John 3:8 states, “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where is comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
The other night I was sitting in one of my favorite places, my porch. As the Sun surrendered to the night, a breeze passed. At first it was refreshing, but slowly it became cooler.
Wind is a powerful tool of nature. It is a transforming power that can destroy, refresh, clean, push, move and even penetrate where most other things could never fit. The traits of Wind can be very comparable to the ability of the Holy Spirit. BUT there is one major difference between the Wind and the Spirit.
I cannot keep the Wind out of my presence if it wants to move in or around me, but I can keep the Spirit of God pushed away. I can quench the Spirit, or hinder it from working in me and with me. Paul even challenged us not to quench the Spirit of the Living God in I Thessalonians 5:19. If I do hinder the Spirit of the Living God – I must be aware that I will miss out on the countless blessing from my Savior, for it is often through the work of the Spirit – I am blessed.
So I should not only allow the Spirit of God freedom in my life – I should pray for it to come, work and transform all it desires to do, for I want all of what my God has for me, because “All things work together for the good of those that love the Lord.” according to Romans 8:28.
Gene Vincent is the Pastor of Beechland Baptist Church: 351 Beechland Road, Lewisburg, KY 42256