Run Before The Wind OLS — Week Two

How do you feel when someone tells you to wait?

Frustrated? Anxious? Impatient? Expectant? Excited?

We live in a microwave society; we want everything right now. Waiting patiently doesn’t come easily.

Jesus asked His disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the gift His Father had promised (Acts 1:4). And then He continued on to tell them why this gift would be so very important, in fact, imperative for their future ministry and life —

You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.
Acts 1:8

I wonder what the disciples must have felt in that moment when Jesus spoke of the power of the Holy Spirit that would enable them to have a worldwide ministry? The words of Ephesians 3:20 come to my mind as I think about how the Lord does “immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” All that may have gone through their minds in that moment could not have compared with the work the Lord had in mind in and through them with the amazing power of the Holy Spirit.

In Week Two of Run Before The Wind, we lived in Acts 1:8 to help us discover in great depth the promise and power of the Holy Spirit. And one of the outstanding truths is that the power of the Holy Spirit resides in us when we become a Christian. Through the Holy Spirit we may know and experience the Lord Jesus Christ firsthand, moment by moment. He is how we can know life — real and abundant life.

And now, we are beginning to see the beauty of this picture of setting our sail to catch the power of the Holy Spirit so that we may “run before the wind.”

I was greatly impacted by our study in God’s Word and in the reading of the all great authors like A.W. Tozer, Andrew Murray, Lehman Strauss, and Dr. Bill Bright. I was moved to a new and deeper surrender to the Lord, and filled with a great desire for the control and power of the Holy Spirit. Obedience to the power, plans, purposes, and ways of the Lord can certainly open the door to a mighty work of the Lord in and through us. I believe we will experience this more and more in the weeks to come as we watch how the Lord moved in and through His disciples in the power of the Spirit.

There were so many great quotes and excerpts but my one of my favorites this week was from Dr. Bill Bright —

This amazing supernatural power of the Holy Spirit — the life of Christ in every believer — is released in our lives by faith as we surrender control of our lives to the Holy Spirit. Since it is the ministry of the Holy Spirit to glorify Christ, Jesus Christ now has unhindered opportunity to work in and through us to perform His perfect will.
Dr. Bill Bright in The Holy Spirit — The Key To Supernatural Living

Those words give a wonderful summary of the way the Holy Spirit works in our life. They leave us with a great question. Have we surrendered control of our lives to the Holy Spirit? Is Jesus having unhindered opportunity to work in and through us? If we need to surrender anew, then let us do it now. Let’s not waste another day or minute trying to control our own lives. Let’s hand Him the keys and let Him sail away on the ocean of His love, so that we may “run before the wind!”

I close with the last stanza of a poem from my favorite, Annie Johnson Flint —

Oh, set your sail to the heavenly gale.
And then, no matter what winds prevail,
No reef shall wreck you, no calm delay.
No mist shall hinder, no storm shall stay;
Though far you wander and long you roam,
Though salt sea-spray and o’er white sea-foam,
No wind that can blow but shall speed you home.
Annie Johnson Flint in Best Loved Poems

God bless you dear friend, as you and I continue this journey in the book of Acts in Run Before The Wind. May we all run before the wind and experience real and abundant life — life in the Spirit!

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Your assignment this next week is to study Week 3, Days 1-7, Filled With The Spirit from Run Before The Wind — Truths from Acts to Enjoy Life in the Spirit. At the end of Week Three, you may also want to enjoy the companion Week Three message for Run Before The Wind (Viewer Guide, pp99-100) — The Mystery Of Christ In You – Digital M4V Video or The Mystery Of Christ In You – Digital MP3 Audio. In our third week of study we are going to study Acts 2-4 and look in earnest at what it means to be filled with the Spirit. I believe you will be filled with a new and greater desire to “run before the wind” of the Holy Spirit as you see what it means for you in your life. I will meet you back here with a new post and discussion question on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

Take some time now to pray through the words of this prayer from The Valley Of Vision to prepare our hearts as we continue to study God’s Word together in Week Three of Run Before The Wind

I am blind, be thou my light,
ignorant, be thou my wisdom,
self-willed, be thou my mind.
Open my ear to grasp quickly thy Spirit’s voice,
and delightfully run after his beckoning hand;
Melt my conscience that no hardness remain,
make it alive to evil’s slightest touch;
When Satan approaches may I flee to thy wounds,
and there cease to tremble at all alarms.
Be my good shepherd to lead me into the green pastures of thy Word,
and cause me to lie down beside the rivers of its comforts.
Fill me with peace, that no disquieting worldly gales
may ruffle the calm surface of my soul.
Thy cross was upraised to be my refuge,
Thy blood streamed forth to wash me clean,
Thy death occurred to give me a surety,
Thy name is my property to save me,
By thee all heaven is poured into my heart,
but it is too narrow to comprehend thy love.
I was a stranger, an outcast, a slave, a rebel,
but thy cross has brought me near,
has softened my heart,
has made me thy Father’s child,
has admitted me to thy family,
has made me joint-heir with thyself.
O that I may love thee as thou lovest me,
that I may walk worthy of thee, my Lord,
that I may reflect the image of heaven’s first-born.
May I always see thy beauty with the clear eye of faith,
and feel the power of thy Spirit in my heart,
for unless he move mightily in me,
no inward fire will be kindled.
A Prayer from The Valley Of Vision

♥ God bless you as you continue this great adventure of knowing Him!


Sola Scriptura

As we have begun our journey in Acts by living in Acts 1:8 this week, share your own thoughts on one or more of these questions. Why do you think it was so important to Jesus to tell His disciples about the Holy Spirit? Why do we need the Holy Spirit? How have you experienced the power of the Holy Spirit this week in your life? What was the most important thing you learned as you studied God’s Word in Week 2? And finally, was there a favorite verse or quote that was significant for you this week?
Please comment.

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