April 21

on Tuesday, 18 April 2017.

April 21

Day 20 - Promise of the Holy Spirit

In your own words ask God to help you hear and understand what He’s saying through His Word, and give thanks for the Holy Spirit that is empowering you to walk with Him after this devotional is done. Then read these verses (out loud if you are able).

 

Ezekiel 37:1-14 (NLT)

The Lord took hold of me, and I was carried away by the Spirit of the Lord to a valley filled with bones. 2 He led me all around among the bones that covered the valley floor. They were scattered everywhere across the ground and were completely dried out. 3 Then he asked me, “Son of man, can these bones become living people again?” “O Sovereign Lord,” I replied, “you alone know the answer to that.” 4 Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to these bones and say, ‘Dry bones, listen to the word of the Lord! 5 This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Look! I am going to put breath into you and make you live again! 6 I will put flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin. I will put breath into you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’” 7 So I spoke this message, just as he told me. Suddenly as I spoke, there was a rattling noise all across the valley. The bones of each body came together and attached themselves as complete skeletons. 8 Then as I watched, muscles and flesh formed over the bones. Then skin formed to cover their bodies, but they still had no breath in them. 9 Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to the winds, son of man. Speak a prophetic message and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, O breath, from the four winds! Breathe into these dead bodies so they may live again.’” 10 So I spoke the message as he commanded me, and breath came into their bodies. They all came to life and stood up on their feet—a great army. 11 Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones represent the people of Israel. They are saying, ‘We have become old, dry bones—all hope is gone. Our nation is finished.’ 12 Therefore, prophesy to them and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: O my people, I will open your graves of exile and cause you to rise again. Then I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13 When this happens, O my people, you will know that I am the Lord. 14 I will put my Spirit in you, and you will live again and return home to your own land. Then you will know that I, the Lord, have spoken, and I have done what I said. Yes, the Lord has spoken!’”

 

We see here in Ezekiel another old testament promise to God’s people Israel that He will put His Spirit in them. This will give them new life and see them returned home to their land.  While this promise is made to Israel regarding their future it pictures what happens to us as well.  This promise follows an incredible picture of God breathing life into dead bones until they are remade and brought to full life again. God breathes and skeletons receive flesh and muscle and skin. God breathes again and dead bodies are brought to new life. Death is completely reversed. New life is given as God places His Spirit in is people. With life comes hope where all hope was thought gone. God will graciously redeem all that has been lost. God’s people will know that it is He, their God, who has accomplished this, Him alone who has spoken and acted and brought about such transformation and life by His Spirit. 

 

Reflect on your own story in light of the story told here in Ezekiel. How has God transformed your life just as He did those dry bones? In what ways would you like to see transformation still occur in your life?

 

 

Think about how this passage speaks about the work and heart of our God, and then praise God for how He transforms and gives life. Thank the Triune God for the promise of the Holy Spirit in the Bible and for how you have received and experienced the Spirit in your own life. Then worship God for being One who is always faithful to do what He promises.