The Wind of the Spirit

Post a Comment » Written on February 7th, 2014     
Filed under: Testimonies and Stories
Submitted by:
Brian Wiele,CBGE Chairperson

signSeveral weeks ago, my wife Linda noticed that a street sign by our home was bent. How did that happen, we wondered? ? It’s bent in the wrong direction to have been hit by a car. Could it have been the strong winds just a day or two before? It’s hard to believe, but that was our best guess, and we’re sticking with it.

We get uncomfortable with the idea of signs being blown about by the wind; those are supposed to be secure and firmly established – like many other dimensions of life, including believers in their faith. Jesus encourages us remain strong in the face of trials.

But there is another important wind in life that we should allow to move us in a new direction. The Holy Spirit is often likened to the wind; in fact, Jesus makes an important statement in this regard: 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)

Sometimes the Spirit asks us to be an advocate, “to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves”. (Proverbs 31:8) But too often we are so needful of security and stuck in our routine that we refuse to budge when He prompts us.

My desire is that women and girls will feel empowered by God to lead, speak, and serve. But a desire is not enough; it has to be matched by a willingness of others to speak up for them and to speak against unjust systems that hold them back. It is not enough to agree with a theological doctrine and then ignore someone whose life is impacted by it.

How might the Spirit be prompting you? Are you willing to be blown in a new direction, one where you speak up for someone? What role might God be calling you to play in advancing and advocating for the kingdom principles of love, mercy, and justice?

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