The Wind of the Spirit

October 5, 2022

The Wind of the Spirit

John 3:8

The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

               There are many things in life that we can’t see or don’t fully understand: the wind, electricity, love, spiritual influences of good and evil.  There are many mysteries in life and yet often we accept things by faith that we don’t understand and use them accordingly.  We know that they yield expected results when we do.  We may not understand heating and air conditioning, but we believe they exist and adjust a thermostat in faith that they will.  We flip a light switch and expect electricity to power a light bulb and produce light.  We expect that when we turn the key in our car it will start, run and take us where we want to go.  How some huge chunk of metal can fly may well be above our understanding of the aerodynamics and yet we buy a ticket, take a seat and expect it to fly us where we have destined to go.  The Holy Spirit is no less real, but more so, the difference is we don’t harness and control Him.  He is the one that desires to control us.  God chose to give man a will to choose and make decisions for himself.  Sometimes that is probably more of a curse than a blessing, because we often don’t make wise choices.  Nevertheless, God has given us some power over our destiny through the freedom of choice. 

               Many of us have the illusion that we are fully in control of our lives. The truth is we only have the power to choose whose control and dominion we want to be under.  As the Holy Spirit is the  one controlling force that leads us in the ways of truth, life and godliness, there is another spirit that blows and an atmosphere we have become so accustomed too that we often take it for granted.  It is the spirit of this world, the prince of the air as he is described in Ephesians 2:2, “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.”  Just as we breathe air, spiritual forces influence us, forces that are unseen, yet nevertheless real and influential in our lives.  We are born into a world of sin and from the time of our birth are under its influence.  While we are free in regards to righteousness, we are under the bondage of sin whose end is death.  Romans 6:16-18 reveals our state of being before and then after we come into the saving knowledge and acceptance of Christ: “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness.   But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.  Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.”  We came to the understanding that there are two primary spiritual forces at work in our lives.  The spirit of darkness, that operates under the law of sin and death, leaves us free to live according to the dictates of our flesh and in that place many of us have lived for a time.  What we came to realize was that in that place of supposed freedom to live as our lust and desires dictated we were missing key elements in life.  We were missing peace, true joy, and unconditional love, hope and purpose for living and existing beyond this current life.   We were missing comfort, guidance, direction and the help from something or someone greater than ourselves.  While we momentarily enjoyed our pleasures, they left us empty, unfulfilled, feeling unclean, lonely and alienated from life and hope and peace.  Somewhere along our path we felt the breeze of a different wind blow upon us.  It was in total contrast to all we had ever known or embraced in our past.  When we breathed it in, somehow, we sensed that this was what had been missing out of our lives.  This was the hope, the peace and the destiny to which we were born for.  This was the way that would lead us to a life that had meaning and purpose, not just in this life, but in the life to come.  The wind of the Holy Spirit had blown upon our spirit and carried us up by faith through His grace into the atmosphere of heaven.  In the face of Jesus we saw a Savior and Redeemer who laid down His life that through His death we might have life eternal, not just mortal life, but God life.  And while our feet still walk in an atmosphere of sin and death, we have the assurance that this is no longer our home.  We are simply travelers in a foreign country, sharing with others in this place the wonderful benefits and the good news of the kingdom and city to which we now belong.  As the Holy Spirit blew someone across our path that shared that good news with us, we in turn, are the influences of God.  As the Holy Spirit blows through us to touch someone else’s life with the truth of the life and hope that God has for all of us through Christ. 

               Romans 6:20-23 tells us of the fruit of the decision that we have made to follow Christ and give our lives to Him, through the will and choice that He gave us, “For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? For the end of those things [is] death But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Blessings,

#kent

God’s Love though You

July 14, 2015

1 John 4:8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

God’s Love though You

Inherent in the nature of God is love. Jesus Christ is the personified expression of God’s love towards us. God is “agape” love, unadulterated, pure, undefiled, unselfish expression of affection and good will. 1 John 4:9-12 goes on to exemplify this love that God wants to see manifested in our lives, “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” We see expressed in this love of God the sacrificing of what is most precious to Him on our behalf. God is looking first to our interest and need. This love is not earned or deserved, it is simply expressed and freely given. Through this love we see the true heart of God toward us. He is working in our best interest and in what will bring us out of death and into life. Now He is saying this same love that you see exemplified from Me through Jesus Christ My Son, is to be your expression and your nature. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 defines for us the attributes of this love, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8Love never fails.” As the children of God this is our legacy and the expression of the Father that is now resident in us, because Christ is in us. This attribute, above any other, is what should define us, as God’s own. God is telling us that if this is not actively working in our lives then we don’t truly know Him. God is saying for us to know Him is to become like Him and that which most defines Him is His love. Most of us would agree that we probably fall desperately short of being the expression of God’s love, but here we see the commandment, not the request of God in 1 John 4: 7, “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” Our very ability to express this love is a God thing. We are able because of Christ in us. If we are missing it, it is because He is not the fullness of our heart and desire. When we are the expression of love to others, we are in affect loving on God, because to be the expression of His love is to love and honor Him. The world needs the fresh expression of the love of God through a people that are not looking for anything in return, but just want to bring glory and honor to the One who has first loved them. This love must first be resident within the household of God and how we treat and care for one another. We all have our personal agendas, but God’s agenda for us is that we be the expression of His love. Let us be cognizant of His nature within us and not stifle it with our own self-interests and agendas. He is our first priority and His first priority of us is that we would love others as He has first loved us.

His Wisdoms

March 28, 2014

His Wisdoms
Job 26:14
Lo, these [are] parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand?

Never stop being passionate about who you are.
You were created for a distinct reason and purpose
And your purpose can only be fully revealed by the One who made you.
Your gifts and the talents He gave you can be used in many ways,
But they are best used and humanity best served by using them His way.
He has created you unique, special and one of a kind.
There will never be another you and that is why you are highly collectable.
God sees you as His treasure and desires to purify you into your most refined state.
How often do we insult our Maker by despising and disliking what He has made?
If you have weaknesses they can be a blessing,
They keep you constantly dependent and reliant on the One who is your strength.
Not even the best of us are complete in ourselves.
If we become an island, then we become disconnected and disjointed.
We fail to give out and take in the breath of other human lives.
Just like breathing our lives are a series of interactions of giving out and taking in;
It is the breath of life, blessings and struggles of other human beings.
As we breathe God in through our spirit we exhale Him out through our souls.
His people feeding and breathing in His life are the breath of life to the world they touch and live in.
Hope is based not on what we see, but on what we believe.
Faith is the wings that allows hope to fly into our reality.
Love binds the universe.
While hate destroys and tears asunder,
Love is the creative force that brings light out of darkness;
That overcomes and triumphs over all that is evil.
Love is the blood flow of God’s heart and it courses throughout His creation,
The Cross is the doorway through which the blood of Jesus, His Love flows.
God’s heart has been broken by our sin, but His blood poured out to cover them.
Because we are washed in the blood we are the instruments of His love.
He is our destiny.
His life is our reality.
His love is incomprehensible.

Blessings,
#kent

Spiritual Anatomy

December 10, 2013

 

Spiritual Anatomy 


1 Corinthians 12:12-23

The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. 13For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. 15If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. 16And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. 17If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20As it is, there are many parts, but one body. 

21The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. 27Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.


The eyes are the windows of the soul.    The mouth is the gateway of the heart.  The hands are an expression of a person’s faith.  The feet carry one to their destiny.  The ears discern the voice of God and the nose breaths in the breath of life and the fragrance of God’s love.  

We are the body that is given to Know Him, Honor Him and Obey Him.  Each member of the body completes and supports another.  Each member is important and necessary for the health, well being and functionality of the whole.  A body divided is diseased, unhealthy and impaired in ability.  Each member of the body does not exist unto itself, but is a building block and completion of the whole.  Each member, if healthy, operates and functions at the direction of the head.  The purpose of each member is to do the will of the mind and to function in unity with the rest of the body.  The Holy Spirit is like the nervous system that communicates the will and thoughts of the mind to the body; to each member specifically and as a body corporately.  

Are we standing in our place as a healthy member of the body of Christ?  Are we guarding our hearts and the portals of influence that touch our lives?  Are we connected to the blood supply, the nervous system and functional to the body?  May we be the expression of all that He is and all that He will do through us.  May we be sensitive to the body and the members that surround us to feel their need, their pain and their joy so that we might be the natural expression of Christ to them.  The Lord wants a healthy and sound body.  Each one of us contributes to that.  I need you and you need me and we all need Christ who is our life and the completion of His body.

 

Blessings,

kent

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