(I wrote a whole 'thank you' message on the overall blog post page, & I still feel the need to say it here. Church Decoded has been viewed over 4,000 times! I started this blog 4 months ago. I just want to say thank you to each supporter, whether you come back every week or read 8 at a time, for how you have helped to share my life, and more importantly, His story. YOU'RE SO AMAZING! Ok, let's keep it moving...you came here for a reason...)
So anybody who’s been in church for a while knows the story of Ezekiel & the dry bones in the valley. To ensure we’re on the same page, I’m going to give you the Valencia version & suggest that you head to Ezekiel 37 for the full story (because I shall not give thou the Kingeth Jameth version..eth lol). So God brings Ezekiel to this valley full of dead, dry bones (because that’s normal, right? lol) Then, God starts talking to Ezekiel & He’s like “Sooooo Ezekiel, can these bones live?” Ezekiel responds & says “Well if anybody knew, it’d be You, God.” God responds to Ezekiel & says “Prophesy to the bones & tell them that I said it’s time to live” Ezekiel prophesies to the bones & they came together…and made bodies…that weren't breathing (HOW WEIRD IS THAT?!). Then God speaks to Ezekiel again, & has him speak life into the breathless bodies…and they began to live (made an entire army). God then tells Ezekiel that these bones represent Israel, because they had lost their hope & felt separated. He then told Ezekiel that He would breathe life back into His people, & that once He restored Him, they would know that He said it…and He did it.
Today's post will be pretty quick & simple, because I've only heard one phrase in my spirit since I prayed about what to chat about with y'all today. So, let's do this, shall we? We shall...
For years, I have felt that every thing is a choice. Today, you are living in the result of choices you’ve made in the past. We’re often told that our words have power, but the choices that you make before and after you speak are equally powerful. Your faith isn’t just in your words, it’s in what you do after you speak those words. When you’re in church, and you feel all good inside, and you speak to that mountain….do your choices indicate that you expect it to move? OR did you only choose to speak to that mountain because Pastor said you should? Today, I want to help somebody realize the power of their choices. We often take the big decisions to God, but I want to focus on the smaller ones too, because often, small choices have the biggest impacts.
You know, freedom is a....funny thing. It's something that everybody wants (understandably)...yet some can't completely handle. It's something that has to be given at the right time. For to have freedom too soon can ruin you just as much as never receiving it. Growing up in church, I often heard it called "deliverance". Like, when you've got something on (or in) you that you cant shake on your own, you go to the alter, and ask God for deliverance. Now, I believe that deliverance is real. I've been delivered from too many things and people to say that it's not. But what I will say is that there's another side of freedom/deliverance that you don't hear much about....the aftermath....
Words from the Author
At the end of the day, these posts are the thoughts that run through my mind. These are the lessons I've learned. The doors that I've walked through. The path I've chosen. This is part of what it means to be me. Hopefully, it'll help you be...you. Let's grow together, kay?
Within the first year, Church Decoded was viewed over 15,000 times! FIF...TEEN....THOUSAND!....IN A YEAR! I am SO grateful to everybody that has ever read, shared, and/or liked a blog post. Ya'll have truly blown my mind. Let's keep telling (our lives) His story!