OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. THURSDAY JULY 9 2015. THEME : WONDERFUL MIRACLE.

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MEMORISE : Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of
God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully
preached the gospel of Christ. ROMANS 15 : 19.

READ : EZEKIEL 37 : 1 – 10.
1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the
LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,
2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very
many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.
3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O
Lord GOD, thou knowest.
4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye
dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.
5 Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to
enter into you, and ye shall live:
6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you
with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am
the LORD.
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise,
and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.
8 And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the
skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.
9 Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say
to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and
breathe upon these slain, that they may live.
10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and
they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 CHRONICLES 28 : 9 – 29 : 30 AND LUKE 19 : 41 – 20 : 18.

Miracles have a lesser degree of awesomeness when compared to wonders. Let
us closely look at examples of these. It is undeniable that the raising of the
dead through prayer is a great act of God. In 1 Kings 17 : 17 – 24, when the son
of the widow of Zarephath died and Elijah was informed; he prayed, paced up
and down, threw himself on the child about three times and the child came back
to life. This was a miracle no doubt; but when dead bones cause the dead to be
raised to life, it is a greater miracle. This happened in 2 Kings 13 : 20 – 21.
Someone died and was being conveyed to the burial site, but because the
mourners sighted a band of enemy soldiers heading in their direction, they
threw the corpse into a nearby grave. Coincidentally, that was where Elisha
had been buried. Elisha’s body had decayed, leaving only his bones behind. As
soon as the corpse touched his bones, the dead man came back to life and ran
after his fleeing relatives.

However, when you compare all these great miracles with Ezekiel’s experience
documented in today’s Bible reading, you will conclude that they are
incomparable in awesomeness. What Ezekiel experienced was a wonder. Ezekiel
was taken to a valley full of dry bones and God asked him if the bones could live
again. This man of God immediately realised he had come face to face with a
situation his faith could not handle. “Lord, this is beyond my faith. Only You
can tell”, he replied. God then said to him, “Don’t pray, don’t touch, just
prophesy to them and say, Dry bones, hear God’s word and come together,
every bone to its bone as it was originally”. Oh! That was easy to say, and he
said it as he was commanded, even though he knew it sounded far-fetched. How
can you ask dead, dry bones to hear? Oh yes, they can hear, though not your
words but God’s Word.

This is why you should not stop speaking the Word of God to dead situations,
people and things. They all have ears to hear God’s Word and they respond to it.
Meanwhile, as the dry bones began to move to form their original bone
structure, Ezekiel must have been saying, Wonderful! But God was not done
yet; He commanded Ezekiel to prophesy to the wind. Now, this was a bit more
outlandish! At least the bones he could see, but the wind he could not see. He
however obeyed, and the wind began to blow. Breath came into the lifeless
entities that had been formed from the dry bones. In no time, a valley full of
dry bones was taken over by a strong and able army. Always use God’s Word to
call up what you want to see in the Name of Jesus Christ, and it will be so.

PRAYER POINT :
Father, in my life, family, workplace and ministry, make us recipients of your
wonders.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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