😎🐫🎤 Christ’s peace and presence be with you. I’m excited, this weekend we get to celebrate Pentecost Sunday! The Holy Spirit. The Big HS. He’s my go to God. He’s the One I’m most comfortable with. He’s the One I feel present with me. I would say that’s a good thing, being that Jesus told us that He had to leave so that He could send His Advocate to be with us, teach us, and remind us of everything Jesus did for us.
But The Spirit, as well as Jesus and The Father have all been together and present to us from the very beginning. With as much crap as we put Them through, They have a tag team Trio to make sure we are always covered in Their love and mercy, grace and forgiveness. We don’t just hear about The Holy Spirit in the New Testament. He was introduced to us in the Old Testament. Ezekiel 37: 1-14 tells us.
“The hand of the Lord came upon me,
And He led me out in the Spirit of the Lord
And set me in the center of the plain,
which was now filled with bones.
He made me walk among the bones in every direction
so that I saw how many they were on the surface of the plain.
How dry they were!
He asked me:
Son of man, can these bones come to life?
I answered, “Lord God, you alone know that.”
Then He said to me:
Prophesy over these bones, and say to them:
Dry Bones, hear the word of the Lord!
Thus says the Lord God to these bones:
See! I will bring spirit into you, that you may come to life.
I will put sinews upon you, make flesh grow over you,
so that you may come to life and know that I am the Lord.
I, Ezekiel, prophesied as I had been told,
and even as I was prophesying I heard a noise;
it was a rattling as the bones came together,
bone joining bone.
I saw the sinews and the flesh come upon them,
and the skin cover them, but there was no spirit in them.
Then the Lord said to me:
Prophesy to the Spirit, Prophesy, son of man,
and say to the Spirit: Thus says the Lord God:
from the four winds come, O Spirit,
and breathe into these slain that they may come to life.
I prophesied as He told me, and the Spirit came into them;
they came alive and stood upright, a vast army.
Then He said to me:
Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel.
They have been saying,
“Our bones are dried up,
our hope is lost, and we are cut off.”
Therefore, prophesy and say to them: Thus says the Lord God:
O My people, I will open your graves
and have you rise from them,
and bring you back to the land of Israel.
The you shall know that I am the Lord,
when I open your graves and have you rise from them,
O my people!
I will put My Spirit in you that you may live,
and I will settle you upon your land,
thus you shall know that I am the Lord.
I have promised, and I will do it, says the Lord.”
I don’t know about you, but that scripture gets me fired up! We are the dry bones needing the Spirit to breath into us. We are Ezekiel prophesying and bringing the Spirit to dry bones.
The Spirit has been gifted to you. Accept your gift and use it to its fullest extent possible. GET FIRED UP WITH THE SPIRIT! Oh, the places you will go and the bones you will bring back to life.
Bless others and be blessed.
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