Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, June 16th, 2011
God Is A Grave Robber
Again He said to me, 'Prophesy over these bones and say to them, 'O dry bones, hear the Word of the Lord.' Thus says the Lord God to these bones, 'Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life.'
Ezekiel 37:4-5 (NAS)
At the beginning of Ezekiel Chapter 37, God sets Ezekiel 'Down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones' (v.1). God tells Ezekiel to prophesy over those bones, and through his words, God brings the dead back to life--literally, spiritually, and symbolically. (God works in every dimension.)

The Lord God can breathe life back into dead valleys, dead works, and dead people. He is a grave robber, and I am one small piece of evidence.

When Jesus came on the scene, He embodied the Word of God as a man. He literally 'Led captivity captive' (Psalm 68:18), conquering Satan once and for all. In rising from the dead, He invites every person of faith to follow Him.

Jesus redeems not just lives, but the works within our lives. 'How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?' (Hebrews 9:14).

He shows us how to turn our boring or unproductive lives into vibrant, passionate, and exciting adventures. It's all about following Him and His callings upon us. It's all about rising from the dead.

Night of the Living Dead is a classic horror film, a piece of fiction. But what if our world has actually entered that night? 'For behold, darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness the peoples; but the Lord will rise upon you and His glory will appear upon you' (Isaiah 60:2).

Your role as an actor for Christ is to be His light--to stand in for the resurrected Christ. You are the voices, hands, and feet of the perfect Grave Robber.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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