Pentecost Rumination 1 ~ No More Dry Bones: In His Spirit is LIFE

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2011

It is the season of Pentecost, the time of year we choose to remember:

  • Forty days after His resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven.
  • Fifty days after His resurrection, His Spirit came.

For the next few days, as His Spirit leads this will be a place for sharing ruminations on God, His purpose and the awesome wonder of Pentecost.

I am in the process of recording a new patriotic song for our nation, which God
unexpectedly downloaded in one of His “suddenlies” during March 2011.  The song is called, “ONE NATION UNDER GOD”.  Its purpose is to remember and honor the
heroic acts on the part of ordinary people in the face of the evil on 9-11-01
and be reminded we are each called to do the good work before us serving others
each day under the covering of our faith in God.  Through the song we declare we are and will remain “ONE NATION UNDER GOD” (committed to Him and living His Way).

The song will be released July 4th on youtube and through various outlets.  As I have worked on the song, I have needed a covering of prayer and so there is a group of intercessors, who bless me with theirs!  As I prepared to head to The Creation Lab on May 26th to record the lead vocals, one of the intercessors said the Lord was giving her Ezekiel 37 as verses related to the task before me.

I know those verses well.   They relate the story of God, Ezekiel and the dry bones.  It is
the story which describes how God uses Ezekiel’s obedience to the impossible to give new life to a valley filled with dry, disconnected, lifeless bones.

For over a year the Lord has been whispering He is going to have me write another book.  It will be the story of how God uses ordinary lives to accomplish extraordinary things when we seek to learn to hear the voice of His Spirit speaking within us and choose to listen and obey no matter how ridiculous or impossible the task seems.  The book is to be called, God Uses Nobodies”.

In addition to the song, “ONE NATION UNDER GOD”, during one of His March “suddenlies” He also downloaded the book’s introduction in a fast five minutes.  I scribbled it down as fast as it came on a scrap of paper, folded it and tucked it into my Bible.  Yesterday, on the Sunday before the 2011 celebration of Pentecost when I opened my Bible; it fell open to the page where I had “randomly” placed that sheet of paper. The place it marked was Ezekiel 37:

Ezek. 37:1-10 (Amplified)

1 The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he 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. 2 And He caused me to pass round about among them, and behold, there were very many [human bones] in the open valley or plain, and behold, they were very dry. 3 And He said to me, Son of man, can these bones live?  And I answered, O Lord God, you know! [I Cor. 15:35.]  4 Again He said to me, Prophesy to these bones and say to them, O you dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. [John 5:28.]  5 Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath and spirit to enter you, and you shall live; 6 And I will lay sinews upon you and bring up flesh upon you and cover you with skin, and I will put breath and spirit in you, and you [dry bones] shall live, and you shall know, understand, and realize that I am the Lord [the Sovereign Ruler, Who calls forth loyalty and obedient service]. 7 So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a [thundering] noise and behold, a shaking and trembling and a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. 8 And I looked and behold, there were sinews upon [the bones] and flesh
came upon them and skin covered them over, but there was no breath
or spirit in them. 9 Then said He to me, Prophesy to the breath and spirit, son of man, and say to the breath and spirit, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath and spirit, and
breathe upon these slain that they may live.
10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath and spirit came into [the bones], and they lived and stood up upon their feet, an exceedingly great host. [Rev. 11:11.]  

There are no coincidences when serving God.  There was a message here.  I asked Him what He was showing me. His answer was revelation regarding how the story of the dry bones relates to the first Pentecost and the new Pentecost He desires to bring in each of our lives as the critical component for the expansion and continued fulfillment of His Great Commission.

Pentecost is all about celebrating that Jesus sent His Spirit that we might be able to walk
out the work He sets before us. And it will be His Spirit who leads us in this work.

We can do nothing without God’s Spirit.  No matter how good our intentions, we are like disconnected dry bones and dead, unable to have His eternal effect on those around us unless the life of His Spirit rushing through us, empowering us, leading us and guiding us.

All work, all activity in our lives points back to God’s purpose for us that we would
glorify Him – that every aspect of our lives would give Him His due and cause others to see Him through us.  But if we try to walk out this life of faith by ourselves, we will be like the dry bones referenced in Ezekiel.  We need the Holy Spirit.

God is saying…. (prophetic word “Wake Up, Dry Bones” from 6/4/2011 follows in separate
blog post)

For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro For information on her work for the military and their families please visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org   Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.

Author: Elizabeth Fulgaro

I am a God-seeker--a Jesus-worshipper--a Holy Spirit follower. I create songs, devotions, prayers, books and Bible studies to give words with which to get to know God more. For you. Its for one-on-One encounter unto transformed, transcendent living. This is not my vocation. I am not professional. I am a real, ordinary person just looking to do what God put me here to do. (You have a unique purpose too.) So I am called to the work. It is not my income source, but my gift to those who find it blessing. Eagles Nest Foundation sponsors all projects for you. The result: pure, clean spiritual nutrition to feed that deep insatiable spiritual hunger which eventually overtakes each of us and galvanizes you to the life God has for you. This life is purposeful. Exceptional. You--yes, you--are called to something greater and more satisfying in His service. So it is hoped you'll try this spiritually dense nutrition and find it to be a personal blessing. However, the goodness of God-following doesn't stop there. He uses those who seek Him to be His love and care (justice, mercy, advocate, kindness) very tangibly in the lives of those around you. Not by your power but by His. His ideas. God ideas. Not just good ideas. To be part of changing the world, if you will let Him. You learn to just follow where He leads. That if you listen, He will teach you to hear His voice and then when you obey His inner promptings you will become His incredible hands and feet in this hard world. These materials will help! They will help you aim your life towards God in a way you never look back. You will not be the same. He will become the River in your desert spaces and you will become a conduit of this same River of refreshing, replenishing Water of Life to others. Find a prayer. Pick a blog post. Read a book. Be led deeper into the Bible. Select a song which resonates and use it and use it again to go close and ever closer to the God who longs to draw you near. Oh, and don't be tempted to think I'm a crazy over-spiritualized loony...My background is financial planning and counseling. Almost 40 years of it. To choose to believe in God is not to leave practicality and reason behind, but to learn that there is that which goes beyond it and includes it, unto true life fulfillment beyond all your dreams for the one who keeps seeking Him. I am a third generation Californian. I am a person to whom family means everything. The only priority higher is God. The foothills of the Sierra Nevada are my home. It is here the 1849-1856 Gold Rush is still glorified. Easy money? Actually only for the few. Even though I was raised in the Church, it took me ten years of doubting God even existed to realize that without Him, no matter how much of this life's "stuff" is accumulated, I actually have nothing. To come to know that all those who chased after gold are dead and all those who still chase stuff will be dead. That's when I became a God-seeker. Looking for that more. And Eureka! (This is California's state slogan and means I found it.) I found God...or rather, I discovered He was there and had been there waiting for me to look for Him the whole time. May you discover more of Him for you, greater flourishing life and greater flourishing for all in the world as well. God bless you! ~Elizabeth

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