Are You Being Blown By The Wind Of God?- Listening To The Holy Spirit
By Janis Cox
Are you being blown by the wind of God? Janis reflects on how the Holy Spirit is much like a spiritual wind, and that we must be facing in the right direction for our words to carry God’s message.
In 2001, Janis gave her life to Christ. She started journalling as a way to organize her thoughts, feelings, and prayers. She is a member of two cross-Canada Christian writers’ groups, The Word Guild and Inscribe Christian Writers Fellowship. She has had several articles and devotionals published. Janis has been a regular contributor to HopeStreamRadio since its inception in 2015. Contact us if you have any questions about the Bible or Christianity.
The Holy Spirit As The Wind Of God
I thought today of how wind can affect how far our speech carries. Try shouting when the wind is at your back; then shout when you are facing it. As the wind blew out to sea, our voices caught the wind and travelled far out. However, when the wind blew at us we couldn’t even hear ourselves speak. Our words were flung away.
I view the Holy Spirit as a spiritual wind. If we are following Christ we will be in a favourable position for our words to carry His message to those He wants to hear.
Listening To The Holy Spirit
Sometimes when I feel frustrated with what I am doing or saying it’s a wake-up call to check which way I am facing. Is the Holy Spirit behind me?
Like earthly winds the Holy Spirit doesn’t have a pattern. We can’t predict where it will blow us.
Listen to John 3:7-8 from The Message:
“So don’t be so surprised when I tell you that you have to be ‘born from above’—out of this world, so to speak. You know well enough how the wind blows this way and that. You hear it rustling through the trees, but you have no idea where it comes from or where it’s headed next. That’s the way it is with everyone ‘born from above’ by the wind of God, the Spirit of God.”
Taking time to sit and read God’s Word, to ask for answers and to listen are essential elements to help us let the Holy Spirit move us along.
Are You Being Blown By The Wind Of God?
I read this in Matthew Henry’s commentary:
Our works are good when the will of God is the rule of them, and the glory of God the end of them; when they are done in his strength and for his sake.
Are you being blown by the wind of God?
My friend, author-singer songwriter, Sally Meadows, has written a worship song called Holy Spirit that always touches my heart when I hear it.
Listen to a few of the words and see if you are blowing along with the Holy Spirit.
It doesn’t matter who we are
You welcome everyone into Your arms
And as You shine Your guiding light
We’ll be on our knees and then we will rise!
Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit
Come and open up and fill our hearts with love
Until next time, stop and listen and if you are facing the wrong way, let the Holy Spirit guide you along the right path. Remember to stay rooted by reading God’s Word.
Janis has been blogging since 2008. In 2012 she published an award-winning children’s book Tadeo Turtle. She ran a group blog called Under the Cover of Prayer for four years. Hope Stream Radio will be her first foray into broadcasting on a regular basis.
In addition to a career as a home-maker and teacher, Janis was a partner in a Canadian small business with her husband, Wayne. They currently reside in Ontario and winter in Mesa, Arizona. Janis and Wayne have three children with spouses and many grandchildren.
HopeStreamRadio has been a huge blessing to me. Since I moved away from an area that had a lot of good Christian radio I have been looking for a station that I could listen to and be encouraged by. HSR has filled that void and it has also been exciting to be a part of the team that contributes to HSR.Mike from MS