Thursday, August 21, 2008

Prophesy to the Bones

Last night as I was preparing dinner, I turned on Joyce Meyer (I took a mini break from watching the Olympics because they were doing re-plays). About a year or so ago, I became a huge Joyce Meyer fan. For so long, I refused to watch her because what I had seen of her made me think she was harsh and critical. Once I actually sat down and watched her teach, I knew I was wrong. She is an awesome teacher of the Word. I respect her so much and can relate to her because I feel like I sometimes deal with the same struggles she has overcome.

Last night's lesson was one of the best I've heard from her. It was a powerful lesson on what God can do in my life. I'll share just a couple of the things she said because I can't remember all of it.

She was talking about how many people pray to God to change their circumstances but they never speak any life over themselves. They pray for God to help them financially, with their families, to be healed, better jobs, etc, but after they're done praying, they say stuff like, "Oh, I'll always be sick." Or, "I'll never be able to eat anything but hamburgers. I'll never be able to afford to buy steaks." She said that when you do that, not even God can help you because you keep talking Him out of it. You have NO faith! She said that she's not a "name it claim it" person (which I really respect). She said she thinks that's weird and doesn't believe in that (and gave examples of people doing that sort of thing); however, she said what you speak determines so much. She gave these examples from the Bible:

She used Romans 4 and the story of how Abraham came to be the father of many nations. She taught of how he was told, when it seemed impossible, that he would be the father of many nations...when he had NO children. Romans 4:17 says, "As it is written: "I have made you a father of many nations." he is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed-the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.

The highlighted verse is one that she directly pointed out. God called this into Abraham's life. It had not happened yet, but it was called into his life as if it had already happened. We must do the same! If you want to be healthy, don't walk around always talking about how sick you are! Speak words of life and words of health over yourself. If you want to be more stable financially, don't walk around talking about how it will never happen!

Joyce also quoted this amazing story from scripture as an example of the power of words:
Ezekiel 37:1-9: The hand of the Lord was upon 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. 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. he asked me, "Son of man, can these bones live?"
I said, "O Sovereign Lord, you alone know.
Then He said to me, "Prophesy to these bones and say to them, 'Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!' This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. 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."
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. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.
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 from the four winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live.'" So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet-a vast army.

The Lord told him to "prophesy over the bones"; to speak life over them. Joyce said that if he could raise a dead army with the power of his words, we can certainly speak life and God's Word over our bodies and our circumstances! We don't have to settle for mediocre lives. So why do we? Why do I? Why do I continue to see the worst and expect it to always be that way? Today I am going to go the other route. I am going to speak words of life over myself, my family, my friends, our circumstances... I am going to trust God and believe that He can and will do what He says He can do.

Today Joyce is doing part two of this amazing lesson. To watch yesterday's lesson (because she explains it WAY WAY better than I just did), click the link:

Your Words and Your Future- Pt 1- Viewer's Choice #1

Your Words and Your Future- Pt 2- Viewer's Choice #1

After watching yesterday's lesson, I know why this is the #1 viewer's choice. It's really really great! I strongly encourage you to watch these lessons, especially if you struggle at all with the words you speak and the expectations you have of your life. It will take 20 minutes of your life (each lesson) but will give you so much more!!!


Amber Brockett said...

Wow bless me everyday with your words. I love Joyce as well. I listen to her every morning when I drop the boys off at school and head to work. The car is finally quite and I feel this is my devotion time. She is awesome!! Thank you for your words...what A powerful lesson. I do struggle with this because you never want to give total control to God. We hold on to something that really isnt ours to start with. I tell myself this everyday. "Just let go Amber and watch what God can do"!! Blessings to you today!!