Jesus said to Nicodemus, “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whether it goeth: SO IS EVERYONE THAT IS BORN OF THE SPIRIT.” (John 3:8)
This was the first scripture that caught my attention and began to paint a picture in my mind of what it meant to WALK IN THE SPIRIT. I began seeing such a freedom, such a liberty, because where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty, not a box prison, not cookie cutter conformity, not bondage and drudgery, but to be like the wind. When I picture the wind I think of a bird or a sailboat.
I began imagining a sailboat on the seven seas of life. The Captain of this sailboat has intentionally cut the “man-made” motor loose and dropped it to the ocean floor. Then he grabbed the oars and said, “No more row row row your boat stressfully down the stream!” (And he threw them overboard too.) Now he is dependent upon an unseen power, invisible, not man made; the eternal wind! He waits upon the wind.
This is how I see walking with Jesus. Jesus says, Walk with me. God says, Learn my ways. The Holy Spirit says, I will teach you.
The above picture shows some of the progress I have made on the Teepee. I now have a tarp at the top in which it can be raised like the sail of a boat by ropes I have strung over limbs in the tall tree above it. I can also lower the tarp and close off the top. Yesterday the wind was blowing in such a way that I used the ropes to pull the tarp completely away from the opening. IT ALL DEPENDS ON HOW THE WIND IS BLOWING.
For the true child of God, everything should depend on how the wind is blowing. I check the wind in my spirit everyday. I set my sails to that wind, not some worldly wind, but a fresh breeze from heaven. Is your life like this? Do you know the ways of the eagle, they that wait upon the Lord? My story, “Flapless”, teaches of these things.
You might notice windows are going into the Teepee also, and air vents at the bottom. We are letting in wind and light. The winter was a learning experience. I closed the Teepee up and all the winter moisture caused a dank, mildew, depressing situation. But wind, light, and smoke is changing all that. Yesterday I got a good fire going and threw wet limbs and leaves on it. I smoked that Teepee good! Bugs beware! Wind and light lives here! It’s so easy to drive the bugs out of my Teepee. I love it.
Once again the atmosphere in the Teepee is coming alive with the Presence of God. I was there several hours as I spent time with God for the Fellowship that night.
We are talking about how God is like the wind. And as his disciples, as Jesus said he was going away so another could come, if we are properly spiritually growing we should be “Disciples of the Wind”. Jesus said, I’m going away! Another is coming! One who is like the wind! We move in the Holy Spirit.
Jesus words to Nicodemus are not the only hints we have concerning this wind-driven Spirit life. After his baptism Jesus was immediately “driven” by the Spirit into the wilderness for his 40 days of temptation. (After the Holy Spirit appeared in the form of a bird! The dove,)
“And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness.” (Luke 1:12) (Are we wind-driven like a sailboat? Do we realize the potential of such a life? Does this kind of talk seem strange to you? It should not.)
We also consider the birth of the Church on the day of Pentecost, when in that upper room it says there was the sound of a rushing mighty wind! This happened as the Holy Spirit invaded that place. God’s people became wind-driven at that very moment!
A close study of Genesis 3:8 reveals God had a habit of showing up in the garden to fellowship with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day when the “evening breezes” were blowing. Just a coincidence?
When God created Adam, he “breathed” into his lifeless body the breath of life and he became a living soul, brought alive by the breath of God, a blown wind.
In Ezekiel 37 the prophet is told by God to prophecy to a valley of dead bones. He begins to do so and the bones began becoming flesh and blood bodies again, but there was no life! So the prophet is told to prophecy to the four winds in verse 9, the winds began to blow and life came into them! A mighty army rose up brought to life by prophecy and a holy wind!
The eagle is a tremendous picture of what the Christian is “supposed” to be, living in the high places and “soaring”, not flapping, upon the Wind! Does this describe your life? A supernatural walk with God? The joy and freedom of Spirit life? Living in the high places of God?
I only learned recently, a close study of the “spiritual gifts” will lead you to original language calling them “wind-driven spirituals”. What an interesting description. Is our life a wind-driven spiritual? Wow.
This walk, this way of life, is all tied up IN and revealed IN your “Priesthood” IN Christ. In this time, in this earth, it’s all about being the Priest, not the king. I am so anxious to get back to our spiritual armor and the seven deadly sins, but this all ties together. As we reveal problems in our life we must also reveal answers.
Your spiritual armor is charged through the practice of your priestly ways! Jesus said the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. Watch and pray! That was his answer! You cannot live like a sparrow and expect the power of an eagle! You cannot live like a motorboat and expect the wind in your sails! And if you prefer the life of a sparrow or motorboat, what does that say about you? Are you teachable? The first generation out of Egypt died in the wilderness, all but two! They were not teachable.
I’ve heard too many messages preached in which I was told everything I should not do, but was not given the answer as how to overcome. God never points out our shortcomings without also giving the way of overcoming. We serve the God who has all the answers. There is no dilemma he does not have the answer for, and usually that answer will be tied to MORE of the Holy Spirit, the Wind, in our life! Are we soaring or flapping? Row row row your boat.
After waiting on the Lord in my Teepee yesterday, that night our Fellowship had prayer and then had pizza and a movie: “The Shack”. That movie is such a strong message about inner pain, judgement, forgiveness, and trusting God. I love their representation of the Holy Spirit, the Wind. The garden message in the movie is my favorite, even though there are many very strong messages. But the Holy Spirit working in our life. Do we trust God completely? Or do we fight the Wind?
Do you struggle with surrender? It is a paradox. We cannot imagine that surrender could be the key to all our fulfillment, and yet it is. Do we believe God, or not? Faith without works is dead. We live in a day in which Pastors pat you on the head and say everything is alright, even though your life is a complete rat race and struggle. 2+2 somehow is not adding up to 4, but God does have the correct answer. God knows how to add 2+2 and get 4. God is the fork in the road for every one of us. Will we trust him completely, throw the oars overboard, and surrender to the Wind? This is a Godwalker, an Enoch person, a true spiritual life. (So teaches Grandpa White Feather, and intends to go to his grave so teaching!)
Some people have problems with the movie, “The Shack”. I tried reading the book and struggled with it. I never got all the way through. So I was very surprised when I watched the movie and really enjoyed it. Perhaps you have a comment you would like to share about the movie?
So for now we will end with these thoughts of God’s Spirit like the Wind, a fresh breeze from heaven, Spirit life, and I’ll give you a few more pictures of the Teepee progress. A third window will be going above the two. I also flipped on the Christmas lights and it was beautiful as we had a very grey and raining day outside.