Monday, March 14, 2016

Can America Revive?

"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, 
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.
And He said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? 
And I answered, O Lord GOD, Thou knowest."
Ezekiel 37:1-3
(KJV)

The valley of dry bones.
This passage has always held an extra special interest to me,
but never more so than it has recently.

During this event in the prophet, Ezekiel's life, God asked him a very pointed question,
after showing him the dead, dry bones.
"Son of man, can these bones live?"

God is omniscient.
He knows everything.
So, we may look at this story and wonder,
why, when He already knows everything, would God ask Ezekiel if the bones could live?

God is omnipotent.
He has unlimited power and is able to do anything.
He called Lazarus forth, by name, from the grave,
after he had been pronounced dead for four days.
He spoke, and our world, as we know it, came into existence.
There is nothing, in this world or the world to come, that is impossible with God.
So, why, when He can do anything, including raise from the dead, 
would God ask Ezekiel if the dry, dead bones in the valley could once again come to life?

Could it be that the reason God asked Ezekiel this question was for the sole purpose of testing him to see how he himself would react to the question?
Is it possible that the outcome of whether or not the bones could once again live
rested solely upon Ezekiel?
I truly believe it did.

I don't know about you, but if God were to carry me in the Spirit of the Lord
and set me down in a valley of skeletons, so long-dead that they were completely dry,
and if He were to ask me, "Cheryl, can these bones live?"
I think I would be pretty skeptical.

I love Ezekiel's answer.
"O Lord GOD, Thou knowest."

The next words uttered by God never cease to astound me.
"Again He said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, 
O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD."

What?
Preach to the dead???
Can you imagine?

Just picture yourself standing in a graveyard filled with what used to be corpses,
now reduced to mere bones, and God telling you to prophesy upon the bones and tell them to hear the word of the Lord!
Would you do it?
What would you think if you were to walk past a valley filled with skeletons and see a minister standing upon the bones, telling them to "hear the word of the Lord"?
The illogicality of such a thing seems beyond irrational.

As Ezekiel stepped beyond what must have felt ridiculous and minded God,
God filled his mouth with these words, to be spoken straight to the bones.
"Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:
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."

As soon as the words were spoken, 
extraordinary things began to happen.
In the words of the prophet himself, 
"...and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, 
and the bones came together, bone to his bone.
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.
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.
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."

Oh, dear friend!

Does something well up from deep within you as you read these words?

My heart is so stirred!

I look around at the conditions of our spiritually-dead, morally-decaying culture, and I weep.
And, I confess, I find myself asking the question God asked Ezekiel,
"Can these bones live?"

I pray hard and often and fervently for a spiritual awakening to sweep over our land,
such as has never been seen, and as I pray, there is a place deep inside of me that has to wonder, 
is it even possible?
Can America revive?
Are we too far gone?
Have we spurned God so often and wounded Him so deeply,
that His mercy is forever turned away from us?
We have stood in His face, time after time, and made it known, loud and clear,
that we do not want Him or His control...
in our classrooms,
in our courthouses,
in our politics,
in our individual lives,
and, sad and near-impossible to believe, but even in our churches.

Could it be that He has honored our request?
Has He stood back, taken His hands off, and said,
"You say you want Me out of your society.
So be it.
Have at it.
Just watch and see what an America without GOD looks like"?

I pray, and I pray, and I cry anguish-filled tears,
as just when I think things couldn't get any worse, 
they do.

In the valley of dry bones, there was only one way the bones had any hope of coming to life.
They had to hear the Word of the Lord,
and the only way they could hear His Word was for
Ezekiel to stand upon them and prophesy and speak God's Word into existence
in the hearing of the bones.

The only thing that was powerful enough to cause the long-dead bones to come back to life
was hearing the spoken, preached Word of God...
in the exact, precise, specific way He wanted it to be spoken. 
It caused an awakening.
A resurrection from the dead.
"For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, 
piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, 
and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
Hebrews 4:12

My dear friends, this is what we now need!

A spiritual awakening is started by the proclamation of God's Holy Word in Its purest form.
It needs no editing,
no added embellishment,
no accompanying entertainment.

In our homeschool world history this year, 
Zach has been learning about previous spiritual awakenings that have taken place in the past.
Each time we study about them, a longing springs from deep within my soul,
and, OH, I cry out to God!
I long, and I weep, and I BEG Him to send a revival such as these!
One that would sweep our land and shake us out of our complacency and stir us to the point that we will rise up out of our apathy and be the people God is needing us to be.

Wikipedia describes the "Great Awakenings" this way...
"The term Great Awakening can refer to several periods of religious revival in American religious history. Historians and theologians identify three or four waves of increased religious enthusiasm occurring between the early 18th century and the late 19th century. Each of these "Great Awakenings" was characterized by widespread revivals led by evangelical Protestant ministers, a sharp increase of interest in religion, a profound sense of conviction and redemption on the part of those affected, an increase in evangelical church membership, and the formation of new religious movements and denominations."

But, the part that I want us to pay closest attention to is the next paragraph on Wikipedia.
"The Awakenings all resulted from powerful preaching that gave listeners a sense of personal guilt and of their need of salvation by Christ."

Powerful preaching.
What is it?
How does such come about?
Of what is it comprised?
Can it be contrived?

I believe powerful preaching is a two-fold process that requires two vital components.
To explain what I mean, let's think back to the valley of dry bones.

First, 
God told Ezekiel to prophesy upon the bones.
It was Ezekiel's responsibility to preach....
to speak the anointed words of God upon/unto the bones.
After he did this, sinews (tough fibrous tissue that unites muscle to bone and bone to bone; tendons and ligaments) and flesh (the soft substance consisting of muscle and fat that is found between the skin and bones)
and skin miraculously came back onto the bones.
Can you imagine seeing such a sight?
But, as incredible as it was to see and as monumental as the miracle was, 
there was no breath in the bones.
No spirit.
No life.
Just bones, muscles, ligaments & tendons, and skin.

The bones now had substance, but they needed life!

Which brings us to the other part of this.
Second,
God told Ezekiel to prophesy unto the wind 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."

What does this mean?
To what or whom was Ezekiel prophesying when he spoke to the wind?
I think we best find our answer in the words of The Word, 
as He was speaking to Nicodemus in John 3:4-8.
After Jesus introduced the thought of being born again to Nicodemus, 
he asked Jesus this question,
"How can a man be born when he is old? 
can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?"
Jesus answered, 
"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit."

Remember when Jesus told His disciples to tarry in Jerusalem until they would be endued with power from on high?  (Luke 24:49)
That power was the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon them, and it happened as they followed instructions and obediently and faithfully waited in the Upper Room in Jerusalem.

"And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, 
as the Spirit gave them utterance."
Acts 2;1-4

The Holy Spirit is symbolized in the Bible as the wind.
As Ezekiel prophesied and spoke to the wind, a miracle even greater than the phenomenon of muscles, tendons, and skin appearing upon the bones took place.

"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."

At the application of the power of the Holy Spirit, the bones sprang to life,
stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army!

Powerful preaching of God's words spoken through Ezekiel, coupled with the breath of the Holy Spirit is what it took to bring life back into the dead, dry bones.
Powerful preaching of the Word of God administered under the anointing of the Holy Spirit is what has produced the Great Awakenings of the past.
Do we need to wonder what will bring about the desperately needed Great Awakening of our time?

In Amos 8:11, we read,
"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it."

We are now, in America, suffering a real famine of hearing the true, unadulterated, unfiltered,
un-apologized-for, un-watered-down, un-sugar-coated Word of God.
Don't get me wrong.
There is no scarcity of preaching.
There is no lack of mediums to promote and perpetuate our preaching.
But, what exactly are we preaching?

Are we skirting around the issues?
Do we refuse to mention "things" in our preaching?
Have we stopped calling sin by its real name?
Are we preaching the truth?
Do we allow the Holy Spirit to have complete control?
Are we void of His presence in our preaching?

Powerful preaching of the words GOD wanted spoken is the very thing that resurrected the dry bones.
Ezekiel didn't get to choose the words.
God did.
As Ezekiel prophesied the words GOD chose, the result was an awakening...
a quickening...a revival of LIFE!

"My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh."
Proverbs 4:20-22

Friends, I need to ask you a question.
Do you discern the dead spiritual condition of our nation?
In case it does not seem self-evident, may I give you one example that proves where we stand?

convicted sex offender in Charlotte, NC just promoted and successfully convinced a mayor and the majority of seven city council members to pass an ordinance (by a margin of 7 to 4) that will allow "gender-confused" men to legally walk into women's bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms, at will, beginning on April 1st.
The Benham Brothers, along with Concerned Women for AmericaNC Values, and many others fought hard against this, but evil won this battle.
Consequently, beginning on April 1st, if you have a daughter who attends public school in Charlotte, you should find yourself concerned alarmed, because any  boy who chooses to identify himself as a girl can walk into the school bathroom with your daughter, and he can choose to shower with her and her friends in their locker room, instead of those of his own biological gender, without retribution!!!

Sorry to be so graphic...just telling it like it is.

(Even if you do not live in NC, you can take a proactive stand by signing an online petition asking NC Governor Pat McCrory to call a special session of the General Assembly of NC to revoke this horror before it begins on April 1st, by clicking HERE.
If you do not live in NC and want to sign this petition, just click on the bottom right button that says,
"Concerned citizens outside NC".
You can also read an article published by The American College of Pediatricians that contains their thoughts and position on gender ideology by clicking  HERE.
Thank you, Tonya!)

Jesus said,
"Have ye not read, that He which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?"
Matthew 19:4,5

If the Charlotte bathroom bill situation doesn't convince you how far from God America has drifted and how like the "valley of dry bones" we have spiritually become, I must say, I don't know what will.

Holy is being called profane; profane is being called holy.  (Ezekiel 22:26)

God needs us to rise up from our apathy.
To WAKE UP!!
To stop burying our heads in the sand.
To face the reality of where we are.
To DO SOMETHING about it.

If you are a preacher, I implore you to get alone before God and seek His face as to whether or not you are preaching the truth.
Question your own motives.
Be brutally honest and determine why you preach what you do, and why you omit what you omit.
Face fear head-on, and realize that there is a greater law than the "law of this land", and that one day, you will stand before the Lawgiver and be judged by His law Book, and His alone.
Are you willing to take the chance of having blood on your hands on Judgment Day?
(Ezekiel 33:7,8)

If you are a Christian, I implore you to ask God to open your eyes to the conditions.
To pray for courage to step up.
To stop waiting for others to do what you know God is calling you, personally, to do.
To seek Him earnestly to raise up ministers who will proclaim the full truth of His Word, and nothing less.

"Then saith He unto His disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few;
Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth laborers into His harvest."
Matthew 9:37,38

"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
How then shall they call on Him in Whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in Him of Whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!"
Romans 10:13-15

And, may I lovingly remind you that there is a presidential election coming up in November?
Shouldn't we be praying NOW that God will give us a Godly president?
Many states are still to vote to choose who the nominees will be.

The dear, conservative Justice Antonin Scalia is no longer present in the Supreme Court
to defend our Constitution and conservative values.
His absence is already keenly felt.
His vacancy will soon need to be filled, along with the possibility of 3 to 4 other Supreme Court Justices over the next few years.
Ask yourself, who would you most trust to appoint judges who will fight for a conservative, Biblical worldview?
Remember, Supreme Court Justices are appointed by the President of the United States,
and, once in position ,they are there for life.
Their influence will affect not only our generation, but several generations to follow.

There is much at stake.

We can no longer separate our faith and our politics.
It is time that the two must merge and become one.

God asked Ezekiel if the bones could live because whether or not they could ever live again depended upon Ezekiel's response to their dead condition.
Had he chosen to refuse to rise up and follow God's command, regardless how absurd and impossible it seemed, the bones certainly would not have revived on their own.

Can America revive?
I am convinced that the answer to that question depends solely upon you....and me...
and our faithfulness to defend the cross of Jesus Christ.


The other day, Kevin came home and couldn't wait to share this song with me.
It is sung by the bluegrass group, "Blue Moon Rising",
and written by Chris West, lead vocalist for the group.
This song has quickly become one of my favorites,
as it surely explains the heavy burden upon my heart.
I hope you can take the time to listen.


If video doesn't load, click HERE.
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36 comments:

  1. I wish there were more precious people in the world like you my friend, you are a beautiful soul. I love you.

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    1. Dear Denise! Your words are just so dear to my heart...you will never know how much I appreciate the many times you have lifted my spirits and encouraged me by your visits here. I love and appreciate you so much. God bless you. :)

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  2. My dearest Cheryl, let's pray the Lord, for He help us to survive this so bad and sad moment in our lives ... He won't leave us alone in the darnkness, for sure !

    Hope your week is off to a great start, I wish you so much Joy for the days to come,
    sending love to you across the many miles,

    Dany

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    1. Yes, dear Dany, prayer is a powerful weapon, and we must wield it with a passion. Praise God, He will not leave us alone in the darkness....I love the way you worded that. I so appreciate your kind words and support. Sending much love back to you!

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  3. Your words today. Oh my! Your words. So many of them reflect what is in my heart as I watch what is happening to America. You may not know it, but I live in Washington state where a bill allowing opposite gender people, or gender "confused" people to use any bathroom that they choose, has already passed. You wouldn't believe the things that are happening here in our state since this law has passed. I am so appalled. And so afraid for our children. Thank you for these words you've written today. Blessings, Betsy

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    1. Oh, dear Betsy! No, I surely didn't realize you were going through this out there where you live, also. We must be much in prayer for the sake of our dear children and grandchildren and future generations. Surely God is able to turn this tide, if we continue to intercede on behalf of this country. I can't thank you enough for your dear encouragement and the many times your words have given me courage to continue to fight the good fight of faith. Sending you much love and many blessings!

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  4. You uplift me for sure! It is so refreshing to read this instead of the negative outlook of so many when it comes to our culture. Yes, our country has fallen far away from God, but that dry bones scripture is the best. I love the way you wrote about it. You have the right spirit and how can God not honor His Word? I'm filled with hope!

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    1. Praise God, dear Mary! I so appreciate your words...they were such an uplift to me tonight. You are so right, God has to honor His Word. Mom used to tell me that there are three things God cannot do...He cannot lie, He cannot fail, and He cannot change. What a comfort that is to know that! May He just bless you abundantly for the great encouragement you are to me!

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  5. I love the passion in your post, and the reminder of God's great power to not only revive the dead, even dry bones. And you're right we do have to step up and play our part in that and be faithful to his Word. I'm in the UK but I think a lot of the same things apply. We were neighbours at Testimony Tuesday this morning but only getting the chance to visit now!

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    1. Thank you so much, Carly. It was so kind of you stop by and leave such sweet encouragement here! God bless you in the UK...I know your light is shining for Him and illuminating your corner of the world!

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  6. Dear Mrs. Smith,
    What an encouraging post; I do think there should be a revival in the hearts and minds of Americans and Christians. While I was reading this, it made me think of something. As Christians, we're supposed to stand against the evil darkness of this world. as Ephesians 6:10-20 says. We're supposed to: put on the whole armour of God that we may be able to withstand in the evil day, put on the breastplate of righteousness, have our loins girt about with truth, shod our feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace, take the shield of faith so we can quench all the fiery darts of the wicked, put on the helmet of Salvation, and take the sword of the Spirit. All these items of war go on the front of our bodies...nothing covers the back of us. We're supposed to stand. Not retreat or back away, but stand. If we don't need armour on the back of us, then we are not supposed to turn around and walk away.
    I thought that was very neat! I just learned it a couple months ago, and your post reminded me of it. :)
    I hope you have a happy day, dear friend.
    Much love and prayers,
    Ashley
    creatingpreciousmoments.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes, dear Ashley, we surely need to don the full armor of God in these perilous times. My dear Dad used to tell me that about there not being a piece of armor for the back. We must keep our faces always forward and keep fighting the good fight of faith, for this is how we will attain eternal life. Thank you so much for persevering to leave the comment and for stopping by for a visit. I so appreciate the encouragement you left here. Sending you much love across the miles!

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  7. Hi Cheryl! That song was so good! And this is the second time I've read about the Ezekiel passage on a blog this week. I think God is trying to tell us all something. NOTHING is impossible with God. The dry and dead can become new and alive again. What a wonder that is!
    Thank you for your words of hope about our country. May God lead us to the place we need to go. And may we be obedient in following Him.
    Tuesday blessings,
    Ceil

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    1. Isn't that a beautiful song? Wow, the words are just so articulate. That is amazing that you have read not just one, but two blogs about this subject this week. Yes, I do believe He is indeed trying to tell us something. Thank you so much for stopping by and for being such a steady source of encouragement to me in this blogging journey. Love and appreciate you, sweet Ceil!

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  8. I love the scene of the dry bones coming alive - and I think it's such an apt word picture for the state of our nation. Yes, we do indeed need a revival in this country. And I think you're right - we believers are the only ones to make it happen (of course, with the power of the Holy Spirit doing His work!) Here's the thing that makes me sad, though. Do those *dry bones* in our country want to be revived? This is where God must work. It's a team effort - us doing our due diligence, spreading His Gospel - and Him, preparing and wooing and convicting hearts.

    Oh, may this nation once again say with conviction and meaning, "God bless America!"

    GOD BLESS!

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    1. Amen, and amen, Sharon! I know there are many of us who long for revival, and we must just stand firm side by side and shoulder to shoulder on the battlefield. We are more than conquerors through Him that loves us, praise His name! Sending you much love and many blessings, dear friend!

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  9. Dry bones, yes our nation is a valley of dry bones void of life because they are void of God's word and the Holy Spirit! Sin brings death and we have a world full of "dead" people. I have written against so many things going on in this world on my blog. One thing I have written against is the demonic tv series, The Walking Dead. So many people are seriously "preparing" for a so-called Zombie Apocalypse. Well, I have news for them.....IT IS ALREADY HERE! Spiritually DEAD people walking around indulging in sin, loving sin, legalizing sin, craving sin, and blinded by sin. Any time you point out or minister against sinfulness, people resentfully demand that you not judge them! The dry bones want to stay that way now days! People are happy in their sin. Sinners don't want to give up their sin. Tolerance and acceptance have been twisted into perverseness. However, I am so excited to be a child of God during these days because opportunities to speak out and minister are at every turn. I am saddened by the state of this nation and the world, but I get fired up taking a stand for God! I crave the anointing, the fire, the power of the Holy Spirit.
    Wonderful post, Cheryl. The scriptures you included in this post have stirred up the Spirit within me! I love His Word! You are so right. It is going to take the WORD, the pure WORD, preached like God has it written down. No sugar coating and no exceptions!
    God bless you for your ministry!
    I love you!

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    1. Oh, my! Your words are so true, Chris! We are in quite a sad state when even church members are caught up in such evil. God help us all. We just need to keep shining the light of Jesus in a spirit of love and kindness and show this world that our hope still lies in the dear Lord and what only HE can do. You are such a dear blessing to me, and I love you, dear friend. :)

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  10. It's hard not to get stirred up when reading that passage from Ezekiel. It portrays so graphically the power of obedience and God's Word. Keep fanning the flames Cheryl.

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    1. Dear Wanda! I love the way you put that...yes, dear Lord, help us to be faithful to keep fanning the flames, even when it appears that it is doing no good and that the bones are completely dead and that our labors are all in vain. We cannot afford to become weary in well doing, even though it would be so much easier to relax and stop fighting. God help us to stay strong! Thank you for your precious encouragement, sweet friend. God bless you abundantly...sending you much love and many blessings. :)

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  11. This is an important question about our country and most importantly about the Church in America. Our problems really are spiritual no matter how they show themselves. The Old Testament prophets like Ezekiel give us examples of working in a time when so many have turned from the Lord. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and Scripture.

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    1. Amen, and amen, Gail!! Thank you ever so much for your thoughts and input. It is always such a blessing to see that you have stopped by here! God bless you abundantly for leaving encouragement!! I need to stop over and see you soon...it has been a while.

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  12. Wow I am glad you stopped by on my blog. I need to keep up with your posts. You are a lady that loves God's word and believe in the power of it! That is what will change this nation. But it has to start with the church living by it and forsaking the things of this world and not being comfortable about it. I know that is my prayer for myself and the church. Thanks again for stopping by

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    1. Oh, thank you SO much, Kristina! Your note was such a dear encouragement to me! You and I seem to be sharing the same burden, and I want to keep up with your posts, too. Will be back over to visit and start following you. YES, it needs to start with the church living it and forsaking the things of this world!!! You worded that so well. God help us to BE who He is calling us to be in these dark days! SO very thankful to meet you!!

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  13. This is my prayer every single day without exception now. "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord" is evident throughout the history of this world. There has never been a more powerful nation than the ones that serve the Living God. In contrast there has never been more destroyed nations than the ones that turn their back on Him.

    It's not rocket science and it's easier to see than the big "E" on the eye chart... but not for the willfully ignorant. That's who we're praying for along with those of us that know truth to stand up and speak it!!!

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    1. Amen, and amen, brother! Your words ring with such truth. We are surely in a bad place with the way we have turned our backs upon the dear Lord. We can only repent and follow 2 Chronicles 7:14 and trust Him to have mercy upon us. He is so faithful. Thank you for your encouragement and kind words. They always mean so much. God bless you!

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  14. Those who are living in darkness are spiritually dead in their sins. I am so glad that God is not giving up on those dead souls, but as we pray and speak life to those bones, they shall come live. It is difficult when we see so much evil to wonder if God can change hearts - - But He will as we believe and pray. Thank you for sharing your interesting post with us here at Tell me a Story. http://letmetelluastory.blogspot.com/

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    1. Yes! We need to pray and speak life into the bones, and as the precious Holy Spirit quickens them, surely they can live again! Thanks so much for stopping by, Hazel. God bless you!

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  15. Oh we absolutely need to repent and beg God for revival. Yes, and let it begin with me, Father. All the way down to my bones. Visiting today from #Thought-Provoking Thursday. :)

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    1. Yes, amen, and amen! Let it begin with me, too. SO very thankful for your sweet visit and comments, Lisa! God bless you!

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  16. AMEN!!!! Cheryl, the Lord is using you mightily to gently admonish us to get on our knees and seek God's face for revival in this country.

    My husband and I talk about the Great Awakening all the time. My husband always says, "we are due!". Yet I see him get passed over by churches when they are looking for a Pastor because my husband represents preaching the Word in Spirit and Truth without apology, with gentleness and love, trusting the Holy Spirit to do what He says He will as the Word goes forth. But sadly, church after church is going the way of the flash and dazzle; never using words like sin and hell; changing their names to leave out Baptist or Evangelical because they feel those words have a bad connotation. I fear for my precious granddaughter, what type of Christianity will there by when she is older. My husband and I have been searching for a church for years, but they are all going the way of modern culture and catering to seeker friendly, rather than trusting the Word to convict and to bring about new life.

    Your insights about the dry bones were so enlightening. I read those passages with new eyes as you led us along in your exposition of them.

    Cheryl, you are such blessing to the Kingdom and to me.

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    1. Dear Karen! I can't thank you enough for your kind words and sweet visit! My heart goes out to you and your husband in these dark days, and it reminds me of the Scripture that prophesied that the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine. We are there, my friend! The time has come. God bless you as you continue to do your utmost to mind God and your husband speaks truth. I so appreciate you and thank you for being such a blessing to me on this blogging journey! Sending you much love and many blessings today!

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  17. sorry to communicate with you this way. I set up my mail chimp. thanks for letting me know. I cant wait to get more of your posts. you are very gifted

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    1. Thank you ever so much for your dear, kind words, Kristina! I am going over to your blog right now to subscribe! I can't wait to read more of your posts, too! God bless you!!!

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  18. Oh my dear Cheryl! I sat in tears as I read this post, because you so eloquently and mightily shared deep from your heart truth from the very heart of God. I know how the Lord has been working in deep intercessory ways in your life, and from that time with HIM, this post was birthed, and it is POWERFUL! Oh so true, if the WORD won't bring us alive, nothing will! No games, no lights, no show, no fancy words, clothes or amazing talent will bring forth life... NOPE! Only in the WORD is there hope for revival! Oh I do pray for a mighty revival and anointing to come to our land, we need it so desperately... the dry bones need life, and indeed, that LIFE is God's Word and His Spirit. I will join with you in believing, and petitioning the Lord for this to take place... and the song you shared simply wonderful... love the lyrics... praying for the dry bones to come alive in Jesus name! Much love and hugs to you dear Cheryl... God is able to do the impossible, even if we can't see it!!!!

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    1. Your dear words! They have encouraged me greatly, my friend! I can't tell you how much your encouragement and support mean to me....along this blogging journey and in carrying this burden to the Father. May He just bless you abundantly, the way you have so often blessed me! Sending you much love and many blessings across the miles!

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