There Is Always Hope
Ezekiel 37:1-14 NLT
1 The Lord took hold of me, and I was carried away
by the Spirit of the Lord to a valley filled with
2 He led me all around among the bones that
covered the valley floor. They were scattered
everywhere across the ground and were
completely dried out.
3 Then he asked me, “Son of man, can these bones
become living people again?” “O Sovereign
Lord,” I replied, “you alone know the answer to
4 Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message
to these bones and say, ‘Dry bones, listen to the
word of the Lord!
5 This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Look! I am
going to put breath into you and make you live
6 I will put flesh and muscles on you and cover you
with skin. I will put breath into you, and you will
come to life. Then you will know that I am the
7 So I spoke this message, just as he told me.
Suddenly as I spoke, there was a rattling noise all
across the valley. The bones of each body came
together and attached themselves as complete
8 Then as I watched, muscles and flesh formed over
the bones. Then skin formed to cover their bodies,
but they still had no breath in them.
9 Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message
to the winds, son of man. Speak a prophetic
message and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign
Lord says: Come, O breath, from the four winds!
Breathe into these dead bodies so they may live
10 So I spoke the message as he commanded me,
and breath came into their bodies. They all came
to life and stood up on their feet—a great army.
11 Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones
represent the people of Israel. They are saying,
‘We have become old, dry bones—all hope is
gone. Our nation is finished.’
12 Therefore, prophesy to them and say, ‘This is what
the Sovereign Lord says: O my people, I will open
your graves of exile and cause you to rise again.
Then I will bring you back to the land of Israel.
13 When this happens, O my people, you will know
that I am the Lord.
14 I will put my Spirit in you, and you will live again
and return home to your own land. Then you will
know that I, the Lord, have spoken, and I have
done what I said. Yes, the Lord has spoken!’”
Where there is no HOPE in the future, there is no
POWER in the present!
The only thing worse than a church having empty
pews is to see EMPTY people sitting in them.
Signs of spiritual death:
1. No PURPOSE
2. No PASSION
3. No PRODUCTIVITY
Levels of motivation in the PRESENT is based on
levels of expectation for the FUTURE.
We live in 3 time zones
1. The past through memory
2. The present through observation
3. The future through anticipation
Acts 4:12 KJV – Neither is there salvation in any
other: for there is none other name under heaven
given among men, whereby we must be saved.
1 Timothy 1:1 KJV – Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ
by the commandment of God our Saviour, and
Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope
I. The PRESENCE of the Living
2 Chronicles 20:12 NLT – O our God, won’t
you stop them? We are powerless against
this mighty army that is about to attack us.
We do not know what to do, but we are
looking to you for help
II. The POWER of the Word of
III. PRESIDING in the truth of
IV. The PROMISE of the Spirit of
There Is Always Hope