Faith & Life: Welcoming the Refreshing Wind of the Holy Spirit

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Welcoming the Refreshing Wind of the Holy Spirit

Opening Your Weary Soul to Embrace the Comfort of the Lord

by Joanne Troppello

Is your soul weary? I have felt that way for a while. It’s only by the grace, peace, and strength of the Lord—and comfort of the Holy Spirit—that I am able to get through each day. However, that’s a good place to be. I cherish the close relationship I have with the Lord. He never leaves me. I’m the one who sometimes gets unfocused on God and His Word and instead focus on the struggles of living in this world.

“These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I. – John 14:25-28 (NKJV)

I have always loved that passage of scripture. It’s a beautiful promise that the Lord made to His disciples, to us, and future generations who believe in Him—that the Holy Spirit was being sent to be our comforter and teacher. To remind us of all the things Jesus has spoken in the Word.

I’m getting chills even as I write this because the refreshing wind of the Holy Spirit is SO real. If you haven’t experienced it yet, you are missing out on something so beautiful.

Help in Our Weakness

Jesus came to this earth. He lived among us. He died on the cross and through His death we can be reunited with God if we accept His gift of eternal salvation, rather than eternal damnation in hell. Yet, while here, He promised to be with us in the form of the Holy Spirit. One way we are comforted by the Holy Spirit is as a help in our weakness.

For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. – Romans 8:24-29 (NKJV)

It is a comfort to me that the Holy Spirit “Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” When you love God and trust Him as Lord of your life, He will work everything out for the good, when we “are called according to His purpose.”

That’s the key message there, His purpose. Our Father has good in mind for us, but that may not always be what we have in mind. As we are daily being “conformed to the image of His Son” let us continue to seek for His glory to be seen in our lives. That can become our greatest witness to others in this world who need Jesus.

The Fruit of the Spirit

In Galatians chapter five, we read about being led by the Spirit and the difference between the works of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit. Some of the works of the flesh include the following: hatred, contentions, uncleanness, lewdness, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, envy, and drunkenness. You can read more in verses 19-21.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. – Galatians 5:22-26 (NKJV)

I can’t always recall all of the fruits of the Spirit, but I had to memorize this passage of scripture as a child in Sunday School. In verse 24 we read that “those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”

None of us are perfect here on earth. We mess up daily and will continue to sin. However, when the love of the Lord is in your heart—and as you grow daily in your relationship with Him—you want to grow and change and develop as a godly person.

The fruit of the Spirit is listed as the following: love, joy, peace, longsuffering (or patience), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

When we submit to the Holy Spirit’s guidance, He will help us exhibit these fruits of the Spirit. Verse 25 says it perfectly: “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”

I wrote the following poem describing the weary soul, feeling lost, alone, and overwhelmed—who eventually refocuses on the Lord and embraces the refreshing wind of the Holy Spirit.

Prostrate and Struggling

Embracing the wind

A dreaded feeling overcomes, overwhelms, exhausts

your spirit—a familiar feeling

coming on the wings of the night.

A soul struggling to push the darkness away

fighting, waging war—with a

feeble strength trying to overcome.

A downcast spirit stepped on by despair and

doubt—bound by the fear of

the unknown tomorrow.

A prostrate body weary from the lost victory

waiting—in silence for some

sense of hope to embrace.

A wind embracing a light mist breathes

life over the downcast soul—

a fresh breath of life.

The weary soul reaches out to embrace

the wind—welcoming

the time of refreshing.

© Joanne Troppello

Have you embraced the refreshing wind of the Holy Spirit?


About the Author

Joanne Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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