The Path Of The Wind And The Holy Spirit

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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) 

“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)

DEAR ONE,

The word “spirit” in both Greek and Hebrew means “breath” or “wind.”

The Hebrew word behind spirit is ruach, 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, it means “spirit.”  It is my conclusion that there is great significance to be drawn from the word SPIRIT and how it parallels the word Wind. 

There are many comparisons to be made between the words spirit and wind.  I would like to write about a few of the analogies.

First of all we cannot see the wind and it has no material shape or form.  This is true with the Holy Spirit.  We cannot see the source or the destination of either one, but we do know of their presence by their effects.  Second, the wind is a powerful force and cannot be controlled by man.  Likewise, the Holy Spirit is not subject to human control.  When the Holy Spirit is at work, it is God moving and in action. 

Another parallel I see is the variety of ways the wind and Holy Spirit move.  Sometimes the wind is a gentle breeze, refreshing and tender.  The Holy Spirit will often gently whisper or prompt a believer into action, by speaking words of encouragement and instruction.  Then there are other times when the wind becomes a hurricane, strong enough to uproot trees and scatter homes and people.  They Holy Spirit can also be strong, direct, and fierce in uprooting sin and convicting Christians.

It is God’s breath that gave mankind life. “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 2:6-7 (NKJV)  Jesus gave His disciples the Holy Spirit (Jn. 20:21-22) by breathing on them and saying, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

The wind should be a constant reminder to us of God’s gift of life and of the Holy Spirit.  It is His breath that spoke the heavens into existence and it is His Holy Spirit that will guide and direct His children.

When you are in the middle of a struggle, you can always trust that the Holy Spirit will lead and direct your steps.  The very breath of God will surround you with words of love, comfort, instruction, and encouragement.  May the Spirit of God be upon you today and always!

“As you do not know the path of the wind,
 or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb,
so you cannot understand the work of God,
    the Maker of all things.”  Ecclesiastes 11:5 (NIV)

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Comments

  1. that was an awesome post Cheryl. I loved how you described the winds.

    why is it that every time I visit here I have to give my name, email and website? I am already following you

    • Cheryl Zelenka says:

      Ms Terry,
      I am glad you read my post, even though you had to give all your information again. The person who is working on this blog said it would be done this week-end. Unfortunately he was busy and never worked on it. I am sorry for the delay. I will pass your complaint on to him and see if he can fix it.

  2. magnificent and it gave me goosebumps because I’ve experienced the spirit repeatedly and it has flood me with peace amid my most challenging times.
    Thank you dear.
    Deborah

    • Cheryl Zelenka says:

      Hello Ms Deborah!
      I am pleased the article spoke to you and that you found my new blog site. I have another blog I am leaving for just one weekly article called http:/weepingintodancing.com

      This blog site will grow with me as I hope to publish a few books by November 2013. My first book will be my favorite articles from my old blog and compiled as a book of devotions called
      FACING TRIALS: THOUGHTS FOR MEDITATION
      It will be available on Amazon both in paperback and eBook form.

      I will post about four articles a week on this site. You can follow me by hitting the subscribe button on the right. We are putting on a few new touches today and by Friday it should be just the way I want it.
      May the Holy Spirit guide and direct you today.
      Cheryl

  3. With havin so much content and articles do you ever run into any problems of plagorism or copyright violation? My website has a lot of unique content I’ve either created myself or outsourced but it looks like a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my permission. Do you know any methods to help reduce content from being stolen? I’d definitely appreciate it.

    • Cheryl Zelenka says:

      Great Question!
      Unfortunately, I don’t have an answer for you. I am publishing a book with many of my articles in it, so if my material shows up on a blog without permission…. I could use legal action. However, that takes time and money. I could report it to WordPress???

      If somebody wants to post my words on their site and take credit for my efforts I can’t do much to stop them. However, I CAN PRAY that the Holy Spirit CONVICTS them and leads them to credit me or reblog my article. Ultimately, my words are God’s Words and my main goal is to have His Word instruct and encourage everyone, even if I don’t get the credit.