A glorious Sunday morning to you! Today we are beginning a new series- Sundays with the Chaplain.
You’ve probably figured out that I am not a chaplain (though I can preach a mean sermon, can’t I?)
Marion Wojnarowski, my father-in-law, has been in the ministry serving the Lord for over 48 years. His many areas of service have included pastoring, evangelism, teaching, mission work, and in recent years,he has served as the chaplain for a retirement center. While serving in these capacities, many a sermon and newsletter article has been pounded out on my Dad-in-love’s old typewriter. Since I couldn’t convince him to begin blogging on his own, I really wanted to honor his love legacy to the Lord. Hence some new Sunday posts- may you be blessed.
The Wind of the Spirit of God
The Bible depicts the spiritual birth as the wind blows, so also does the Spirit of God overtake a believer’s soul. You can’t see the wind nor the birthing of salvation, but you can know and feel their presence. It’s recorded in John 3:8… “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearts the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth, so is every one born of the Spirit.”
The month of March is usually traditionalized as the month of blowing in like a lion and going out like a lamb. Every soul needs to experience the Wind of the Spirit of God to blow his saving grace through their hearts for His converting presence. I recall on October 6, 1963 when I experienced the Wind of His Spirit blow through my soul, filling me with undeserving salvation. Redemption will certainly follow true repentance of every believing sinner who wants to be saved.
The Lord’s Wind is the only wind of certainty offered to mankind.
The winds of the world are winds of uncertainties.
1. The Winds of Want- indicates those who are lazy in nature.
Ecclesiastes 11:4 – “He that observeth the wind shall not sow, and he that regardeth the clouds will not reap.
2. The Winds of Worry- living in fear, rejecting faith as the substance for taking life as it comes.
Psalm 103:16 – “For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
Proverbs 11:29 -“He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool [shall be] servant to the wise of heart.”
Worry does not cause warts; it causes weakness and waste.
3. The Winds of War – involved in battles, yet losing the victories because of idolatry and self indulgence.
Hosea 8:7 – “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.
4. The Winds of Weather – Only the Lord is in control of all weather for His own purpose upon mankind.
Psalm 135:7 – “He causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings for the rain; he bringeth the wind out of his treasuries.”
As the Lord did in Matthew 8:26, let us pray he does it again for the sake of our troubled Nation with its many uncertainties. “And He saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.”
I close this devotion with the sober warning found in the book of Nahum 1:3:
The LORD [is] slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit [the wicked]: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds [are] the dust of his feet.
May all of you experience the winds of great calm and peace in your lives.
May Jesus be your Lion and your Lamb.
Chaplain- Dr. Marion Wojnarowski