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SERMON LIBRARY
WORD OF THE WEEK

HE BREATH OF GOD
Part II
Good morning friends,

If you read Part I of this series you read the ground work for understanding what
the Lord and the Holy Spirit want us to see in and through His written Word. Now
we will go to Ezekiel 37 and the valley of dry bones for inspiration and
encouragement of God’s promises to His church and America.

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 very many in the
open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, “Son of man, can
these bones live? So I answered, “O Lord GOD, You know.” Again He said to me,
“Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the
LORD! Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones, “Surely I will cause breath to
enter into you, and you shall live. I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon
you, cover you with skin and you shall know that I am the LORD” ‘ “ so I
prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and
suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. Indeed, as I
looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them
over; but there was no breath in them. Ezekiel 37:1-8

There will be several things to see here but I want us to take note of two in
particular right now:

1. God spoke and 2. Ezekiel obeyed; the dry dead bones stood up. They stood up
but were still dry and like dead men. Now let’s see what the Word says comparing
this prophesy with the seven churches then and today spoken of
in the book of Revelation.

1)
Church at Ephesus: “These things says He who holds the seven stars in His
right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands. I know your
works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil.
And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found
them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My
name’s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you,
that you have left your first love.  Remember therefore from where you have fallen,
repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your
lampstand from its place—unless you repent. But this you have, that you hate the
deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. He who has an ear, let him hear what
the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the
tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” (Revelation 2:1-7)

What is the warning to this church? First they were faithful in all they were doing
but they lost their fire, their excitement their spark, all they did had become
commonplace. They were doing what they needed to do; working in the church
keeping themselves clean from the world, hating evil. But it became so common,
they forgot why they did it and the reason; the reason being Christ and His love
for all mankind; their ‘first love’. Also in forgetting why and for whom they served
sin was allowed to enter His sanctuary/church. They allowed the habits of the
Nicolaitans to infiltrate their church. They allowed schisms to grow, they became
filled with idolatry and immorality. This church became robotic; not worshipping,
not listening to the warnings of the Holy Spirit.

2)
Church at Pergamos: “These things says He who has the sharp two-edged
sword: I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. And you
hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas
was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. But I have
a few things against you because you have there those who hold the doctrine of
Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to
eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit sexual immorality. Thus you also have
those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. Repent, or else I
will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who
overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white
stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who
receives it.” (Revelation 2:13-17)

What is the warning to this church? They never denied Christ for who He was.
But their greatest sin was allowing satan to dwell among them and contaminate
the body of Christ. There was a statue, in the center of the city. It was their healing
god Zeus, whose form was a serpent; this form represented satan to the
Christians.  The church had allowed this idol to be worshipped in the church
which led to immoral sacrifice to this idol which included sexual immorality within
the church. This church had become just like world; the Lord says come out from
among them and be separate (II Corinthians 6:17).

3)
Church at Thyatira: “These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a
flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass: I know your works, love, service, faith,
and your patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first.
Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman
Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to
commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. And I gave her time to
repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent. Indeed I will cast her into
the sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless
they repent of their deeds. I will kill her children with death, and all the churches
shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each
one of you according to your works. Now to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira,
as many as do not have this doctrine, who have not known the depths of Satan, as
they say, I will put on you no other burden. But hold fast what you have till I come.
And he who overcomes, and keeps my works until the end, to him I will give power
over the nations. ‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron; they shall be dashed to
pieces like the potter’s vessels’—as I also have received from My Father and I will
give him the morning star. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to
the churches” ‘. (Revelation 2:18-29)

What is the warning to this church? Evidential there were people in this church
who served Christ but the leadership was corrupt. Instead of teaching Christ love,
compassion, separation from the world, holiness they allowed corrupt teachers to
fill the minds of the people with foolish lies that destroy the soul. The spirit of
Jezebel abides there; which is a controlling spirit. This to me is a warning against
Pastors who are supposed to guide and protect their flock. The teachers may fool
the people but God searches the mind and intents of the heart and nothing
passes Him by.

4)
Church at Sardis: “These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and
the seven stars: I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but
you are dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready
to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. Remember therefore
how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not
watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come
upon you. You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their
garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. He who
overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name
from the Book of Life, but I will confess his name before My Father and before His
angels. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches”.
(Revelation 3:1-6)

My Lord and My God! I cannot imagine the Lord saying that to me or a church
body. I cannot imagine a church that claims to follow Christ being dead. But it is
out of His great love for all mankind to warn them. This church is so out of touch
with God; it is wrong and needs to repent. You cannot serve two masters; he will
hate one and cling to one; but he cannot serve them both. Saying that should
have stunned them enough to hear the rest; ‘watch and strengthen what remains
or you will lose it all’. If you can’t feel the Spirit pulling you, if you can’t see sin for
what it is; if you are pulled here and there your feet not being established and you
don’t recognize the enemy’s lies it is time to check your spiritual thermometer;
because you need some adjusting. The Word of God says if you are not hot or
cold He will spew you out of His mouth. So if you are cold (dead) just call on Him,
repent and He will rescue you.

5)
Church at Laodiceans: “These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True
Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: I know your works, that you are
neither, cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are
lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you
say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not
know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked—I counsel you to
buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that
you may be clothed that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and
anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and
chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If
anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with
him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My
throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. He who
has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches”.
(Revelation 3:14-22)

This is the last of the five churches that needed rebuking. To be lukewarm is   
disgusting. Life Examples: when you’re drinking a cup of coffee and it gets
lukewarm what is the first thing you do; heat it up right? When you want a hot
bath and the water begins to run cold, what do you do; you wait for the water to
heat up again right? Either way you get disgusted. When you’re cold you take a
hot shower, when you’re hot you take a dip in the cool pool right? But anything
lukewarm just doesn’t cut it. That, I believe, is what the Lord feels when we half-
heartedly serve Him. God did a radical thing sending His only Son to die for
mankind and we need to worship Him radically. May we not forget the Father sent
the Holy Spirit and ‘fire’ to radically charge His church! If we need recharging all
we have to do is tarry before Him.

God’s love for mankind caused Him to reveal to
John the condition of all of the seven

churches then and now so we would not be caught unaware.
In all five of the seven

mentioned here He first rebuked them,
then He reminded them who He was ending up

with promised blessings for all who would repent. Listen again,
His love is amazing:

1) Ephesus church: Christ revealed: He holds the seven stars in His right hand,
He walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands. I see this as the Lord
standing in the midst of the seven churches. The stars and the lampstands or
candlesticks symbolize light to the entire world. This is why it is so important to
walk Christlike in His holiness that the world will see His Light through you.  
The promise: Repent, do your first works and you will eat from the tree of life in
the midst of the Paradise of God.

2) Pergamos church: Christ revealed: He who has the sharp two-edged sword
The promise: Christ will give of the hidden manna to eat and give him a white
stone and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him
who received it.

3) Thyatira church: Christ revealed: The Son of God, who has eyes
like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass.
The promise: He who overcomes and keeps My works till the end, he shall
triumph over evil and the ultimate reward with Jesus throughout eternity.

4) Sardis church: Christ revealed: He who has the seven
Spirits of God and the seven stars.
        
The promise: He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments and I will not
blot out his name from the Book of Life but will confess his name before My
Father and before His angels.


5) Laodicean church: Christ revealed: The Amen, the Faithful and True, the
Beginning of the creation of God.


The promise: This church He chastens and counsels first saying:

1)Buy from Me gold refined in fire, that
2)you receive garments of white,
3)your shame and nakedness covered,
4)anoint your eyes with eye salve that you may see;
5)be zealous

and 6)repent.
Six things required before the promise: I will stand and knock, if you open we will
dine together and he will sit with Me on My throne.


I want to leave us all with two things to ponder over: 1)There is always hope for
with every warning the Lord promises blessings if whosoever will repent and do
his/her first works and 2) A question: Can these dry bones (churches) live? Stay
tuned for the best is yet to come.



Blessings to all
Dee Knupp
Partner in Power In Unity Ministries
dee@powerinunity.com