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The Answer is Blowing in the Wind, in the Holy Spirit

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I’ve been reflecting about what it means to be moved in the Spirit of God. Jesus tells Nicodemus,

You must be born from above. The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit. (John 3:7-8)

Now Jesus is speaking about rebirth, while I am first speaking about being borne or carried by the Holy Spirit, but the meanings will intersect.

Being carried by the Holy Spirit is like being a leaf blown in the wind, like Philip after baptizing the Ethiopian:

When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing.  But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea. (Acts 8:39-40)

Now when a leaf is blown in the wind, it can be blown up against a building, can be knocked onto the floor. If we identify with that leaf, then we could not let ourselves be carried and blown in that wind, –  it would have to be a strong wind, so we could well get hurt. But in Hebrew, ruach, can mean wind, breath, and spirit. The Spirit of God is not the blind physical wind, but the Spirit of God. Thus the Spirit is far more intelligent, more concerned, more loving and compassionate, forgiving than we are. The Spirit of God knows us better and is more concerned for us than we are for ourselves. Thus we can let go and surrender to the Holy Spirit, because we are baptized by water and we have been born from above, having become children of God, brothers and sisters of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Hopefully, this will allow us to not be so afraid of letting go. So many of us have an issue with control. But our trust in God has to grow and our control for the sake of a diminished life, has to decrease.  In this way we can live, move, and surrender our being to the Holy Spirit, because under our own auspices we have much to fear, but under the influence of the Holy Spirit, we are completely safe, because we are moved by and trust in the omniscient and almighty love of God.

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Written by peterkrey

December 28, 2013 at 12:23 pm

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  1. Thanks for this, Peter. I love that phrase, “the omniscient and almighty love of God” ! I think some theologians, such as Calvin, emphasize God’s sovereignty in a distorted way–they exalt Gods power, as though power matters if it is not used in the service of true Love. If God is Love, then it is Love that is sovereign!

    Jason Zarri

    January 6, 2014 at 11:35 pm


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