Bend-A-Knee Weekly Sermon 03/16/2023

“The winds of March,” that phrase has certainly proven true for central Pennsylvania in the last few days. It seems that anything that has not been tied down has been scattered all over the yard. Trash cans litter the highways creating a virtual driving obstacle course.

March is known for its winds as the result of the sharp contrast of the cold air from the north and the warm air from the south. This transition month brings blustery conditions annually. The debris from the wind adds to the work needed to be done to clear the yard for the coming mowing season.

The power of wind is evident in the results of its force. We can’t see wind but we are certain that it is a reality because of the evidence of its force moving objects through its unseen power. The movement of the cold March breeze reminds our unprotected skin that winter is not relinquishing its grip on the mid-state.

The Hebrew word ruach means “wind,” “breath,” or “spirit;” the Greek word pneuma holds a similar meaning. Both the Hebrew and the Greek words are commonly used in reference toward the Holy Spirit. The second verse in the Bible connects the Holy Spirit with wind; “The Spirit of God (Ruach Elohim) was hovering over the waters.”

For disciples of Christ there is an unseen power that indwells every believer, the Holy Spirit. This unseen power can have the same visible effect that the wind displays. When believers relinquish control to the Holy Spirit, the fruit of the Spirit, already available, in full measure, becomes evident to others.

Throughout Scripture the Holy Spirit is referenced through numerous names and titles. These designations signify the function or aspect of His ministry. The Holy Spirit is depicted as the “Author of Scripture,” the “Comforter” / “Counselor” / “Advocate,” the “Convicter of Sin,” as a “Deposit” / “Seal,” as one’s “Guide,” “Intercessor,” “Teacher,” “Witness.” The Holy Spirit is an inseparable part of God, as is God the Father and God the Son.

Today as you consider pausing at noon to Bend-A-Knee in prayer may you ask God to help you relinquish control to the Holy Spirit in your life. I believe the Kingdom of God would be greatly advanced if its residents on earth allowed the power of the Spirit to move through them in the same visible way the wind becomes evident as it unleashes its power. May the movement of the Holy Spirit become tangible in your life, for His glory.

Stay connected to God & to others

God’s Peace,

Pastor Mike

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