• Unpredictable Wind - Daughters of Promise - November 11
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    By: Christine Wyrtzen

    "The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit."- John 3:8

    Nicodemus was religious leader, trained in the scriptures. So when Jesus used the

    analogy of the wind, Nicodemus probably recalled the prophetic illustration from Ezekiel 37 which told of a valley of dry bones. With the preaching of the Word and the breath of the Spirit, the dry bones which lay across the landscape in front of him, came to life. New birth is brought about by the Word, and by the Spirit.

    The Spirit of God cannot be tamed. The ways He works, and the places in which He chooses to work, are unpredictable.  It is no wonder that so many churches fail to ask the Spirit of God to have free reign in their worship services. What if He really did come and take charge? The idea of that happening is frightening for most. Instead, we write the order of service in stone, relegate its parts into minutes, and worship the form rather than the One who wants to breathe new life into our midst.

    Having traveled for 35 years now, both to sing and to teach the scriptures, I will tell you what I've learned firsthand about the freedom of the Spirit. I am often given a time slot in which to speak and sing. While parameters are good and necessary, rigidity about them is dangerous. I can not even count the number of times that I've been told, "You have exactly 30 minutes and then you have to be finished." Oftentimes, a big clock is place on the floor, in front of the first row, so that the speaker can see it. Worst case scenario, a 'time keeper' sits by the clock and gives you a 10 minute warning, then 5 minute, and so on.

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