“Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heaven! Praise Him for His mighty works; praise His unequaled greatness! Praise Him with a blast of the ram’s horn; praise Him with the lyre and harp! Praise Him with the tambourine and dancing; praise Him with strings and flutes! Praise Him with a clash of cymbals; praise Him with loud clanging cymbals. LET EVERYTHING THAT BREATHES SING PRAISES TO THE LORD! Praise the Lord!” –Psalm 150
This morning’s message by Steven Furtick so impacted me that I needed to share a word with you today. Sometimes when I listen to sermons, I don’t really get into them until the last ten minutes or so. Today was one of those sermons; probably because the last ten minutes were what I needed to hear.
Have you heard the story of the dry bones in Ezekiel 37? In case you haven’t, here’s a recap. In Ezekiel 36, God is telling Ezekiel about the restoration that He is going to bring to Israel and pours His promises into Ezekiel. Then He takes Ezekiel to the most unlikely of places to fulfill that promise: a valley filled with dead, rotting corpses. God then proceeds to command Ezekiel to do something a little ridiculous: prophesy to these bones and tell them to hear the Word of the Lord. So Ezekiel does it, and flesh and tendons begin to form. Soon these bodies look a lot better than they did at first, but there is something missing: they are still dead, because they have no breath of life. Then God tells Ezekiel to prophesy to the breath and to command it to come and fill this vast army. As soon as Ezekiel proclaims what God would do, God’s breath came from the four winds and breathed life into the vast army and they stood to their feet. What a powerful sight!
You see, in Hebrew, the word for “breath” is also the word for “spirit”. So here lies the connection:
Ever read the story of Pentecost in Acts 1? I want to recap a verse here:
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about Me everywhere – in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
Notice in the story of Ezekiel that the Spirit of God came from the four winds; from all four directions to fill His people. In Acts 1:8 it says that they would receive POWER when the Holy Spirit came upon them. They would receive power when the BREATH OF GOD came upon them. However, the breath doesn’t stay there, because breathing isn’t simply the act of breathing in. It’s also the act of breathing out. And where did the breath of God breathe out? To Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
Ladies and gentlemen!!!!!! God wants to fill you with His Holy Spirit today so that you might not only breathe in His breath of life, but that you would breathe out that breath to transform the world around you. I challenge you today: BREATHE!!!!!!