By Rena Oynes: Louisiana
In my early morning walks along the Lakefront in Mandeville, Louisiana there are many stately sprawling “LIVE” oaks. They have been through many a hurricane and still stand. They are hardwood trees that symbolize strength, stability, and steadfastness. In my Bible study of Beth Moore’s book “Breaking Free”, the theme passage is Isaiah 61: 1-4 AMP which reads as follows:
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor and the afflicted: He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, and proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison and the eyes to those who are bound; 2. To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord – the year for His favor – and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; 3. To grant to those who mourn in Zion, to give them an ornament – a garland or diadem of joy for mourning, the garment of praise instead of a heavy, burned and failing spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness (lofty, strong and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice, and right standing with God, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. 4. And they shall rebuild the ancient ruins, they shall raise up the former desolations and renew the ruined cities, the deviations of many generations.”
Are we “LIVE” Oaks in the house of the Lord or are we oppressed, non-functioning dead wood in the house of the Lord. In the Isaiah scripture above we read the Spirit of the Lord is UPON me. Having been to David Hall’s saturation meetings, he said in Ezekiel 37:1 “The hand of the Lord was UPON me….. He said the most important word was UPON – God’s hand, mighty hand, anointing. The Isaiah scripture says the same thing – UPON me. Things happen when God’s hand is upon you. In the case of the Ezekiel story the dry bones came ALIVE. How many of you have dry bones – Bones, lives, that have been given over to SIN, idols of SIN, sin of the world. You are as a DRY bone – dead to GOD. The obstacles of the world that caused your death is unbelief, idolatry, prayerlessness, and legalism as summarized by Beth Moore from the Word of God. The dead bones were scattered in the valley, in the world and so is the church’s body today. It seems that most churches have no LIFE, no power. David Hall said the pastors aught to prophecy to the church, LIVE bones!!!!!!
I once asked a pastor, “How does one get out of Egypt?” or How does one get out of slavery to sin. Perhaps we love the mud pin of life so much we can’t recognize Jesus’s hand outstretched to pull us out. We seem to all walk as if we had no freedom in Jesus Christ who shed his blood so we might LIVE. A counselor told me to stop tiptoeing around the white elephant (sin), dry bone, in my living quarters. What white elephant is in your living quarters. Is it one of the sins as summarized by Beth Moore. ARE we so dry that there his not one living cell to sound the trumpet call to the bones – “LIVE”!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is this just happening to you or your church? How many of you go to churches that are literally dieing, becoming dead bones. Are we people who have become dead bones, so scattered in the valley of the earth and so dry that God has no one to be the hand, the foot, the head, mouth, nose, ear, etc. Yes we hear TheDailyLily trumpeting, Beth Moore and David Hall sounding the warnings or do we. Have our ear bones grown dry with no movement to hear what is said. Without a BODY the church can not function. I have yet to see a hand do anything without a body. We need the body of Christ to come together and move as a unit. JESUS needs us to be the LIVE OAKS so that he can work through us as HIS HAND moves UPON a BODY. Calling all dry bones, Come together in the church – LIVE! Give thanks for God’s LIFE and breath in you. Give thanks HE has called you from the dead and has a special place for you in HIS BODY. He wants you to MOVE. Exercise your part of the BODY and move under HIS hand. Stand tall and strong under HIS hand and as the winds blow, stand as a MIGHTY OAK, immoveable from your LOVE of HIM, the Almighty God and extending your limbs out to HIM in appreciation for all the dry bones he has unearthed in you so that you might LIVE!!!!!!!!!!!