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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

John 3:8 (Pt. 2)  Thought/Prayer:  Wind Against the Oak.  Topics:  2 at end.

“The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it is going. So is it with every one who has been born of the Spirit.”  (WEY)  (Read these scriptures and more at http://prayerpivot.com.)

When considering the effects of wind on our planet’s trees, and in comparison to God’s Holy Spirit in its effect on our lives, we come to a reckoning point when comparing slighter, more supple, trees to the giant solid oak.  It can be easily seen, that with a more smaller-branched tree with airier construct, it would make sense that the wind would be able to bend it more.  And yes, the Holy Spirit bends us as we allow ourselves to serve God with influence from the Spirit.

But the very solid oak or hard maple trees are more resistant to the forces of the wind.  They are sturdy strong trees with stiff limbs and a high strength against bending.  So if we compare the Holy Spirit’s wind in our lives as though we are oak trees, does the comparison carry through?  Does a mighty oak grow stronger in a silent struggle against the wind?

We might say, that in nature, the stronger trees resist wind pressure in a greater way.  Isaiah mentions that these stronger trees can be compared to righteousness.  Isaiah 61:1-3 (DBT –Darby): “The Spirit of the Lord Jehovah is upon me, because Jehovah hath anointed me to announce glad tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of Jehovah, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, that beauty should be given unto them instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of the spirit of heaviness: that they might be called terebinths of righteousness, the planting of Jehovah, that he may be glorified.”  (The terebinth tree is sometimes translated “oak.”)

So does the Holy Spirit have a “bending” effect in our lives if we are considered as oaks?  Might be.  (Maybe this is a pretty big leap.)  Could the winds of the Spirit actually make even those of us who are strong for the Lord, stronger?  Think of the caterpillar who becomes a butterfly.  The Monarch butterflies coming out of the chrysalis cannot become strong for flying unless they beat their wet wings against resistance of air.  If this resistance does not happen, they will not be able to fly, and will die.  Resistance can build strength.

So does the Holy Spirit have a “bending” effect in our lives if we are considered as oaks?  Might be.  (Maybe this is a pretty big leap.)  Could the winds of the Spirit actually make even those of us who are strong for the Lord, stronger?  Think of the caterpillar who becomes a butterfly.  The Monarch butterflies coming out of the chrysalis cannot become strong for flying unless they beat their wet wings against resistance of air.  If this resistance does not happen, they will not be able to fly, and will die.  Resistance can build strength.

Most of us do not think of ourselves as oak trees in the Lord, full of righteousness.  But any righteousness we have is only of Him.  And maybe the role of the Spirit’s blowing against those who are truly such oaks, makes them even stronger in their strong growing.

Lord, we know that only because of You is any of us an oak of righteousness.  But thank You for Your Spirit, Who can strengthen those most given over to Your Spirit, who can still grow stronger in You and then will be able to witness Your strength to those who do not yet know of it.


Topics:  Pray to be strong in God’s Spirit so as to be able to help those whose spirits cry out to be shaped by God in their decisions regarding LIFE.
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