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Saturday, December 24

God... Can These Bones Live Again?

These last few months have presented us with many wonderful opportunities to glorify our King Jesus Christ in a number of different ways. As we sat down to begin writing to attest to you how wonderfully The Trinity had both presented to us and led us through each assignment on the list, The Holy Spirit drew our focus toward two in particular.

       For starters, during the run-up to the elections we produced, packaged and mailed out packets containing a copy of our own "TTM Christian Voter Guide" along with a pocket-sized copy of "The Constitution of The United States". Especially leading up to election time, we as Christians and Americans are blessed with the priceless opportunity to bring attention to and promote the two most sacred "ancient landmarks" that we have been given as gifts by God: His Holy written Word and The United States Constitution. These two sacred landmarks are what Satan and his human accomplices are working frantically to destroy in the eyes of the American people, using tell-a-vision (TV), radio, online social media, print communications, and the like. Our "TTM Voter Guide and Pocket Constitution Campaign" is not simply another mailing, we view it as our ministry Team's return-volley against the demonic forces of Satan who are bent on the destruction of God's children and humanity as a whole from receiving The Truth, Who is in fact Jesus Christ. We pray, "Oh, Father God, In Jesus Christ's Holy Name, let each of us stand before You on that great and glorious day having given our all for the sake of spreading The Truth, Who is Jesus Christ, and for the fulfillment of Your dream for Your creation, in Jesus' Name we pray, Amen!"

        As a side note, please pray and fast with us that the great news of The Trinity that we share on social media will continue to increase in viewership, despite Satan's all-out war to blind the public to all we are doing to lead others in-to oneness In Jesus Christ. This includes the many messages we have posted on Pressin'IN Blog, on our Toward The Mark Podcast Channel, and have produced and released in both written and recorded media, all for the sole purpose of spreading the wonder-full Gospel of Jesus Christ and The Gospel He preaches.

     Now, here is the second thing that The Holy Spirit had illuminated to us. As you read this we pray that you will see why we have saved it for last.  As we have been in our times of prayer with The wonder-Full Trinity, I (Keith) have increasingly been shown something that we believe wholeheartedly is, not just a Word from God for Brenda and myself but is also, a Word from God for you. It all ties into my being asked some forty plus years ago to play and sing my original songs that our Father, Jesus Christ, The Holy Spirit, and I had written together and performed for a crowd at The University Of North Carolina (UNC). An event that I have thought back on over the past six months in particular and thinking to myself: "Has my music and reaching folks in concert settings, like I have done on so many occasions in the past, served its full purpose?"

        As a result, I began asking our Father, if the platform of music that He had anointed me for at one time could ever live again. I asked if it was in His plan for my life to anoint me for a new season of musical fruitfulness, like He had done so graciously so many years ago. Within the same week of my asking God that question, as I was in prayer, I saw in my spirit Ezekiel's vision where The LORD carried him in The Spirit over a valley that was filled with "dry bones". The "bones" implying that many people had died there long ago, long enough for the flesh to decompose. "Dry" bones implies that the bones of those people had been there so long that every cell in them had died, clear down to the very marrow, which takes many, many years.

       We have a question for you. Is there something that God has shown you, something that has not come into fruition in your life yet? Is there something that you have been believing God for, with all of your heart, but it has not yet come to pass? Is there something that you have believed God for, something that could reach many for Jesus Christ, but, whenever you have tried to make it happen, you seem to hit a wall? Or, like me and my performing my songs, is there a passion, a vision you still carry, something you had done in years past but have recently been wondering if it could live again? 
Bren and I believe wholeheartedly that, as you read Ezekiel's vision, God is going to breathe His Holy Spirit, His Life, into whatever it is that you have prayed fervently to come into fruition.  
     Bren and I believe that God has held you in reserve until now for many strategic reasons. We pray, in The Name of Jesus Christ, believing, as you read Ezekiel's vision, that the very same Holy Spirit that filled those "dry bones" and raised up a mighty army from what was seemingly dead and gone forever, will breathe the Life of God in-to you and will raise up the vision you have carried for so long! Now, take a deep breath, relax, read slowly and listen intently for the still small voice of The Wonder-Full The Holy Spirit as you are reading...

       "The hand of The LORD was upon me, and carried me out in The Spirit of The LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest. Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of The LORD. Thus saith The LORD GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: And I will lay sinews (Vigorous strength; muscular power) upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am The LORD. So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them. Then said He unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith The LORD GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army. Then he said unto me, son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith The LORD GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel." Ezekiel 37:1-12

       We are here, in the time when God is calling us to stand up and speak to the armies of God in Christ Jesus' Mighty Name and by His Authority. Much like Abraham waiting and waiting for God to fulfill His promise to him of a son, many believers are in that hour after they have walked with our Lord faithfully but have grown weary on their journey. The Lord is calling all whom He has used in years past to "arise" and "advance toward" the fulfillment of God's dream for their lives. No longer will they be convinced by deceiving spirits saying, "That once-wonderful season when God was working through you, and all of what He put in you, is o-v-e-r." The Lord says to you...

        "What you just 'knew' was your 'hay day', the fulfillment of Your Father's Will for your life, was actually your Boot Camp, your time of preparation! NO, you are not finished... far from it! The time you have been praying for, been sowing for, and been working towards and waiting for has arrived! You have been in preparation for this hour! The lies you have heard, the fiery darts from the enemy that have come to convince you that your time is done, has in truth served to temper you and to set your resolve for what is at the door, for what I had designed and created in you from the foundation of My Earth." The LORD says, "I have allowed your bones to dry up, which takes many years, so when those who see Me breathe My Life INto you, they will know that it is Me that has chosen and prepared you for this hour! You will not be operating on your last season's anointing. You are not be propping up something that I use to do. You are moving forward in what I have raised up for you! I have prepared you for this exact time! My Mighty Army is being revealed now... and there is no force in hell or on the earth that can stop them! Now, step forward into the vision I have written and am birthing in you, and I will meet you there!"

       "Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you (James 4:8)." That is His PROMISE to you!

       We pray that these words bless you greatly. We want you to know that we are standing alongside you in prayer, from now and through to the complete fruition of the wonder-full gifts and calling that our Father has created in you... from the foundation of His Earth. Thank you over and over again for standing with us, as we are daily working out all that God has worked in us for His glory! The marriage supper of The Lamb is on the stove! Can you smell it?

       Thank you for your love and friendship, especially in our collective efforts to glorify Jesus Christ day in and day out. We love you and pray for you that God blesses you beyond your ability to contain it all... for all you do, or have done already, that makes our work possible.

       "The LORD gave the word: great was the company of those that published it (Psalm 68:11)."

Your friends and servants in Christ Jesus,
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