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The Holy Sprirt
June 5, 2017
The Holy Spirit is described several different ways in the Bible. I want to look at a few of those with you:

He is described as the breath of God. Did you know you breathe in and out, approximately, twenty-three thousand times a day? It’s a rhythm so intimate we forget to notice. Inhale. Exhale. Expand. Release. In the beginning, God breathed and dust became a living person. Job said that life is “the breath of God in my nostrils,” given and taken away. With His breath, God kindled the stars, parted a sea, woke a valley of dry bones and inspired the writing of the Bible. And every day, the Holy Spirit moves, He gives life, nourishes, sustains and speaks. He’s as near as the nose on your face, so pay attention.

He is described like fire. Fire is one of those weird things, it’s nice when it’s dancing on top of a candle or we’re sitting around a campfire. But when fire is turned loose; it’s like a storm unleashed. Fire doesn’t have a shape, it can roar through a forest or thunder in a cannon. It cannot be held. We know it through heat, light, smoke rising to the sky and the scent of burning wood. Fire consumes and destroys. And while doing so, it creates and it refines. When God led Israel through the wilderness, the Spirit blazed in a fire that rested over the tabernacle each night. And when God started his Church, the Spirit blazed in little fires that rested over his people’s heads. Don’t quench not the Spirit, He is as necessary and as dangerous as fire, so stay alert; pay attention.

He is described as a seal, a promise of belonging, protection and favor. The Holy Spirit impresses a softened heart with His image, like a signet ring presses an image in softened wax. And no one, not kings, presidents or the wealthy can take that image from us. The bond, God has made with us, is one that sticks. He has put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee (1 Corinthians 1:22). This seal is invisible as the air but as certain as your skin, so pay attention; don’t forget who you are.

He is described as the wind. Wind can billow sails, whittle rock, cause trees to bow and gently cool us on a hot day. Wind knows no boundaries, it’s the wildest of things, it travels where it wants and smells like it’s surroundings. It can feel like a kiss, a breath, a burn, a sting. It can whisper or whistle or roar, bend and break and inflate. It can be harnessed, but not contained; its effects observed while it remains unseen. To chase the wind is folly, to try and tame it is futility. Jesus said, “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” (John 3:8). We are born into a world, where the Spirit is steady as a breeze and as strong as a hurricane. There is no city, no village, no wilderness where you cannot find Him, so pay attention.