The Wind At Your Back

Scripture Verse: Acts 2:2..'And suddenly there came a sound from Heaven, as of a mighty, rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.

Autumn has come once more. The seasons are changing. Beautiful colors abound all around us as the trees change color and the cool air returns.

It was on one of those wonderful Autumn days in years past that again my friend, Irlene, and I took off for another walk around what we call Jacobson Drive up the hill to walk and talk about our life with God. Those were such wonderful times.

On this particular afternoon, we knew other people would probably be out for their evening walks as well. The problem was that as the seasons change, so, a mighty, strong wind arrives with it. And, we just happened to be walking against the wind that day while the majority of those out walking were walking with the wind at their backs.

As has become my routine as well, the Lord seems to awaken me earlier and earlier as my age increases. Laying awake in the dark, as we talk and on occasion, He seems to put me in remembrance of those wonderful past memories.

What surprised me was what I sensed He put me into my heart concerning that particular day in the Fall. The wind was so strong that it was hard to walk and hard to talk with the wind in our faces. Instead of putting me in remembrance of what all happened that day, he revealed something to my heart that was so obvious that it was hidden.

The walk was easier for them as they walked with 'the wind at their backs'. We had a hard time walking against that wind as it made it harder to walk and to try to talk to one another. We literally had to almost yell so we could hear each other having to fight against that wind.

So it could be with the Holy Spirit wind of our God. For, the Spirit of God is a Holy Spirit and it blows in the direction of God's holiness and helps us on our way directing us to His Glory. What the Lord revealed to me through the night was if we walk with the Holy Spirit wind at our backs, the Spirit helps us along our way into God's holiness and righteousness. The walk becomes easier. The wind gives you more power to move, to get you there quicker than if you were walking against the wind by your own human effort.

The lesson was 'if we simply turn around, repent of our sinful ways', we would have the Spirit of the Lord at our backs, then everything we do would become much easier. Instead of facing that strong wind, if we would simply have turned around, the walk and the talk would have been much easier for us that day as well.

Perhaps we should examine our life and see where we are walking against the wind of the Holy Spirit. As the Lord reveals areas of your life that have been a real drag, simply turn around and start walking with the Holy Spirit wind at your back. What a difference it would make. Don't you think?

Closing Admonition and Scripture...

...Against the wind...

.Galations 5:16-25...'I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh

and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But, if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

Now the works of the 'flesh' are evident, which are adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, 'self'ish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like ; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God..

...With the Wind at Our Backs

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit'...wind of God. Amen? Amen.

Footnotes... All scriptures taken from The Jeremiah Study Bible, NKJV.

Phyllis Hovey, Minister