Summary: As we read the book of "Acts of the Apostles" we clearly understand how God changes unknown people in God's Ambassadors here on Earth. The Holy Spirit transforms tragedies in to blessings.
John 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
When the builders of a proposed bridge across the Niagara Falls began construction many years ago, the first matter at hand was how to span the river w/ the suspension cables. Launching a simple kite, the builders were able to get a thin string across. Using the string, they drew a rope across, which was followed by a larger rope, then a small cable, and finally a cable heavy enough to use as support in building the bridge. When it was completed, the huge structure, that could support a train, showed no signs of having once been launched by a simple kite!
When I was a child kids would gather by the end of the day on a nearby field to launch their kites. You can only use them if there is wind. Without wind the kite would be pulled but fall. This is just an illustration for what I want to tell you, that without the Holy Spirit blowing in our lives the Church cannot go up.
A fellow who had been reared in the city bought a farm and several milk cows. In the feed store one day he complained his best cow had gone dry. "Aren't you feeding her right?" asked the store owner. "I'm feeding her what you've been selling me," said the man. "Are you milking her every day?" "Just about. If I need six or eight ounces of milk for breakfast, I go out and get it - I just let her save it up." The feed store owner had to explain it doesn't work that way. With cow's milk, like God's presence, you take all that's there, or you eventually have nothing.
Today we will learn how can we be filled with the Holy Spirit. Maybe some of you are feeling dry but God wants to fill you up this morning. However there is a secret to remain filled with God's presence...every single day you have to empty yourself before the Lord and also give everything you received from Him to others around you, otherwise you will dry just like the cow in my story.
1. AS GOD'S CHILDREN WE NEED TO ASK GOD TO BLOW OVER US
• Blow over my house
• Blow over my family
• Blow over my mind
• Blow over my emotions
• Blow over my relationships
• Blow over my nation
• Blow over the rulers of my country
• Blow over my church
I desire to be hit by a "storm of the Holy Spirit"
Jesus was telling Nicodemus that the wind blows where he wants to and by teaching him this principle we was explaining him that we cannot understand why sometimes we have a revival or seasons of stillness. We can Study the Holy Spirit in books and reed the Bible wish is The Book that was inspired by the Holy Spirit but we cannot tell the wind where to blow, this is beyond our powers and abilities.
2. THE WIND BLOWS WHEREVER IT WANTS (NLT)
Nothing and no one can stop the action of the Holy Spirit. No government can decree the wind not to blow. No religious leader can create doctrines to avoid the wind of the Spirit to blow in the Church because the wind is free as the Holy Spirit is free to blow wherever he chooses to do so. There is freedom in the Holy Spirit! We can not dictate the way he is going to do anything.
As we read the book of "Acts of the Apostles" we clearly understand how God changes unknown people in God's Ambassadors here on Earth. The Holy Spirit transforms tragedies in to blessings. As Paul the apostle was traveling to Rome his boat shipwrecked and because of that a whole island was saved and touched by the Gospel of Christ!
3. YOU CAN HEAR THE WIND BUT CAN'T TELL WHERE IT COMES FROM OR WHERE IT IS GOING
Nobody knows where the wind is coming from. You can watch the News and we see people trying to understand and explain where the storm is coming from and where it's going to hit next but this is not an exact science. Notice that Jesus is not talking about predicting the weather but he is using a very simple illustration to explain an old and experienced theologian that God cannot be controlled or clearly understood by man.
If you think you know where you coming from and where you're going I am here to tell you that you are an ignorant that doesn't know anything. I am sorry to shock you and I don't want to offend you but let me tell you to open up your heart to every possibility.