13 August: LIFE Beyond the Grave

If you’re wondering whether it’s possible to see life spring from a grave, this spine-tingling vision from an ancient prophet would have to be the wildest dream ever written…

READ EZEKIEL 37  Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

I read this chapter when I woke up to the first day of the rest of my life – the morning after we buried our son – and I wrote about it on the last pages of my second book Mysterious? …Expect the Unexpected. It’s a vision designed to give refugees and exiles HOPE while they live in a valley that’s, metaphorically, nothing but dry bones [v1], though I can’t help but see our future hope in each line.

Bizarrely enough, and true to His 100% nature, the Creator God has promised to go 100% out of His way to open our graves, bringing LIFE beyond the grave! [v12-13] From the beginning, the Lord of Life has had the capacity to bring LIFE to something that’s completely lifeless, a formless emptiness.[a] So in showing me this valley of dry bones, Father God is telling me that He’s in the business of life beyond the graveyard of buried hopes. When it feels like my bones are dried up, my hope is gone, and I’m cut off [v11], instead of trying to hold on, I can instead be pulled together and held in place by Him

Read More? …CLICK on “13 August – Additional Notes”

But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Wanting to speak directly with the Maker of LIFE? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[b]

THE LORD’S PRAYER:

   1.   Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”

I’ll give thanks to the Lord according to His righteousness and sing praise to the Name of the Lord Most High. [Psalm 7:17]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: The People of Liberia[c]
  • Your Country: Gospel Literature Industry
  • Yourself: Using your “Spiritual Gifts”[d]
  • Your concerns for today
As I look around the world today, Lord, help me to understand and trust You when Your thoughts are not our thoughts, and our ways and not Your ways. [Isaiah 55:8]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

Even now, Father God, help me to return to You with all my heart: with fasting, weeping and mourning. May I know what it means to “rend my heart and not my garments” while there is still time. [Joel 2:12]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”

You, Lord, are able to keep me from stumbling. You’ll present me before Your glorious presence without fault and with great joy. [Jude 1:24]

“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”

When Jesus was questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, He always spoke things that were previously written in God’s Word.[e] Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Topic = Prayer

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” [1 John 5:14]

[a] Genesis 1:1

[b] Matthew 6:5-15

[c] http://www.operationworld.org/country/libe/owtext.html

[d] 1 Corinthians c12

[e] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31

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