At one point a teacher of the law named Nicodemus asked Jesus some questions. Jesus spent some quality time with this young man. I think however that this teacher left with more questions than he started with. During the conversation, Jesus said the following to Nicodemus:
“You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
When you’re born of the Spirit, you can now live life on a new level. It’s the level of the spiritual realm.
God describes it as the wind. It blows wherever it pleases. Just as in the case of the physical wind, we can see the effect, direction, and speed that it’s traveling.
This is the case even if we don’t know where it’s coming from or going to. Maybe you’ve seen a weather map on TV. Personally, the Weather Channel is one of my favorite places on Cable TV. I’ve gotten many spiritual illustrations from its programs.
When you look at a weather map, sometimes it shows you the flow of the Jet Stream over the United States. It could start flowing East over Washington state. Then it dips down to Texas and takes a turn to flow directly up the East Coast.
This is how the flow of the wind operates. You can’t tell where it’s been or where it’s going just because you know the direction where you’re standing. In Washington, it flows east, in Colorado it flows south, and in Kentucky, it flows north, all at the same time.
The flow of the Holy Spirit is just as unpredictable; that’s why we must be sensitive. The Spirit of God may be moving through prophecy in one church, healing in another, and weeping in a third.
I can’t say that because God is not moving in your church the way He moves in mine, that therefore you are out of His will. It takes sensitivity to the Spirit to know just what He wants to do right here, right now.
It’s just like the wind. It takes someone who’s born of the Spirit to understand the move of the Spirit. That’s why it’s called the “flow” of the Spirit. It’s my goal to get in on that flow which is the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
But what does the flow of the Spirit have to do with spiritual warfare and unity in the body of Christ? As you’ll see, it has everything to do with it.
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”
Jesus is praying in this verse for the church to be one. This is the same Greek word that’s translated as unity in the verses we looked at in my last post. It literally means to be one.
This is not a word that means “I agree with you”. According to the Lord, the way it works between the Father and Himself is that He is in the Father. It’s Christ’s desire that we share this same degree of unity. He wants us to be one in Him.
In my next post, we’ll see how this is accomplished.
Question: What would a church look like if it operated in true unity?
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