Hearing the Sound

“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.” (Jn. 3:8)

Recently it occurred to me that I had become a little dull in my pursuit of the supernatural acts of God. I was not hearing the sound of the wind. I recall David hearing the sound of the wind in the tops of the mulberry trees – as a sign of God’s angelic activity (2 Sam. 5:24). It’s not that I didn’t believe in God’s power, I truly did. I have watched the Holy Spirit shape my sense of expectation since 1980 and seen God do what I could have never imagined.

Sometimes I just become driven to succeed and dry in my spirit. Having the right doctrine or the most effective answer… is not enough. I need the experience of hearing the sound of the wind! I think that part of my problem is that I inadvertently set limits on what God will do. Oh, I might have verbalized it a little differently if you ask me, but sometimes I want God to fit into my agenda. Constraints and boxes are easy to embrace when things are based on my limitations, rather than experience with the Holy Spirit. In the midst of ongoing ministry, I somehow loose that sense of awe and wonder.

What I’ve Discovered:

If you’re going to really flow in the power of the Holy Spirit, you’re going to have to think differently. You… actually – I must relinquish my rights and give God the freedom to do whatever He wants. I know that might sound crazy, but there is nothing to fear in Christ. God will never contradict His character or His Word. At times He might stretch our perceptions, but He will speak with clarity so we have a place to land in His heart. And that’s where I want to be… in His heart!

How He Moves – Me:

When thinking about how God operates, I often turn to this familiar passage from the Gospel of John. In it Jesus declares, “the wind blows wherever it pleases”. In that little phrase I find a key that I allow to settle in my mind… “wherever it pleases”! And I will let it shape the way I pray… “Father let me hear the wind of Your Spirit, so that I am moving in sync with what pleases Your heart”.

This reality of God’s pleasure is something I am learning to value above everything else. I am just beginning to become a student of God’s emotions. It’s something I want to invite you to experience as well.

Find out what pleases the Lord… and make it your ultimate pursuit!

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