As I was walking and talking with the Lord today, He gave me a word for the coming year ” Strength for the battle.” God has been teaching His people how to survive in the wilderness, how to praise Him in the midst of the valley, how to find life where there only seems to be death. These teachings in the life of a believer are for a season or seasons. It is good to know that God hears us when we weep. It is good to know that oftentimes in our walk with the Lord that we will face many different types of persecution and adversity. There is a time for weeping and there is a strength and grace that comes in the very midst of our trials. Yet, there is another kind of strength, there is an anointing for the battle. We see a spirit of indignation come upon David as he runs towards Goliath. We see this same Spirit after Ziklag is burned down and all the woman have been taken captive, after David dries his tears he gets up and pursues and overtakes the enemy, he takes the fight to the enemy.
I believe God is breathing that Spirit into His children. In Romans 8 we see this phrase in verse 2 ” Spirit of life,” and it is this Spirit of life that frees us from the law of sin and death. The Greek word for “Spirit,” is ” pnyoo-mah,” it literally means a current of air, a breeze, a breath. So another translation of that Scripture would be ” breath of life.” God breathes life into us. We see this when He creates us in the flesh in Genesis 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and He breathed into his nostrils the ” breath of life,” and man became a living being.“
In Romans we see that same breath of life being breathed into men of flesh who now have the life of the Spirit, the breath of life, spirutal beings as opposed to merely living beings. And with this wind, this breeze, this breath of God that blows spiritual life into His children’s souls, we see the culmination or Romans 8 when Paul tells us by the Spirit that we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. We are ready for the battle. Despite death and persecution and everything the enemy throws at us, nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus. This is our strength for the battle ,the wind of the Spirit, the breath of life blowing into the sails of our souls and propelling us forward .
As God continues to draw back the veil this coming year and exposes and shakes everything that can be shaken, He also breathes upon His children’s lives and this breath is the life of the Spirit. He is calling us forward, He is calling us upwards and onwards. There is a call to arms going on right now in the Spirit. The question now becomes for all of Christendom ” who will fight?” In order to fight we must be filled with the breath of God so that we can walk in the power of God. Can we cry out to Him this year ” Fill me Lord, breathe into me your life that I may run to the battle.”............ bro Frank