Dr. Tony Evans is the founder and senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, founder and president of The Urban Alternative and author of over 100 books, booklets and Bible studies. The first African American to earn a doctorate of theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, he has been named one of the 12 Most Effective Preachers in the English-Speaking World by Baylor University. Dr. Evans holds the honor of writing and publishing the first full-Bible commentary and study Bible by an African American. His radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on over 1,400 radio outlets daily and in more than 130 countries. Dr. Evans’ sermons are also streamed and downloaded over 20,000,000 times annually.

i challenge all of you to read psalm 119

the longest

chapter in the bible it’s all about one

subject the word of god

and david says this word of god is my


here’s why because the spirit

of god here it is only works

in his fullness in concert with the word

of god

don’t miss that if you want to breathe

if you want to hear peace be unto you

because you’re scared no matter what is

causing that fear

the spirit of god who is the breath of


will only give you the oxygen you need

not because he doesn’t want to but


you’re not breathing the right stuff you

got too much smog

in your life you’re not

taking advantage of the word of god so

to help you out here

i want to take you to another passage

that i can only summarize

but i don’t want you to miss this it’s

in the book of ezekiel

the book of ezekiel chapter

37. it’s the famous valley of dry bones

now when you get a chance read all 14


meditate on it because it puts it all

together so that you can breathe again

if you have the holy spirit in you you

have the oxygen tank

it’s already in there

but you can have an oxygen tent and not

use it

so you can be huffing and puffing and

not having peace

that the breath of god who is the holy

spirit offers to believers

he says in verse 1 the spirit of the


sent me to a valley full of dry bones

what was the problem with these

dry bones he says

can these bones live again they’re so


they are lifeless it was so bad

all that ezekiel could say is at the end

of verse 3

oh lord god you know

i can’t answer that question because it

looks real bad

are you in a real bad situation are you

are you having a spiritual asthma attack

because everything around you is causing

you to

causing you to be constricted in your


and you’re wheezing

trying to breathe with all the chaos

that’s surrounding you

he tells the prophet verse 4 prophesy

over these bones oh dry bones hear the

word of the lord so

give them some bible prophesy over them

give them the word of the lord in their


now watch verse 5 thus saith the lord

god to these bones

behold i will cause breath uh-uh there’s

our word

to enter you that you may come to life

hello the spirit of the lord leads him

he says listen to the word so i can give

you breath

breath is the holy spirit as you’ll see

i’ma cause

breath to enter so verse 7 i prophesied

as i was commanded and the bones begin

to rattle

uh oh the bones begin to shake and bake

then he said verse 9 prophesy to the


to the spirit prophecy

son of man and say to the breath the


thus saith the lord god come from the

four winds

the spirit from everywhere all breath

and breathe on these slain that they may

come to life oh this is getting good and


he’s prophesying to the bones but then

he’s prophesying to the breath

the breath is the spirit coming from the

four winds it’s the air it’s the air we


so the the bones that are dry hopeless


they’re desperate he says prophesy to


tell them bones it’s time to to live

it’s time not to

not to fake it no more time not to be

just going to church

and living in your dryness but then


to the breath the spirit

why am i prophesying to the spirit

because the holy spirit acts in concert

with the word

so when you get the word of god

and you are speaking the word of god the

spirit of god attaches to it

and when the spirit of god attaches to

the word of god

something begins to happen

so i prophesied verse 10 as he commanded


and the breath came to them and they

came to life

and stood on their feet an exceedingly

great army

let me read a little bit more verse 11.

then he said to me son of man

these bones are the whole house of

israel or to put in the new testament


it’s the whole church behold they say

our bones are dried up and our hope has


so how do you know you have no life

because you have no hope when your hope


your life leaves he says our hope is


we are completely cut off can’t find god


but then he says prophesy and say to

them verse 12

thus saith the lord god behold i will

open your graves

and cause you to come up out of your

graves my people

and i will bring you into the land of


then i then you will know that i

am the lord when i open your graves

and cause you to come up out of your

graves my people

i will put my spirit within you verse 14

and you will here it is come to life

and i will place you on your land

you will know that i am the lord and

have spoken and has done this

declares the lord did you did you see


he said i’ma take you out your grave you

feel like you’re dying

because you know when you’re dying

you’re losing your breath you can’t


you feel like you you’re in crisis


the world is in crisis the culture’s in

crisis the church is in crisis

we’re in crisis and god says it’s time

to breathe

why is god allowed all of this stuff to

take our breath away

crisis after crisis chaos after chaos

conflict after conflict

why this divine disruption that you will

know i am the lord

it’s not by might it’s by my spirit

says the lord it’s not because you come

up with a new program

or because you elect a certain person to

a political office it’s not because of


i’ve interrupted all this stuff it’s not

because of your money it’s not because

of your clout

it’s not because of your notoriety no if

you don’t have my spirit

you can have all that and be in a


you know what he’s trying to do god is

trying to wake up the church this is all


waking up to church because we can’t get

them to live out there if we digging our

own graves in here

he says i want to give you life and how

do you know you have life

he says because you’re going to be


for spiritual impact whoever sends you

remit they will be remitted he says in

john 20. he says in other words you’re

going to make a spiritual impact

you know what the world is waiting for

spiritual impact you know why we’re not

having spiritual impact

because we’re six feet under we’re in

our graves

we’re saved we’re on our way to heaven

but there is no life and he says there’s

no hope

that’s when when hope is gone then being


as it was meant to be spiritual life is


you and i have a plan that

god has given us to make a spiritual

impact in the world

but if god can’t even make a spiritual


in the aisles of our church why do we

think he’ll make a spiritual

impact in the isles of congress or in

the streets of the city

when there’s a graveyard in the


so it’s time to come alive and that’s

based on the breath

but not breathing occasionally breathing

the holy spirit

as you connected with the word of god

you should now be running to the


running to the bible running to find out

or get someone to help you find out

where do i go and we’re going to help

you do that

by giving you scriptures to run to and

talk to the holy spirit all day long as

you go from this situation

to that situation as you’re feeling

hopelessness bring him in on it

so that he can breathe life into you and