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From: Rob Smith <email@example.com>
To: Rob Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, May 8, 2017 7:45 AM
Subject: Heavenly wind
John 3: 8 "The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."
A strong wind moved through our area late yesterday afternoon. I saw small branches with brand new spring leaves fall and the trees sway behind the force. The wind was followed by a brief downpour. Of course I could not see the wind, itself, but only the effects of the wind. There is a wind that is blowing that has its source in Heaven. We can't see this wind either but we see the effect of it blowing through a person. This wind first stirs something deep within. As the person responds and faces this heavenly force they become aware that they can't stand against it. This is a wind that is meant to be received. Bowing and yielding to this wind, it blows through and removes the debris and clutter inside the person. All is made clean, as a Chicago wind that blows the streets clear of trash. But the wind is also a carrier. It replaces the old earthly things with Heaven's oxygen and there is an awareness that life is new.
And this wind becomes the transporter as it moves the believer forward...now no longer buffeted but partnering with the wind as a boat trims its sails and moves ahead.