Hosea 6:1-3 (CSB)
“Come, let’s return to the Lord. For he has torn us, and he will heal us; he has wounded us, and he will bind up our wounds. He will revive us after two days, and on the third day he will raise us up so we can live in his presence. Let’s strive to know the Lord. His appearance is as sure as the dawn. He will come to us like the rain, like the spring showers that water the land.”
Ezekiel 37:1-14 (CSB)
“The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by his Spirit and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around them. There were a great many of them on the surface of the valley, and they were very dry. Then he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I replied, “Lord God, only you know.” He said to me, “Prophesy concerning these bones and say to them: Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Lord God says to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you will live. I will put tendons on you, make flesh grow on you, and cover you with skin. I will put breath in you so that you come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.” So I prophesied as I had been commanded. While I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. As I looked, tendons appeared on them, flesh grew, and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them. He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man. Say to it: This is what the Lord God says: Breath, come from the four winds and breathe into these slain so that they may live!” So I prophesied as he commanded me; the breath entered them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, a vast army. Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Look how they say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope has perished; we are cut off.’ Therefore, prophesy and say to them, ‘This is what the Lord God says: I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them, my people, and lead you into the land of Israel. You will know that I am the Lord, my people, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. 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 am the Lord. I have spoken, and I will do it. This is the declaration of the Lord.’””
Exodus 12:21-23 (CSB)
“Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go, select an animal from the flock according to your families, and slaughter the Passover animal. Take a cluster of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and brush the lintel and the two doorposts with some of the blood in the basin. None of you may go out the door of his house until morning. When the Lord passes through to strike Egypt and sees the blood on the lintel and the two doorposts, he will pass over the door and not let the destroyer enter your houses to strike you.”
The current situation that we face right now has made many of us realize that what we know as Christianity is not working. Yes, I am aware of the pessimism behind this statement; however, we must address this reality while we are in this time of isolation. We need something new. We need to be refreshed.
I find it interesting that we are ending our consecration on the first day of Passover. Honestly, I didn’t realize the correlation until I was praying and God highlighted this time to me. Passover is more than blood on a doorpost. It is a time of refreshing and renewal. As we log in to our church services and live in social distancing, we begin to realize the need for change and renewal. We, like Ezekiel, look at what we perceive as dry bones— doctrines that do not align with scripture, political agendas, people disenchanted and disengaged from church and religion, and people who have been hurt and abused by the church— and see no hope. In this season, God is raising up a generation in the secret place that is willing to lean into God’s shift and turn the world upside down.
To get to the point of revival, there has to be a season of humility and repentance. Hosea 6:1-3 really sums this up— God has brought us to the place of brokenness and repentance and he is the same one that will build us back up. God is humbling his people. I’ve used the analogy of wheat and tares for years, and I have seen that manifest physically during this time. God is making us look at our idols including religious practices and get us back in alignment and focus with him.
So where does this leave us? I feel deeply in my spirit that these next seven days are crucial not just in the country but in the life of the believer. We have to show that we have been marked by God so the darkness can pass over. There is going to be a major shift this week that will lead people to the altars and to the place of revival. All we can do is pray, sacrifice what we can at the altar, and make sure we are covered by the blood of Jesus Christ.
Tonight, my wife and I will be anointing the doorposts of our house and praying for God’s grace and protection over us, our neighbors, and our land. As a sign of trust in God, we are also posting red fabric on our door for the week of Passover. I invite you to pray and, if led, do the same. It is time for the shift to come, and we must be ready.
Pray for the church universal to come into unity.
Pray that God cleanses you, your family, your church, and your community.
Pray that God has mercy on his people during this time
Pray for a deep manifestation of his Glory to rest on us as we sit in the secret place.
Pray that the hearts of believers are changed so that we can be carriers of hope for those who do not have it.