: the first thing God said would happen to the bones following Ezekiel’s prophecy was that He would cause breath to enter into them. But read what happened: “So I prophesied as I was commanded: 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” (Ezekiel 37:7-8).
Ezekiel prophesied as he was commanded, but the very first thing God said would happen to the bones didn’t happen; there was no breath in them. He brought this to God’s attention and God said to him, “…Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man…” (Ezekiel 37:9).
Notice the difference this time: he was to prophesy to the wind, not the bones now. When he did, the Bible says, “…breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army” (Ezekiel 37:10). This is as profound as it is instructive.
Sometimes, a word of prophecy comes to us, and we’re waiting for it to be fulfilled, and it doesn’t; so we think the prophecy was false. But we never asked the Lord what next to do as Ezekiel did. Ask the Holy Spirit the next step to take; the specific words to speak now. He’s our Instructor; He leads and guides us. He’ll show you what to do, and tell you what to say. Maybe you need to “Prophesy to the wind” too. Hallelujah!
Righteous Father, you have set me over the nations and over the kingdoms, to proclaim your goodness and declare your faithfulness to the ends of the earth. Your righteousness is established in the nations, and the Gospel of Christ prevails and is glorified in all the earth, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Romans 10:6-8; Romans 12:6; Hebrews 13:5-6
1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Acts 4:32-5:1-11 & 2 Chronicles 20-22
2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
2 Corinthians 3:11-18 & Songs Of Solomon 7-8