by Debby Davis
I hear the Spirit of God shouting all over our land, “Can these bones live? Can these bones live? Each time I hear these words, I am challenged by this question. CAN these Bones live? CAN America be saved? Is there hope for our Nation? God is looking for people all across our land who will say, “YES! These bones can live.
And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord GOD, you know.” Then 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, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the LORD.” (New English Version)
Like the prophet Ezekiel, I find myself looking at the signs of death up and down our American streets. I have the privilege to visit many places each year and I am amazed at the dry bones of death that I see. There are palm readers, psychics, satanic jewelry, movies of zombies, vampires and other walking dead. Signs and symbols of death are everywhere, even in our small towns. Clothing is covered with skeletons and witchcraft is being taught in our schools all in the name of Harry Potter. Suicide has become so popular and romanticized that more than half our young adult population (even among those who call themselves Christian) think about death as a positive solution to life’s problems.
There is violence on our streets, social security is failing, our quality of medical care has fallen to the point that old people are selling drugs just to make ends meet. People all across
America watch their television, losing hope by the minute. But still the voice of God cries out, “Can these bones live?”
Disheartened by the apathetic responses of God’s people, I reject the notion that America must be judged. What about Nineveh? Did God give Nineveh a second chance? Where are the prophets like Jonah, who would cry in the streets, “The end is not yet. We still have a chance.” Where are the children of Abraham who negotiated for Sodom and Gomorrah?
While we may be living in the last of the last days, the end is not yet. The battle has not been lost. Of course we are expecting the return of our Lord Jesus Christ but the end is not yet upon us. Jesus himself said in Matthew 24:3-8, that there would be wars and rumors of wars, but that the end is not yet He told us that these are only the beginning and that they are signs. They are signs that tell us that we should not be afraid. Signs that remind us that we still have a chance. Signs that should be propelling us to our knees.
As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains. (New English Version)
There are those who seem to be blinded by the doom and gloomers. “All is lost,” they cry. “America has fallen.” Some go as far as to say, “If God does not judge America then he must apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.” Wake up my friends. These are not the words of God. These are the words of demons.
Yes indeed there is trouble in our land but we do not wait with nothing to do. We wait as those who have a passion to live and take back our country. We fight for our children and for those who can not fight for themselves. We fight as a people of faith who know that truly there is no nation too far gone, too corrupt, or too evil that can not be saved. We fight knowing that we may lose a few skirmishes but we will win this war if we do not give up.
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. (New English Version)
How you may ask, do we even start. It should go without saying and yet many do not understand this simple truth, it starts on our knees. From there we will gain our footing. From there we take our stand. We pray for our leaders. We pray more than we criticize. We organize prayer meetings that go on until things change because one prayer is not enough. We need prayer partners and prayer teams who target our leaders and specifically name them in our prayers. Equally as important, we reject the spirit of hatred and refuse to enter into complaining and foolish talk that only brings a curse upon our nation.
What a difference we can make, when our prayers become arrows that pierce even the vilest of hearts. How different our nation will become when all of our leaders find Jesus to be their Lord and Savior. Is it even possible? Can these bones live? I say, “Yes!”