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Let The Wind Blow

April 12, 2017

Greetings,

Be self-controlled and alert.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.  And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.  To Him be the power for ever and ever.  Amen.  1 Peter 5: 8-11

We had another excellent time of open & free, Spirit led, fellowship here some time ago. Everyone participated and shared concerning things that the Lord had placed on their hearts and we were all built up and edified in the Spirit.  Jesus was clearly lifted up in our midst and His Truth in Love flowed through every member.  One person was a first time visitor that had never been a part of a totally free & open, Spirit led gathering before.  She loved the fellowship and said she was definitely touched by the Lord and wanted more.

One brother shared about how we need to be a consistent steady and true witness to those we encounter in life.  He said that we all needed to extend Christ’s love and mercy to everyone we meet along the way.  We all agreed with this brother and some shared about the rewards and difficulties of living our lives in such a relational and rock steady manner.

To me it is all about being like a prevailing wind.  Prevailing winds don’t get many headlines if any at all.  Big storms, tornadoes and hurricanes blow through regions leaving behind them a huge damage path.  They get all the attention and the headlines.  However, it is the prevailing steady winds that really shape the terrain and impact the environment the most over time.

I feel we all need to be steady and consistent in our relationships.  Jesus should be the constant leading force in all our lives.  I want to be true and dependable and someone that people can reach out to when they hit the rough patches in their lives.  I want to be seen as someone who is loving, accepting, kind, merciful and true.  We all need to live our lives in such a manner that people can trust and depend upon the Christ in us.  Always sharing grace and withholding harsh judgment.  In my town I want to be the guy that people in need turn to for compassion and honesty.  I want Christ to develop within me character that stands the test of time.

In the end the only thing that matters is truth expressing itself in love, and that only truly happens in our relationships.  No one on their deathbed ever says they wanted to work more or buy more stuff; what they do say is that they wish they had spent more time with their loved ones and building solid relationships.  Jesus is about relationships.  Faith is about relationships and the church should be about relationships too.  I want to spend my life building relationships in a loving, truthful, solid and steady manner.  I don’t care about the hottest new movement in the “church” or the new trends in worship.  I just want Jesus and I hope I am living my life in such a manner that this is obvious for all to see.   Dear Jesus, please let the wind of the Spirit blow and move in and through us like a gentle prevailing wind.

Love and….

Kirk Out !

P.s.  Ask yourself…. as a believer, are you shaping the world around you or is the world and its ways shaping you?

 

 

 

 

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15 Comments
  1. Kevin permalink

    I would agree that it is important to display a consistent, steady and true witness to others, but I also think we need to be genuine with our uncertainties and struggles. Too often, we put pressure on one another to cover up what we’re really feeling and thinking, which forces a person to essentially live a lie in order to please others, rather than God. I think when it comes to seeing others come to Christ, we have to be careful not to think that it all rests on us; that a person’s coming to know Him is dependent upon a witness that never questions, never struggles, never doubts. John 3:5-8 has been coming to mind almost daily, this week.

    “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 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.”

    I think when we pressure ourselves and others to be something they are not for the sake of being a consistent witness to others, we do two things. First, we disable the body’s ability and opportunity to encourage and lift up a member who needs their support. I spent many, many years covering up my struggles; even serving on the deacon board and leading small groups and the adult Sunday School class for much of that time. Not one person knew how I struggled, and not a single person was able to walk with me through it. Second, we attempt to give birth to spirit through the flesh, rather than allowing the wind to blow in and though us wherever it pleases; giving birth to spirit within whomever is ready to hear.

    In the end, I don’t necessarily think a consistent witness is one that never struggles, never questions, never doubts (and I know you don’t think that either). I think a consistent witness is one that allows these things to float to the surface and be exposed to the light, where they can be wrestled with and perhaps overcome. As they do, our witness naturally becomes more consistent, steady, and true, and the body of Christ becomes the fulfillment of what Jesus envisions for His Church.

    • You know I agree Kevin, sharing our struggles is a very important part of being consistent and real. That requires gut level honesty and a willingness to humble ourselves for the sake of others. Thanks for sharing Kevin.

    • "BK" permalink

      Hi, Kevin. I guess I define consistent witness a little different than most of the religion of Christianity. I TOTALLY agree with what you say…..except that I think what you describe IS the constant witness. To walk in such a way that people see us in our strength in Him, as well as in our weaknesses, fears, failures….our humanity, and then getting up and walking on in Him and the life He has provided that does not depend on how ‘good or bad’ we are. I had a call one time from a sister who was distraught that she had ‘ruined her witness’ to someone she had been sharing Jesus with alot. She got in her flesh and cussed him out. I exclaimed, “What a WONDERFUL witness! For him to see your flesh swallow you up, cuss him out and then to get up and walk on both with Jesus and with him is a TRUE witness of what and Who Jesus is.” You get the picture. So I have found it is terminology I have had to redefine along the way. Just my two nickels……love, “BK”

      • Right BK, being real and authentic is the greatest aspect of our consistent witness.

  2. Gary Zanow permalink

    Amen

  3. daryl permalink

    Very helpful post and comments BK and Kevin…a great encouragement to me.

    • I am glad it touched you Daryl, your affirmation encourages us too.

      • "BK" permalink

        “I am glad it touched you Daryl, your affirmation encourages us too.” Amen, “BK”

  4. Dan permalink

    Paul, the sent one, was all over the weather map, so to speak. Sometimes stormy, other times a gentle breeze, whatever the situation required. I like to think that he was consistently Spirit filled and that his wind speed was clocked, monitored, and controlled by the Holy Wind, Himself. Yet he did kind of blow it and blow John Mark away once. However, I agree with you that he, and us, would do well to generally be a steady wind in others’ sails, encouraging and gently propelling them onward to be all they can be in Christ. A steady, safe, cool breeze that can be depended on and not one that will blow the man down. Good post. Thanks!

    • Dan, I love the way you expressed that. Thank you for your contribution here today.

  5. Judy Baker permalink

    In the world we have many obstacles …
    I believe being honest and human at all times.
    It shows the ones we witness to that we are all imperfect, have problems, but the Lord sustains us and gives us understanding, empathy for others, and agape love for mankind. We do not grieve as the rest of the world does.
    The world is going down … I was thinking today how much the world has changed in my day ..it does not interest me at all . I hope to help make a difference by helping others understand God’s love for them through Jesus …it’s awesome❤️

    • Well said Judy. We live in the world, but are not of the world and we become all things to all “men” so that some may be saved.

  6. Sue heumann permalink

    I agree with these comments…..and I’ve now been on both sides….again (I know I say this a lot) but I’m so thankful to be free from having to look strong and ‘together’ all the time! Finally we can be real with others, and they can see Jesus working in us in all situations! Real people, go figure. Thanks Christopher, for showing that prevailing wind of the Spirit in our lives…..

    • Thank you Sue for consistently sharing real comments here at this site. We are like beautiful expensive threads being woven into a grand tapestry together.

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