As fall comes to town this year I think about all the times I’ve stood still through a worship service and felt the weight of all the bones in my body. Yet Jesus still stood there with me whispering reminders of my purpose. My spirit was dead and gone and maybe you’ve been there, too. In order to understand what revive means, it’s important to know what it means to be spiritually dead. To me, it’s been when my fight got so heavy without Jesus; I stopped trying to overcome anything in general. Though we walk physically, work our 9 to 5’s, go home to a family, and stand in a church, the enemy is constantly working on draining us from everything. Satan isn’t alone on that task either. The flames within us tend to give out, as the weights of this world fall upon us more and more. Jesus knows more than us what that feels like. When we are spiritually gone we are automatically in such a vulnerable place. We are prey to the enemy and to this world. We need Jesus to be shielded. However, there is never a season or place in our lives that the grace of God does not reach us.
The greatest news is Jesus is the author of patience. He’s patient when we’re lifeless zombies exhausted from all these issues and still turns Him away. He’s loving when we go through our daily motions without acknowledging Him at all. Above all, He is still calling us to life at our lowest points and wrapping us in the blanket of restoration. He created man with His own breath and holds the same power to do so forever. He knows it’s a process when our joy has been stolen, but nothing is ever impossible for our God to revive.
To revive means to regain life and our lives are anything but ordinary! God created us full of purpose and according to His plan. God does not want us to waste such a precious gift! How powerful is that? Jesus wants to pour into us at our lowest! He’s done it time and time again throughout the bible.
Ezekiel 37 is proof that dry bones are capable of complete restoration through Jesus Christ. We are a new creation made in His image! We can come back to life because our hope is not lost! Our hope is in Jesus!
“Then He said to me ‘Prophesy to the breath: prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath ‘Thus, says The Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on the slain, that they may live.’ So I
prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.” (Ezekiel 37:9-10)
Let us not forget the biggest example, and the most meaningful one is the resurrection of our Lord and Savior. In our darkest moments, when we feel the weight of every trial and every bone in our bodies, there is a reviving moment and new energy waiting to bless you. Jesus doesn’t want us to walk through life feeling absolutely nothing!
He wants us to feel His presence, an unspeakable joy, and a peace we cannot even fathom!Karla Deleon