Sunday, June 3, 2012

Don't Forget the Power of the Sermon

Church, as you gather today, don’t forget the command and power of God in the proclamation of His Word.

God commands a first sermon through His servant: “Again He said to me, ‘Prophesy over these bones and say to them, “O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.” Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones, “Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life. I will put sinews on you, make flesh grow back on you, cover you with skin and put breath in you that you may come alive; and you will know that I am the LORD.”’ So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold, a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And I looked, and behold, sinews were on them, and flesh grew and skin covered them; but there was no breath in them” (Ezekiel 37:4-8).

God commands a second sermon through His servant: “Then He said to me, ‘Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, “Thus says the Lord GOD, ‘Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they come to life.’”’ So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army” (37:9,10).

The result when God speaks His people to life through His servant: “‘Then you will know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, My people. I will put My Spirit within you and you will come to life...then you will know that I, the LORD, have spoken and done it,’ declares the LORD” (37:14).

“The hand of the LORD was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones” (37:1). LORD, command Your servants to speak today with Your hand upon them, moving them by Your Spirit – through Your spoken Word, create a people Who know You as the Life!

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