Summary: A MESSAGE BASED ON THE WORDS OF JESUS IN JOHN 3:8 "THE WIND BLOWETH WHERE EVER IT WILLS....SO IS EVERYONE WHO IS BORN OF THE SPIRIT"
THE LIFE CHANGING EFFECTS OF THE WIND OF GOD
(8) “The wind bloweth where it wills....so is everyone who is born of the Spirit”
I. THE WIND OF GOD
A. In these verses Jesus refers to the work of the Holy Spirit in the “Born Again” experience
B. The word Spirit means breath or wind, so that the Holy Spirit could literally be called the Wind or Breath of God. (John 20:22). In verse 8 Jesus compares the working of the Spirit to the moving of the wind.
C. One of the symbols of the Holy Spirit in scripture is the wind
-Gen 1:2 ...the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
-Ps 33:6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.
-2 Sam 5:24 And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall the LORD go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines.
-Acts 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
D. The new birth is not the end of what God has for us but the very beginning
-many people have a one time experience with God but nothing more
-the wind of God’s Spirit is constantly blowing and we need the continual infilling, indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit
E. The wind is one of the most powerful forces on the face of the earth and this comparison with the Holy Spirit working in the believer is not by accident
-we can take a look at the wind in nature and see what God can do in us and through us by His Spirit (8)
-this is referring to God doing in us what seems to be impossible, when our life is moved upon by the wind of God
II. THE WIND IS A TRANSFORMING FORCE
A. The wind plays a big role in the transformation of the landscape. The constant blowing of the wind - picking up dirt, sand, rock and even trash over time will transform the appearance of the land - This is called “Wind Erosion”
B. Even in our best of efforts we are still a long way from where God wants us to be spiritually
-He is constantly working on us, changing us, transforming us to become what He wants us to be
-Christ must be formed in us (Gal 4:19)
-Eph 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:
C. We need the "Wind of God" blowing in our lives to pick up the dirt, debris and trash and carry it out. We need to let the wind blow in our lives and re arrange things to suite Him - The wind bloweth where it wills
-Illustration - I like to ride in the car with the window down. Sometimes my wife says, “Can we use the air”? She has got every hair in place and doesn’t want the wind to re arrange it, other times she’ll say put the windows down and let the wind blow”
D. Some people don’t want God to work and move in their life, they don’t want God to re arrange things, shape them, form them and mold them. They want to be saved and then leave things to suit themselves
E. If we truly want to become all that God desires us to be we’ve got to let “The wind blow where it wills”
and blow out of our life what He wills.
III. THE WIND IS A POWER GENERATING FORCE
A. Wind mills have been used for thousands of years to grind grain and pump water for irrigation
B. More recently wind mill farms have been built to generate electricity. Modern wind farms can generate the same amount of electrical power as a nuclear power plant
C. For centuries the wind has been used in sailing to carry ships and boats across the seas
D. The "Wind of God" blowing in our life will empower us in our Christian walk and service
-Zech 4:6 ...Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.
-Col 1:29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily
E. Jesus commanded His disciples to “Go into all the world, preach the gospel, make disciples, etc but first they were to “Be filled with the Holy Ghost”, “Wait till you be endued with power from on high”, He sent the Holy Spirit to empower them for service