HOLY SPIRIT: BREATH-IN-MOTION

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“Yes, thou art ever present, power divine; not circumscribed by time, nor fixed by space, confined to altars, nor to temples bound. In wealth, in want, in freedom, or in chains, in dungeons or on thrones, the faithful find thee.” ~Hannah More

“The 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.” John 3:8 (NIV)

The word “spirit” in both Greek and Hebrew means “breath” or “wind.” The Hebrew word for spirit is ruach (ru-ach) and it means “air in motion.” It is the same word for “breath.” It also means “life.” By resemblance to breath and air in motion, we get an idea of how the “Spirit” moves. I believe SPIRIT parallels the word WIND.

There are many comparisons to be made between the words spirit and wind. I would like to pen a few.

We cannot see the wind for it has no set shape or specific form. This is true of the Holy Spirit. We cannot see the path of the wind as it travels along, but we can feel or sense it as it passes. We can witness both of their powerful affects. Man has tried to harness the wind but it is a force of nature and cannot be completely controlled. Regarding the Holy Spirit . . . who can put a harness on God? When the Holy Spirit is at work, God is in action.

Another thing to consider is the variety of ways the wind and Holy Spirit move. Sometimes the wind is a gentle breeze, refreshing and tender. The Holy Spirit is often refreshing and will gently whisper words of encouragement, often to prompt a believer into action.

Then there are other times when the wind turns into a hurricane, strong enough to uproot trees and scatter homes and people. Likewise, the Holy Spirit has the power to uproot sin and directly, if not fiercely, scatter nations.

God’s own breath is what turned a lifeless man of dust into a living man of action. “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” Genesis 2:7 (NKJV) Without the ability to breathe; man has no life. Without the Holy Spirit within us; man is spiritually dead.

Jesus gave His disciples the Holy Spirit by breathing on them and saying, “receive the Holy Spirit.”

“So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” John 20:21-22 (NKJV)

The wind has been provided as a constant reminder of God’s gift of life, and of the presence of the Holy Spirit within us. With His breath, He spoke the heavens into existence. The Holy Spirit lives within protecting, guiding and directing, teaching, and always leading us in the way we should go.

If you are in the middle of a storm, please do not be afraid. Even amidst hurricane force winds, God will lead you into the eye of the hurricane. There, under His wing, you will find rest and protection for your weary soul. May His living breath, the glorious Holy Spirit, encourage you in your days of trouble, always and forever . . . Amen.

REVIEW THESE SCRIPTURES AND REFLECT ON THE FOLLOWING QUOTES DURING YOUR QUIET TIME:

“Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” Genesis 1:2-3 (NIV)

“Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.”’” So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.” Ezekiel 37:9-10 (NKJV)

“The true spirit of prayer is no other than God’s own Spirit dwelling in the hearts of the saints. And as this spirit comes from God, so doth it naturally tend to God in holy breathings and pantings. It naturally leads to God, to converse with him by prayer.” ~Jonathan Edwards

“Go forth today, by the help of God’s Spirit, vowing and declaring that in life – come poverty, come wealth, in death – come pain or come what may, you are and ever must be the Lord’s. For this is written on your heart, ‘We love Him because He first loved us.’ ~ Charles Spurgeon

This devotion is found in my book Facing Storms: Devotions For Thoughts and Meditation

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