the wind blows where it wishes…

yes, it certainly does– so much so that last night the wind broke a window on our home. I was baffled–I asked the Lord–why did you allow this? What am I to learn from this? Even though at the time I was in the midst of another trial–I still asked. All I kept hearing was the verse below. It is easy to try to put our hands around something that the Spirit is doing–to try and contain it–to figure it out–to control it–to disect it–but…the wind blows where it wishes. And it breaks when it wants to break–it brings life when it wants to bring life. So the Spirit operates the same–who am I to say–no You can not do that.

John 3:5-8 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

John 3:8
The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and where it goeth: so is everyone that is born of the Spirit. The word for wind here is not that usually so rendered [anemos (NT:417)], which means a gale; but that which signifies the ‘breath’ of life [pneuma (NT:4151) = ruwach (OT:7307), anima], or the gentle zephyr. Hence, it is that in the Old Testament, “breath” and “spirit” are constantly interchanged, as analogous (see Job 27:3; 33:4; Ezekiel 37:9-14). The laws which govern the motion of the winds have, indeed, been partially discovered; but the risings, fallings, and change in direction many times in a day, of those gentle breezes here referred to, will probably ever be a mystery to us: So of the operation of the Holy Spirit in the new birth. (from Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary)

John 3:1-21
1. That the Spirit, in regeneration, works arbitrarily, and as a free agent. The wind bloweth where it listeth for us, and does not attend our order, nor is subject to our command. God directs it; it fulfils his word, Psalms 148:8. The Spirit dispenses his influences where, and when, on whom, and in what measure and degree, he pleases, dividing to every man severally as he will, 1 Corinthians 12:11.

2. That he works powerfully, and with evident effects: Thou hearest the sound thereof; though its causes are hidden, its effects are manifest. When the soul is brought to mourn for sin, to groan under the burden of corruption, to breathe after Christ, to cry Abba-Father, then we hear the sound of the Spirit, we find he is at work, as Acts 9:11, Behold he prayeth.

3. That he works mysteriously, and in secret hidden ways: Thou canst not tell whence it comes, nor whither it goes. How it gathers and how it spends its strength is a riddle to us; so the manner and methods of the Spirit’s working are a mystery. Which way went the Spirit? 1 Kings 22:24. See Ecclesiastes 11:5, and compare it with Psalms 139:14.
(from Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition)

John 3:8
[The wind bloweth …] Nicodemus had objected to the doctrine because he did not understand how it COULD BE. Jesus shows him that he ought not to reject it on that account, for he constantly believed things quite as difficult. It might appear incomprehensible, but it was to be judged of by its EFFECTS. As in this case of the wind, the effects were seen, the sound was heard, important CHANGES were produced by it, trees and clouds were moved, yet the wind is not seen, nor do we know whence it comes, nor by what laws it is governed; so it is with the operations of the Spirit. We see the changes produced. Men just now sinful become holy; the thoughtless become serious; the licentious become pure; the vicious, moral; the moral, religious; the prayerless, prayerful; the rebellious and obstinate, meek, and mild, and gentle. When we see such changes, we ought no more to doubt that they are produced by some cause-by some mighty agent, than when we see the trees moved, or the waters of the ocean piled on heaps, or feet the cooling effects of a summer’s breeze. In those cases we attribute it to the “wind,” though we see it not, and though we do not understand its operations. We may learn, hence:

1. that the proper evidence of conversion is the EFFECT on the life.

2. that we are not too curiously to search for the CAUSE or MANNER of the change.

3. that God has power over the most hardened sinner to change him, as he has power over the loftiest oak, to bring it down by a sweeping blast.

4. that there may be great VARIETY in the modes of the operation of the Spirit. As the “wind” sometimes sweeps with a tempest, and prostrates all before it, and sometimes breathes upon us in a mild evening zephyr, so it is with the operations of the Spirit. The sinner sometimes trembles and is prostrate before the truth, and sometimes is sweetly and gently drawn to the cross of Jesus.

[Where it listeth] Where it “wills” or “pleases.”

[So is every one …] Everyone that is born of the Spirit is, in some respects, like the effects of the wind. You see it not, you cannot discern its laws, but you see its effects,” and you know therefore that it does exist and operate. Nicodemus’ objection was, that he could not “see” this change, or perceive “how” it could be. Jesus tells him that he should not reject a doctrine merely because he could not understand it. Neither could the “wind” be seen, but its effects were well known, and no one doubted the existence or the power of the agent. Compare Ecclesiastes 11:5. (from Barnes’ Notes)

John 3:8
[The wind bloweth] Though the manner in which this new birth is effected by the divine Spirit, be incomprehensible to us, yet we must not, on this ground, suppose it to be impossible. The wind blows in a variety of directions-we hear its sound, perceive its operation in the motion of the trees, etc., and feel it on ourselves-but we cannot discern the air itself; we only know that it exists by the effects which it produces: so is everyone who is born of the Spirit: the effects are as discernible and as sensible as those of the wind; but itself we cannot see. But he who is born of God knows that he is thus born: the Spirit itself, the grand agent in this new birth, beareth witness with his spirit, that he is born of God, Romans 8:16; for, he that believeth hath the witness in himself, 1 John 4:13, and 5:10; Galatians 4:6. And so does this Spirit work in and by him that others, though they see not the principle, can easily discern the change produced; for whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world, 1 John 5:4. (from Adam Clarke’s Commentary)

John 3:8
In this verse there is a play on words which comes through in Greek or in Hebrew but is difficult to bring out in English. In Greek, as in Hebrew, the same word may mean either wind or “spirit.” In this context wind is the primary comparison, and so TEV and most other translations render it in that way. Some translations add a footnote, indicating that the word for wind may also mean “spirit” (BJ, JB, NEB, NAB, Zür).

Here, as in verse 6, Jesus is speaking in parables. He is drawing an analogy between something that happens in this world (the freedom of the wind to blow where it will), and what happens in the realm where God’s Spirit operates (the freedom of the Spirit to give spiritual birth to whomever he will).

In some languages it may be impossible to speak of an inanimate force (“wind”) as “wishing.” The closest equivalent may be “The wind blows in any and all directions” or “The wind blows now in one direction and then in another direction.” In some receptor languages an equivalent phrase would be “You never know from what direction the wind will be blowing.”

Some languages have no noun for “wind” but only a verb “to blow,” which refers to the movement of air through the atmosphere. The equivalent expression in such instances would be “There is blowing in any and all directions.”

It is not even possible in some languages to speak of “the wind making a sound.” The wind moves objects or comes in contact with objects and the objects make a noise. Note also that it is the wind that “comes” and “blows” and not the sound; but it may not be possible to speak of a wind coming or going, if such verbs are restricted to the movement of animate objects. An equivalent may be “You do not know from where it is blowing or to where it is blowing.”

It is like that with everyone who is born of the Spirit may be rendered “This is just what happens with everyone to whom the Spirit gives birth,” but it may be important to use a verb meaning “rebirth” or “gives new life to.” Otherwise, the reference might be understood to be to some malevolent spirit giving supernatural birth to a person. The use of the fuller phrase “Holy Spirit” may remove this possible misinterpretation. (from the UBS Handbook Series)

6 thoughts on “the wind blows where it wishes…

  1. Very Good! Let me ask you, what denomination is this “spirit” you write about? What religion? Where does it gather? When was the last time someone captured it? Do we command it by our actions or no actions? Can we commandeer it to suit our whim? Great post Amy! Great!! Keep listening to the voice of His Spirit! Maranatha!
    SEMPER FIDELIS!

  2. Going With the Wind
    by Lynette Woods
    Scripture references from The Amplified Bible

    “The wind blows (breathes) where it wills; and though you hear its sound, yet you neither know where it comes from nor where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8

    I have always thought of this verse as being a description of the Spirit of God Who is like the wind, blowing where He wills, but one day the Spirit of God blew away my interpretation and I saw that the verse is not just about the Spirit of God; the verse describes the wind and then doesn’t say “so it is with the Spirit” but says: “so is EVERYONE that is born of the Spirit” (KJV). He says that this is how it is with US – with everyone who is born of the Spirit/Wind! Jesus was describing to Nicodemus what those who were born from above were like; it is a description of everyone who is born of the Spirit.

    The Greek word translated as both Spirit and wind in this verse is Pneuma. It is defined as: a movement of air (a gentle blast) of the wind, hence the wind itself, or breath of nostrils or mouth. Similarly, the Hebrew word for Spirit is Ruwach and is defined as wind, breath, mind, spirit and this word is again used interchangeably for breath, wind and spirit (eg 2 Sam 22:16, 2 Kings 3:17). It can be said of us that we go where HE wills/blows, yet we don’t know how He got us there, or where we’ll be tomorrow… we are not in control of our destiny, our lives, or even our direction – He is.

    So He began to teach me something about this Wind that we are born of and live and move by…

    The Spirit as Wind

    The wind is often unpredictable and blows one way one minute and then changes and blows another the next and who knows why or where or when it will blow next! In a similar way, to those who are of the earth, the people of the Spirit (wind/breath) may sometimes appear unpredictable or changeable as they go wherever the Spirit blows, but to God it proves that He is truly in control of us and that we are adjustable and teachable and willing to be blown and directed according to His Wind.

    As a family we recently went through a large cornfield maze and got thoroughly lost for a couple of hours! The maze was made in the shape of an America’s Cup sailing yacht and had interesting facts about sailing on plaques throughout the maze. I know very little about sailing, but one of these facts hit me with its spiritual truth every time we came across it in the field, which was, unfortunately for us, more than just once! It said:

    “Apparent wind is the wind you feel as you move yourself forwards; true wind is the wind you feel when you stand still and perceive what direction the true wind is blowing.”

    This ‘fact’ challenged me about perceiving what Spirit/Wind we are discerning and sensing; is it apparent wind or true Wind? Sometimes we can be so busy doing things “for God” and carrying on with what our own understanding of Him and His ways are, that we may THINK we are going with the Spirit/Wind and doing what He desires simply because we do feel the wind on our face – but we may be mistaking apparent wind for the true Wind. It may be just apparent wind caused by our own action and ability and therefore not true wind which we are sensing. In order to go on, we must stop! The true Wind/Spirit is often only discerned when we stop moving and stand still and wait – THEN we may perceive which direction the Wind is truly blowing in and can then ‘go with the flow’!

    Father sometimes brings me to a standstill with a phrase which we teach our children when they are learning to cross a street: “Stop, Look and Listen”. Before taking one step, they must be sure that the way is clear. The same is true with us and our Father, He will sometimes tell us to stop, look and listen – STOP our action and be still, LOOK to see what He wants us to see now that He has brought us to a halt, and LISTEN and wait to hear what direction He would now have us go in and how and when He wants us to proceed. When we stop we no longer feel the apparent wind but can then sense the true Wind; and we may need to change direction or change course as a result.

    Our self-made apparent wind may be something which was initially the direction of the true Wind. We may have begun going in a certain direction with the flow of the Spirit behind us to support and empower, only to miss the prompting to Stop, Look and Listen and so missed the Wind change and carried on sailing along in the power of our own strength and ability instead. Wind is unpredictable. It can change and blow in another direction in an instant which is why our Father will occasionally prompt us to stop so we can once again sense the True Wind rather than just the apparent wind. This is one way in which He can test us to see whether we are intent on going on obliviously or whether we are sensitive to Him and His voice. It will reveal whether we will listen and then just carry on, or whether we will not only listen but also obey and be adjustable to which direction He wishes to go in at any given point in time. We are not to be blown about by every wind of doctrine (by the breath/wind originating from man – Eph 4:14) but blown by the true Wind of God.

    Going with the Wind/Spirit of God is vital. I have often told Him the obvious: “Father, I cannot get through this day if You do not go with me as my Strength and Life.” Eventually He told me to “Stop, Look and Listen” to what I had been saying… and in stopping, looking and listening I realized that I needed to turn those words around and instead say “Father, I cannot get through this day if I do not go WITH YOU as my Strength and Life.” He is going on and He knows exactly what direction He is going in! It would be ludicrous to hop onto a yacht to go sailing and say to the wind “Please go with me today, I cannot get anywhere unless you go with me” as though we were in control of where we were going and were expecting the wind to blow us in the direction we planned to go; yet we often treat the Wind/Spirit of God in this way. We first need to stop, look and listen to discern and know which way the Wind is blowing and then simply yield and submit to His direction as He blows us to where He desires, and we go with Him!

    Wind is essential to nature just as the Wind of God is essential to us. One morning as I was sitting in our garden, my eye was caught by a small seed which was being blown about by the wind. It was clear from its design that it was created to blow through the air to wherever the wind took it! Eventually it landed on some stones. But it didn’t stay there for more than a few seconds because another gust of wind came and blew it up into the air again. It slowly floated back down and landed on some bricks. Again it didn’t stay there for long because the wind picked it up and carried it away; the seed was specially designed so that it would keep going with the wind – waiting until it was deposited into the right environment of moist, soft soil to settle in and germinate and grow. It had no control over where it was blown to, whether that was way up into the air or onto stones or soil. The seed did not determine where it would land or what spot was most suitable for it; that was determined by the Wind, and the same is true with us as His seeds.

    In the Bible we are likened to being His garden and the Wind blows on us to bring forth the perfume and fragrance of His Life from us (Song of Solomon 4:16). However, the wind can be both very gentle and very powerful, it may be beneficial or destructive and it is referred to as both in the Bible. Strong, stormy winds can easily destroy what is made by man; but what is planted by God may withstand and actually be strengthened by the storm’s winds. Ezekiel spoke of the wind of God’s anger blowing down what was not solid and of God and thus revealing their true nature and exposing the foundations (Ezekiel 13:10-15). A similar message was given by Jesus in Matthew 7:24-27 – the house (person) that is not built and established on Him and His Life, who only hears but does not obey, will collapse when the Wind blows strongly. Powerful winds can blow down, destroy and uproot – or they can test for strength and depth of roots. Wind strengthens trees and is necessary for blowing away dead leaves, branches and flowers; getting rid of the old to make way for new growth and to blow seeds to where they can bring forth new life.

    May we be those who not only perceive the direction of the Wind but who also submit to His Wind and go with Him, wheresoever He chooses to blow us for His glory!

    “You have called me a garden, Oh I pray that the north wind and the south wind may blow upon my garden, that its spices may flow out in abundance for You in whom my soul delights.” Song of Solomon 4:16.

  3. by Bud Heringer

    Do you know what the opposite of the wind is? Careful, this is a trick question. Black is the opposite of white. Hard is the opposite of soft. Cruel is the opposite of kind. These are easy, but what is the opposite of the wind? Did you guess calmness? No, that is not the answer we are looking for.

    How high must we travel to find that place where the wind is not blowing? How far south, north, east, or west must you go to find that place where the wind ends, and no longer exists? Obviously, these are mysteries. The wind is something that we really cannot fully comprehend. Therefore, it is impossible for us to accurately define it. Every person is so many inches tall, and so many pounds heavy, but who can weigh and measure the wind?.

    Who can comprehend the boundaries or the dimensions of the wind? The wind possesses many elements of mystery. We cannot fully define it. We cannot grab it with our hands, and we can not hold it in a container. As soon as we try to put it into a box, it magically disappears. It is there, but we can never master it. No matter how hard we try, we cannot turn the wind into something predictable, or something we can contain within certain boundaries. Jesus declared that God is Wind (Spirit). It is no accident that the Greek word for spirit — also means wind. The Divine Being is very much like the wind.

    Modern prisons are nearly always constructed out of concrete blocks. A concrete block is 16 inches long, 8 inches tall, and 8 inches wide. You can measure it. You can define it. You can hold it in your hands, and examine it careful. Unlike the wind, it is visible, and as hard as a rock. The wind is light, concrete blocks are heavy. Bricks have definite definable dimensions, the wind does not. Bricks are easy to see and believe in, the Sacred Wind is not. Bricks are very much the opposite of the wind.

    When people reject truth, they get error. When they reject light, they get darkness. When they reject the Sacred Wind, they get bricks! To run from God, is to run toward bricks! Bricks and the wind are like north to south, and east to west. They are total opposites! Bricks are man-made, but the wind is Creator-made. The person headed north, has turned his back to the south. The one traveling east, is not looking west. Similarly, when one faces the Sacred Wind, his back is turned to the bricks — and to all the inventions, creations, and works of man. However, the one who embraces bricks, has turned his back on the Sacred Wind. Spiritually, that which is brick and that which is wind are totally opposite. One cannot kiss bricks, and face the Sacred Wind. Spiritually speaking, the one is totally an outward matter, the other inward — we are Temples inhabited by an inward Wind.

    The very first pages of the Bible refer to bricks in a very negative way. In Genesis 11:1-9, the Sacred Wind was displeased when men decided to make bricks, and use those bricks to construct the giant tower of Babel. In the next book of the Bible — Exodus — the Sacred Wind is grieved by the brutal enslavement of the Hebrew people in the brick camps of Egypt. In the first two books of the Bible, those who use bricks are at odds with the will and purposes of the Divine Wind. Bricks and wind simply do not mix.

    Bricks are the opposite of the wind! They are of a completely different nature and makeup. The Great Wind has always desired a sanctuary, but His temples cannot be constructed of bricks. Bricks are contrary to His nature, completely different, and the opposite of His very essence. Within the house church movement, many have made the claim that there are no ‘church buildings’ in the New Testament. This is not exactly true. The apostle Paul taught that our bodies are to be Temples for the Sacred Wind. Jesus taught that His Father would make his dwelling (or abode) with us. Thus, we see that the Sacred Wind does have a Temple, only it is not made of bricks. The Temple of the Almighty is an organism, and not an organization. Even as a plant is completely different from a brick — the one made by the Creator and the other by man — even so the Divine Temple located in the center of our being is completely different from a house of worship constructed out of bricks. We must search for the Divine Wind in the very center or our center. This is where we are to find the Wind. He does not dwell in houses made of brick.

    Today, many people are caught up in bricks! The Bible records the following words of Jesus: “The wind blows wherever it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is fathered by the [Sacred] Wind! [John 1:8, SLV **Note: In Thayer’s Lexicon, the first definition of spirit is wind.] Jesus describes those fathered by the Sacred Wind as being unpredictable. The very nature of the Wind is unpredictability. You can try to carefully define the conduct of the wind, but it will defy you. You do not know which direction it will blow, how hard it will blow, or if it will even blow at all. The conduct of the wind is not something that can be defined, analyzed or measured. The wind is something to be experienced, and not something to be defined. The same is true of the Sacred Wind. Bricks on the other hand are totally predictable. They are easily defined and measured! The Sacred Wind and bricks are totally dissimilar. They are opposites.

    Christendom has been brought into a state of chaos and turmoil because man is by nature brick centered rather than Wind centered. In Babel — according to the ancient story — a colossal tower of bricks caused mankind to become all divided and confused. Men could no longer communicate, nor understand each other. Spiritually speaking, the same is true within the brickdom of Christendom. When these brothers start trying to define God and all of His ways — He is this many inches tall, this many inches wide, this many inches long, and He weighs exactly this much — they soon become all full of debate and division. Christendom has become divided a thousand ways because men have tried to define the Wind — that which defies definition, and which should not be defined. You can define bricks, but the Sacred Wind is to be experienced rather than turned into a list of intellectual explanations — a neat pile of theological bricks.

    Many have fallen spiritually into the error of Babel because they essentially believe that discipleship is a matter of learning to correctly define spiritual matters. They do not understand that the Sacred Wind, His ways, and nature do not lend themselves to definition. The Wind cannot be understood by acquiring theological knowledge. The Wind can only be understood in a limited way by experiencing its movements. No matter how much time one spends in the presence of the Wind, the Sacred Force will always remain a mystery of unpredictability — even as Jesus declared that no one understands where it comes from or where it goes. [John 3:8].

    The Bible declares that Jesus was made perfect and learned obedience through suffering. Whenever this Divinely orchestrated suffering occurs, rest assured, the great power of the Sacred Wind is directed to that one. Discipleship is a matter of taking a cross, drinking a bitter cup of suffering, and being called to a heart full of pain. This is where and how discipleship occurs. The one who wants to experience the Sacred Wind, must expect suffering and trials. If you want manmade bricks rather than divine wind, then seek after theological knowledge. As a result you will end up all divided and separated from other believers. This is always the outcome of bricks — trying to turn all the things of God into definable, measurable, theological explanations.

    At Babel the bricks resulted in the division of mankind. And in the land of the Nile, the Hebrews were abused and enslaved by their Egyptian neighbors all on account of a mountain of stupid bricks. Similarly, in Christendom believers are at odds with each other, divided into different camps, and all confused because men try to define spiritual matters. It is as if the Pentecostals, the Catholics, and the Baptists all speak a different language. Babel has returned. Everything is all confused. Things which are not definable, are turned into bricks — clearly defined theological objects. Theologians, declare that they know the width, length, and height of spiritual matters — definitions others disagree with. Little do they realize that the Sacred Wind is too unpredictable and far to mysterious to be defined and transformed into clever little theological bricks.. The Divine Wind can be experienced. He can be enjoyed. But he cannot be measured. He cannot be defined. The Great Wind is not a brick. He has a completely different nature.

    The one who wants to experience the Great Wind must not seek Him among the bricks. His nature is altogether opposite and opposed to bricks. He is not measurable, definable, and predictable. Even though He is totally unpredictable, and His nature defies definition, it is not a difficult thing to find the Sacred Wind. His greatest desire is to abide in His secret sanctuary — His Sacred Temple — located in the very center of ones center. The one who seeks Him and welcomes him in the very center of his heart, that one will find and experience the Sacred Wind. The one who wishes to touch the Wind, must learn to look for him inwardly. One cannot swallow a brick. Bricks are outward things. The Sacred Wind is not to be discovered by looking outwardly. The Divine Wind is interested in establishing an internal residence, an inward Secret Temple — unseen by the world — a secret place where one can fellowship with Him in the very center of ones center.

    More than anything else we were designed to be a Sacred Temple, to possess an inward residence for the Sacred Wind. How sad that so many are all caught up in the outward things of the world and religion — things other than the Sacred Wind itself. They put their eyes on outward things — definitions, theological measurements, pleasures, etc. Unfortunately, all these theological bricks and pursuits by their very nature point us outward, and away from the inward Temple of the Wind. When one is focused outwardly, the Wind no longer has first place in that person’s life. Everything which takes our eyes outward is trouble. The Great One is to be passionately first in our lives. His dwelling place — His Sacred Temple — is inward. Our total passion, love, devotion, and worship must be focused on the Inward Wind.

    There are entire multitudes caught up in the business of finding proof verses for all their favorite doctrines, measurements, and theological definitions. Spiritually speaking, this is building a house of theological bricks. The disciples who walked with Jesus did not spend their days and nights drawing up lists of proof verses by which to prove doctrinal matters. Their eyes were focused on a unique Person, and not a bunch of theological issues. Even so today, our eyes should be focused on a unique One — the Sacred Inward Wind. To do this does not require the ability to read, theological learning, great knowledge, nor keen intellect. It merely requires passion — a heart which loves the Sacred Wind more than anything else, and makes that Inward Breeze absolutely the most important thing in ones life.

    The one who gives the Sacred Wind priority over everything else, that person’s journey will be a fantastic adventure. It does not matter how ordinary or common that person may be. Experiencing the Sacred Wind surpasses any other experience. Nothing compares to that. Touching the Sacred Wind has nothing to do with learning Greek, Hebrew, Latin, or theology. It is not a question of correctly defining theological concepts, or speaking in the religiously correct way, or saying a certain kind of repeat after me prayer. Experiencing the Sacred Wind is simply a matter of allowing the Divine Wind to establish His Kingdom inwardly, and then turning ones inward focus and passion upon the Sacred Wind Himself. For such a one whose eyes are turned inward, there will be pains, unbearable sufferings, and burdensome crosses, but their will also be resurrections. The one who passionately purposes to live always touching the Great Inward Sacred Wind, that believer is guaranteed an absolutely fantastic and marvelous relationship with the Divine Life. For such a person, a marvelous adventure will take place in the hidden secret sanctuary of the heart.

    The famous 23rd Psalm ends with the following words: “And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” The intention of the Sacred Wind has always been for us to dwell in His Temple. That Sacred House is not outward. It is inward. We have not been called to dwell on outward things, but to fellowhip and interact with a Sacred Wind who dwells in a secret hidden Inward Temple of the heart. Today, the Sacred Temple is inward.

    The Bible speaks of an outward Temple which was built and existed in Jerusalem. That temple had three main parts. Outwardly, their were enormous courtyards and shady porches. The famous Temple choir assembled and sang hymns and anthems in these outward courtyards. Musicians beat on tambourines and strummed their string instruments in these outer courtyards. Men discussed theology, debated doctrines, and defined religious matters in these shaded porches. Their was much discussion, activity, noise and music in the outward courts. Great multitudes gathered and socialized in these enormous temple courtyards.

    However, near the center of these outward courtyards there was a Sacred Place — sometimes referred to as the Holy Place. A few priests entered this room, and daily performed sacred ceremonies and rites in this room. Even more importantly, at the very heart of this grand Temple was the most sacred room of all. This room was the Most Sacred Place — also known as the Holy of Holies. Only the Highest Priest entered this room, and then only once a year. The Divine Life dwelt in this room. Today this outward Temple is a pile of rubble. It has been in that condition for nearly 2,000 years. However, still today, the Divine Wind has a Great Temple, only it is entirely different and inward. This new and better Temple also has a Most Sacred Place — a Holy of Holies into which we have access.

    This Most Sacred Place is now located in the absolute center of our center. We are the Temple! We have access in this place to the Sacred Wind. We have something better than theology, something better than definitions, something better than theological explanations, something better than bricks, we have Him — the one known as the Great Wind. We have access to the Sacred Wind in the Most Sacred Room of the Inward Temple where He dwells. Two thousand years ago, when the highest priest entered into the Most Sacred Room, he did not do so with noisy choirs and ringing tambourines, but in total silence. The same is true in the most Sacred Place of our Inward Sanctuary. Turning our eyes inwardly, and resting quietly in His presence, we are to passionately give Him first place over all other things. The minute we step inwardly into that Most Sacred Room, we lack absolutely nothing — for there we are brought face to face with the Great Wind. To touch the Sacred Wind in the quiet and stillness of this inward Temple, nothing surpasses that!

    • Ben your

      “There are entire multitudes caught up in the business of finding proof verses for all their favorite doctrines, measurements, and theological definitions. Spiritually speaking, this is building a house of theological bricks. The disciples who walked with Jesus did not spend their days and nights drawing up lists of proof verses by which to prove doctrinal matters. Their eyes were focused on a unique Person, and not a bunch of theological issues. Even so today, our eyes should be focused on a unique One — the Sacred Inward Wind. To do this does not require the ability to read, theological learning, great knowledge, nor keen intellect. It merely requires passion — a heart which loves the Sacred Wind more than anything else, and makes that Inward Breeze absolutely the most important thing in ones life.”

      The heart knowledge of Jesus starts in the mind – hesd inowledge, doctrine, teaching, the word, bunches of verses.

  4. Thank you Amy for these useful thoughts.

    One thing:

    John 3:1-21
    1. That the Spirit, in regeneration, works ARBITRARILY, and as a free agent. The wind bloweth where it listeth for us, and does not attend our order, nor is subject to our command. God directs it; it fulfils his word, Psalms 148:8. The Spirit dispenses his influences where, and when, on whom, and in what measure and degree, he pleases, dividing to every man severally as he will, 1 Corinthians 12:11.

    “the freedom of the Spirit to give spiritual birth to whomever he will.”

    Freedom to do what one wills is not equivalent to “arbitrary.” The latter means “no rhyme or reason.” We can be sure God had a (very good) reason for choosing his sheep, bringing them from death to life, regenerating them. The important thing is it was nothing in us at tall that anything to do with it.

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