As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make His paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled,
and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
and the crooked shall become straight,
and the rough places shall become level ways,
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’” Luke 3:4-6
The birth of our Lord on Earth
The beauty of the Lord to be magnified
The Breath of Heaven bringing life
The Bread of Life nourishing soul-bones
The Living Water quenching thirst
He is coming!
Prepare the way for I want to be with Him forever and ever.
Oh, come with me to adore Him.
Let us bring Him our hearts for we need Him so.
Thank you, John, for preparing the way to the King…
the Holy Child…
the Glory of the Lord…
the Lamb of God…
the Only Begotten Son.
Father, may my heart be prepared for the coming of Your Son. May my life be lived in the light of my Savior Who will come again for me. I want this time on earth to be well spent as unto Him. With anticipation I wait. I thank You for sending Your Son to meet me in the stable, lying in the manger. Thank You for bringing the Light of the World to meet me in this world that I may walk in His Light, as I leave the darkness that surrounds. He is the Messiah and has come to save me from satan and the ways of evil. Oh, thank You. You blessed me so by watching over me for all those years when I wandered lost, when I fell down, wanting to stay down, when I cried myself to sleep because I knew You not, yet I knew Who or What I was missing in my life. I needed Him then, and still need Him now…the Savior, the Lord, the Mighty One. Yes, I need and I want You. My heart is prepared to receive the Love that You send. My heart is prepared to accept You wholly as You bring Yourself to me and to the world. May more and more seek and find You, Jesus. I want all to know You, Jesus. You are the Holy One. I lift up special people in my life that they will knock at the door only to find their One and Only Savior. Oh, how I pray this for them. May they be prepared for the coming of their Savior as well as the end of this world. In the Name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
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By His coming…
- The Messiah
- Messianic Prince
- Davidic King
- Anointed One
“There I will cause the horn of David to spring forth;
I have prepared a lamp for Mine Anointed.” Psalm 132:17
- Root of Jesse
“And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse,
Who shall stand as a banner to the people;
For the Gentiles shall seek Him,
And His resting place shall be glorious.” Isaiah 11:10
- Immanuel…God with us
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14
- The Promised Son
- Mighty God
- Wonderful Counselor
- Everlasting Father
- The Prince of Peace
For to us a Child is born,
to us a Son is given;
and the government shall be upon His shoulder,
and His name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
- begotten of His Father before all worlds
- prophesy that He would be born in Bethlehem
- His going forth as the Son of God
“But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Too little to be among the clans of Judah,
From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel.
His goings forth are from long ago,
From the days of eternity.” Micah 5:2
Father God, You brought forth Your Son into this world. Your Word is so beautifully filled with the Truth of His coming and His Presence. He is Hope. I am humbled to be Your daughter and to know that Jesus is my Brother, my LORD, my Savior, my King, my Redeemer, my All. He came and brought so much to all who walk this earth. May the many who do not know Him seek His face, realizing the gracious gift You have bestowed upon us all. I love You, LORD. I am grateful for the Gift of Yourself. May I walk in hope each and every moment, seeing the Hope that is You. You gave me life that I did not have. You gave me a love that I knew not. You give me hope in Your Second Coming for I truly know that You are returning. Precious Holy One, I love You and so look forward to that day. I have hope, LORD, because I know You. I lift up those who do not know You. Their world is diminished because they have little or no hope without You. I ask You to cover the children around the world who are suffering from war, starvation, abuse, terror. Please hold these precious little ones near, Father. They so need Your touch. Draw in those adults who are lost and in need of a savior, the Savior. They have no hope otherwise. I want them to know what I know and Who I know. May Your Word and the Truth of Christ’s appearing touch hearts this season. In the Hope of Your Son, I pray. Amen.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:12-13
And He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27
Jesus has called us to love…love God with our all…love all with our all.
Yet, we doubt and hem-and-haw in thinking we are just unable to do these. Yes, we are unable, in our own strength. We love God when we feel like it, when we think we are able, or when all is going well. We love our neighbors when we like them, when they are good to us, or when we feel like it.
Yet, these are two commandments that we have been given. How can we love unconditionally? How can we wholly love God and our neighbors?
In this season of Thanksgiving, I, as well as other bloggers, are sharing about gratitude, being thankful for family and friends, gifts and love. We may list the beauty we see, words we hear, or smiles that rain joy upon us. We seek to recognize these gifts in our own strength so much of the time: Let’s see…what am I grateful for right today? What did I see that I am thankful for?
Is giving thanks something done alone through my efforts? Can I be thankful without condition? Do I expect something in return for my gratitude?
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with Whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17
As children of the Father, we are being given gifts of His choosing. He wants us to have His pleasures so that we will take them to another, whether by service, by inspiration, by love. He is not telling us to go out and give on some conditional basis of our choosing, but, with His gifts, go to those to whom He chooses to gift with that which we have been given. This giving is unconditionally loving.
Dependence upon the One Who is Love, obedience to the One Who calls us to love Him and others…this is how we are able to love unconditionally. I am only the variable in the equation. God is the constant. Love is the constant.
God x God(x) = Love
constant x constant(variable/me) = constant
We love because He first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God Whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from Him: whoever loves God must also love his brother. 1 John 4:19-21
Loving God unconditionally is showing gratitude. Loving our neighbors unconditionally is showing gratitude.
These past many, many months have been extremely difficult months to bear. We are the children of the Father of lights. Let us now turn on our lights, gifts from our Father, and shine in this world so filled with hatred and darkness. Let us take the lights and shine them into our neighbors’ lives and be thankful. In being a light, I am honoring my Father. I am so grateful to Him. He created me, making me a light in this world.
“No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.” Luke 11:33
Let us give and serve and be thankful.
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:8-11
Let us be not afraid to step into the world. God is with us always.
Father God, Your love glows inside of me. I want it to glow outside of me and rid these corners where I walk of darkness. Strengthen me physically and spiritually so that I may do that which You have called me. Guide me in the way that I should go. May I remain faithful and grateful to You. My desire is to be pleasing unto You. May my mind know Your Truth. May my body find peace in You. May my heart always seek Your face. And may my strength be built upon Yours. May I know the constancy of You, Father, for You are my Constant. I pray in the Name of Jesus, the Christ. Amen.
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This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
be cheerful, joyful
be blithe, gleesome
Be glad…a way to praise my Lord
Be glad…putting a genuine smile on my face
Be glad…lifting my hands in glorious honor and praise to the One Who gives me joy in my heart and soul
Be glad…loving wholly the Holy One
Be glad…care about and loving those around me
Be glad…loving the ones we think are unlovable, although they are anything but that
Be glad…in thanksgiving, I give to others with gratitude
Be glad…joyful rejoicing
Be glad…when I hurt, I find the joy of the Lord is my strength
Be glad…serving the Lord with gladness of heart
Be glad…honoring Jesus in all that I am and all that I do
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Philippians 4:4
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The LORD reigneth. 1 Chronicles 16:31
For the LORD will comfort Zion,
He will comfort all her waste places;
He will make her wilderness like Eden,
And her desert like the garden of the LORD;
Joy and gladness will be found in it,
Thanksgiving and the voice of melody. Isaiah 51:3
Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God. Psalm 69:32
Father, I sing praises unto You. I rejoice in Your Name. My whole being shivers with joy, gratitude, and gladness. My heart is Yours, Father, filled with You. When I am overwhelmed with the Glory of You, I am filled with gratitude and know that no matter what this world looks like through my eyes, You are my Joy and my Strength, my Comfort and my Redeemer. When my eyes focus upon You, beautiful You, the sadness, the sorrow, the fears, the unknown, the burdens flee away. You know all. You care about Your children. You lift my head in Your hands and tell me I am Your creation…that I am beautiful…that I am all that You created me to be. I am so thankful, LORD. Forgive me when I forget, when I compare, when I cry about not being ‘good enough.’
I do find joy when I think of You. I rejoice in my heart when I ponder all You are to me. Thank You, Father, for giving us gladness…delight…JOY!!! I pray in Your Son’s Name, His exalted Name. With thanksgiving in my heart…Amen.
You greatly enrich it;
the river of God is full of water;
You provide their grain,
for so You have prepared it.
You water its furrows abundantly,
settling its ridges,
softening it with showers,
and blessing its growth.
God sends His rain to the earth…this place we call home now. Earth. He sends rain by His will, by the ways He so pleases. We may experience drought or flooding for these are part of living on this earth.
Our spiritual lives sometimes suffer drought or flooding as well. Too much input, busyness can leave us with little room for God. Too little time spent with God can cause thirst for Him. Sometimes we do not even know what we are thirsty for, yet we know that we are. “Our hearts are dry and barren unless God Himself be as the dew to us and water us; and the plants of His own planting He will water and make them to increase.” Matthew Henry
I recall searching hard and long for something that I was missing, yet I did not know what that was. Years later, through many trials, through many seasons of drought and floods, I found Jesus. Jesus was Who I needed. I needed to know Him personally. He would give me Living Water and I would no longer be thirsty. The fruit of the Spirit could grow in me and then be harvested from me, from my field of new plantings. This field becomes rich in nutrients and water from the One Who is the Living Waters. I grow and pray I will continue to grow.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with Whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:17
“…; we must lift up our eyes above the hills, lift them up to the heavens, where the original springs of all blessings are, out of sight, and thither must our praises return, as the first-fruits of the earth were in the heave-offerings lifted up towards heaven by way of acknowledgment that thence they were derived. All God’s blessings, even spiritual ones, are expressed by His raining righteousness upon us.” Matthew Henry
You crown the year with Your bounty;
Your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.
The pastures of the wilderness overflow,
the hills gird themselves with joy,
the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,
the valleys deck themselves with grain,
they shout and sing together for joy.
Everything in His world rejoices over the bounty of His harvest…the pastures, the hills, the meadows, the valleys. There is abundance in all He is and does. He rains down upon this earth. He sends His Love to us in His Son. He grants mercy upon these souls and bodies from on high. He whispers grace through His wind, through His Holy Spirit.
He crowns all He is and does, encompassing on every side, as a crown surrounds a head; as when something is completed, it is crowned. The fruitfulness of His world is in His hands, in His power.
How grateful I am, LORD. May You adorn Your world with the riches of harvest, both in fruit of the tree and the fruit of salvation. I shout my praises and honor to You, oh God. I am so very heartbroken in the broken and breaking shape of this world, of this nation. I know this is Your world and You know each and every one of Your creations. I may feel saddened by so much right now, yet I truly can rejoice in the love, the tender care, the peace, the hope I find in You. I look up to where my bounty and blessings come from. Hallelujah!
I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.
Let all these common gifts of the divine bounty, which we yearly and daily partake of, increase our love to God as the best of beings, and engage us to glorify Him with our bodies, which He thus provides so well for. Matthew Henry
Father, I am humbled by the beauty of Your Word, by the bounty of Your fields, by the benevolence of Your mercy, by the balance in all that surrounds. Father, in this season of giving thanks, I am reminded that offering my thanks daily is my desire and hope. I lift up my hands in praise to You, the Giver of my soul. You are my All, LORD. I love You and sing with joy as I ponder the sun rising, beginning each day anew, or watch the sun set, leaving the brilliance of pinks and oranges across the sky. You are Magnificent, Father. I see You all around me. Praising You and praying in the Name of the Bright Morning Star. Amen.
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A bruised reed He will not break,
And smoking flax He will not quench;
He will bring forth justice for truth. Isaiah 42:3 (+ Matthew 12:20)
He will tend His flock like a shepherd;
He will gather the lambs in His arms;
He will carry them in His bosom,
and gently lead those that are with young. Isaiah 40:11
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength. Isaiah 40:21
Jesus cares about me. He loves me more than I can even fathom. He does not break me. He gathers me into His arms. He leads me into the way I should go. He gives me strength and power.
YET…I doubt…I worry…I fear…I mistrust. WHY? Why do I doubt Him? Why do I question whether He will provide for me? Why do I lack the trust to know that He is always…ALWAYS…with me? WHY?
As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear Him. Psalm 103:13
He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3
“For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.” Jeremiah 31:25
He heals me and rains compassion upon me. He refreshes me.
Over and over again, the Bible tells me that I can place my trust in Him completely. I do not need to feel the scars and holes in His body to know Who He is. I know Jesus gave His all as the most beautiful Gift possible for me, for us all and each. I know this, yet I doubt.
I fall by the wayside and wonder why I feel so alone. Yet, I am not. I am held in the Savior’s arms and know that He will never leave me nor forsake me. He will not drop me on my head or tail.
I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice. Ezekiel 34:16
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
He gives me rest. He gives me justice. He carries my heavy burdens and looks for me when I am lost. So much Jesus does for me. He cares for me.
I seek Your forgiveness, LORD, for my doubt, my lack of trust, my faithless spine. I am sorry, my LORD. I have fed myself so much self-doubt that I forget just Whose I am. I have allowed my ears to hear lies about myself. I shout to satan to get behind me and he does because You are with me. I want to trust You in Your care for me. Precious Jesus, I love You. May my walk be along the straight and narrow pathway with You…and You alone. Jesus, You prayed for Simon Peter and You have given the Holy Spirit to be my Intercessor. He knows the prayers I want to utter but cannot. He prays for me.
“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” Luke 22:31-32
I read the many ways that God cares for me, all of the time, in so many ways, in every kind of way. Where do I read this? In His Word. The Word of God is the pivotal place from which I know. I KNOW that He loves me and cares for me because He tells me through His Word. I KNOW His care because I feel it in my heart. I can see it too. I KNOW it in my head. His Truth speaks volumes to me when I doubt…when I fall…when I mistrust…when I feel alone.
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the Word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the Word of God, which is at work in you believers. 1 Thessalonians 2:13
LORD, I thank You for loving me so perfectly. I want the hard places in me to soften and know that You are LORD. That this body of mine is Yours and made perfectly. That this mind was woven by Your hands in my mother’s womb and continues to function well. That this heart is knit with the Love of Your heart for You loved me first. That trust, faith, love, hope all come from You. I believe. I truly do know that just in this one heartfelt acknowledgment…belief in You…I am so filled with all of Your gifts. Can I trust and walk in faith? Can I love without conditions and be loved without conditions? Can I be filled with hope?
“It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8
You are my Hope, my Peace, my Love. May the hard and broken parts of me open up to You for Your loving touch, for Your gentle and tough molding so that I know that I am the one You created me to be. I want to be a gift to those I encounter as You were and are for me. For me! You love me and care for me. The Bible tells me so. Thank You. No more whys, LORD. I believe and I trust in You. In the loving Name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
But turning to them Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ Luke 23:28-30
For if they do these things when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry? Luke 23:31
wet (as if with rain), i.e. (by implication) sappy (fresh):—green
(through the idea of scorching); arid; by implication, shrunken, earth (as opposed to water):—dry land, withered.
Pilate has turned Jesus over to the people to be crucified.
The innocent, the unblemished Lamb, the Holy One, the One without sin…if they crucify this One, Christ Jesus, then what will they do to the ones who have sin, are guilty, are the withered ones?
In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. John 5:3
Those who are less than perfect, which is all of us…
Those who are withered as dry wood, the man with the withered hand, those with withered, old skin, those who are less than physically whole…
Where do we stand in this scenario? We are not the green, new wood of Jesus. We are, in ways of our own, the ones who are less than He is, by far. Yet, there are ways to remain near to Jesus and return to Him where He sits at the right hand of God.
If anyone does not abide in Me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. John 15:6
come to Jesus as our LORD, our Savior
know that He died and rose again
abide in Him
be planted in the waters of the Lord
yield fruit that glorifies God
He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. Psalm 1:3
LORD Jesus, teach me Your ways so that when my days are numbered I may return to You for You have called me. May I be steadfast in my walk beside You, obedient in Your way. May I stand near and learn from You so that I may glorify our Father in Heaven. LORD, I want to be planted in You, my Living Water, quenched in the richness of Your Word. May this tree bloom, seed, and become the fruit of love and joy, of peace and patience, of kindness, goodness, and faithfulness, of gentleness, and self-control. May the fruit of righteousness come through You, my Christ, to me so that I may give glory and honor and praise to God. May I walk in Your light for this fruit is found in all that is good, right, and true. I want to be pleasing to You, taking no part in unfruitful works of darkness. Your Word is a lamp unto my feet. It is a light unto my path, keeping me upright and on the narrow path. I pray all of this, LORD. This is not an easy road, but it is the one I desire for all the days of my life. In You, the Bright, Shining Star, I pray. Amen.
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“Then the Word of the LORD came to me saying….”
… to Abram, to Samuel, Nathan, Solomon, to Elijah, Isaiah, to Jeremiah, Ezekiel, to Jonah, Haggai, Zechariah, and to others. This phrase is repeated again and again in the Bible, some versions show well over 200 times.
a word | words; speech; speaking; utterance; a thing
commune(-ication), concern(-ing), confer, counsel, decree
The Word of the LORD came to these men, most of them prophets used by God to communicate to His People. But we do not need to be God’s chosen prophets in order to have the Word come to us. He wants His Word indwelling us.
But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it. Deuteronomy 30:14 KJV
He wants us to dwell upon the Word.
For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe. 1 Thessalonians 2:13 NASB
The Word can come to us by being in fellowship with Him: by spending time in His Word, in prayer, in quiet times spent at His feet, in worship, in adoration.
Our lives should reflect reverence/awe for God.
He can use us in whatever way He deems, should we be available to the One Who called us into being. Oh, that we would want these precious ways for our lives.
Jeremiah was afraid for God had spoken to Him and given Him the assignment of being a prophet:
Then said I:
“Ah, Lord God!
Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.”
But the Lord said to me:
“Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’
For you shall go to all to whom I send you,
And whatever I command you, you shall speak.
Do not be afraid of their faces,
For I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord.
Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me:
“Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.” Jeremiah 1:6-9 NKJV
God reassured Jeremiah. He reassures us, giving us just what we need when we need it.
God comforted Jeremiah. He comforts us, loves us, and protects us.
God is always with us.
LORD, in my doubts and fears, please draw me near as I dwell upon Your Word. Teach me to come before You regularly with my hands and heart open. I want to hear Your words for me. I want to know the direction You have chosen for me each moment of every day. Father, may a sense of peace and calmness reign over my heart. May I know that Your hand touches my mouth and places the words in my mouth so that I use them for Your glory and for Your honor. May I be available to You…and You alone. I want to be still and know that You are God, my God. I pray in Your Son’s Mighty Name. Amen.
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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.
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.
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
Just what is the measure of a woman who has grown to an old age? When the joints hurt doing simple household chores? When she feels unable to help herself or those she cares about? What if she lives in a total care facility — even has to wear a diaper? Or when Dementia or Alzheimer’s or a stroke or heart attack has taken the mind or abilities away? From a physical standpoint, old age seems immeasurable.
The world measures by physical beauty — slender figure, wholesome complexion, youthful hair color and agility. When so much of that worldly beauty changes, what is there to measure? Gray hairs, wrinkles, poor eyesight, hearing loss, protruding belly, mental slowness? The world’s yardstick is tough on her. The moral and spiritual character often is torn asunder. Yet, God measures differently.
Creator God made His children in His Image. Can one allow the world to be the judge? God is Judge — He sets the standard. No other. Beginning to end, He sustains, carries, and promises.
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