Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.
The Wind of the Spirit is Blowing Away Darkness
~Kathi Pelton This morning I felt the wind of the Spirit blowing and I asked the Lord, “What is this wind?”
His answer came almost immediately saying, “I am blowing away the darkness and blowing the breath of life into people and places that will carry My resurrection power.”
It is interesting that these words come right on the heels of the tragic suicides of well known men and women like Kate Spade (fashion designer) and Anthony Bourdain (celebrity chef).
Darkness is often a trap that leads people to death and destruction, but the Lord has come to give abundant life and to light up the places where darkness has held many captive. People who have been trapped in darkness will suddenly see a great light; they will feel the wind of His Spirit blowing away the darkness and resurrecting their life. Lands (cities, regions, nations) will also experience a wind that comes to blow away the darkness that the enemy has brought upon it and God will breathe resurrection life into His original intent upon the land.
The spirit of death that dwells in dark places is being uncovered and blown away. The enemy has been whispering lies of torment to bring people to a place of utter hopelessness and despair, leading to an agreement with death. But the Lord has been raising up those who will stand in the gap through deep intercession and “groanings too deep for words” as conduits of resurrection life and light into the dark places. The prophets are prophesying life, freedom, light, and reformation and the revivalists are going out and bringing deliverance into the byways and highways.
This is the time of a great shift…in lives and in nations. A shift from darkness to light, from death to life. It is a battle that is being won on our knees, through our voices and upon the feet that bring good news.
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies.” Isaiah 61:1-2
There will be resurrection power unleashed to breathe life into what has been called dark and dead; these people and lands will carry life and carry light that becomes a portal of deliverance and refuge for many in the days to come. It is time to prophesy the words found in Ezekiel 37:9-14
Then He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they come to life.”‘” So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army. Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel; behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope has perished We are completely cut off.’
“Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says 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 Israel. “Then you will know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, My people. “I will put My Spirit within you and you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land. Then you will know that I, the LORD, have spoken and done it,” declares the LORD.'”
Prophesy, release your intercession, groan and watch the wind of His Spirit blow away the darkness. It is time and it is upon us!
Stories and Sparrows
All these things Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed, he said nothing to them without a parable. This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter what has been hidden since the foundation of the world.” (Matthew 13:34-35)
I will turn my ear to a proverb. I will utter my riddle on the harp…. (Psalm 49:4)
Everyone loves stories.
Our heavenly Father has put illustrations–parables, really–throughout all creation to demonstrate eternal realities. These are not examples put here “just for fun” so that the Christian can engage in a clever intellectual exercise, a way to enjoy “spiritual symbolism” that doesn’t connect with any real-world application; intriguing, but essentially useless for true change or growth. He has placed parables within the fabric of physical existence that teach us truths about divine realities that sustain us in the “nitty-gritty” and mundane aspects of life.
So, we find that a sparrow does not fall to the ground without the notice of our tender Father (Matthew 10:29-31). And does He not much more care for us? The crushing pressures and needs of life, that seem so threatening, are simply opportunities for Jesus to prove His faithfulness to us again and again. We can trust Him completely. Birds do it.
We learn that our God is a “refiner’s fire” (Malachi 3:2-3). This is encouraging (and maybe a little scary), because we realize that precious stones become ever more priceless as impurities are removed through fire. A shimmering glaze on pottery becomes hard and permanent, unable to be removed, after it goes through the burning heat of an oven. So our fiery trials in life build in us character and beauty and enable us to give pure offerings of worship to our King.
Jesus continually taught in parables to explain (and sometimes conceal) deep spiritual truths. Just as the parables carry an inherent power to transfix our attention, leading us into reflection, and hopefully a new mindset, guiding us into transformation; so do the “parables” inherent in physical creation guide us to sudden epiphanies of comprehension, inviting us–compelling us–to awe and worship, which leads to transformation and genuine love-response to the One who first loved us. This is obedience to the first and greatest commandment:
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. Deuteronomy 6:5.
So, we find lessons from the glazing of pottery, or the carefree soaring of birds, or the joy of food well-prepared, or the mysterious intensity of a quasar, or the soothing warmth of the afternoon sunshine, or the gentle touch of a loved one, or the innocent happy gurgling of an infant. These are organic expressions of our material world, which were created and pronounced “good” by our good Creator; but he is more than simply a Being greater than the cosmos who set everything spinning into existence. The stories woven into creation point to deeper realities rooted in the character and nature of our loving Father. He enjoys our enjoyment of discovery. He knows it is fun for us, and when we search out and uncover these truths for ourselves it “locks” them into our understanding as a mere bullet-point outline never could.
We are excited by stories; we relate and respond to stories; we are changed by stories. Our Lord made life a story, so we could relish living it and contributing to the mystery. We are explorers in an adventure movie; we are pilgrims in a fairy tale; we are cherished and pursued for divine romance.
And all this is far grander and more wonderful than anything Hollywood could ever dream up.
Blessings Today--Meditations from the Word: Encouragement for those who are struggling
Many Christians with sensitive consciences carry unwelcome and uncomfortable baggage in the form of a nagging feeling that “something isn’t quite right.”
The Father's desire is that all His creation would flourish. He delights in our flourishing. If you currently struggle in your relationship with God, here are some Scriptures to ponder.
Do you feel your heart grown cold? That is nothing when you are face-to-face with unquenchable flame (READ: Daniel 7:9-10; Hebrews 12:28-29)
Have you been foolish and selfish? Your actions do not supersede or negate His wisdom working in you (READ:Proverbs 1:20; 1 Corinthians 1:21-30)
Is it difficult for you to submit to the will of God? Your stubbornness is not enough to shake off His “easy yoke” (READ: Matthew 11:29)
Are you fighting the temptation to withdraw from people? Your isolation cannot shut out the One to whom the darkest night is as bright as day (READ: Psalm 139)
Do you feel forgotten and alone? Your fear and loneliness are dispelled by His tender mercy and love (READ: Isaiah 49:14-16; John 10:10-11; 15:9; 16:27)