Deeper Day 251: I hear those dry bones rattling

Can you hear it? The sound of dry bones coming back to life! Can you feel it? The sound of troops assembling for the holy fight!

The stage is being set.

I figure that nobody can deny that the atmosphere on earth has changed a lot, but we have nothing to fear. We should really be excited, not scared. Do you remember the saying, “All bark and no bite”? Well, that’s essentially the devil’s MO. He can only do as much as God allows, and he (along with everyone who’s read the Bible) already knows Who wins this in the end. So, his main tactic is to take as many captive as he can and to create turmoil and chaos wherever he can.

That, my friend, is why those dry bones have started rattling. It’s time for an army to raise up. An army to stand up to the taunts and manipulations of the enemy. An army to help rescue as many from his deathly grip as possible.

It’s time for the church to arise and take our place next to the Son of God and move boldly. It’s time to stop apologizing for offending the enemy of our souls and to realize what is most needed is a steady line to be drawn. A line in the sand, so to speak. “Thus far and no further,” we must say.

May God arise, may His enemies be scattered; may His foes flee before Him. As smoke is blown away by the wind, may you blow them away; as wax melts before the fire, may the wicked perish before God. But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful. Sing to God, sing praise to His name, extol Him Who rides on the clouds- His name is the Lord- and rejoice before Him. A Father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, He leads forth the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land. When You went out before Your people, O God, when You marched through the wasteland, the earth shook, the heavens poured down rain, before God, the One of Sinai, before God, the God of Israel. You gave abundant showers, O God; You refreshed Your weary inheritance. Your people settled in it, and from Your bounty, O God; You provided for the poor.  Psalm 68:1-10

Prayer Moment: God, give me the courage that this hour requires. Teach me how to stand as You would have me stand. Let me not be led astray. Let me not be destroyed. Rather, let me rise and stand. You created me to be alive and walk through this day and time. Teach me how to not cower to the mob. Teach me how to stand firm upon Your word. Teach me how to respond and not react. Show me how to be strong. Show me how to be gentle and strong. I need You every hour. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face shine upon us, that Your ways may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations. May the peoples praise You, O God; may all the peoples praise You. May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for You rule the peoples justly and guide the nations of the earth. May the peoples praise You, O God; may all the peoples praise You. Then the land will yield its harvest, and God, our God, will bless us. God will bless us, and all the ends of the earth will fear Him. Psalm 67