Summary: The only way to be assured of victory against the enemy of your soul is to wait for the Wind of the Spirit to lead you into battle.
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Pastor James May
Can You See the Wind?
2 Samuel 5:17-25, "But when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines came up to seek David; and David heard of it, and went down to the hold. The Philistines also came and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim. And David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? Wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the LORD said unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into thine hand. And David came to Baalperazim, and David smote them there, and said, The LORD hath broken forth upon mine enemies before me, as the breach of waters. Therefore he called the name of that place Baalperazim. And there they left their images, and David and his men burned them. And the Philistines came up yet again, and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim. And when David enquired of the LORD, he said, Thou shalt not go up; but fetch a compass behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees. And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall the LORD go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines. And David did so, as the LORD had commanded him; and smote the Philistines from Geba until thou come to Gazer."
This same incident is also recorded in 1 Chronicles 14:8-17.
The Spirit of God is often referred to in Scripture as a wind that blows.
It was the Spirit of God represented in the wind that blew upon the waters of the flood that caused the waters of judgment to dry up and bring Noah and his family to the safety of dry ground.
The Spirit of God is again shown in the blowing of the wind that brought the cloud of locusts upon Egypt and then reversed direction to drive the judgment of locusts out of Egypt.
Then we can see the Wind of the Spirit as it blew upon the waters of the Red Sea to divide the Red Sea for Israel to cross upon dry ground and escape the armies of Pharaoh.
It was the Wind from the Lord that brought Israel quails to eat in the desert country. So many quails that they were on the ground for a day’s journey in every direction from the camp of Israel and nearly three feet deep.
On the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came as a rushing mighty wind to fill the 120 who were gathered in the upper room.
In the scripture portion for today, we will find that God is again representing the move of His Spirit by using the metaphor of a wind that blows.
David and his armies had already destroyed the Philistines as they drew up into a battle line to conquer Israel. God had given David a great victory by putting the Philistines on the run. They had retreated so quickly that they had even left their statues and images of their god, Baal, in the camp. David and his men burned these images to purge the land of idols and to signify to the Philistines that the Lord God Jehovah was more powerful than Baal.
There have been a number of times in my life and yours when the enemy has come against us in battle with the intent of destroying our soul.
Like David in Psalms 18:2, I know that I am safe from the attacks of Satan upon my life for like David I can say, "The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower."
The Devil does not give up easily though.