Born of the Spirit: Blowing As the Wind

Daily Devotional | Day 321

“The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit” (John 3:8, NKJV).

Jesus had an important conversation with Nicodemus at the beginning of John chapter 3. The latter had questions for Him. Nicodemus probably didn’t anticipate that the conversation would take the course it did. When Jesus spoke about the born again life, he felt lost. The message about the new birth sounded too profound or too good to be true. Nevertheless, Jesus said what He needed to say. His teaching in this passage contains deep insights about the life of a believer.

One such insight is what we read in today’s opening Scripture. It’s about being born of the Spirit and blowing as the wind. Before we delve into the passage, let’s note that Jesus uses the expressions “born again” and “born of the Spirit” interchangeably (3:3, 5, 6, 7).

In 3:8, Jesus is describing the life of a person born of the Spirit. He does so by drawing an analogy between the characteristics of the wind and the characteristics of one born of the Spirit. That Jesus compares us with the wind makes one’s head spin. He says, “the wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes.” Then He adds, “So is everyone born of the Spirit.”

Observe carefully what is happening here. Jesus is pointing us to something profound. He is comparing us with the wind. He is giving us a clue about what we arewhat we have and what we can do. What Jesus is saying is this: To understand your born again life and your potential, study the wind. If you understand how the wind works, then you will understand how you too can operate.

Interestingly, the words “spirit” and “wind” are translated by one Greek word, pneuma. What you discover about the wind will help you discover yourself, because you and the wind share common characteristics. This is Jesus’ point, and every believer needs to pay attention. Jesus is a great Teacher. To help us grasp what we are and what we can do in the Spirit, He is pointing us to the wind. As we contemplate the wind, we will comprehend who we are. With this in mind, let’s look at a few characteristics of the wind.

You can’t contain, imprison or stop the wind. It moves freely. It can blow where it pleases and change direction at will. It can travel nearly everywhere at different speeds. It can be unpredictable. Wind is a powerful force of nature. At full strength, nothing can stand in its path. Wind is energy. Wind is power. After describing the wind, Jesus declares, “So is everyone born of the Spirit.”

This means you are as the wind. Therefore, you are unstoppable. You are captive to no one but the Father. You can be where you need to be in spirit (2 Corinthians 5:3-4; 2 Kings 5:25-26). You are supernatural energy in motion. No enemy or obstacle can stand in your path when you’re blowing. You are a mystery to your enemies. They feel your influence but they know not your point of origin or your destination. You not only have power, you are power.

This is who Jesus says you are. It is what He says you can do. Don’t ask the Holy Spirit to blow. He has already done that. Don’t ask the Holy Spirit to move. He has already moved. It’s your turn to move and blow. Next time the wind is blowing, take that as a friendly reminder from Jesus about what He says you are. You are as the wind. Blow now.

For further studyActs 2:1-21 and Ephesians 3:14-21

Rule Yourself

Daily Devotional: Day 60

“He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down and without walls” (Proverbs 25:28, KJ21).

Before you decide to rule over others, learn first to rule over your own spirit. The Lord has endowed you with enormous spiritual strength through your new birth in Christ. To succeed in your Christian calling, God wants you to exercise control over yourself. If you’re going to stay on the winning side, the first thing you must conquer is yourself. Let’s look at today’s Bible verse. The Word of God says that he who has no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down and without walls. If you lose control over yourself, you’ve lost control of your life. As the Bible tells us, when you can’t rule your own spirit, you’re like a city that is broken down, and a city without walls. This means you become vulnerable to invasion by forces that seek to destroy you. Due to the inability to rule their own spirit, many people have brought needless pain on themselves and on others.

Some people have the lust for controlling others. They forget that real control begins with controlling yourself, your emotions, your passions, your anger, your eating and drinking habits, etc. You’re more likely to master external factors if you can master yourself first. That’s the meaning of ruling over your own spirit. The best form of control is self-control. When you learn to control your own spirit, you won’t desire to control others. Another implication of today’s Bible verse is that, if you rule your own spirit, you’re like a city whose walls are intact. This means you can resist the assault of dark forces that seek to ruin your life. The Devil can’t rule over you, if you rule yourself. How do you rule yourself? It’s not complicated. Start by submitting to the Holy Spirit who lives in you. Through submission, you’ll learn to rule your own spirit. And when you rule your own spirit, your heart will be at rest; you shall not be restless in life.  

Prayer:

Dear Father, you have created me for a higher calling. Give me the ability to rule over my own spirit as I submit to your will. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

For further study: Genesis 4:1-16