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Power of Spoken Words – Ezekiel 37 message

Story of Thomas Edison:

Thomas Edison’s teacher handed him a letter for his mother.  The mother read the letter allowed “Your son is a genius. This school is too small for him and doesn’t have enough good teachers for training him. Please teach him yourself.”

After many, many years, after Edison’s mother died and he was now one of the greatest inventors of the century, one day he was looking through old family things. Suddenly he saw a folded paper in the corner of a drawer in a desk. He took it and opened it up. On the paper was written: “Your son is addled [mentally ill]. We won’t let him come to school any more.”

Edison cried for hours and then he wrote in his diary: “Thomas Alva Edison was an addled child that, by a hero mother, became the genius of the century.”

A salute to all the mothers! Who’s love, support, and sacrifice made us succeed in our lives. Happy mother’s day to all mothers here. Please come forward so that the church can pray for you.

At the darkest our in the history of Israel, Jerusalem are just destroyed by the Babylonian empire including the temple of God. The bible says that this was God’s judgment to the wickedness and idolatry of the people of Israel and her leaders. God warned the people thru the prophets  but they wouldn’t listen so God served judgment to the sins of Israel.

609 BC – Judah was defeated by Egypt and King Josiah was slain. His son Jehoiakim was installed by Egypt as King of Judah.

605 BC – Babylonian empire overwhelmed the Egyptian forces. King Jehoiakim shifted allegiance to the Babylonians. But after a few years of battle between Egypt and the Babylonians, King Jehoiakim shifted allegiance back to Egypt.

597 BC – Babylonians attacked Jerusalem and brought around 10,000 Jews exiles to Babylonia including the king’s son and Ezekiel. Only the poorest were left in the city. King Zedekiah was installed by Babylon as king of Judah but later King Zedekiah also rebelled against Babylon.  While an exile in Babylon, Ezekiel was appointed by God as a watchman for Israel and he warned the people of the pending siege and destruction of Jerusalem.

588 BC – Babylonian laid siege to Jerusalem and the wall was breached and the temple destroyed two years later.  This time, God appointed Ezekiel as a watchman for the give hope to the remnants that one day, God will gather all the people of Israel and they will live in their own lands.

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The Jews were devastated, they can’t believed that God didn’t rescue them but allowed the pagan empire to destroy God’s temple. People are hopeless.

In Ezekiel 37 we read one of the most visual text of God’s miracles.

Ezekiel 37:1-14 NIV

[1] … The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. [2] He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. [3] He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”
I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know. ”

— Hand of the Lord –> help from God.

— If God asks you something this is the safest answer – “Sovereign Lord, you alone know”.

[4] Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! [5] This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. [6] I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord. ‘ ” [7] So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. [8] I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.

— God commanded Ezekiel to prophesy to the bones. Ezekiel obeyed and prophesied and his prophecy came thru. There’s power in Ezekiel’s spoken words.

[9] Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’ ” [10] So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army. …

— Dry bones becomes a vast army because it is commanded by God, and Ezekiel prophesied for it. Notice how God wanted us to participate in a miracle? God didn’t directly prophesy on the dry bones but wanted us to be involve. I believe that God wanted us to experience the miracles and so increase our faith.

— Biblical Principle: A Christian should prophesy God’s commandments in his/her life to claim victory in life. This is known as declaration of faith.

[11] Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off .’ [12] Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. [13] Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. [14] I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord .’” …

— The dry bones are the hopeless Israel. The watchman prophesy on them so that they will have hope. And surely, the prophecy came true when the first exile returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the city in 538 BC.

— Always, the purpose of any miracles is bring glory to God. Notice the clause, then you will know that I the Lord have spoken.


Let’s go back to Thomas Edison, his mother prophesied that he is a genius and he became one. Observed that his mother didn’t speak that Edison was addled. James 3:9 says that we can use our tongue to either praise God or to curse others. So this is our option, to prophesy good things or bad things to our life. Like a ship that is so big and great but is only driven by a small rudder, so is the tongue no matter how small can have significant impact to your life.

James 3:9 NIV

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.

James 3:4 NIV

Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.

Proverbs 18:21 NIV
[21] The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Positive declarations— stop saying negative words and start saying positive words

Zechariah was made silent because he doubted that his wife will become pregnant. To avoid him from from saying negative declaration.

Luke 1:20 NIV
And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time.”

Positive declarations should be daily practiced by Christians to have complete victory in our lives. Remember that declarations should be rooted in gospel truths to be effective and with the intention of giving glory to God. Prosperity gospel, on the other hand, are focused on material things and only uses God as an amulet to get what we want. We can’t fool God. Remember that His  will is sovereign above all. Below are some positive Christian declaration you can use.

  1. I receive an abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness. I reign in life through Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17).
  2. I look out not only for my own interests but also for the interests of others (Philippians 2:4).
  3. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). 

For more sample Christian declarations, please use this link.

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