I grew up riding and owning an Appaloosa horse named Apache. He was the love of my life for a number of years before I noticed boys. As the Lord began to unfold a word for this year having to do with horses, my ears perked up. If there are horses in heaven I expect to have one. Oftentimes my images of Jesus are us riding horse together. I have dreams involving horses so I know their symbolism.
Psalm 147:15 He sends forth His command to the earth: His word runs very swiftly.
David ran to Goliath in battle. He was ready to slay his opponent and wasted no time in accomplishing this feat. Many of us and have been in the trenches for a long while, but this year we will see swift results. The Lord has prepared us for battle and we need not dismay at the size of the giant. Goliath was head and shoulders taller than David, but the Lord anointed David with courage. David takes off running to the battle line and fires his slingshot and pow! A giant collapses! We will be swift to the battle line and see a swift defeat, by the power of God’s word!
Isaiah 40:31 Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.
Strength is another attribute for horses. Some horses have the capacity to pull a few tons. In fact in 1924, a pair of Shire draft horses pulled 50 tons! Now that is phenomenal considering they only weigh 1,800 pounds. The Lord says here that as we wait upon Him we will gain “new strength.” Waiting upon the Lord does not mean being idle. it means to sit in His presence with His word and allow Him to refresh, renew and strengthen us. He has plans to reveal, wisdom to bestow and strategies to release. As we wait, we will have the renewed strength to go forward with His plan and conquer territory!
Luke 10:19 Behold I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall injure you.
God has given us authority over the enemy. This is a year where knowing our authority will give us the swift result we need to advance the kingdom. Authority does not need to be displayed with a bullhorn. We don’t need to shout down our enemies, although that certainly feels good. The Police Officer simply holds up his hand to stop cars and trucks of all sizes. We have a uniform too and it’s called, “Jesus Christ.” He has given us the armor of God to conquer and occupy. This year will be an increasing of authority as we recognize our identity as sons and daughters of God. Knowing who we are in Christ raises our awareness of our authority.
Luke 9:1 And He called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all the demons, and to heal diseases.
This is a year where the power of God will break forth like the rising sun! I believe with all my heart that our broken world needs the power of God to save, heal and deliver. Jesus gave His disciples power as He sent them out to “destroy the works of the enemy.” I have traveled to many other countries sharing the word and ministering in the power of the Holy Spirit. Many people in other nations have no hope except for the power of God to heal and deliver them. Many in our nation are also in precarious places. The Bible tells us that God is “watching over His word to perform it.” God is increasing His power upon those who have been faithful, for the Kingdom is advancing swiftly.
A final note about horses is they love their barn. If you fall off your horse, he will run home to his barn. Barn is symbolic of increase, storehouse of riches and harvest. I liken the barn to our place of refuge and communion time with the Lord for strength renewal. We cannot do mighty exploits without barn time. God is calling His people unto Himself for renewed strength, authority and power for the time is at hand to go swiftly!