'Christ in You...'
by Dale Krebbs
Oh! if we could only see the wind!
Even the physical wind - as it manipulates us physical and mentally...causing us to change our plans for our daily routine. The unseen power of blessings...and sometimes utter destruction as it whips wildfires that destroy almost everything in its path.
We can’t see the wind. Unless it is revealed by its affects on something we can see.
And that which we often cannot see, or feel, that promotes wrong changes in our lives can be caused by a wind that drives us off course on the sea of our lives.
The winds are continually shifting, although sometimes it seems to disappear…it becomes utterly still, to the point of almost being eerie. The Bible uses the wind as an illustration of how subtle and unpredictable false doctrine concerning the Bible, God’s will for your life, and many other analogous comparisons.
The physical wind is always with us…regardless of our awareness of its presence. And the spiritual wind of doctrines concerning God’s truth are always impacting our minds as we pray and read His word.
Years ago a movie became one of the most popular and award-winning of all time. The title “Winds Of War” became recognizable in many ways. It brilliantly wove around the analogy into an almost haunting forgetfulness. Once seen, it became difficult to forget. In war, the winds shift to and fro, violent and sometimes still, while preparing to blow again even more violence.
So it is with our spiritual lives. The winds of change from commitment and determination to grow in response to the winds of God’s grace, to lethargy and discouragement, that cause us to drift and be blown here and there in our commitment to live as He would have us live.
Our unseen companion…the wind.
Relationships with others will always change. Relationships are fluid because people change as time goes by. The causes are multiple, simply because we all get older if we live, and as we become older, so does our feelings, perceptions, responses, etc.
And, yes, unless we keep planted and grounded in the truth of God, Christ, and the Bible, our beliefs and opinions can drift off course. We can “fall away” from the original calling to grow in grace, becoming more and more like our Savior. This is the natural human movement unless we are bound to Jesus Christ, and staying close to Him. Like the wind, we can drift to and fro, fluctuating with this and that new religious idea, philosophy and belief.
Therefore, our relationship to Jesus and God the Father can drift like the wind on our lives.
If we could only see that we are no longer children, tossed back and forth by the unseen spiritual danger of winds that we often encounter every day of our lives. Our only defense of these winds is to have Christ walking at our side, by drawing close to Him, listening to the Spirit's guidance to keep us from being blown off our course.
If we will surrender to Him who controls the winds of change in our lives, we will arrive safely at the destination of a safe haven. The Apostle Paul experienced this wind, and gives us our defense...
Feel the wind daily, every day...the wind which is the Spirit of God gently guiding us!
“So that we are no longer children [spiritually immature], tossed back and forth [like ships on a stormy sea] and carried about by every wind of [shifting] doctrine, by the cunning and trickery of [unscrupulous] men, by the deceitful scheming of people ready to do anything [for personal profit]. But speaking the truth in love [in all things—both our speech and our lives expressing His truth], let us grow up in all things into Him [following His example] who is the Head—Christ” - Ephesians 4:14-15
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