When the Holy Spirit's wind moves through the mulberry trees. We are to bestir ourselves, go out up against the enemy, and the Lord will go before us to defeat them.
I had just been talking about how I live waiting for the other shoe to drop and how easy it is to slip into that old familiar self instead of putting on the new creature.
In the message last night he spoke of living like there was a storm coming, with his house all boarded up and staying in the basement even when the strom was over.
For me that reminded me of a dream I had where I was in the house I grew up in and God was there. The windows were bolted shut and I was hiding under the table. Which was something I used to do when I was little. God was taking the bolts out of the window and I could hear them dropping to the floor. Suddenly memories of the past start to come at me and I raised my hand and told the Holy Spirit that I was not ready to face these things yet. That is when I woke from the dream.
It wasn't until recently that I told God I was ready, and sure enough those memories started coming in dreams. In one memory, I'm not sure how old I was but I know I was little, but one night I was crying. My mother came in the room yelling at me to shut up. She came over to the bed and took something and covered my face. I could feel her press down in the dream until I could not breath and had to turn my head so I could get air. You would think that I would have woke up upset from that memory but it was like an ah-ha moment. Like a piece of the puzzle was being put together. I wasn't surprised. I knew it to be true.
I live like the storm is still here but it is over. Those memories are just that. The past is done. God kept me through all those things and broke me out of the prison I was in. I don't need to live under that table any longer, or in the basement. God wants to open those windows to let light and fresh air in. The Holy Spirit's wind can't reach me unless I let those windows be opened.
The word bestir in the concordance means to preach, proclaim. We are to preach to ourselves the message of victory in Jesus. Proclaim it. God has already gone before us and won.
To live in the basement is acting like God never won. To keep slipping into the old self is as if I was never saved.
Put on the new creature, the robe of righteouseness, the Lord Jesus Christ, the garment of praise, the armour of light , the whole armour of God. These are all commands in the bible. In order to put on our clothes we have to take off our bed clothes. Each day is a choice to get up and put on the new creature. Discard the old covering, defenses, attitude. Put on the new; to take on, cover one's self to compass, surround, live in, abide, hide in Jesus.
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, [He is] my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.