The Breath of the Holy
Spirit, March 31, April 3, 2006
While in prayer I saw the breath of the
Holy Spirit, gently breathing on His people. I thought of how
different this was from Him coming as a “mighty rushing wind.”
As I was looking for a passage of scripture, I heard this, Ezekiel 37:9
“Then He said to me,
‘Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, This
is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come from the four winds, O breath,
and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’ So I prophesied
as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood
up on their feet – a vast army.” Ezek 37:9-10 NIV
I believe this passage of scripture is
a representation of what God is doing at this time.
There are many “out-of church” folk
who have been slain by the trials and difficulties they have faced.
They are completely poured out and have nothing left to give.
They feel void of all spiritual life. I know this to be true
for I was one of them. If you judge after outward appearances you
will easily come to the conclusion that this group of lone rangers,
have missed the voice of God and have fallen into complacency.
But I declare to you by the Holy Spirit,
that the breath of God is gently breathing on these dry bones.
For there are many who have been slain by the difficulties they have
faced and have given up on their pursuit of righteousness, but My breath
shall come upon them, and cause them to become alive, for it has been
My hand that has orchestrated the difficulties in their lives.
I have purposely hid what I was doing so that they would bare the reproach
of the cross, and be utterly broken before me.”
The last portion of the scripture in
Ezekiel refers to a vast army. I believe the army God is raising
up at this time is not Joel’s army as many think. A more accurate
picture of what is now happening is Ezekiel’s army of dry bones coming
The Holy Spirit is about to breath upon
many of those outside the organized church. When He does expect
to see a manifestation of His presence in their lives. As the
chaff falls away it will become apparent that God was working in their
lives all through their experience.
A scripture comes to mind when thinking
about this wilderness journey:
“In building the temple, only blocks
dressed at the quarry were used, and no hammer, chisel or any other
iron tool was heard at the temple site while it was being built.
1 Kings 6:7.
When the blocks for Solomon’s Temple
were made, all the hammering and chiseling took place in the quarry.
It was only after each stone had been shaped into the right dimensions
so that it could fit perfectly with the other stones that it was brought
to the temple location to be assembled. What a wonderful picture
this is of God’s work in our lives!
The hammer blows upon us are many as
God shapes and chisels us into living stones that fit properly in the
house not made with human hands. God is building a masterpiece
that will fit together perfectly! But as each of us know from
experience, it is in the quarry where God is preparing us, and not in
the glory of His temple.
There are a great many new ones that
are being called out unto the Lord at this time. They are being
taught directly by the Holy Spirit, but they will need true ministry
that will encourage and confirm what God is speaking into their life.
As God unfolds His masterpiece I believe
we will be amazed with the detail of His plan and the synchronization
of all that He is doing. God is going to revive many of His lone
rangers, while His kingdom is propagated throughout the earth, neighbor-to-neighbor,
friend-to-friend. This Holy move of God will also bring judgment
on the false ministries that have been birthed from the soul of man.
This judgment will NOT be angry prophets shaking their fist, calling
down fire from heaven. What will bring the judgment is the bright
light that will shine on all that God is doing, as it contrast the darkness
and futility of all of man’s efforts.
God’s government and kingdom does not
resemble any kingdom of this world. It is not the hierarchy that
many self-proclaimed apostles and prophets would declare. There
will be no emphasis on leadership other than the leadership of hearing
His voice. God’s government will have only one head, and that
will be the mind of Christ, and no apostle, prophet or pastor will not
dictate the laws of His kingdom, for they will be written on our hearts.
Do not look to Jerusalem or a physical
locale, for it is not any geographic location where you will find the
administration of God’s government, for the kingdom of God is within
Do not gaze on those in the quarry and
wonder why they are not busy doing something for the kingdom.
God has a purpose and a plan that He will execute. Only the Holy Spirit
can place us in His temple once we have been shaped into a living stone
that will fit properly.
In God’s economy there are some who
have been raised up to equip the saints. However, giving someone
the equipment so they are no longer tossed too and from by every wind
of doctrine is something quite different from what we see under the
umbrella of church leadership within the institutional church.
Individual autonomy may seem like a contradiction
to the idea of body ministry, but the opposite is true. We are
each to have the mind of Christ, and the Holy Spirit is the nervous
system causing each part of His body to function as a whole. This
is what differentiates the “house not made with hands” from the
earthly efforts of men.
Over the past thirty years I have experienced
many precious moments in the Lord along with many dry times where the
heavens were as brass. I confess that I have not always cooperated
with the Lord through the many trials I have faced. I have not
done anything of myself that would give me the right to lay claim to
being some great spiritual authority, or leader. During the last
eight years I went through depression, anger and finally acceptance
of the difficulties I had faced. It was at a moment when I felt
completely spiritually dead, without one bit of His life in me, that
the Holy Spirit began to breathe upon me. He has awakened His
spirit inside me, and is speaking with me daily. He has caused
me to walk upright before Him in victory, and in His rest, but it is
not because of anything I have done. It is only because He chose
to breathe His life into these dry bones.
Pay attention to the gentle breath of
the Spirit that is now breathing upon His people. This is not
the time for the mighty rushing wind, but for the gentle breath of God.
This is a time of substance and a time of great truth and understanding.
Then will we see a display of His power.
Douglas B. Clark
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