JM’s Journal: Experiencing the Wind of the Holy Spirit

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Experiencing the Wind of the Holy Spirit

Embracing the Refreshing Wind of God in Your Life

by J.M. Troppello

It’s been in the 90s’ for the last several days where I live. Each day I get up, I thank God for our air conditioners. I work from home and like to go outside on my deck for a good portion of the afternoon to get fresh air. Even though it’s been so hot, I’ve still been going outside to work. Thankfully, our porch is partially covered so I get relief from the sun shining down.

Today when I was sitting outside, I was so thankful for the gentle refreshing breeze. Yes, it was still extremely hot and humid outside. But, that wind was very welcome. It reminded me of the invigorating wind of the Holy Spirit coming to refresh me. When do those times of refreshing usually happen? Those refreshing times come when I spend time in God’s Word, cultivate communion through prayer, and end my day with praising God at night before bed.

8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8, NKJV)

Jesus spoke those words from John 3:8 to Nicodemus when he was talking about being born again. According to the Thomas Nelson Study Bible (TNSB), “Jesus used the wind as an illustration of the work of the Holy Spirit. The Greek word translated Spirit also means ‘wind.’ As the wind seemingly blows where it wills, so the Holy Spirit sovereignly works. Likewise, no one knows the origin or destination of the wind, but everyone knows it is there. The same is true of the Holy Spirit.”

That’s a beautiful description to me. You can’t control the wind. You don’t know when or where it will blow. The same can be true of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit works sovereignly in your life. That brings me comfort.

16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. (Romans 8:16-17, NKJV)

According to Romans 8:16, as a Christian, you are a child of God. The Holy Spirit bears witness with your own spirit that you are indeed a child of God. Verse 17 continues to say that as a child, you are an heir of God and joint heirs with Christ. There will be suffering in this life (Phil. 3:10), yet God will also be glorified through it and as a child of God, you will be glorified together with God in Heaven (Phil. 3:11-14).

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:1-5, NKJV)

As a child of God, you will experience the love of God as it is poured out into your heart by the Holy Spirit. Again, that is so comforting to me. God is in Heaven. Jesus rose from the dead and is now at the right hand of the Father in Heaven (Hebrews 12:2). Yet, you and I are not alone here on this earth. God has sent the Holy Spirit to be a comforter, guide, and giver of God’s love in our lives.

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

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