“Now it happened once that while a man was being buried, the people at the funeral suddenly saw a raiding party. They threw the body into Elisha’s tomb and ran off. When the body touched Elisha’s bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet!”

2 Kings 13:21 CEB


At 29, I’ve done so well, hit cartwheel in my estate
And I’m gon’ shine like I’m supposed to
Antisocial, extrovert
And excellent mean the extra work
And absentness what the heck you heard
And pessimists never struck my nerve
And Nazareth, gonna plead his case
The reason my power’s here on earth
Salute the truth, when the prophet say
I got loyalty and royalty inside my DNA

–Kendrick Lamar

It’s amazing how quick people can write you off after a struggle. We can get to a place where we even give up on ourselves. We lose the ability to keep fighting but overlook the fact that God is not finished with you. It’s in your DNA to get up.

A man had died and his friends were about to bury him. They heard a raiding party coming and panicked. They threw their friend’s body into the open tomb where Elijah’s bones were. This makes me wonder. Why was Elisha’s tomb open and there was nothing left of him but bones?

Had his tomb already been raided? These tomb raiders would come and strip the body of jewelry and rob anybody at the grave. Talking about heartless! They took everything but left the bones!

Many of our churches are like those tombs. They’ve been raided and left with bare bones. What was once living and anointed is now empty and bare boned. There’s nothing but the skeleton of the prophetic and they throw a dead man’s body in there out of a panic of the raiding party.

Noted author, Alicia Chole, of the book “Anonymous,” told us a story of how she was once an atheist. She said she would annihilate young college students in debates about Jesus leaving them with tears in their eyes and their only defense would be them saying, “I don’t have an answer but all I know is that Jesus lives!”

She said a mother of one of these young ladies kept inviting her to church. So to get rid of her she decided to go to this church.  She said that if this woman was trying to convince her that Jesus was alive she picked the wrong church. There was nothing excellent about the church. The message wasn’t that impressive. They were going through a church split and the church was on a bare bones budget facing closure, but when they started praying this atheist had an encounter in the back of this dying church with the resurrected Jesus for an hour and a half! She’s now one of the most sought after Christian speakers and prayer warriors! They threw her in the wrong tomb. The anointing was still in the bones!

When the man’s body landed on the bones of the prophet he came back to life and stood up on his feet. God’s anointing was so strong in Elisha’s life that even his bones contained God’s DNA.

No matter how dead a body seems if it belonged to God there’s still enough spiritual DNA to bring people back to life!

God wants to bring life back to dead churches that have been stripped by tomb raiders to raise those who’ve been thrown away by friends who left you for dead. They thought they threw you in a dead place but hadn’t counted on God’s DNA still being in there.

There’s still life left in what appears to be dead. That’s what revival is all about.


 

He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’

Ezekiel 37:3-6

In Jesus’ Name!

Amen