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Advent 2016: Christ Was Born For This: Day 4

A Prophet Declares God’s Word with Authority

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Today's Text: Hebrews 4:12, Deuteronomy 10:12-15, Deuteronomy 31:22-26, Micah 6:6-8, 2 Peter 1:16-21

Text: Hebrews 4:12, Deuteronomy 10:12-15, Deuteronomy 31:22-26, Micah 6:6-8, 2 Peter 1:16-21

A prophet declares God’s living Word. The Old Testament prophets were God’s mouthpieces, bringing God’s Word to the ears of a people who would be lost without it. As the messengers of the Word, prophets pointed to the coming Messiah who would be the Word made flesh.

This morning, my kids drank orange juice from glasses decorated with fall leaves and acorns. “Mom, isn’t it winter now?” they asked, innocently, just trying to keep the festive glassware in line with the appropriate season. Later, as I took my morning walk in the woods, I found remnants of spooky, fake spiderwebs and skeletons still hanging from the trees, albeit dancing with slightly enthusiasm than they once had in October… or early November.

Christmas is coming, but we are still not quite ready. Those clackity skeletons still hang from the trees in the woods, and although someone really should take them down, they remind me of Ezekiel and those rattling dry bones. God led Ezekiel into a valley filled with dry bones, and called him to “Prophesy concerning these bones and say to them: ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!’” (Ezekiel 37:4).

After he spoke these words, a quiet rattling sound twitched from the corners of the valley, welling up to a giant clamor as the bones came together, bone on bone, until the whole valley was filled with living, breathing men. These men stood as a testament to God’s promise that His might and His authority are trustworthy, even when all hope seems to be lost. And dry bones do seem to be the very essence of hope lost, gone, and dried up.

When Ezekiel called to the dry bones, he spoke boldly, with the authority of the Lord. Similarly, in the Old Testament, prophets were heralds of the Lord, declaring God’s living Word with assurance. And the Word certainly bears an authoritative declaration. The Bible tells us that God’s Word is living and active (Hebrews 4:12). It is trustworthy (2 Peter 1:16-21), and God’s people are called to follow it (Deuteronomy 10:12-15). Historically, God used His prophets to make His Word known (Micah 6:6-8), and He has preserved it for us in the form of Scripture so that it can serve as a sacred, reliable guide (Deuteronomy 31:22-26, 2 Timothy 3:16-17).

The Old Testament prophets spoke with an authority regarded even higher than that of a king. In fact, God often used His prophets to speak uncomfortable truths to those in power (2 Samuel 12). Sometimes the kings and rulers were grateful for the help, other times they were furious. But the power and authority of God’s Word has nothing to do with our approval of its message. If it is true, we need to hear it, no matter how much we may not want to.

These prophets were God’s mouthpieces, bringing His Word to the ears of His people, who would be utterly lost without it. We need people who can speak God’s Word into our lives, and do so with authority. And we need to ask God for the humility to always welcome the counsel of Scripture, and to regard ourselves as people under its authority.

God gave real authority to His prophets. Ezekiel’s valley of dry bones hopped right to it when he spoke. God blessed the authority of His prophets to bring light, hope, and joy. Peter exhorts, “You will do well to pay attention to it, as to a lamp shining in a dismal place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts” (2 Peter 1:19). God’s Word—and His message of Christmas—is that lamp shining in a dismal, dead place. When the authoritative Word of the Lord appears, it brings with it the very light and joy of life, as well as a promise: Christmas is coming!

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  • The passage in Deuteronomy and Micah about what the Lord requires so struck me this morning. So often, I look at what people require instead of what the Lord requires or I forget what the Lord requires and try to do it my way. The Lord is so gracious in pointing us to what He wants for us, and it is life and our good, as we follow and obey Him with the help of the Holy Spirit. Praise God!

    • Tamz

      Great point nicki

      • stephanie

        Nicki,
        I totally agree with you. I find myself looking to see what people in my life require also instead of what the Lord requires. I need to remember it’s about speaking truth and following what God wants, not what everyone else around us wants.

  • stephanie

    God speaks so clearly through his word!! God give us the grace to continuously submit in humble obedience. To do so willingly. Love how God also says in his word, that his commandments are not burdensome. There is freedom because of the cross. We love because he first loved us!

  • “And we need to ask God for the humility to always welcome the counsel of Scripture, and to regard ourselves as people under its authority.” This. Thank you for this!

    • Adriana

      I really really loved that quote too. Swallowing our pride is so tough sometimes, but so necessary in order to stay humble and open to Jesus’ Word.

    • Stephanie

      I needed this too. What can we do to make ourselves more open?

  • I just said to my husband yesterday that I have a feeling this is going to be one of those winters where we barely see the sun. We live in Texas, so we’re used to seeing the sun a lot, but every so often we get a winter like this one seems to be. The last one I can remember being so dreary was ten years ago… and it was also a time of deep depression and anxiety for me. It was a depression brought on by a combination of medications that I took paired with some hormonal issues I had going on, but it was a very difficult time for me and my family. God loved us and carried us through that time like only He is able, and He has restored all that was lost during that time, and I am so grateful to Him!! He has shown us that all we need is to trust in Him and He can bring us through anything difficult that we face. Today I needed that reminder that we can find hope in Him. This dreary weather coupled with a season of multiple changes in our lives has had me feeling a little desperate, but I know those are just feelings. I needed the reminder that God’s word is “living and active” and “trustworthy”, and all I need to find joy in this desperate season of change is to seek His Word and find my hope in Him. His Light will shine in the darkness!!

  • Caroline Bandy

    As we call out to dry bones
    come alive, come alive
    as we call out to dead hearts
    come alive, come alive
    up out of the ashes let us see an army rise
    as we call out to dry bones come alive
    Dry Bones//Lauren Daigle

    This is such a beautiful song and Day 4 is such an encouraging reminder that we need to surround ourselves with those that will call our dead and lifeless hearts to come alive. We need the Lord to breathe life into our lungs and fill us with His spirit. We have to choose daily to love, serve and obey Him. Somedays it’s so overwhelming and I fall short and choose other things before Him. Some days I see prayer and quiet time as checking off a box on the list. Some days the powerful, living and trustworthy word of God is seen as an obligation. In all the places I fall short the Lord still greets me with abounding love. I am so thankful for the Lord choosing me to be the recipient of His love despite every time I fall short. I am full of life because He has called my dry bones alive.

  • Becca Bailey

    It’s so easy for me to get distracted by and caught up in various forms of drama – whether it be friends, internet drama, politics, or anything else – this reminder was refreshing and very needed, that God’s Word is the source of truth and light in the midst of the swirling darkness of the world. I have no need to wonder what is true when I have God’s Word. It is unchanging and powerful, even when everything around me is in constant and confusing motion.

  • I am praying for Alecia and Jules…even when we think we are”stuck” God is busy orchestrating all around us – putting everything into place with perfect timing. What a beautiful community of women…I am blessed to be enjoying Advent with all of you!

  • Akua-Sodio Flanagan

    Christmas is indeed coming! I am trying my best to stick with this advent study and so far so good. I am grateful to the women who’ve put it together and I am also grateful for the women reading along and sharing thank you all.

  • Perfect reminder tied to Christmas. So thankful for the refreshing in my own soul so I can speak these truths to my children in a fresh way.

  • Thank you, Rebecca for writing this blog. I stumbled across it a long time ago and forgot about it. Now at Advent I have discovered it again, and it has been a source of reflection for me. Today is my last day of work before going off on a sick leave and then maternity leave. I am grateful for the time off and a new journey. I’m thankful for this blog/devotional/study as a tool to help me connect with God.

  • I graduated college in May, got married in July, and immediately moved to a new city with my wonderful husband right after. When we got there, my first “big girl” job was absolutely toxic and I ended up leaving that job and trusting God would provide a healthier opportunity for me. We came up here so that my husband could finish college, but now he is working full time instead and every day I wake up wondering why on earth God would take us away from friends and family just to have our whole reason for being up here change. All I want to do is to move back near our friends and family and make a fresh start, but also am fearful that if we do that we won’t find employment there. It has been a season of SO MUCH change, adjustment, transition, and fear. I feel like I am sinking in a black hole of depression with little glimpses of light, but never constant hope. I just hope and pray for some guidance as to what to do next and for peace amidst this confusion.

    • Kendall

      Praying for you Jules! I am also a recent grad who moved to a new city hoping for more opportunities than I have seem to find. Praying that God has plans for us as we start our careers and adult lives.

    • Shannon

      Praying for you! To get Joseph to lead Egypt, God first threw him in a pit, sold him to slavery, then put him in prison. You never know where God is taking you. You’ve just got to take one day at a time and handle your situation with the strength we have in Christ (Phil 4) knowing He desires to give you the kingdom (Luke 12) so you have nothing to worry about.

      • Mirren

        Thank you for this Shannon! Finding your reminder of that story so encouraging!

    • Halee

      Jules, God will always meet you where you are. At home or across the country, He’ll meet you. Ask Him for clarity, peace, wisdom and guidance. He won’t let you down.

    • Crazy Kim

      Hang in there and trust that God has a plan for your life. Jump in and find ways to serve those in your community!

  • 2 Peter 1:19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

    The word “until” pierces my heart. It is a reminder that the message of Jesus Christ IS the morning star. IS THE voice I devote myself to. Prophets shine light in a dark place. But Jesus’s message supersedes theirs. His word IS law. And it’s not necessarily the law of the Old Testament or the laws that follow Him either. Jesus’s message is the law I strive to live by. He is my Morning Star.

  • This season I feel so disconnected from the Lord and I can’t hear him active in my life. The past few years I’ve been hit with constant change – so much change that now I’m unable to handle small tasks and definitely not my job. I’ve always thought that constant change just means your breaking into the person you are meant to become, however, I’m ready for a break, for the changes to stop. I felt for a few years now that my husband and I should move, everything has been stripped away leaving nothing for us in our town, but my husband is not on the same page. I’m now in the position of trying to make my town home again when it’s clearly trying to kick me out. Please pray for clarity and openness to hear God’s plan for me.

    • Alle McCloskey

      Praying for you, Alecia — that God would give you peace in the midst of all the change and that He would unite you and your husband in His will. And praying for open hearts and welcome in your town – even Jesus talked about being unwelcome in His hometown (Luke 4)…we all long for that sense of home and I suspect we will never fully feel it’s full warmth and security until Heaven. Still…praying He gives you glimpses of that here on earth.

    • Lonnie

      Agreeing in prayer with All McCloskey.

    • Liz

      Alecia, in so sorry it’s been a struggle for you. When I was a newly wed, my husband & I often did not see eye to eye. It was overwhelming for me and I felt like how you feel now. I began reading the Power of a Preying Wife and was on my knees all. The. Time. Asking for clarity on what he needed and also what I needed to know. I could see changes happen, slowly but surely as I let God change him. It was a hard time though… I’ll be praying for you guys as you figure out what the next steps are.

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  • April Heather

    Incredibly grateful to be here and connect with women from all over the world. Sitting here in the early morning hours with my poodle and my coffee, before anyone else has woken I am cherishing this time of darkness + quiet to read, pray, and study. Loved hearing this scripture today : “the TRUE light, which GIVES light to everyone was coming into the world.” Yippee! What a wonderful thing to hear, know, and take great comfort in. Have a blessed day!

  • Jess Gardiner

    He set His affection on me… Praise you dear Lord!

  • Kelly Wilson

    I’ve been going through such inner turmoil and have felt broken. I’m so glad that I’ve begun to read the word again and hope to regain my strength …thank you for igniting a spark

    • Kelly

      From one Kelly to another, I’m praying for you tonight that God continues to fan the flame of his love and give your heart exactly what he knows you need.

  • …as to a light shinning in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Beautiful. Christmas is coming!

  • This is such a great devotional we have a small group in Ketchikan, Alaska reading it together and sharing in our FB group. I look forward to this daily. Thank you❣

  • Even if we don’t like the message, we are hearing it for a reason. We need to learn to accept the things we don’t want to hear and the things we want to hear. God isn’t going to just whisper sweet nothings in our ears. He wants to help us, guide us and love us if we would only sit up and pay attention.

  • Today has been tough…I needed this message

  • Lindsey Grudnicki

    Today’s study brought two things to mind: Albert Nock’s article “Isaiah’s Job” – The job of a prophet is often difficult, but there is a Remnant who hear the truth and live it out in their lives. The prophet is essential, but so is the Remnant – the ordinary people – that carry the Word forward.

    The other is the song “Skeleton Bones” by John Mark McMillan.

  • Ellie Shepherd

    Amen. May we be humble to receive the words that God gives us – lowering our pride to hear his message.

  • Tonight for our youth group we started a two week mini series for Advent. I love that I am doing this and it intertwines. We talked about Christmas unwrapped. Basically saying Christmas isn’t always as joyful and happy for family’s because of the burdens, broken families or just plaguing sin. We taught the kids that the point of Christmas is that Christ sees our brokenness and he became broken for us so that we could be made whole. That brokenness affects us all. Christ was broken in his birth and in his body. He was also born into a broken family and a broken circumstance. Jesus chose brokenness so that we could enter the wholeness of heaven. I don’t know why I typed this all up. I just know I come from a broken family and if you have too, God sees you, hears you and he loves you. He wants to be your father and wants to make you feel whole and wanted. I know the holidays can be sad, but I’m praying that God will bring you joy.

    • Angela

      Can you explain what you mean when you say, “Christ was broken in his birth and in his body. He was also born into a broken family and a broken circumstance.”

      • Ashley

        Out of wedlock and in a stable not being the perfect circumstances ?

      • Chastity

        His family was not perfect.. Mary was a virgin. So at that time she had to be looked at in a bad way where everyone assumed she and Joseph slept together out side of marriage. Brokenness right there having to deal with false accusations and dealing with Joseph.
        Jesus was wrapped in a blanket made of gauze. Back then they would use it to wrap dead bodies in so they wouldn’t decompose until they got to where they where headed. Symbolizing in a way of his death in the future.

      • Chastity

        The youth pastor said this. So I just used it. So sorry if I didn’t explain it as well as him.

      • jessiechatchat

        Thanks for sharing

    • Lana

      Love this, Chastity. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  • What does the Lord require of me? Could it be spelled out any clearer? I am thankful to be on this Advent journey with all of you.

  • Alanna Davis`

    “We need people who can speak God’s Word into our lives, and do so with authority. And we need to ask God for the humility to always welcome the counsel of Scripture, and to regard ourselves as people under its authority.” I have heard and read about so many young people losing their faith in college because of the influence of the “freedoms” they can enjoy, but my experience was quite the opposite. My faith grew by leaps and bounds because of the people whom God put into my life, who spoke and helped to understand His Word.

    Now that I have graduated and moved away from that community, I feel a void where these truth-speakers used to be. My family and friends are mostly Christian, but even those at my church seem tired and seem to shy away from the truth that they profess to believe in. I’m floundering already with keeping up with this study because I don’t have anyone here to keep me accountable. I miss the vibrant faith that I had during college, the faith that got me through being away from home and missing some major moments in the lives of my family.

    I am thankful for this community for being a light in my darkness. Every devo this week has hit a truth that I seemed to be running from. Thank you ladies for being real with me and with each other. I hope to continue in this study as we look forward to Christ’s coming. Blessings to you all!

    • Kaitlyn

      I hear this and you are not alone. I to flourished and found Jesus in college. I have learned it is hard in the real world but God is oh so near. Truth in the truth that was deeply placed in your heart during college. It can and will carry you.

    • Dawn Winslow

      I love Matthew 5:14 “you are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.” Shine bright dear one. God is with you and loves you so. You are touching others around you. Light dispels the darkness and you have the light of Jesus in you. Dig deep into His Word this Christmas season. He will meet you there. Big hugs and Blessings, dawn

    • Michelle A.

      Alanna, I’ve been feeling the same recently. It feels good to know that their is a community of women who are searching for that light and fellowship. <3

    • Lana

      Making it a daily practice really helps me. I set aside time in the morning and I KNOW, before I do anything else, I’m going to read my daily SRT devotional and journal its applications in my life. Creating this structure for yourself makes it so you can’t fail. At least for me. Hope this helps you as well.

  • When all hope is lost, God is still trustworthy. ❤

  • We sing a song, about Ezekiel’s dry bones, in church. I choose that time to pray and trust God for our prodigal children. I sing with the greatest of hope.

  • Ahhh, this really spoke to me today. As someone struggling with depression and panic attacks, I often feel like my bones are dry, spiritually. For some reason, it always gets worse around the holidays. Today’s Word gives me so much hope. I will move forward.

    • Lissa

      Dearest Anne, As one who has also struggled with panic/anxiety in the past let me encourage you that your Papa God truly wants to comfort you. II Corinthians 1:3-4 says, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves received from God. I will pray that He will indeed breath on those dry bones and give you strength and hope today. I hope you can choose some special bible verses that bring you comfort and each time your panic/depression starts to overwhelm you that you grab a hold of those verses and speak them out loud over yourself. He is a good, good Father and He loves you SO much. I’m hoping that you will find that this holiday season will be the best that you’ve experienced in a long time!

      • Anne H

        Lissa, thank you so much for your kind words. That is such a great idea–I’m going to make it my goal today to seek some special verses that I can recite in my time of need. How thankful I am to be a part of this online community where I am able to connect with others who have experienced similar struggles to mine (like you, sweet stranger!). Happy Christmas to you!

    • LPMoreland

      I think anxiety and depression are more common than we know–I have struggled as well for a long time, and I’d second the suggestion to speak scripture aloud to your heart. I also made myself a playlist of songs that would encourage and uplift; some days, I’d leave it playing on repeat all day long. My panic attacks would often come at night so I’d usually leave some soothing classical music on to help myself calm down.

      Counseling and medication have me feeling mostly myself again for the first time in years, but I’m also in the Word much more faithfully than I have been, too. Merry Christmas! I hope you find peace this Advent. :)

    • Lana

      I’m prone to depression too. The devotional Mourning and Dancing did WONDERS for my spirit. I found so much comfort in those scriptures, journaling through my feelings. I don’t know if you’ve checked it out yet, but if you haven’t, try it. It brought me a comfort I haven’t felt for a really really long time.

  • Leah Zantingh

    We have a 4 month old. I’m a new mom. Last night was rough (sleepless) and this morning my husband texted me a word of encouragement but with an undertone of authority…. My response was cold and I didn’t want to hear it. Then I read this morning’s devo… What a kick in the butt!! “We need people who can speak God’s Word into our lives, and do so with authority. And we need to ask God for the humility to always welcome the counsel of Scripture, and to regard ourselves as people under its authority”. He texted me Romans 5. I just laughed out loud. Then cried. Thank you.

    • Cassie

      I have little kids so I can relate to the toughness of this stage! So glad your husband is sharing God’s word with you- it can be tough to hear sometimes, but like this devotion reminds us, we have to be willing to receive it. I’ll be praying for you as you are transitioning to this new stage of life, it is tough but it is definitely such a blessing!

      Cassie

    • Emily

      Hi Leah! Just want to say “hang in there, young mama!” I remember how hard those first months were with my baby girl. The days felt very long and lonely as I was home with my colicky baby and husband worked long hours. Even though I was so grateful and blessed to be a new mom, it was just hard and I didn’t always feel joyful. I’ll pray for the Lord’s comfort and company during your days, and that He will use this time to draw you ever nearer to Him. Psalm 23 has been a sweet encouragement to me that whatever my current station, “surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever”!

    • Skigranny1

      And what a blessing to have a godly husband to encourage you and keep you focused on the Lord and His word!

    • Lana

      Ooooh this comment hit home for me and I’m not even a mom. It really made this devotional come to life. Thank you for posting. I’ll be praying for you and your family. Hope you get some sleep tonight. Sending you lots of love!

  • “We need people who can speak God’s Word into our lives, and do so with authority. And we need to ask God for the humility to always welcome the counsel of Scripture, and to regard ourselves as people under its authority.” –Amen.

  • Needed to hear this today. We are called to trust, to obey and to walk in truth regardless of whether we “approve” of the message He sends…after all , He is God and we are not. Loved this message today!

    • Lonnie

      That certainly spoke to me as well–that God’s power and authority is not diminished in the least by not liking what we’re hearing.

  • It is autumn in the northern hemisphere. Winter doesn’t begin until the winter solstice on December 21. Tell your kids.

  • This was so timely amidst the season we are in politically. I love that line where we are reminded that God used the prophets to correct those in power and yes, sometimes, we may not want to hear something found in scripture but we out to!!

    • PronetoWander

      Yes it is interesting! and I think I’ll keep reading how the different kings reacted. Praying that our leaders act wisely and heed God’s voice and direction and the people have the courage to speak up to them.

  • What a joy to be a light of Truth in this world! We are all now prophets by the power of the Holy Spirit within us, so today was a great reminder that anywhere I go I am bringing that light and joy of life! Such a responsibility but also such a sweet gift. Praying that all of us She’s are great lights and reminders of the love of Jesus this holiday season.

  • The story of the dry bones holds such a special place in my heart. When my dad was in the darkest times of his depression he hung to that verse. When I too started battling depression I began returning to that verse and the verses around it. Nothing is beyond hope with the Lord. He calls even the spiritually dead back to life. Thanks be to God.

    • Angela

      I too struggle with depression and find your transparency very comforting. Thank you.

  • Thank you Lord for setting us free with your Holy Word – the Bible and Jesus – living and active in our hearts. May it both pierce me and heal me. May I this day do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with you, my God.

  • Cate Hoepner

    Im always so floored by the dry bones. It gives me hope that every dead thing in my life can be revived. I’m so grateful for this Advent study. It’s keeping my mind on Christ.

  • Bonnie Von Wald

    Good Morning from Portland, OR, U.S.! What a glorious gift to wake up and read God’s Words and be encouraged by them along with so many others around the world! My heart is lifted as I prepare to serve Jesus as a mama today, knowing that God is faithful to lead me every step of the way as I love my family through His strength and truth. May the Lord’s face shine upon you dear sisters as you serve Jesus today in confidence of His grace!

  • Appropriate considering the drought and all the wildfires. Not to mitigate the danger and tragedy of them but I was struck how the words of God’s prophets have the same effect as a raging fire

  • Tochi Heredia

    “But the power and authority of God’s Word has nothing to do with our approval of its message. If it is true, we need to hear it, no matter how much we may not want to.
    We need people who can speak God’s Word into our lives, and do so with authority.”

    Ok, I feel truly convicted by this. Oh, the many times I’ve been enraged at someone’s loving reproof. And so many times I’ve taken the easy way out, harbouring resentment and judging others, instead of confronting them with the truth and showing them mercy.

    Father, make us humble so we can submit our lives to your precepts and make us bold to speak the truth in love.
    Thank you for choosing us to be your offspring. Help us to extend that same mercy to others.

    Greetings from Argentina! :)

  • I am so thankful for She Reads Truth. I love how the Truth is set before us using God’s Holy Word.

  • Just had this discussion. We have to accept the Bible as our trueth and give it authority to be our truth. To overrule popular opinion to instruct and bring reproof. “the power and authority of God’s Word has nothing to do with our approval of its message. If it is true, we need to hear it, no matter how much we may not want to.”

  • Micah 6:6-8 is a text that was set to music in a piece called “Offertory” that I’ve sung numerous times. It’s a piece I love and carry in my heart. Love this Scripture more than I can say.

  • Love, love love the Micah verse! When I read it in my bible this morning and saw the emphatic underlines, I remembered! I remembered what my calling entails. I remembered that wherever my feet walk today, this is my mission. I remembered that when I am working with my students today that I am to do what is right (regardless of their actions), to love mercy (and that means to show them mercy, grace, and forgiveness), and to walk humbly with my God, who will ultimately give me the ability to do this well. Thank you for this reminder today. ❤️

    • Sadie

      Love your thoughts on this verse! Definitely needed your wisdom as I head into a busy day and night of student ministry! ❤️

  • Leslie Ann Jones

    God’s word has real power, and it’s good to be reminded of that. It spoke to that valley of dry bones in Ezekiel’s day, and it spoke to my heart today. I found today’s scripture to be so encouraging – especially the passages from Deuteronomy 10 and Micah 6. Sometimes I get bogged down in “all the things,” but God only requires four things of us: that we fear him, follow him, love him, and worship him. As long as we’re doing those four things, the rest will fall into place.

    • Nath

      Some days the “dry bones”.. is the condition my soul is in..too much to do..not sure what to do first.. That speaks to my heart..What the Lord requires if me, is what I should think of first.!

  • I’m so thankful that God uses his word to speak directly to me. To transform my heart and create in me a hunger and thirst so know him more. Lord change me! Forgive me for my pridefulness and by your Grace teach me to live humbly, faithfully and a life of righteousness. I know I will always fall short and I thank you for your undeserving mercy and your perfect plan. Thank you for Jesus and his sacrifice on the cross. Lord soften my heart to the reality of the burden he bore for my sin.

  • Sara B. Stacy

    I appreciate and am convicted by the challenge of humbling ourselves under the Truth and it’s counsel for our lives, as well as regarding myself as under the authority of Scripture. So often I prefer to look at others as needing counsel by Scripture or to be humbled by its authority rather than stepping back to apply it to my thinking.

  • Anna Kate V.

    Wow! I have been doing She Reads Truth for a couple of months now, and I loved this particular day more than any others. I think i just really need the scriptural proof that God’s word is infallible and all that was prophesied was real and came to be. It made the word of God come alive to me and become more substantial in my heart.

  • Lindsay Sterchi

    I love the idea of the Word of God bringing life to dead, dry, withering places in our lives. This connects so well to the longing for Jesus during the Advent season. I’m praying today that God’s Word will renew life in my own heart and soul.

  • Needed this today!

  • My heart has been broken over those who now live by their truth. As long as their truth brings them happiness it’s ok. I have been digging through God’s word to remind myself of His truth, THE truth….”you should know this: No prophesy of Scripture comes from one’s own interpretation.”

    “But the power and authority of God’s word has nothing to do with our approval of its message. If it is true, we need to hear it, no matter how much we may not want to.” This. This is a God send as I reflect on filling my heart with truth from the Word. I may not like or understand why He says things but I don’t have to like or understand it, instead I need to pray that the Holy Spirit will give me a trusting spirit and remind me daily that His truth is better than anything I can come up with on my own!

  • Carrie Rogers

    Amen!

  • I love reading all these comments from around the world! I picture us all as pinpricks of light shining in the darkness. Let’s trim our wicks dear sisters in Christ, and fill our lamps with God’s Word so that we may keep shining for Him! Good morning from the USA!

    • Jennifer G

      Love the visual of pinpricks shining in the darkness! Jesus tells us to let our lights shine before others, that they may see our good deeds and glorify our Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16). May our shining pinpricks inspire praise and glory to God all around the world!

    • Melissa

      What a beautiful way to put it! Blessings to you dear Sue!

  • As a teenager heading to college next year, I have really been praying about what God’s direction for my life may be. Lately, a lot of verses dealing with mercy and humility have been popping up in the Scripture that I’m studying, and God has placed a desire to serve others – particularly refugees – on my heart. It’s not always comfortable because people have so many misconceptions about refugees, but we were not called to love those who look like us, but instead we are to consider every single person our neighbor. I just wanted to share that She Reads Truth has been an amazing addition to my Bible study and that the truth spoken through the devotionals has been a huge help for me!

    • Decima

      One of my dearest friends feels that same calling! For the longest time she was really confused with what she should do, or how she could get a degree and still help people! Well, we are seniors in college now and she is getting a degree in Social Work. She spent the summer in Clarkston, GA, right out side of Atlanta, with a missions organization helping refugees. I’m not sure of the organization, but it was an amazing experience for her. I know from experience that this can be a very uncertain time in life, but when you trust in the Lord you end up exactly where you need to be. Pray about each plan and path you are pursuing because you DO NOT have to have it all figured out right at this moment. I hope and pray that the Lord leads and places you in the right places with the right opportunities.

    • Leesha

      Just throwing it out there for you. Youth with a mission (YWAM) has quite a few schools that focus on refugees and you get to go and work with them overseas. It’s like a discipleship school with an outreach, if you wanted to wait a semester to start college.

    • Linda Ruth Ciglen

      Bless you for your heart for refugees! Our own dear Lord was a refugee, having to flee as a baby with His parents in the night to escape from an evil government bent on doing harm. I wonder what reception they received in Egypt? Were there some who remembered way back in history and thought, “Oh those Jews! They bring trouble! Remember the plagues? Remember how we lost our first-born children in every family? Don’t let them in! They probably mean to kill us! How many more might come? Maybe we should build a wall!” I’m grateful that there were others, with a heart like yours, who welcomed them and showed them hospitality. Greetings from Canada, where we just got word that the Syrian refugee family our church is sponsoring will be arriving in just over a week!

  • You are all beautiful ladies. You warm my heart and remind me that Hope has come to live in us, and that no measure of dry bones can separate us from the love of Christ.

  • The scriptures for us to read today are very clear – no need for interpretation – 12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. This is both encouraging and sobering- that hearts and bones may be revived, that God’s word is powerful to reach the darkest places, but that I also read this carefully and make the necessary adjustments in my own life as the Holy Spirit prods. So thankful for these quiet moments, as a mom of seven (2yo-21yo) it is so easy to allow the tasks and anxieties of the day to wash over me a sea of frustration and even hopelessness as my kids are in very different stages and several who continue to reject truth- but Gods word is LIVING and ACTIVE! What hope that it can help me even through the toughest of days. Christ came to save the lost, the sinners. Amen!

  • Sarah_Joy

    “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
    I have been convicted several times lately that I should go to the Word for direction. This verse struck me as it pointed to the truth that the Bible can bring light into my questions if I dig in.

    Early good morning from the middle of the U.S.

  • churchmouse

    “The power and authority of God’s Word has nothing to do with our approval of its message. If it is true, we need to hear it, no matter how much we may not want to.” Oh that this could be posted on billboards throughout my country, the USA. The marginalization and rejection of God’s Word as the only standard is undermining all of our society. The results are and will be dire unless we heed the Word and its warnings. So grateful today for those who promote the Truth though it is unpopular. Praying for the mommas and the papas who invest in the spiritual growth of their little ones. Praying for the teenagers and college students to have deep roots in their faith so that they can stand firm when ridiculed in school. Praying for the seniors who faithfully model lives of Bible study and prayer and the peace that comes from both. Let us not grow weary, whatever stage of life we find ourselves. Let us do well. (Thank you SRT for being a wonderful resource. The Truth is always found here.)

  • I just gave birth 3 weeks ago, and have been struggling in my new routine as a first time mom.. From spending ample time worshipping and creative journaling my SRT devotions, my quiet time looks a lot different now, with a newborn baby in my arms while trying to catch up on my reading at whenever free time I get… I know I have to stay in the presence of the LORD by making time to be in His Word… that’s the only way for me not to be drained in this new season of my life.. I am reminded of the dry bones in Ezekiel, somehow I felt that way the first few days after giving birth… So blessed to have a husband who reminded me that I needed to get back to spending time with God, and not allow our baby to be the center of my life…i’m still in the process of adjustment, but His Word refreshes my soul all the time. Good morning! Blessings to all!

    http://steady-myheart.blogspot.com

    • Sherri

      Congrats on the new baby! You’ll figure out how to balance in this new season of motherhood. God will make a way.

  • Love love love that I get to share this time with those of you in other countries! Me as I’m going off to bed in the U.S. And you as you begin your day. Blessings on all of you!!

  • This past year has been one of enormous changes for me – illness, retirement from Christian ministry and a move of home to a new area. But our God has been faithful and guided us step by step even we were struggling to accept the new season of our lives. I feel really blessed. But my prayer is that I may not just settle down but increasingly walk humbly with my God and keep His Word more and more in my heart .
    Ruth also in the U.K.

  • There is something so precious about reading the same devotional as people around the world – it feels like part of what church is and should be about, especially at this time of year. Thank you sisters for this wonderful reflection of God! I am also in the U.K. :)
    Praying for those of you (including myself!) who have had a tough 2016, that God will help us to learn from the hard times, and take us closer to Him in 2017.

    • Jill

      YES! It’s such a blessing to participate in this global group of ladies who seek to represent the church as God defines it. Reminds me of the old children’s song, “I am the church, you are the church, we are the church together. All who follow Jesus all around the world, we are the church together.” Love & hugs & blessings to you all! Jill in the U.S.

  • Since it is 7:00 am in the Netherlands and I’ve read the devotional on my way to work, I get the chance to be the first one to leave a comment. This year has been a year of dry bones for me, with little perspective or hope in who I am or what I can contribute to this world. I loved today’s encouragement of light shining in dismal places. Of dry bones coming to life. I will carry it with me! Thank you!!

    • Samantha

      I’m here in the Netherlands too Lara! I’ll pray that as you continue in searching the heart of God, that He reveals your worth and beauty and identity to you, being refreshed by Him and given great hope!

    • Katy

      I’m in the UK, morning! Bless you Lara for your honesty, this year has been a tricky one for me too- my place in our church and neighbourhood- but God’s promises always hold true. He has plans to give you a hope and a future, He has things planned-people who need to be shown Him through you, lives touched, that only YOU can do- so no matter how dry you feel, stay immersed in His word and nestle under His feathers of protection. Have a blessed day! X

      • Sherry

        Thanks for your comment, Katy. I think you are talking tome.areartalking to me.

    • Marianne

      Praying also for you that the advent light will spread into your heart. Greetings from Germany! :)

    • Laurie

      Greetings from China! I eagerly await these too as I don’t get them until 1400 my time.
      I feel much the same way and it was such a good reminder that these dry bones can be breathed back to life.
      I pray for blessings to come your way, that we may be restored to life in Christ.
      P.S. Spirit Wind by Casting Crowns matches up with this message so well.

      • Amy

        Thanks for the song recommendation. God definitely speaks to me through music, and I love finding new songs!

        • Laurie

          Of course! I am the same way. Casting Crowns may not be the most exciting pop music, but it brings me to my knees!

    • Kellie

      Prayers for you during this season, Lara ❤️ It’s truly amazing that women all over the world can join here to read truth and proclaim the goodness of the gospel. Praying that the lord would lead you and that you can rest in the finished work of Jesus Christ. Hugs from Washington, D.C.!

    • DebbieinAZ

      Good Evening Lara. It’s 6:40 am here in Arizona, USA. I too am encouraged by your words and this passage. God does have a plan for these dry bones. I pray that He will see you through your valley and into the light of His glorious plan. Have a blessed night.

    • Jess Gardiner

      Australia here! What a joy to study God’s Word with ladies all around the world! Gives us a taste of heaven. “Come Alive” by Lauran Daigle is a wonderful song that encourages me when I feel dry.

    • Daisy

      So awesome Lara! I love how the word of the Lord can encourage us even in unexpected places! That prophesy still applies to us and I am so grateful! He is the only one that can bring life into our dead and weary hearts!

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