Life Instead Of Death

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Like the field of dry bones that came to life in Ezekiel 37, we were given life instead of death. Circumstance and surroundings may place us in bondage, but if we are a new creation in Christ we are set free!

Set free … to be who we were meant to be.

Set free … to be His voice to a broken world.

Set free … to proclaim freedom to those still caught in captivity.

2 Corinthians 3:16-17 says, “But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

If we are in Christ, we have the Holy Spirit in us. Again, set free! God forgave, redeemed, restored and breathed his Spirit into us to set us free!

To be free from a yoke of slavery called sin.

This is God’s mission, his heart! We are all called to be missionaries! As Louie Giglio said at Passion 2013, “it’s not a matter of if we’re called to missions – we are missionaries if we’re filled with the Spirit.” Everyday, everywhere in our realm of influence, this is our mission field.

It doesn’t take long, just look around, be intentional and focus on the people you run into, meet on the street, grocery store line, gas station and embrace it, even if it is only a moment!

That moment, it could turn into a life altering, a changing moment in someone else’s life! It’s important!

Often, I notice the rush, stress, sadness, frustration and ponder: the field is crying out, their souls are craving for something that lasts, this fractured world is hungry for purpose and meaning. We are part of God’s solution; his instrument, his voice to a hurting world. We are called to speak of Christ, the Good News! That he is whom they long for, it is he who fills with a lasting peace! It is he who will set them free!

God gave us the gift of Jesus! So, give the gift away, generously, in word and deed!

Isaiah 61: 1-3: The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion, to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.

Ezekiel 37:1-6: The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord.”

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