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10/22/2017 12:11:00 AM
Wind Of The Spirit
Charles R. Swindoll — 'Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.'
Charles R. Swindoll — 'Life is 
10% what happens to you and 
90% how you react to it.'

Life of Martin Luther
Join us tonight at 7 p.m. at Emanuel Reformed Church in the sanctuary for the one hour PBS film about his life “Driven to Defiance” or on Thursday October 26 at 12:30 p.m.

Rev. Susan Smith Walker
Emanuel Reformed Church

One of my favorite parts of fall is watching the wind play with the leaves as they fall. It can seem as if it is snowing leaves as they blow off their branches and float in the air on their way to the ground. Once they have landed, the wind lifts them up like swirling dancers skipping down the streets on their way to the next resting place. We can’t see the wind directly, but we can see what the wind is doing.  This makes me think of what Jesus said about the Spirit, and how it moves in our lives.       

Jesus taught spiritual principles with earthly examples people could understand to make his point. In John 3:8 Jesus says “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.”

When we live as people of faith, when we have the Holy Spirit active and moving in our lives, people should be able to see what God is doing. It is good to know scripture, especially in the midnight hour when the Word we have hidden in our hearts comes forth to comfort and guide us or those we love. Even so, we don’t have to walk around all day long with a big Bible quoting passages from memory so that people will know we belong to Christ. Most people would rather see a sermon than hear one.

Jackie D.

It’s good to be present in church whether sitting in the pew, singing in the choir, serving as an usher, or preaching in the pulpit. However, church membership and having a position in the church - those things are not necessarily any indication that the Holy Spirit is working in our lives. 

When the wind of the Spirit is blowing in our lives, other people cannot see God directly but they ought to be able to see what He is doing.  Talking about love is good, but being a loving person is better.  Talking about forgiveness is important, but being a forgiving person is more important. Talking about trusting God sounds good, but moving forward in the midst of a storm in a Christ like way says more. Talking about serving the least of these is worthy, but actually doing something to help them is what Jesus asked us to do.  Talking about self-control is a good idea, but actually practicing it in life is a demonstration of spiritual maturity.     

We don’t know how, when, or why God will move by His Spirit, but we do know that He will. Seeing the wind of the spirit blow in another person’s life is inspiring, and helps us see what God could do in us as well. 

Would our family, friends and co-workers say that they are inspired by seeing the wind of the Spirit blow in our life? Can they tell that we are people of faith not by what we say, but by how we live? 

The wind of the Spirit blew hard in the life of Martin Luther 500 years ago, and the world was never the same.  Join us tonight at 7 p.m. at Emanuel Reformed Church in the sanctuary for the one hour PBS film about his life “Driven to Defiance” or on Thursday October 26 at 12:30 p.m.

Rev. Susan Walker is pastor of Emanuel Reformed Church 

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