“Let him smother me with kisses—his Spirit-kiss divine. So kind are your caresses, I drink them in like the sweetest wine!”
The advancement of the church is not just overcoming obstacles from the past.
It is a fine tuning in strategy on a battle field that has many enemy strongholds that are like the hidden icebergs that can destroy a vessel sailing upon the water.
The main stronghold is hidden within the motivation of our heart. If it is driven from selfishness, pride and vanity.
Desire for domination, important and to be idolised is pride and vanity and has to be separated out.
Jesus is the shepherd and the Shalom. The servant and the life giver of peace that passes understanding.
In the couplet ‘Let him’ represents our submission ‘His kiss’ is representative of the breathe breathed in to the dust, the spirit to bring it to life in creation.
Also the revelation of His love and our intimacy. There is a reference to drinking in and being intoxicated as was the appearance of the Pentecost Spirit filled followers.
Also the Hebrew word for kiss Nashaq has another military meaning of being equipped or armed for battle.
Prepared as a warrior. We are preparing for a King of Kings. We, in our intimacy, are receiving the strategic weapons and requisites for Spiritual battle to defeat the enemy attacks we are encountering.
Good, measured by God’s standards, is changeless whilst our measure changes over the years and generations.
A church that changes standards and preferences alongside those reflected in the world has nothing different or powerful to offer it just competes to look better at it.
Church has to be what people cannot offer. A place of encountering God and discovering a relationship and way of communicating.
A place of supernatural miracles and healing. A place where Christ is being revealed daily.
Trying to compromise, look good, be politically correct is our vanity not always His way.
We need to dance, as David, unto the Lord not unto ourselves. Be distinct and called out. God honoured Solomon’s non selfish motivated prayer for wisdom.
We cannot run in every lane without fatigue but we can be a part of a three pronged attack.
The church that dances with the Spirit and pioneers the new. The church that provides the watering holes, the oasis the wells for those thirsty and dry. The church that intercedes and is a powerhouse of prayer.
We are not alone God is with us. His Holy Spirit within us.
Our prayer is that He will blow fresh breathe over dying embers and fan them to life to honour those dry bones.
Bitterness about the past season has to be left behind. We live for today. We move forwards into. The Mature pass on batons and wisdom.
“and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.”
We always contend for more from our generous and lavishly abundant God. He knows and meets our needs.
“Ask rain from the Lord in the season of the spring rain, from the Lord who makes the storm clouds, and he will give them showers of rain, to everyone the vegetation in the field.”
The illustration shows the holy kiss and breath of the life and the Spirit. The equipping for battle. Light emanating to push back the darkness.
Three Scriptures that come to mind:
“Let him smother me with kisses—his Spirit-kiss divine. So kind are your caresses, I drink them in like the sweetest wine!” Song of Songs 1:2 TPT
“and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2 ESV
“Ask rain from the Lord in the season of the spring rain, from the Lord who makes the storm clouds, and he will give them showers of rain, to everyone the vegetation in the field.” Zechariah 10:1 ESV
The song Burn. Brooke Ligertwood