Friday, April 5, 2013

The Wind and the Holy Spirit

"But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind."  James 1:6 ESV

"So that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes." Ephesians 4:14 ESV

"And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting."  Acts 2:2 ESV

"And he said to them, "Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?" Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.  And the men marveled, saying, "What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?"  Matthew 8:26-27 ESV

"And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!"  And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.  He said to them, "Why are you so afraid?  Have you still no faith?"  And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?"  Mark 4:39-41 ESV

"And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other."  Matthew 24:31 ESV

"The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes.  So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."  John 3:8 ESV

(Explanation on John 3:8  from The MacArthur Study Bible, page 1540,  "The wind blows where it wishes.  Jesus' point was that just as the wind cannot be controlled or understood by human beings but its effects can be witnessed, so also it is with the Holy Spirit.  He cannot be controlled or understood, but the proof of his work is apparent.  Where the Spirit works there is undeniable and unmistakable evidence."

Let's pray:  Dear Heavenly Father,  Thank You for Your words in the Bible.  You are our peace and our calm.  I pray that You, dear Lord would reveal Yourself to those who are unbelievers reading this.  I pray You will show them the truth and that their hearts would be softened to receive the truth.  Thank You for always being faithful--never changing--always there.  I say these things in Jesus' Holy name. Amen.

Have a lovely weekend!

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