DayBreaks for 5/11/16 – Spirit Signs

DayBreaks for 5/11/16 – Spirit Signs

As the story goes, a little girl was visiting her grandmother one beautiful spring morning. They walked out into her grandmother’s flower garden. As grandmother was inspecting the progress of her flowers the little girl decided to try to open a rosebud with her own two hands. But no luck! As she would pull the petals open, they would tear or bruise or wilt or break off completely. Finally, in frustration, she said, “Gramma, I just don’t understand it at all. When God opens a flower, it looks so beautiful but when I try, it just comes apart.” “Well, honey,” Grandmother answered, “There’s a good reason for that. God is able to do it because He works from the inside out!”

God works from the inside out. That is the great message of Pentecost Sunday, isn’t it? This is what the disciples finally came to understand at Pentecost. Jesus had ascended into heaven. And He had told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit.

Here is where the story of Pentecost picks up. The disciples are back in the Upper Room waiting and wondering and some of them likely were grumbling impatiently and nervously. “What in the world are we doing here? All this waiting around is driving me up the wall! There’s no use. He’s gone and without Him, we are nothing. It’s over! We’d just as well face it. What is this Holy Spirit business anyway? Maybe we misunderstood Him!”

Maybe just then they heard a sound. The breath of God began to blow on that place like the rush of a mighty wind. Images of fire danced around them. Suddenly, their fear was gone, replaced by peace and confidence, courage and strength and unity and they began to speak and communicate the word of God boldly and amazingly people from all different backgrounds heard and responded and 3,000 people were converted that day.

It’s interesting to note that the three classic symbols for the Holy Spirit in the Bible remind us of how God works through us and how God works from the inside out. Do you remember what they are? The three traditional symbols of the Holy Spirit in the Bible: Breath: the symbol of Life. Fire: the symbol of Power. The descending dove: the symbol of Peace.

Are those three things visible in your life? Do people around you see the Spirit at work within you?

PRAYER: Jesus, may be know the Breath of Life, the Fire of the Spirit, and the Peace that comes from You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2016, Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.

 

 

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DayBreaks for 11/09/12 – Dry Bones Hear the Word

From the DayBreaks Archive:  DayBreaks for 11/18/02:

Ezekiel 37:1-6 – “1 The hand of the LORD was upon 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. 3 He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “O 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. 6 I 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.’

This is one of my favorite Bible stories.  It has fascinated me since I can first remember.  I can’t imagine the vision that Ezekiel saw, and the power of the moment when the bones began to rattle and move by the power of the Word of God.

Picture it in your own mind, put yourself into Ezekiel’s place.  Can you see the dryness of the bones, the arid emptiness of the valley, blasted by the heat, bleached by the sun…and entire valley full of bones of dead men?  What is God’s message to the bones that were so “very dry”, so very dead?  “Dry bones, hear the Word of the Lord!”  What would the result be of the bones hearing the Word of the Lord?  Breath would enter into them, and they will come to life!

There are so many lessons that could be drawn from this passage, but the one for today is simply this: dry bones can hear the Word and be brought back to life.  Many times our lives, our souls, can become much like those dry bones.  We are laid low by life, for all intents and purposes, the bones of our existence lay on the valley floor, scorched, bleached and seemingly very dead.  Life crushes, discourages and burdens us.   Like the bones of long ago in the valley of Ezekiel, our dry bones need to “hear the word of the Lord”…and when we do, just like the dry bones from so long ago, we will “come to life”!  All it takes for dry bones to live is to hear the Word of the Lord!  Oh, and don’t miss it: just in case we didn’t catch it the first time, God repeats it a second time: “I will put breath in you, and you will come to life”.  What’s the point of it?  THEN we will know that He is the Lord, THEN He will be exalted, glorified, THEN we will be moved to live like men and women who know and understand His power to transform dry, dull, dead lives into something that can shout His praises and do war with His enemies.

What was the secret for the dry bones in the days of Ezekiel?  No magic potion, no special incantations, no great works to perform – just “hear the Word of the Lord”.  It is the same today.  Are you dry and dead?  Listen to the prophet of God from so long ago: “Dry bones, hear the Word of the Lord!”  That’s all it takes to give you life again! 

PRAYER: Lord, how desperately we need new life, for the Holy Breath of God to enter into our souls and make our bones rattle and move!  Blow on us, Spirit, and revive our lives again!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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