As the Spirit Moves

January 17, 2017

John 3:5-8

Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 6Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ 8The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” 

As the Spirit Moves

We live in a world of natural and spiritual.  The natural things we perceive and understand through our senses.  They are based on taste, touch, seeing, hearing and smell.  We have experienced a natural birth.  The water broke and we came forth from the womb.  Just as we have a natural birth we must have a spiritual birth because they are not one in the same.  Jesus is making a comparison.  Natural begets natural, but Spirit begets spiritual.  Our natural birth brings us into this world, but our spiritual birth brings us into the heavenlies and the dimension of the kingdom of God.  We have been born from beneath and now we must be born from above if we are to enter the kingdom of God.

 Jesus compares it to the wind.  It is often hard for us as natural beings to quantify, analyze and rationalize the spirit realm and that part of us.  Jesus says it is much like the wind.  It doesn’t move under our control, but it blows where it will and wherever it pleases.  We can’t see air or wind, but the wind shows itself as it is manifested through natural things.  The wind will pick up dirt and leaves and give a visible sense of its presence as these are moved, not through there own initiative, but through the power and the force of the wind.  It is much as the Sprit moves in and through us.  Sometimes He is very still and we don’t feel his presence at all and yet we know He is there because He is the spiritual air we breathe. 

I think of how the Lord came to Elijah when he had fled to Horeb, the mountain of God.  He was discouraged, fearful and ready to give up.  There, in 1 Kings 19:11-13, the Lord showed Elijah how to discern between the natural and the spiritual.  “The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.” 

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. 

Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”  

You see Elijah, like most of us, had allowed his eyes to view things in the natural and not in the Spirit.  God was not in all of those natural calamities and forces of nature, He was in the still small voice that spoke to the inner man.  Be careful about judging things from the outward circumstances.  It is God who rules and is upon the throne.  Here, God showed the wind of His presence was in the still small voice that spoke to him in his spirit.  We may see God move as a gentle breeze, blowing across His people with His presence and anointing.  Sometimes He is a forceful wind to be reckoned with.  However the Lord is blowing upon our lives we want to bend in His direction and be sensitive to His movement.  We are the manifestation of His presence.  We are the natural elements that are moved by Him as He blows upon our lives.  Just as you can never tell about the wind, where it will blow or where it will go, so we never know when we will be moved by the Spirit of God in this direction or that situation.  We do want to hear His still small voice within us assuring us that His work is not finished, but that this is the way of the Lord now be faithful to walk in it. 

The Lord may be asking us what we are doing before Him in our fears, doubts and unbelief.  We must remember whom we have been birthed into, who we are in Christ Jesus and that we are called according to His purpose and design.  Now allow His still small voice and His breeze, not the natural elements of circumstance to move you wheresoever He will.  

Blessings,

#kent

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