Rom 8:11 (KJV) But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
On #HolyGhostSeries today, another vital ministry of the Holy Spirit on earth, in the Church and in the life of the believer is His ability to restore life in dead, lifeless and extremely hopeless situations.
The Holy Spirit has the ability to give life or ‘quicken’ as the KJV puts it.
And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest. Eze 37:3 (KJV)
The word ‘quicken’ has to do with revival and the ability to restore quality life to the dead and hopeless.
The interesting part of the quickening ability of the Holy Spirit is that He steps in when all hope is lost and when our circumstances defy all solutions!
He steps in when it seems as though, “if only He had come a little earlier…”; and when “…by this time he stinketh”.
Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh:for he hath been dead four days.Jn 11:39 (KJV)
He steps in when it’s already too late!
For example, after Jesus had been crucified and dead for three days, God, through the power of the Holy Ghost quickened Him. The Holy Spirit revived and restored life to Him that had been stone dead for three whole days!
Earlier in Jesus’ ministry, it was the power of the Holy Spirit also who quickened Lazarus when Jesus spoke the word and said, “Lazarus, Come Forth!” By then, Lazarus had been dead for four whole days and already stank!
In the valley of dry bones, we see yet another hopeless situation which defied every solution. It was all too late. The bones had been dead for far too long and even gone past dying- they were way too dry; if only someone had done something earlier…Yet when the breath of the Spirit came in from the four winds, they revived, survived, lived and conquered… they received life in abundance!
Do you see any form of death or hopelessness in your life today? Then it’s time to bring the Holy Spirit into the picture with His quickening and restorative power!
Please open up all the long dead, rotten, stinking and very dry things you see around to the Holy Spirit today. Let Him into all those seemingly hopeless situations and all those places where it seems like it’s just too late.
And may He quicken your mortal body, give you abundant life and make you every bit whole in Jesus’ name!
Sweet Holy Spirit, how good to know that no situation is beyond You; and regardless of how long things have gone wrong, it’s never too late for You. For You are the Quickening Spirit, the One who gives life to every dead thing!
I open every dead thing up to You Holy One, please breathe, quicken, revive, restore and make me every bit whole. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Funmi Adebayo © 2015