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“And ye shall know that I am the Lord” Ezekiel 37:13

Why does God ask us questions that He already knows the answer to?  Why put us through the trouble of processing the thought and deciding upon answer?

God is looking for a willing person to help Him.  Does He need us — no.  Does He want us — undoubtedly, yes!  Doesn’t it feel good to be wanted?  If you read the passage found at the link above in Ezekiel, you’ll see a God who is looking for a willing man.  He asks in the midst of a graveyard, “can these bones live?”  Of course not, not on their own.  Now show a little more faith.  Here’s how Ezekiel answers — “O Lord God, thou knowest.”  Makes you wonder how Ezekiel was processing these thoughts.  Was he simply brushing off the question, assuming God had an answer and would tell him, or did he know and trust wholly in his heart that God knows if the bones can live and would make them live, if it were for His glory?

Read on, Jesus stated twice that He would put breath in the bones and cause them to live.  Yet, as the miracle began, He did all but that last part, the breath of life, and entrusted His follower, Ezekiel to speak the words.  Jesus said, “Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.”  Ezekiel simply followed his command and prophesied as unto the Lord and the bones came to life.  Breath was breathed into them.

But that’s not all.

Not only did breath come in, but each new body stood up, as a vast army, together in obedience to the command of God.  Ephesians 5:14 shows the same action, saying “Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.”

God promised us that if we’ll simply follow Him, he will give us the power to serve Him and for Him to work through us, as found in Luke 24:49 “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”  Bear in mind, God’s power is not meant to be kept to yourself, but to be spread around and passed on.  Don’t let the power die with your parent’s generation or your generation, pass it to the next group of young adults who come up in your wake.

“Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?” 1 John 1:5

“I have overcome the world” -Jesus