I heard, “I AM giving Life to your dry bones.”
Yes, Discovering Christ in Ephesians.
In our last discussion, we saw as the apostle would pray for the faithful to receive The Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation, their eyes be enlightened to know God’s Will upon their lives, for therein lies the exceeding greatness of God’s Power towards their Spiritual, Emotional and Physical well being.
Then we hear the apostle continue;
“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins,” Ephesians 2:1.
You had he quickened? We were dead in trespasses?
Yes, this verse reveals the total depravity of the man in Adam. Before we came to Christ, we were totally without strength. We were totally dead. God had to raise us up from the dead.
But you may say, “Pastor, I was breathing and working and living my life before I received Christ!”
Yes that’s true. But the death here speaks of our Spiritual state before God. We were dead to God by the sin of Adam. We inherited the nature of sin from Adam.
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned,” Romans 5:12.
Totally depraved of spiritual light. We were altogether destitute of anything of spiritual significance. You wonder why you would even go to Church and hear The Word and all would seem like just a usual story?
A corpse is insensible, it feels not, hears not, and sees not. This was our state in relation to God. We were dead to The Word, dead to The Voice of God, we could not see any meaning to Spiritual things.
O’ this is why we ought to live in continual praise to the riches of God’s sovereign Grace towards us. Jesus said the same thing the apostle says;
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live,” John 5:25.
There is a wide thought that we were ‘partially’ dead, in the sense that there was something in us that called out to God. No! Never! We were dead and it was an entire work of God, regenerating us back to life by The Power and Grace of God.
The only thing we knew was sin. From our spirits to our souls and to our bodies, we were under the principle of sin in us, governed daily by the law of sin.
“Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience,” Ephesians 2:2.
O’ what governed us was the nature of the devil, the spirit of disobedience which was our own very spirit. The moment Adam sinned we became joined to the devil and were one Spirit with Satan.
We were walking according to the course of the world where Satan was our prince. There is no need diminishing our former state, thereby minimizing God’s grace. We were partakers of the nature of Satan and were by nature Children of wrath;
“Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others,” Ephesians 2:3.
Observe the statement, “by nature the children of wrath….”
The same way you are born a man or a woman by nature, same way we were born naturally as sons of the devil, prepared for the wrath of God.
Then we hear “even as others….” Every unbeliever is a child of the devil fulfilling the list of their father;
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it,” John 8:44.
This is why a man must be born again. The spirit of religion reduces Christianity to where people think its character modification.
I used to steal I now steal no more. I used to smoke, now I smoke no more or I am trying my best to do the right thing.
My dear one, you must be born again. You are already dead if you are not in Christ;
“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive,” 1 Corinthians 15:22.
You must be raised from the dead. All the works you can do from now to the end of the world cannot change your nature until you are regenerated.
To be born in a Christian home or nation does not mean you are saved, Jesus called those of his lineage, even to those of the same father with him after the flesh (Abraham), you are of your father the devil.
Even so was our case when we were in Adam, we were dead but the mercy of God met us;
“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,” Ephesians 2:4.
There is no scripture that proclaims God is rich in wrath, but we hear “God who is rich in mercy….” full of compassion, gave us pardon through the death of his own Son whereby he demonstrated the “great love wherewith he loved us….”
“Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by Grace ye are saved.)” Ephesians 2:5.
The raising of Christ from the dead was our rising from the dead. For from his resurrection life, we are today quickened from the dead. And it is stated above that while we were dead, he quickened us.
If the word of God is true, then there was nothing good in us to reach out to God but the entrance of the Spirit of God into us, raised us up from the dead.
If this it, then it is why we hear “by Grace ye are saved….”
When many of us hear of The Grace of God, we do not understand the inability of man. Sometimes we think we could have tried but God just saved us the stress and gave us Salvation by Grace.
A billion years won’t have given us the ability to call on God — except by Regeneration which gives us The Spirit through which we receive the Faith to access the full riches of God’s Grace.
This is why Grace is clearly defined in Scripture as that which is antagonistic to works.
“And if by Grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise Grace is no more Grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work,” Romans 11:6.
The reason being that we were dead, insensible to God, there was nothing in us to yearn out for God. But God, out of the rich treasure of His Mercy, saved us by his unconditional, unearned, undeserved, and unmerited favour.
We were incapable of offering even the slightest work, but the love of God delivered to us salvation by his free grace.
How can we look at the Face of our Saviour knowing this and not offer our entire beings to Him as our gratitude?
How can we not give away everything so The LORD would be exalted in our lives?
The LORD saw our helpless state, out of a billion people, elected us and saved us by His Sovereign Grace! Glory to God!
Thank you Father for your Grace and Love.
Thank you for raising me up from the dead, giving me the resurrected life of Jesus.
I proclaim I have the life of Christ in my body, in my finances, in my home and in every facet of my life as my own very life by The Grace of God.
By this Grace, I am lifted above failure and reigning with Christ Jesus, far above every name that can be named, both in this world and that which is to come.
Thank you LORD Jesus for this exceeding grace!
In an encounter with The LORD, I saw a healer and I saw a case before him — a lady whose flesh on the leg was completely rotten away, and only bone remained.
I saw this healer took what I saw like a rope of flesh and dropped it on this bone and this flesh entered into this bone and covered this entire dry bone with flesh and the leg was completely healed.
Then others began to come with these cases and he continued to do the same to them, as I got out of the encounter.
Coming out, The LORD led me to the story of prophet Ezekiel and the valley of dry bones from Ezekiel 37:1-14. Then these verses were ministered to me concerning this vision:
“Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith The LORD GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. And ye shall know that I am The LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, and shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I The LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith The LORD,” Ezekiel 37:11-14.
Then said The LORD, “My dear Child, you have said, ‘I have no strength, no courage, no spirit, no life in me, I am completely like a dry bone destitute of hope. I have been cut off from mine inheritance, I am totally perplexed!’
But hear this My Child, I AM opening the doors of your captivity and raising you out of the place you have been held captive. Do not be afraid, do not be anxious, My Love and covenant is still upon your life.
Do not ask how I AM going to do this, for The Spirit of The Almighty is resting upon you.
I AM giving life to your dry bones, giving life to everything that seems dead in your life. And I will carry you and place you in your own inheritance, then shall you know that I The LORD has spoken it, and performed it,” says your God.
Blessings in Christ,
~ Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua
Living Hill Christian Church.
Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua is the founder and lead pastor of Living Hill Christian Church headquartered in Nigeria, which has a vision to restore the earth with the gospel of God’s grace. Called to be a pastor, he functions in the Healing/ Prophetic/ Teaching/ Music and Writing Ministries. He releases Prophetic Words to encourage the body of Christ on the Church’s blog.