Can This Nation Live?

The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry…Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!
Ezekiel 37:1-2, 4, NKJV

Many today are concerned with the state of our nation: politics, sin, war, nuclear threats, and so much more. Like Elijah, we must survey the reality of what lies in the valley. The stench of death fills the air. The bloodshed of innocence and purity has soaked the ground, and the only hope in sight is the awakening, reviving breath of God to blow again.

It is time for the church to rise and declare again the power of the Gospel. The Gospel is only good news if it can really transform. The Gospel is only powerful if the dead are raised to life. The fulfillment of Christ’s death and resurrection means this Gospel is more than traditions of men—it is the power of God to salvation. It is the power of God over sickness and sin. It is the power of God to restore marriages and families. It is the power of God to change a nation—to change the world!

Here’s a quote from Leonard Ravenhill from his book Why Revival Tarries concerning the valley Elijah saw:

Here was a curse—had he a cure? Here was death—could he bring life? This was no pretty declaration of doctrine. Dear believers, listen. The world is not waiting for a new definition of the Gospel, but for a new demonstration of the power of the Gospel. In these days of acute political helplessness, moral lawlessness, and spiritual helplessness, where are the men not of doctrine, but of faith? No faith is required to curse the darkness or give staggering statistical evidence that the dikes are down and a tidal wave of hellish impurity has submerged this generation. Doctrine? –we have enough and to spare, while a sick, sad, sin-sodden, sex-soaked world perishes with hunger. At this grim hour, the world sleeps in the darkness, and the Church sleeps in the light…

 

In this hour the Spirit of God is crying out not for a great political leader or another great cause—He’s crying out for truth and holiness in the Church. He’s restoring the Church of Christ to purity and power. Jesus’ anthem has not changed over the years:

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
Acts 1:8, NKJV

Step into your valley today with the boldness of the Spirit of God that came upon Elijah to prophesy over dead bones. Step into your valley today with the boldness of the Spirit of God that came upon David as he brought Goliath and the Philistines to their knees. The breath of the Spirit of God is blowing and awakening hearts today. The breath of the Spirit of God is blowing, making stones soar through the air and kill giants today.

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