“The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “O Sovereign LORD, you alone know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.’ ” So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’ ” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet–a vast army.” –Ezekiel 37:1-10
I had a little fun with the wordplay in naming this post and the category which I placed it in. Quicken is also a way of saying that something has come alive again. This passage is a great section of Scripture. It’s all about new life coming into dead things. 1 Corinthians says that if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. This is absolutely true. When you put on Christ, you become totally new. You have a new worldview, a new way of thinking, a new way of behaving, a new standard for yourself, a new way of interacting with the world around you. But sometimes we enter the kingdom of God with bondages from our own previous sin or curses that have been passed down through our previous generations (Numbers 14:18).
So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” –Mark 9:29
Many people think that at the point salvation, everything becomes all hunky-dory for the believer, that all things start going their way and God takes away every hardship and discomfort. This is a lie that has caused many to fall away (Matthew 13:19-20). There may be some things in your flesh left over from your life before Christ that are still having an effect on you today. For me, there was one thing in particular that has taken the better part of a decade to eradicate completely. I highly encourage you to examine yourself and see if there is anything you have been struggling with that you have not been able to remove by prayer and willpower alone. Maybe it’s time for you to fast and see how alive God can make your own dry bones.
Look back to the last bold section. They stood and became a vast army. You were saved to become a member of Christ and a soldier in the army of the Lord. There is much spiritual warfare to be fought and you must be prepared. Now read Ephesians 6:10-18 on your own and put it into practice. You won’t regret it.