Live a life of no regrets. Don’t miss opportunities that God presents you.
Today I want to talk to you about being led by the Spirit, specifically, the breath of God. The breath of God is the revealer of God’s word, bringing us revelation. Often in the Bible the breath of God is a metaphor for the Holy Spirit. The same word for Spirit is used for breath in both Greek and Hebrew, New Testament and Old. God is wanting to show us that His Spirit is like Him breathing. In Exodus 15, the Israelites are singing a song about God parting the seas, and they say something interesting. Exodus 15:8 (ISV) says, “By the breath of your nostrils the waters were piled up, the flowing waters stood up like a hill, the deep waters congealed in the heart of the sea.” The breath here broke something off to reveal something that was already there. It describes these deep waters as thickening in the heart of the sea – something hidden in the deep.
Listen to David sing about the breath of God 2 Samuel 22:16 (NKJV), “Then the channels of the sea were seen, The foundations of the world were uncovered, At the rebuke of the LORD, At the blast of the breath of His nostrils.” Ruwach – what’s the breath doing? Uncovering, showing us what’s in the deep hidden places. God’s breath here is a revealer, an uncoverer. It travels/comes with a rebuke; the word comes and rebukes something off of you, and reveals, uncovers things that were hidden before come to light. Consider you, full of the Spirit of God and a new creation. God’s word is full of revelation. Principle and power are there, and His breath reveals what is hidden. Paul said to be Spirit-led, and Jesus said the Spirit is our teacher. A teacher is leading us.
You were intelligently designed. There is no doubt about that.
Today I want to talk to you about God’s desire to raise us up. I call it, “the resurrected King is resurrecting me.” God has jumped through a lot of hoops to position us to be raised up. We all have been in low places, at the base of a mountain looking up. How will I get my family back on track? The marriage is on the rocks man, and so we dig around, and try and get a footing, trying to fix things, patch up the sinking ship. But God’s desire is for you to be raised to the top of the mountain, great marriage, promoted in the job. Your business has been struggling, but God wants to raise it up to the highest, most successful business.
God says in Deuteronomy 28:1 (NKJV), “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. I like how it says it in the NET in Deuteronomy 26:19, “Then he will elevate you above all the nations he has made and you will receive praise, fame, and honor. You will be a people holy to the LORD your God, as he has said.” His desires, His strength, His thoughts, His wisdom, His emotions, His favor, His victory, His armor, His sword, His authority, His promises, His angels to serve you. He wants to elevate you. Who is okay with God elevating them some today?
When you partner up with God, do the possible, God does the impossible. Get your life to a place where you can be a miracle in other people’s lives.
Today I want to talk to you about the winds of change. Change is inevitable, and though most resist it, it is happening. The Holy Spirit is the “winds of change” in your life. Isaiah 27:8 (NKJV) says you contended with it. He removes it by His rough wind in the day of the east wind (spirit). God has fixed the system that was broken by putting His Spirit in you. Now there was lots of other stuff in you when that Spirit came in, but according to Romans 8, you are controlled by the Spirit. He tells you what to do, and you’re all, “I don’t want to do that.” So he changes your desire. Now you do want to do it. You think, “I’m going to lose who I am.” NO! You are becoming who God created you to be. Some of you will change easily. Maybe worry was a very small part of your life and it fell off easily. Maybe it’s easy for you to be happy and unoffendable. But are there stronger places in our life that resist change? My wife wants to change me. I had no idea why she married me at first, but after we got married I realized she was getting someone she could possibly fix into a workable husband.
We sometimes resist change. We say, “Well, not me, I’m not doing that. I’ll never be that guy.” Maybe it’s a quality you always hated in someone else. You’ve said, “Man I will never do that.” “I’m not angry, I’m just a guy.” “I’m not jealous, I’m just in love.” “I don’t ever want to be the boss, that’s just not me, I don’t need the hassle.” “I don’t need God’s riches, I’m happy with meager means.” (Which may be exactly why God has laid up riches for you, it’s for His kingdom.) I don’t want to be raised up, I don’t want my name made great, I don’t need that. I’m fine being where I am. I can’t talk in front of people. I’m a background person. There are strongholds in our old life that are set to resist the change God is bringing. I want to talk about how God is winning that war as well. You see, you are not going to change you. Today instead you are going to learn how to receive His change for you.
God wants to do miracles in your world. It allows people to see God. Learn to use faith from the father of faith to see miracles in your life!
Today I want to talk to you about desire’s gate. We are discussing being led by the Spirit, and looking specifically at the Spirit of God as the wind of God. Exodus 14:21 (NKJV) says, “Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided.” God implants His desire in our life, so that we want to do what He wants us to do. He fills us up to the full so that as we run our race, regardless of the resistance, tough days, obstacles, we enjoy what we are doing. “What can I do for you, God?” He says, “What do you want to do for me?”
Certainly you have wrong desires, well you always have, but now you have some right ones, so that serving God is anything but a chore. I love what I do. Romans 8 says that the Spirit nature desires to do certain things, this is burning in you, it’s your desire now. There is a problem, though. Many Christians are skipping through desire’s gate, leaving too soon. They want to be spirit-led, but they forget that means that God’s Spirit goes before them, and they follow. They feel that desire and run ahead early. It’s like wanting to eat some steak, man you want it, you desire it so bad, you’re so hungry, but you gotta wait till it’s done cooking. There is a timing to pay attention to. The desire hits, but it is in the waiting that we grow on the inside, grow so that we can succeed in the race. You feel that burning to get started on a business, so you run into a partnership that is wrong. You get wrecked and you wonder where God is. You want to get married so bad that you take the first one instead of the right one. You feel the wind pushing you to a new position, a new company, but you quit early, and the new job isn’t ready yet, and quite frankly, neither are you. You feel so passionate about starting that ministry, and God has called you to it, but you start early, you weren’t ready, and everyone involved ends up hurt. Where was God? He was in it, but not yet.
Direct what you want in life. Get a snapshot of not what you have, but what you want.
Today I want to talk to you about being led by the Spirit – the wind of God. The Holy Spirit in the Bible is often described as wind. Like wind, the Spirit is invisible, and yet we can feel it. Wind opens the sails and powers the boat to distant lands, and we want our ships to go where the wind of God sends. So many Christians desire to hear God’s voice, “Just tell me where to go God! I’ll go.” Or we say, “Just tell me what I’m supposed to be doing and I will do it.” Can I surprise you? This is not how the Spirit leads. The Spirit leads in a much deeper and more effective way than this. In fact, the Spirit is leading you right now, you were led here today. And so here’s the problem, so many Christians are feeling completely unled, like they’re the only ones not being led, searching for direction, destiny, “God just tell me what to do and I’ll do it.” I just want to hear your voice, turn here, turn there, marry him, what do I do?
Over the next few weeks we are really going to look at the Spirit of God with a fresh perspective. Today I want to bring you peace when it comes to being led by the spirit. I want to get us into rest, to know you actually are already being led. God knows how to work this thing, and He isn’t making His will some unimaginable hard to find mystery. There isn’t a treasure map. In fact, you were led many times last week. You are led by the Spirit, you may just not have known it, let me reveal it to you today. We start here: Romans 8:9 (NLT) “But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit (pneuma) if you have the Spirit of God living in you.” You see, you are being led by the Spirit, let me show you what God has done.