Rushing Mighty Wind


The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.  Acts 17:24-25

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.  Acts 2:2

These two verses in the Bible use the same Greek word to mean both breath and wind.  In a gentle way, I can easily picture the duplicate meaning here.  Yet, in Acts 2:2, the adjectives describing this wind are rushing and mighty, neither of which fit the usual gentle nature of breath or a breeze that I initially picture.



respiration, breath of life

a breeze:—breath, wind

God gives man life and breath and everything.  He gives us all that we need to live.  He also gives us the rushing mighty wind, filling us to overflowing.  The Holy Spirit gives us a life in Christ Jesus that goes so deep, so wide, so high.  The Holy Spirit breathes life into us so that we may walk in the Spirit while we live our lives here on earth, sharing the Truth of God.

The wind:



violent, forcible





to move by bearing; move or, to be conveyed or borne, with the suggestion of force or speed

of a gust of wind, to rush

of the mind, to be moved inwardly, prompted

God’s wind can be strong, able to move things.  It can be forceful as we are seeing with Hurricane Matthew in the Atlantic this very day.   It can be a breeze that barely ruffles the hairs on our head.  But the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples of Jesus that day of Pentecost with force, made to move the minds and hearts of those who followed Him.  The wind in God’s hands is formidable, awesome, and able to accomplish all that God intends.

He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth;
Who makes lightnings for the rain,
Who brings forth the wind from His treasuries.  Psalm 135:7

Who has ascended into heaven and descended?
Who has gathered the wind in His fists?
Who has wrapped the waters in His garment?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is His name or His son’s name?
Surely you know!  Proverbs 30:4

Matthew Henry spoke of this wind:

We often read in the old Testament of God’s coming down in a cloud; as when He took possession first of the tabernacle, and afterwards of the temple, which intimates the darkness of that dispensation. And Christ went up to heaven in a cloud, to intimate how much we are kept in the dark concerning the upper world.  But the Holy Ghost did not descend in a cloud; for He was to dispel and scatter the clouds that overspread men’s minds, and to bring light into the world.

The Spirit of God came upon those gathered together in one accord, without dissension as the apostles had indulged in while Jesus was still with them (i.e., …for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest.  Mark 9:34).  Yet over the three years of the ministry of Jesus, they had been prepared by the LORD to live together, pray as one, eat together, fellowship with others.  Through lessons, love, and the example of Christ, they had seen His ways.  When Christ returned to them after His crucifixion, He had told them to wait in Jerusalem before heading out to spread the Gospel.  They did.  They broke bread together and prayed together.  They were in one accord, loving one another.  The Holy Spirit, the precious dove, came in the calm, over the still waters, where noise and chaos were not.

When the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples, the force of the wind would signify the influence He would and could have over the minds and hearts of men.  By that, men, women, and children can be mighty through God.

Matthew Henry:

Let us be all of one accord, and, notwithstanding variety of sentiments and interests, as no doubt there was among those disciples, let us agree to love one another; for, where brethren dwell together in unity, there it is that the Lord commands his blessing.

The Spirit came upon the apostles in a rushing mighty wind.  His powerful and secure direction through the hearts of believers is compared to the breathing of the wind.

Then He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they come to life.”’”  Ezekiel 37:9

His sweet effect on the souls of saints to the north and south wind…

“Awake, O north wind,
And come, wind of the south;
Make my garden breathe out fragrance,
Let its spices be wafted abroad.
May my beloved come into his garden
And eat its choice fruits!”  Song of Solomon 4:16

“The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”  John 3:8

The Spirit works randomly, not abiding by our ways of order, nor is He subject to our command.  God directs Him.  The Spirit fulfills God’s Word.

…fire and hail, snow and mist,
stormy wind fulfilling His word!  Psalm 148:8

The Holy Spirit distributes His influences where, and when, on whom, and in what measure and degree He pleases.

All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, Who apportions to each one individually as He wills.  1 Corinthians 12:11

A filling of the Holy Spirit brings the graces of the Spirit into this body temple, sanctifying the one indwelled to be more holy, more spiritual, more weaned from this world. The comforts of the Spirit, the love of Christ, and the hope of heaven are endowed.


Father God, thank You for living me dearly.  I pray that as I write these words, that they be Your Truth.  As the wind breathes into me, filling me to overflowing, may I know Your Holy Spirit in my very being.  If I am tossed upon the waves of this life, may I recall that the Holy Spirit is with me in all ways.  May my heart reach for Your best and know the Divine nature from which I have been created.  May I trust in You as I walk in the Spirit.  I want to know You, LORD.  I want to know You in all Your Ways.  Breathe on me, O LORD.  I love You and seek You.  I pray in the Name of Christ, Your Son.  Amen.  



Graphic: “Rushing Wind” by  Canonesses of the Holy Sepulchre

Photo:  Jill Wellington, CC0 Public Domain @



35 thoughts on “Rushing Mighty Wind

  1. The Holy Spirit is wonderful and works in ways my mind can’t fathom. I am inspired and left in awe as Lori said above. I love how spirit, wind and rushing are so poetic as well. God is amazing!!! I love coming here and learning with you, the Greek meanings and such. It is very insightful! Thank you so much for linking up last week as well!


  2. Feeling in awe of God right now. Praying with you for Him to breathe His Spirit in me and that I may be filled with an ever growing passion for Him! Thanks, Linda. My heart is always so blessed when I stop here. Your words are filled with so much peace. Thank you for sharing at #MomentsofHope!
    Blessings and smiles,


  3. A beautiful word, my friend. I pray that the Holy Spirit would bind us all together in love, in one accord as is our Father’s will in these days of division and disunity. May they know us by our love. Blessings on your Sabbath.


  4. This is beautiful, Linda. I love how the Lord comes to us with softness and gentleness when we need comfort or encouragement and how He comes with fierceness when we need help. I love this study! Thank you for sharing with Thankful Thursdays.


  5. I always enjoy a word study of breath, wind, spirit. So interesting to see these Greek and Hebrew words! My One Word choice one year was “breath” and I learned so much. Thanks for sharing more with us here, Linda. I’m always “inspired” by your words. 🙂


  6. What a gift you have for sharing and exploring the depth of God’s word, Linda. I love the facets of God’s character. That He enters into our lives on that small whisper, but yet moves and works like a mighty wind. Thanks for sharing your wisdom.


  7. I’m so thankful for the Holy Spirit! God dwelling in my innermost being and personality, (Ephesians 3:16 Amplied), is such a powerful thought!


    • Amen. His indwelling in us is beyond my mind’s ability to fathom yet He is right here with us. We believe and we know whether we can fathom such or not. Amen.


  8. I studied these first couple verses so many years ago that I had forgotten all about it. Thanks for the reminder. I pray God would breathe His breath on us. Life. Power. His Spirit indwelling in us. Amen. (Your neighbor from #Tea&Word)


    • Yes, I agree. As I age, some things are invaluable. Knowing the Holy Spirit is in us and guides us and loves us and so much more…power and love and life all in and through Him. We truly are blessed.


  9. Linda, I wrote on this same topic last night and am smiling ear to ear reading your title. I am crazy busy today, but am bookmarking this to re-visit and chew on when I have a window of time to really sit with your words.

    You blessed me today!



  10. This is such a beautiful study, Linda. The Lord has used the wind in my life several times, speaking to me about the nearness of God, and the awesome power of my God. Thank you for expanding on those meanings and Scriptures tonight! You have brought sweet memories just as I needed them! –Blessings to you!


  11. Your teaching is always so full, Linda. I always learn something new when I come here, and I always leave uplifted and encouraged. I have often contemplated the meaning of Acts 17:28 – “For in him we live and move and have our being.” I have a feeling that it means even more than we realize – that perhaps He is indeed in each cell of our bodies, each breath in our lungs. The intertwining of the Holy Spirit with our spirit is a glorious mystery!



    • “The intertwining of the Holy Spirit with our spirit is a glorious mystery!” These words, Sharon, mean so much and strike at the heart of Who the Holy Spirit is in us. A Mystery yet we believe! Amen.


  12. “The Holy Spirit distributes His influences where, and when, on whom, and in what measure and degree He pleases.” He cannot be contained or directed by men, but He goes where He chooses. What a blessing that He gives guidance and peace and strength to his people.

    Interesting that sometimes He’s like a mighty wind and other times like a breath. Who can know or understand the depths of the God we serve!


  13. Linda, the passages of scripture, the definitions, the quote from Matthew Henry weave a picture of our life of faith. Jesus explained to the disciples that the Spirit would come to help us. Your post is such an encouraging reminder!


  14. Oh, praise the Lord! I loved this post. It was so edifying and encouraging to me tonight. The precious Holy Spirit becomes more dear to me each day, and I absolutely treasure my time in His presence and knowing that He indwells this temple. I think often of the Old Testament priests and how only they could go in to the Most Holy Place once each year, and how the “common people” didn’t have a chance to get that close to God. We are so blessed to be living in the dispensation of grace where the veil of the temple has been rent in twain!! You are such a blessing to me, and it is always so spiritually refreshing to visit with you here. God bless you abundantly as you continue to share what He lays upon your heart!


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