There are two kinds of religion that dominate the scene today: one, as we have mentioned, is social; the other is spiritual.
The spiritual church is on fire for God, preaching a complete Gospel – salvation, the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, the power to heal and deliver the power to break the yoke of bondage and live victoriously.
It’s up to you. You have to decide if you want life. You have to look things over and make a choice. If you want spiritual life, you’re going to have to get out of that graveyard, and go where you can hear the Word of the Lord.
Don’t let loyalty stand in the way. Many are so loyal to a place filled with dry bones, a graveyard. They wouldn’t dare leave that cemetery – because they like that social form. But there is something much better than being loyal to a cemetery that does you no good. Such a place is lullabying souls off to sleep. They slumber away from week to week, never hearing anything that will stir conviction in the heart and cause them to go deep with the Lord. You can loyally serve such a place unto the Lord comes – but you’ll find out that such Luke warmness won’t get you into the kingdom of God.
Revelation 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth.
A lukewarm church is dead, to the extent that life is no longer moving in it. It is just form. It is make-believe, a conscience soother – making you feel you’ve done a good thing by just being there.
You have to reach the place where your loyalty is to God. You must serve Him where there is life, and where there is freedom and liberty in the Spirit.
The pastor who wants the fire – yet his people wants to stay in the valley
Sometimes, a pastor may have to move on, because his people want to remain in the valley of dry bones – while he wants the fire of God moving in his life.
I knew a pastor who had pastored a church that was bound in social form for years. One day the pastor was filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to go deeper with God.
Every time he wanted to stir his church to move on with God, the board would give him the same answer: Listen, we’ve done it this way for years, and we’re not going to change now! They’d been dead for forty years, and they weren’t about to come to life just because the pastor had a fresh touch from the Lord. They just didn’t want to hear the Word. They had no desire to go deeper with God.
Well, the pastor got so discouraged that he resigned and took up another pastorate, where he might move on with God, and where he could minister life unto hungry souls.
The army of God -
Ezekiel 37:9-10 Then said He unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.
Let us understand that this message in Ezekiel is basically speaking of the restoration of Israel in the last days. The day is coming when Israel will be fully restored back to the spiritual splendor she once had with God. That day is coming into fulfillment now. And, as time goes on, we will see it fulfilled to the letter.
But this restoration also applies to the Gentiles. God wants to bring men and women out of the dry, barren places, and give them fullness of joy.
Let’s look at God’s remedy to this dry place:
Acts 2:15-17a For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; and it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh . . .
When Ezekiel prophesied unto the wind, the wind moved and life was given: those dry bones became an exceeding great army. So it is when God pours out His Spirit upon those who let Him fill them to overflowing. The next thing you know, He is raising up a mighty arm of Spirit-filled believers to stand with Him.
Acts 2:17b . . . and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams
This is what is it like for those who have come out of the valley of dry bones. This is what we are seeing today. God is pouring out His Spirit, and the gifts of the Spirit are in operation in and through His people. He is fulfilling His Word – just as promised.
Acts 2:18 And on My servants and on My handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit; and they shall prophesy
God gives us something far greater than a social, dry religion! He lifts us into the realm of spiritual blessing, where He will pour out His Spirit and grant an enduement of power from on high – that these mighty works might follow us.
What is God’s answer to that dry, barren place? His answer is to really get saved, and then go on to be filled with the Holy Ghost. You have to come to the place where you rise up to claim the blessing of God, the place where you get down to business and seek God to fill you with the Holy Ghost.
God will certainly honour His Word. He will pour out His Spirit upon you, if you want Him to. You will be baptized with the Holy Ghost and speaking in other tongues. When God said He would pour out His Spirit on all flesh, that word ALL includes you, as well as anyone else who will open his life to Him.
Acts 2:38-39 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
Here’s a promise for every believer. God promises to take you deeper. He will breathe His Holy Spirit into you, and fill you to overflowing.
Claim the promise by faith -
Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but He that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.
John the Baptist was testifying Jesus would come and baptize with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.
If you will enter in and seek out the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, Jesus will add this to your experience. Exercise your faith in the promise of God, and claim it for your own life. Press your way in – and He will fill you.
Then you can go forth in the army of God to conquer the enemy, and live a victorious Christian life where His works will be evident.