Earlier this year, I was awakened to an audible voice telling me, "It is time to widen!" In times of great change and transition we must allow the Lord to redirect our focus and steps. It is time to let go of the old in order to embrace the new. The Lord is opening new revelatory gates so we can prophesy life to the dry bones!
2008 was the Hebraic year 5768. The pictorial origin of the number eight is the letter chet. The character chet pictures a fence, wall, gate or gateway, or a door. This demonstrated to us that in the midst of every obstacle, mountain, or wall that attempted to block our progress, the Lord formed a gate of access or an opportunity for breakthrough with a new beginning.
The battle is always at the gates. Some gates lead to our thoughts, some to our relationships or ministries, and others to our businesses. Isaiah 28:6 says the Lord will give "strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate."
This year when the enemy knocks, don't tremble in fear but reject his advancements. Don't entertain him anymore. Cast down every vain imagination that tries to exalt itself against the knowledge of God. Yesterday is behind us. It has become ancient history, so it cannot dictate what our tomorrows will hold. It is time to wake up to the new possibilities that are being offered. It is time to apprehend the fullness of the Spirit to bring forth maximum impact for today.
Sometimes in our desperate struggles we shrink back or hide in caves of despair or depression. God has given us great grace to enable breakthrough. We cannot afford to retreat anymore. Believing in and releasing our faith in God's Word will help us establish a new way of thinking, walking and talking.
Exchange the Old For the New
Breakthrough causes us to hunger for an enlarged vision. A new vision can enable us to take more territory and walk in more power for salvation, deliverance, healing, and increased finances. Amos 3:7-8 tells us God does nothing unless He reveals His secret counsel to His servants the prophets. The prophetic is coming into a new season of divine alignment, authority, commissioning, and higher revelation through intercession and holiness.
It is time to exchange the old for the new. God alone holds our future! So place your hope and trust in God alone. Isaiah 43:18-19 says, "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland." God is going to make a way where there seems to be no way. He is the way maker! We serve a miracle-working God in whom all things are possible if we "only believe!"
2009 will bring forth "completion" of our covenant preparation process. This will allow for the removal of negative things that God wants taken out of our lives. Breakthrough will remove hindrances and distractions of the past. "Thus says the LORD, 'In a favorable time I have answered you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you; and I will keep you and give you for a covenant of the people, to restore the land, to make them inherit the desolate heritages; saying to those who are bound, "Go forth," to those who are in darkness, "Show yourselves..."'" (Isaiah 49:8-9).
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Believe and stand on the Word of God. Pray in order to receive the fulfillment of promises. Prayer will open the gateways so the vision God has given can manifest on earth. "But tell them, 'The days draw near as well as the fulfillment of every vision'" (Ezekiel 12:23).
This is the Year of the Womb Being Impregnated With the Blessings and Promises of God
2009 is a strategic year. It is the Hebrew year 5769. The number nine is the letter Tet. Nine is the number of the evangelist. We will see prophetic power-evangelism coming forth on a new level this year. Nine also represents the Holy Spirit's perfect movement to bring an end or a conclusion to certain unconstructive cycles in our life. God desires to bring us into fullness and spiritual maturity. His blessings bring completeness, a finality, and renewal to our hearts. Proverbs 10:22 tells us, "It is the blessing of the LORD that makes rich, and He adds no sorrow to it."
In 2009, the nine fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit are going to flourish on a whole new level. This is the year of the womb being impregnated with the blessings and promises of God.
Nine also speaks of judgment, tribulation and the serpent. Embracing judgment allows us to break old habits and renew a right heart. It is time to judge sin in our lives. God wants us to be consecrated vessels unto Him. To enter the Holy of Holies with the Lord we need to abandon sins that hinder us from being completely dedicated to God. This is a year of change and fulfillment of promises through new spiritual alignments.
The Bible also tells us, "Through many tribulations we must enter the Kingdom of God" (Acts 14:22). It is important to prepare a place in our heart to host His powerful presence, to be glory catalysts in the Church and community. Psalm 68:8 says, "The earth quaked; the heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God; Sinai itself quaked at the presence of God, the God of Israel."
God is creating a generation who will seek Him with impassioned hunger. He is fashioning those who are willing to be consumed with the reality of His presence, those who recognize the reality of His magnificence and abiding power flowing like a mighty river through their innermost being. The depths of God are calling unto our spiritual depths, drawing us to see, to know, and to hear His voice as never before. Those who know their God will do great exploits!
The joy of the Lord will be our strength during these times. Psalm 9:1-8 says, "I will praise You, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High. When my enemies turn back, they shall fall and perish at Your presence. For You have maintained my right and my cause; You sat on the throne judging in righteousness.
"You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked; You have blotted out their name forever and ever. O enemy, destructions are finished forever! And you have destroyed cities; even their memory has perished. But the LORD shall endure forever; He has prepared His throne for judgment. He shall judge the world in righteousness, and He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness."
It is Time to Widen!
In January, I awaked to an audible voice telling me, "It is time to widen!" Then, the Lord reminded me of the prayer of Jabez in 1 Chronicles 4:10, "Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, 'Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!' And God granted him what he requested." I saw a vision of a large tent with its post expanding and enlarging in order to hold the new.
This year also indicates women are coming forth with spiritual fruit! The womb will bring forth completion. A womb is a protective, nourishing, reproductive atmosphere which is prepared to bring forth life. The womb of the Bride will be impregnated to expand with new ideas, God strategies, and favor for saving souls. To bring a baby into this world requires being fertile. The next nine months will be a time of preparation and spiritual growth while enduring birth pains. What we conceive, we can birth and establish in 2009.
Birthing requires great growth and a stretching to reach our full potential. At the fullness of time, the membrane of the womb needs to be broken to bring forth the new. The womb is a catalyst that knows the fullness of time for birthing. The womb knows when it is time to push and press in to break the water releasing the flow.
Following God's perfect plans and timing will bring success that will live for many years to come. The womb acting as a spiritual catalyst can precipitate a process or event with a small amount of substance. It modifies and increases the rate of a reaction without being consumed in the process.
The Barren Will Be Fruitful and Multiply
The Lord will remember the barren and they will become fruitful in 2009. This is a time to repent of not bringing forth fruit in its season. I was shown a vision of women holding very large, empty wooden fruit baskets on their laps in church. Jesus desires us to be fruitful and multiply. This is the year to be fertilized so we can bring forth the Fruits of the Spirit releasing salvation to fill His house.
"A man had a fig tree which had been planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and did not find any. And he said to the vineyard-keeper, 'Behold, for three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree without finding any. Cut it down! Why does it even use up the ground?' And he answered and said to him, 'Let it alone, sir, for this year too, until I dig around it and put in fertilizer; and if it bears fruit next year, fine; but if not, cut it down.'"—Luke 13:6-9
Hannah was barren but she fasted and prayed with a focus on having a son. 1 Samuel 2:21, "The Lord visited Hannah; and she conceived and gave birth to three sons and two daughters. And the boy Samuel grew before the Lord."
Hannah needed Peninnah to provoke her. She needed Eli the priest to misjudge her actions and grant her petition. We all need adversities and opposition in life to make us strong and totally dependent upon the Lord.
Sarah was barren, but she became the mother of a nation. The angel Gabriel decreed Elizabeth's pregnancy, though she was labeled barren. The impossible became possible because Zacharias and Elizabeth kept praying, hoping and expecting a baby. John was filled with the Holy Spirit in the womb. John the Baptist was a forerunner with the spirit of Elijah to turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children.
Mary the mother of Jesus had to visit Elizabeth to align with destiny. We will all have divine appointments and alignments this year to position us to advance and reach our destinies. The Lord is bringing increase on a broader level. No longer will the circumstances of life dictate our present realities or position. The Kingdom that is within us is expanding and beginning to flow like a river watering the barren places. We will continue to increase and expand if we will focus on unity and God's Kingdom business and mandates.
God's Breath to you,
Breath of the Spirit Ministries
About Barbie Breathitt: Barbie Breathitt is the president of Breath of the Spirit Ministries, and has been described as a servant. She is a humorous, anointed, prophetic minister and conference speaker. Her heart is to equip, impart, and encourage the Body to reach their potential and destiny in God. Signs, wonders, and miracles follow her healing, dreams, revelatory and angelic encounters workshops as she travels the world.