Today, I wanted to share this message by Bishop TD Jakes’ called “Bare Bones Ministry”. This needs to be added to your watch list and is a message that you should watch every month. I have several books, teachings or sermons, scriptures, articles and passages that I like to use to refresh and renew my mind. David said you must learn to encourage “yourself and that is actually that I do. It’s helped me tremendously and this message has just been added to the top of the list.
The Valley of Dry Bones
Bishop uses Ezekiel 37 as the bases for his teachings.
1The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2 He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. 3 He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”
I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”
4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! 5 This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath[a] enter you, and you will come to life. 6 I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8 I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.
9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.
11 Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13 Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. 14 I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.’” (Ezekiel 37, NIV)
Speak to Dry Bones
In his message Bishop Jakes shares that you must “speak” to the dry bones in your life and that it wasn’t until Ezekiel spoke to the dry bones that the Lord breath life into them. The dry bones represent all of the things in your life that you’ve either given up on or you’ve settled on because you’ve lost your faith (families, marriages, children, friends, job, wealth, vision, businesses, etc.).
As I was listening to this message, I began to see things and situations that I had completely forgotten about. They were things that I had just pushed to the side and had given up on them. I did’t even realize that I had settled; accepting them for the way they were.
I’m telling you this is a very powerful message and I’m excited for you to hear it and be blessed by it.
May Your Steps Fulfill Their Purpose.