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 ESV
On a hot and humid summer night, there is nothing like a gentle breeze or a fresh – cool blowing – wind that revives us. Jesus teaches us that we can’t fathom the direction, or even the power of the wind, nor can we know how and when Holy Spirit blows He makes all things fresh and new. When the Hold Spirit blows into our lives, into our families and into our churches … He always brings life … fresh new life … revived life.
We can’t always detect or prepare for the times when God moves, but we know He is coming, preparing to blow His cool soft breeze, or a cleansing exhilarating wind, to revive us again. It is never the same, sometimes predictably unpredictable but the Spirit does come to empower, teach, transform, convict, heal, comfort and resurrect us.
I have an app on my phone called “Windy.” It predicts the wind patterns over the Atlantic Ocean, if you read it right you can tell if the afternoon showers are going to come or if tomorrow the wind will help build up enjoyable sets of waves.
The Bible tells me, and I have experienced it, when Holy Spirit comes a fresh revived life is soon to follow. Where the Spirit is there is freedom, but there is also power, peace and transformation. My prayer is for Holy Spirit to have the freedom to blow into us in a fresh new way!
--- Dr. Tom Bary
Dr. Tom Bary
Tom received a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. He received a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling and a Doctor of Ministry in Evangelism and Church Growth from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He was the Associate Pastor and Minister of Youth at Neptune Baptist Church in Neptune Beach, Florida for 12 years and the Minister with Single Adults at Germantown Baptist Church in Germantown, Tennessee before coming back to Neptune Baptist Church as the pastor in the fall of 1996. He and his wife Karen have four children, a son and three daughters.