In an earlier post, we ruminated about the wind which can remind us that the Spirit of God is characterized by wind or by the breath of God. We then thought about the influence of the Spirit on the day of Pentecost when He came into the room like a “mighty rushing wind” and enabled the apostles to preach to the foreigners in Jerusalem in their own language. Acts 2:2-5
The Spirit of God did not stop His work on earth when Pentecost was over. Even in 2017, the Spirit has continuing involvement with those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Spirit convicts us of our sin so that we can repent, and the Spirit teaches us the way of righteousness. Paul says it like this:
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation [no guilty verdict, no punishment] for those who are in Christ Jesus [who believe in Him as personal Lord and Savior]. [John 3:18] For the law of the Spirit of Life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being] has set you free from the law of sin and of death. “
Romans 8:1-2 NIV[Amplified]
And again Paul says it like this:
“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?”
And again, like this:
“For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. … But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. … But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. … But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
Galatians 5:5, 16, 18, 22-23. ESV
As Christians, the Spirit of God enables us to walk in ways of righteousness, not in sin. We, as sinful creatures, cannot defeat sin by ourselves; we need help outside of us to overcome our sinful desires, and that help comes from the Holy Spirit.
What does all this have to do with wind?
There is a fence between our house and our neighbor’s house. It has been standing there for well over 30 years and has withstood numerous rain/wind storms. After a recent storm with ferocious winds, we noticed a change in the backyard fence. Something certainly looked amiss, but we couldn’t quite tell what it was.
Upon a more detailed inspection, it immediately became apparent that a 70+ foot tall oak, along with several smaller trees, had fallen over. Further, it had upended one of section of the fence when its root ball, which apparently had grown under the fence and into our yard, was pulled out of the ground as the large tree toppled over.
I certainly am not going to say that the tree sinned so it was knocked down by the wind. But, I am going to say that this can be seen as a mini-parable describing the cleaning out that the Holy Spirit can do in my heart when I give control to Him.
Paul says that we are not to continue to sin. We are under grace so sin has no control over us … that is to say, sin cannot make us do wrong. Because our sinful nature is not yet under the full control of the Spirit of God, we will be tempted to sin. But, praise God, the Spirit is with us and He can knock down any sinful thought that we have, He can prevent any sinful action that we desire to take, and He can mute any sinful word that we yearn to speak. Just like the tree came down, and it mattered not that the roots were under the fence – it came down as the roots were pulled out of the dirt, lifting the fence with it. The Spirit will stop at nothing to rid our hearts of sin, because transforming us into the image of our Savior is His job and He knows how to do it.
“For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.”
Romans 8:29 ESV
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Romans 12:2 NKJV
We are to be transformed into the image of God’s Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. This is the Spirit’s work as He leads us away from sin and into righteousness.
Here is Romans 12:2 as presented in the song entitled “Do Not Be Conformed” and sung on Renewing Your Mind, an Integrity Music Scripture Memory Song album.
When you see or hear the wind outside, ponder and ruminate on whether you have allowed the wind of God’s Spirit to blow through your heart and uproot any sin that is hiding there. Consider whether you have experienced the freedom in Christ as a result of the Spirit’s snapping the bonds of sin that had entrapped you for so long. Praise the Lord for His provision of the loving Spirit who desires only that we be conformed into the image of Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father, now and forever more.
Father, I praise You for sending the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior, and for calling me to Yourself so that I could partake of this infinite gift of salvation that You have given to those who believe on the name of Your Son. I praise You for providing the Holy Spirit as the enabling wind Who can eradicate the sin that besets me, and Who guides me in the ways of righteousness.