Raised to life to be an army

Ezekiel 37:10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, (the dry bones) and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.

In the beginning, there was no life in man until the Lord God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being (Genesis 2:7). Before this, he looked like a man, he was completely formed and possessed all the organs and tissues necessary to function. But he lacked life. Without this, the breath of God, he was as useless as the dust he was formed from. But once God breathed the breath of life into him, every intricate system within his body began to function. His brain began processing data, his soul began to dream. The purpose of God for this man in the garden had no possibility of fulfillment until he was filled with the breath of God.

Thousands of years later Ezekiel stood before a valley filled with dry bones. At the command of the Lord he prophesied to them and they came together, muscles and flesh covering the bones, forming bodies. But they were useless, just as Adam had been, because there was no life. But once the Lord caused the breath to enter them, they lived and stood up on their feet, an exceedingly great army.

Nothing was going to happen without the breath of God. But when it came, it wasn’t so they could be a social group, but so they could be an army.

The dead who have been made alive in Christ are intended to be an army. The breath of God, the Holy Spirit, has come to awaken us, empower us, teach us how to fight and lead us into warfare.

This is an army and we are soldiers. I’m afraid we may have forgotten this in the midst of our comfortable lives and weekly church attendance. 2020 was a year of chaos and change which many people railed against. But just like an eagle will make its nest uncomfortable so the young will be forced out of the nest and learn to fly, maybe the same thing is happening with us.

Instead of complaining, it’s time to take up the weapons of our warfare. Darkness is making a power play in this hour. Up to this point it has gone largely uncontested. We can’t go back and change that, but we can change how we respond now.

The breath of God is in us. We have no excuse. It is time to fight.

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