A New Breath for Dead Bodies
INTRO: I want you to take your bibles this morning and turn with me to Ezekiel 37:1. I love to hear those pages turning, now, of course, I hope that you will eventually find it.
This is one of the saddest days in all of the recorded history of the nation of Israel. Nebuchadnezzar, that evil king, had come with his mighty malicious army and he had destroyed the armies of Israel and had taken the nation into captivity. He had taken the armies of Israel and he had ground them into the dust of the Palestinian desert, like you and I would step on an ant.
But there is more to this story than just a history lesson, and I don't believe that I do it an injustice when I say, that what happened to Israel in those days was that God invisibly and indelibly marked over the door of every house, Ichabod, the glory has departed.
The temple was gone, God's holy righteous name had been dishonored, and in the same way, I believe that there are men and women and boys and girls who at one time were vital, vibrant, vigorous, on fire, living flames of fire for the glory of God, over whom God has solemnly and sincerely written this word, Ichabod, the glory has departed.
And if there is one thing that drives me to my knees back in my office there at Gateway Baptist Church, and if there is one thing that I pray more than anything else, it is, Dear God, don't ever let it be said that the glory has departed from the ministry of Brad Whitt. Dear God, don't ever let it be said that the glory has departed from the church that I pastor.
I'll tell you, I have held things called revivals that should have been called resurrections, the churches were so dead. What Benny Hinn lies and says he does would not even begin to compare with the miracle that would take place if some of the churches I have preached in would just yawn.
ILLUS: Humboldt church, solid, two dead churches, that one was both
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