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BREEZES...are most of the time delightful. In a Texas summer, you hope for a breeze each day. But at 100+ degrees, even the breezes are less than pleasant. Shade helps! Recently, Rafy and I were in Havana Cuba staying at a 90+ year-old elegant home that has been converted into a 5 bedroom B & B. Each evening after teaching pastors and seminarians the Abiding Fathers’ curriculum, we would relax on their beautiful front porch in some great cane rocking chairs and enjoy the incredible tropical breezes. I wanted to bottle them and bring them back home.
During my morning devotional time, I sit by a window where I can see a towering evergreen tree in my neighborhood. As I was focusing on it recently, I noticed how it swayed in the gentle morning breeze. It seemed to dance gracefully in all directions. My thought was the tree itself was not producing that elegant swaying motion, but the wind was. It was really worshipful! It was as if this tree was dancing for its Creator, urged on by the breeze that the same Creator had produced. It was as though God was simply enjoying his creation.
My thoughts drifted to the invisible work of the Spirit of God in our lives. We are like that tree–created, but really ineffective in our ability to worship without His enabling. The tree was swaying, not because it was a tall, stately tree, but because of an outside force (the wind) moving it ever so gently. So it is for us. In and of ourselves alone, we are ineffective. But when the Spirit of God starts working in and through us, we are able to worship, move and work for the glory of God. The tree stands there, waiting to be put in motion, motion that pleases its Creator. We are no different!
Scripture tells us that the Spirit of the living God is like the wind. It blows where it will. Solomon says most of life is like chasing after the wind. So, if the Spirit is the life-giving and life-directing agent of God, he has the authority to do in and through you and me what pleases the Lord and accomplishes his mission for his creation. Then why would we not search the scriptures earnestly to find what the Spirit is about–and join in his work?
How is the Spirit moving in you? Where do you think he wants you to be? See, that is like the tree–obedient, available and ready to be moved and used. God created the tree for a purpose. He also created you for a greater purpose–but to fulfill your purpose, you must be filled with and yielded to the Spirit. He alone is the agent of effective work and worship. Here are but just a few evidences of this. All from the Book of Acts, which is really the Book of the acts of the Holy Spirit. I will summarize.
  • 1:2 – Jesus, through the Spirit, gave commandments to the disciples
  • 1:8 – Announcement of the Spirit being poured out on Believers and becoming witnesses throughout the world
  • 2:4 – Disciples being filled with the Spirit began speaking truth in other languages
  • 2:17 – In these last days the Spirit will fill us, sons and daughters will prophesy, young men will see visions and old men will dream dreams
  • 2:33 – Jesus was given the Spirit after ascending to the right hand of God, and he alone has poured out his Spirit as a gift
  • 2:38 – Peter then boldly starting preaching the gospel, proclaiming the gift of the Spirit to those who truly repent
  • 4:31 – Those gathered were praying in unity, the place shook, and all were filled with the Spirit, then spoke truth with boldness
  • 6:5 – Stephen and others were chosen to lead and serve because they were Spirit-filled men
  • 7:55 – Stephen, being filled with the Spirit actually saw the glory of God as he was being martyred
I could go on, but you get the picture. Unclean spirits fled, the lame and sick were healed. The kingdom of God had come to earth in the power, presence and person of the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension made this possible. And we who believe and embrace the gospel — “Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead”— are recipients of this same Holy Spirit.
Just like the invisible breeze blowing the evergreen, so the Spirit blows where it will. Listen to Jesus’ words. Mysterious and powerful! ‘Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘you must be born again.’ 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.”‘ (John 3:8 NKJV)
Let’s take a lesson from that stately evergreen–be what you were created to be, stand strong and let the wind of the Spirit move you as he sees fit. Remembering, you are much more valuable and usable that that evergreen, as beautiful as it is.
Copyright 2018
Bill C. Dotson

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