Thursday, August 16, 2012

Aug | 16 | Come O Breath and Breathe!

Key Word:- CONNECT

Title:- Come O Breath and Breathe!

Ezekiel 37:9,10 Also 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 may live.” So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.

We left another one of our favourite poetry groups to depart for new pastures. There amongst other poets, we had immensely enjoyed our fellowship around words and hearts; indeed, chiefly we had enjoyed hearing other people’s voices, always distinct, often dancing and sometimes even, dangerous! For voices when released do cause revolutions. Selah!

One of the poets there, immense and intense, had written for us a going away poem entitled “A Song of the Four Winds” It’s a treasured gift. It is beautiful and focuses around life, friendship and fellowship. Did you know that life comes from the four winds?

Ezekiel is not called to chant some strange incantation into thin air, but as a prophet of God, as a ‘lord’ of the earth under the Lord of the Earth he is commanded to speak words of power greater than any strange magic. We can summarize his prophetic command in a simple sentence; “Come O breath and breathe”

The four winds blow from the four corners of the earth. In other words they come from everywhere. They blow at different times of the year, with differing strength and carry with them distinct tools. In Israel,

the NORTH wind brings substantial rain at just the right time to be favourable to vegetation and so, is indicative of GROWTH.

The EAST Wind comes from across the wilderness and brings with it enough violence to clear out every hidden cobweb of our life. It is a wind of CLEANSING, a wind of CLEARING.

The WEST wind is of a lighter touch, bringing REFRESHING showers.

The SOUTH wind brings the HEAT. The close heat of COMMUNION and COMFORTABLENESS.

Cleansing, refreshing, growth and communion are all marks of friendship and of fellowship; are all marks of life, if you will. Let me ask you today then, do you have these four winds blowing across the face of your soul? Let me ask you as a local church today, do you have these four winds caressing your tall colonnades? If not, then today maybe the Master asks you to stand on your feet and shout in prophetic command to the four winds to fall upon you with life and love and friendship and fellowship? Yes, O Christian, you ruler and reign-er with Him, maybe today God has put it in you, to call life into yourself and into your community and with prophetic and believing cry to also lift up your voice with Ezekiel of old and shout, “Come O Breath and Breathe!” Go on! Shout it to the four directions of the compass today, “Come O Breath and Breathe!” Do it. Keep doing it! And don’t you dare go home until one of the good winds of God billows in your cheeks.

Listen:- And He rode upon a cherub, and flew; He flew upon the wings of the wind. Psalm 18:10

He causes the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; He makes lightning for the rain; He brings the wind out of His treasuries. Psalm 135:7

Pray: - Lord in Your Great Name and by Your sovereign and unassailable power I now stand and call to these four winds today and in believing words I cry “Come O breath and Breathe!” Now O Lord, clothe these dry bones of ours in flesh, stand us on our feet and make us into a great army. O God! Send amongst your churches these four winds today. In Jesus mighty name I ask it, amen.

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