Proverbs 3:5 NIV
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;”
God is so good! Not only is He good; He’s faithful. He’s merciful. He’s just. He is a loving God. He’s kind. He’s a provider. He’s a way-maker. He’s a deliverer. He’s a healer.
Today’s devotional will ignite your fire, faith, hope and your trust in God. I am here to tell you God has a plan for you.
Don’t throw in the towel just yet. Though it may appear that all hope is gone, that everyone else is finishing the race without you, It Ain’t Over! Don’t give up!
Today, many want to quit due to the various situations and trials they are facing in their life. However, God has blessings for you, if you don’t quit you will see His promises for your life.
I’m speaking to those who are in a hopeless situation at the moment. Hope-less situation, because of what your doctor said or because of what your circumstances is saying. A Hope-less situation does not mean that God has left you. Just because things don’t work out exactly how we planned them does not mean that God is not at work in your life. No matter what your situation is saying, I can tell you that God is at work in your life at the moment.
Ezekiel 37:1-14 says, The hand of the LORD was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2 He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. 3He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign LORD, you alone know.” 4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! 5 This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. 6I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.’” 7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them. 9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” 10So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army. 11 Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13 Then you, my people, will know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. 14 I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the LORD have spoken, and I have done it, declares the LORD.’”
Ezekiel 37 symbolizes people whose hope has died, and has been dead for a long time. This is a situation where there is no future, just bones , no body, just bones, no signs of life. The Lord asked him a question that God is asking you today about your situation – CAN THIS DRY BONE LIVE?
Ezekiel looks at the bones and sees no possibility of resuscitation. Ezekiel said, “Lord you know”. In other words he is saying, I don’t, but God you do. Why did he say that? Because he believes this situation is beyond human comprehension. It’s only God that knows if you are going to make it or not. I know you don’t know, but God knows there are some situations we face in which human solutions will not work. The only thing that works is– hearing from God!
I brought the word of God to you today; it is not over because God hasn’t say so. Ezekiel hears from God and receives instructions that he must prophesy, he must speak to the dry bones. Ezekiel had to go down to the valley of the shadow of death and tell death that God will enter them. Listen, the transformation and restoration all started by hearing.
The word is the beginning of the process that brings a hopeless life back to life. You may be in a situation that looks hopeless, it may look like the end is near and it’s time to give up, it may look as if you’ve lost… well, it doesn’t matter what it may look like, the final outcome will come when God says it’s over. Man may count you out, the enemy may tell you you’ve lost, the chance for victory may look impossible, but it’s not over until the Lord says it’s over. Your turnaround comes when you begin to hear from God. Faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God. (Romans 10:17)
Who is talking to you, which report do you believe? You have to hear from God, if you are going to be fruitful. Words have power. Speak the word! Prophesy the word! Declare the Word! “Death and life are in the power of the tongue”, (Proverbs 18:21)
Your situation awaits instruction …. Your situation awaits direction, the spirit buying and selling in your life awaits order. If you fail to give order, it will remain the same. God will work according to the power that works in you. (Ephesians 3:20) If you can speak, your situation will be sorted. It’s not over for you!
Everyone thought it was over for Daniel when he was thrown into the lion’s den, but God didn’t say so. Nebuchadnezzar thought it would be over for Shedrach, Meshach and Abednego, but God said it wasn’t over. Job’s wife thought it was over and encouraged her husband to curse God and die, but the Lord didn’t say it was over. It Ain’t Over Until God Says It’s Over!
Keep fighting. Keep praying. Keep fasting. Keep progressing. Keep moving. Keep reading…interceding. Keep believing. Keep trusting. Keep trying. Keep travailing. Keep living. Keep giving. Keep fighting until your victory is won!
Scripture of the day: “I will go before you And make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze And cut the bars of iron.” ~ Isaiah 45:2 NKJV
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
The Living Word Ministries Inc.
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