The Church of Dry Bones: Ezekiel 37

So many times when I get fired up about stuff; whether it be music, a book, or something else I ran across, I can quickly snuff out my fire with things that I may have heard around me, or even my own self doubt at times. But this is what I do know; I know that I am becoming stronger. I am becoming more full of the power of Christ that lives in me, and when this happends, I get bolder, and I tend not to care about how others perceive me, b/c I am living for God and not man. God has truly been transforming me and throwing all sorts of stuff my way, from online resources, to books and music, and yes, of course I am growing in His Word more too! I’ve been really praying reverently for my church. I want to see so much take place, for God to show up and circumcise hearts the way He circumcised mine. I know there are really good people at my church but we all carry baggage (even me); but as I live surrendered my load is getting lighter and I am getting stronger and bolder and becoming who God intends all of me to be. Early this morning, as I was reading Ezekiel, the whole chapter 37 just grabbed me. I felt God saying to me, “Robin, your prayers aren’t in vain. As the bones in this passage get up and come alive, so will the church”. It was a very powerful moment to say the least, and I felt such an inner peace that God was working, has been working, and will continue to work, to wake up the “sleeping church” and transform their lives and circumcise their hearts so that they can go and give the love that they will know away to the world. I’ve also been reading the book “Waking The Dead” by John Eldredge; which I am not done with yet, but it has brought me to a new level of understanding the heart of God that is living in us all. I have been listening to Hillsong United “The I heart revolution” CD’s and they are making me loose myself in worship. I really feel like God is placing these specific things in my hand, touching my heart and changing me forever. I had to blog about this because I have to get it out. I want to share it with others who understand what I am going through, how I feel right now, and as I look at my cell phone, I can’t think of anyone who really understands this. I know there are you, my blogging friends out there who get this, and will no doubt leave me a kind comment (thank you, it means allot). I am not done with the Eldredge book, but I ran across a part that I did want to share that I think sums up what I am trying to say: It’s actually partly a quote from Nelson Mandel as well as the author: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?” Actually who are you not to be? Your a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to manifest the glory of God that is whithin us…and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others”. Eldredge goes on to say that the deeper reason we fear our own glory is that once we let others see it, they will have seen the truest us, and that is nakedness indeed. We can repent of our sin. We can work on our “issues” But there is nothing to be done about our glory. It’s so naked. It’s just there-the truest us. It is an awkward thing to shimmer when everyone else around you is not, to walk in your glory with an unveiled face when everyone else is veiling his. Are you a threat”. From Waking the Dead by John Eldredge

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4 thoughts on “The Church of Dry Bones: Ezekiel 37

  1. I can relate to what you are saying. I am so glad that the Lord is growing you! I have been in a dry season for a while, but God is definately still there in the dry times. He is starting to take me to a deeper level of intimacy and understanding of Him. It is so awesome! God is always faithful and I know he will bless you as you share of His goodness!

  2. “We were born to manifest the glory of God that is whithin us…and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”

    Hi Robin, what a wonderful message. It’s true that GOD will use your writing to bless your blogger friends including me. Through this I know that you truly loves JESUS and I tell you what, HE LOVES YOU MUCH MORE. GOD will use you more Robin. Keep it up for JESUS!

    It’s a blessing to found your blog. 🙂

  3. The more we come to learn and know about our Lord and Savior, the more we come to learn and know about ourselves. We are a living, walking and breathing testimony for our Lord and Savior. Our pastor tells us all the time that “sometimes we are the only Bible that people read.” When we walk with our head held high, when we can smile when our world is falling apart, when we can sing songs of praises when all hell is breaking loose, people will ask us how can you be so happy and joyful? That’s when we say that it is not me that is making me this way, but the love of God which lives within me. With Him I can go through every storm in my life with my head held high and a song in my heart. This is what sharing the goodness of the Lord is all about. I am so grateful that I have His love inside of me. Blessings my friend!

  4. Hello Robin,

    I recently got a job at the Family Christian Bookstore and i am going to have to look up this book and get it. It sounds like an awesome book to read. I really liked this part that you quoted:

    Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.

    I never really thought of it this way. I seem to struggle with feeling inadequate at times which of course will open the door to fear. But in reading that quote from Eldridge book it is helping me to look at this differently.

    Showing forth God’s glory in our life does kinda throw you out there right smack dab in the open for all to see. I guess that is what is most frightening. May the Lord remove that fear in the Name of Jesus so that our Lights will shine forth for all to see and for His glory!

    Tamela 🙂

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