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How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse

27 Oct
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“Zombies” are everywhere. On T-shirts at the mall, television, video games, and books. But did you know there are zombies in the church? No, I’m not talking about the two-hundred-year-old couple sitting on the back pew half-asleep. I’m talking churches filled with zombie congregations. I know I sound crazy, but, please, stick with me.

In Ezekiel 37, the spirit of the Lord carried Ezekiel and set him down in a valley full of bones. “…they were very dry.” (vs. 2) So these folks had been dead awhile. “And he [God] said unto me…can these bones live?” (vs. 3) “Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.” (vs. 4, emphasis mine)

I can imagine Ezekiel thinking, What? Preach to dead people? “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.” I don’t know about you, but that would be my cue to exit. LOL “…the sinews (tendons) and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.” (vs. 8, emphasis mine)

There you have it. Lifeless bodies—zombies, per say. “Then he [God] said unto me… Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.” (vs. 9) “So I prophesied…and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.” (vs. 10) “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. And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves… And shall put my spirit [Holy Spirit] in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land…” (vs. 12-14)

Did you know that apocalypse is the act of revealing or disclosing something not realized?

How to survive the zombie apocalypse:

  1. If you’re not saved, give your heart to Christ. You’ll immediately convert from death to life.
  2. Read your Bible. Pray. Inhale the Words of life.
  3. Don’t be a member of a dead church. If you’re not being fed, growing spiritually, or feeling the Holy Spirit move, I encourage you to find a church that helps you grow.
  4. Share the gospel with others. Ezekiel did, and God’s word caused the dead to come to life.

 

~Candice Sue Patterson

Candice writes contemporary romance with threads of nostalgia. Bright Copper Kettles is available now. Silver White Winters coming soon!

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2014 in Candice Sue Patterson, devotion

 

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2 responses to “How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse

  1. Pegg Thomas

    October 27, 2014 at 6:40 am

    I never thought of these verses in the context of zombies. Never. But I like it! And your advice about being in a church where you can grow is priceless. A spiritually dead church is a sad situation, but unfortunately, it’s all too common. If you’re not in a church where you can 1) grow and 2) serve, you’re not in the right church.

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  2. rpatchen

    October 27, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Wow, that’s quite a story from the Bible. I’ve heard it before, but never quite like that. Excellent points. There are too many churches where the pews are empty or the messages are empty–often both. Yet the churches that seem to thrive are the ones where the pastors aren’t afraid to proclaim the Truth.

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