Rushing Wind

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Wind is often used to describe  a physical manifestation of God’s power in Scripture.


One well known example of this is found in Acts 2.
And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. – Acts 2:2
Luke places emphasis on the fact that this event occurs  without warning, setting the stage for what will happen next.
Imagine yourself in this room.
Jesus has died, reappeared and now ascended into heaven, emotions  are high, sadness, fear and anxiety.
And there is a very real possibility that the ones who came for Him, are on their way for you.
And then it happens.
A violent, rushing wind, not gradually building to full strength, but immediately strong and powerful, followed by fire that separates and rests on each one in the room.
“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them” Acts 2:4
In an instant the prophecy of John the Baptist  (Matthew 3:11) and the promise Jesus spoke before His departure (Acts 1:8) come to pass.
But the theological debates that have gone on endlessly sometimes overlook the most important thing that happened that day.
Peter preaching a sermon drawing on the authority of the Old Testament  prophet Joel, says;
“This not what you think, we are not drunk, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
“In the last days I will pour out my Spirit on all people”
He concludes his message with an unequivocal statement.
“For the promise of the Spirit is for you, for your children, for all people—even those considered outsiders and outcasts—the Lord our God invites everyone to come to Him.” – Acts 2:39
The promise of the Holy Spirit living in and changing us, is for all who will come after.
The wind that came suddenly that day is still blowing today.
In exactly the way Peter prophesied it would over 2000 years ago.
” Hear what God says!
Your children will boldly speak the word of the Lord. Young warriors will see visions”.
Increasing numbers of young people all over the world are experiencing the rushing wind of the Holy Spirit.
It is fanning into flame a thirst and hunger for truth and substance that gimmicks and trendiness and religion have failed to satisfy.
It is fulfilling prophecy that young warriors will see visions and boldly speak into a world filled with darkness.
Young warriors preparing to embark on journeys into places of darkness to share the Good News knowing they likely will not return.
Young warriors  like my  seventeen-year-old with a passionate sense of justice, compassion and a love for God that will not allow them to  settle for religion in place of relationship.
Young warriors  like her friend who is  spending part of her summer ministering and caring for children with disabilities.
Young warriors in their youth group traveling to Atlanta to serve and minister to disadvantaged children.
Young warriors in our inner city battlegrounds taking the love of God to those who desperately need it.
In January of 2017 over 50,000 18-25 year olds from 90 countries and all 50 state  assembled at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta to worship, and to be challenged to go and spread the good news.
And that is only part of the story.
I see the promise Peter spoke of coming alive in and through these young people, who I believe will influence the generations to come and by doing so become world changers.
Today or tonight when you pray, pray for these young warriors that nothing will deter them from the mission they are on. That our church leaders and pastors will support and encourage them.
There are specific things you can pray for for our churches, youth ministers and pastors who have the platform to lead and influence.
Don’t water it down- the truth of Scripture cannot be minimized.
Don’t put on a show- This generation is looking for real and will not tolerate phoniness.
Don’t be afraid to let the Holy Spirit move- programs and initiatives are great but when they leave no room for the Spirit of God to move they are powerless to effect real and lasting change.
Invite questions, offer answers
Enpower them to lead. If you are older do not feel you have nothing to offer. You may be passing up an opportunity to be Barnabas to a young Mark.
The wind is blowing can you feel it…….
Keith Green-Rushing Wind
https://youtu.be/Sk7w4y_9B2k
*http://www.charismamag.com/blogs/fire-in-my-bones/22261-today-s-youth-want-more-of-the-spirit
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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. I believe everyone has a story to tell and more than we know, we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement a time of great unrest and change. The dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that would lead me as Bilbo Bagging in the Hobbit wrote “there and back again” ( ironically the Hobbit was published on September 21st 1937 the same day as my birthday although not the same year). On that October day in 1978 when I was miraculously and wonderfully saved it would naturally follow that I would take that love of music and use it to serve the One who created music. But that is a story for another time. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story ends and the story that goes on forever begins! I love these words that will keep me going through good days and bad, ever headed to that place where the Spirit and the Bride even today says "Come". And let him who hears say, "Come!" Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.... and the promise for all who follow Him " I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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