Even In The Valley

16th August

Then He said to me, “Speak a prophetic messages to these bones and say,’Dry bones, listen to the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Look! I am going to put breath into you and make you live again!”

Ezekiel 37:4-5

Have you ever noticed that even in dry countries, fruit and vegetables containing lots of water still grow. Fruits such as peaches, figs, pomegranate, tomatoes and watermelon thrive in hot countries. They seem to grow even when it hasn’t rained a lot. The reason is because they take root deep down into the soil and draw from the earth’s natural reservoirs. The same principle can be applied to our spiritual lives too. Often our surroundings can be spiritually dry and seem far off from the running waters of God’s presence, yet if we are connected to the source of all life, if are in roots are deep in Christ, we can thrive even in the dry lands.

Just as Ezekiel prophesied over the dry bones, so God prophesies over you today. ‘Listen to the word of the Lord! This is what Almighty God says: I am going to breath life into you again.‘ Friends, today, receive God’s life giving and flesh growing word! He speaks life over us! He speaks growth over us. May God water your souls in the dry lands. May He regenerate your spirit with His fresh anointing. May He shower you with His presence and glory. May He breath life into your dry bones and ‘make you live again!’

Get connected to the source of life. Grow your roots in Him. Receive His life giving breath.

The Breath Of Jesus

7th April

“And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.””

John 20:22 

When Jesus rose from the dead, He returned to His disciples to encourage and commission them. However, the disciples were mourning their chosen King who was crucified. He even was handed over to the Romans by one of their friends. Not only were they mourning their Rabbi but also they were living in fear of persecution by the Jews. It is interesting to note that when Jesus revealed His identity to the disciples, He came bearing peace. Sometimes in our lives, when we are rocked by sad and shocking news, we need to invite Jesus into our situations and allow Him to being peace. Peace is not an emotion, peace is a person and that person is Jesus Christ. And His peace makes us glad, as it did for the disciples.

Jesus goes on to commission His disciples, and by doing so, sends them out into the world to share the good news of His salvation. However, as promised, He leaves them with a parting gift. Jesus knew that in and of their own strength, the disciples would fail. Jesus breathed on His disciples giving them the Holy Spirit. This is the same breath that breathed life into mankind from the beginning of time. When Adam was without life, God breathed His Spirit into his nostrils and gave him life. Here, Jesus breathes His Spirit into the disciples and gives them life; Life to be able to fulfil the great commission.

Our new birth is a fruit of the breath and peace of God in our lives and situations. It is this breath that gives us the strength to preserve through life’s hardship, and to fully fulfil the great commission that was given to all the children of God, not just the disciples. May Jesus breath His life giving Spirit in you and fill you with His perfect peace!

 

The Resurrected King

6th April

 “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by His great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance…”

1 Peter 1:3-4a 

Hallelujah, Jesus is risen. I often think what it would be like in Heaven on that 3rd day when Jesus resurrected from the dead, conquering death and sin and taking back the authority of this world from the enemy. I am sure that there was a huge party, the angels rejoiced in a victorious chorus and all the heavenly hosts praised the Father for His great act of mercy and love.

Yet that is all well and good but what is our reaction to His resurrection? In John chapter 3, Jesus instructs Nicodemus what to do to see and experience the Kingdom of Heaven. He exclaims that one must be spiritually born again to experience the gift of salvation. He then goes on to say that in the greatest act of love, God sent His Son, Jesus, to rescue and save the world from their sin. On that glorious 3rd day, Jesus rose from the dead and fulfilled that promise. Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we too can have new life and be born again.

If Jesus stayed dead, we would have no means to live a resurrected life, but because He was raised from the dead, because He no longer lives in the grave, we can experience new life with Christ. Our old selves are crucified with Christ on the cross, buried with Him in the tomb and we now live a resurrected life with Christ!!

Yet Peter encourages us further. That after this mortal life finishes we have a glorious inheritance awaiting us, were we can live eternally in the very presence of our Saviour, where there is no more pain and suffering, no more tears and sorrow, but only peace, joy and love.

“So be truly glad. There is a wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a while” (verse 6). So don’t give up. Rejoice that our King is resurrected and we can be part of that resurrection too!