Run Before The Wind OLS — Week Four

As we drove along the winding road that leads out of Zion National Park, Utah, I felt sadness to leave such a beautiful place. I experienced amazing days of photography and caught many images of red rocks, the changing colors of the leaves on the trees, and even captured some beautiful photos of mule deer grazing along the road.

So now, as we were leaving, I thought I had seen the most beautiful parts of Zion. And then, we drove around a corner and I saw a magnificent and massive wall of red rock. There was a turnout right there and I immediately pulled over and parked to get a photo of this incredible sight. And then, as I looked more closely, I saw a man doing what was seemingly impossible. He was climbing straight up this rock wall!

I grabbed my longest telephoto lens at the time, a Nikkor 70-300mm, and zoomed in to capture this man at work in what appeared to me to be the climb of a person’s life.

I couldn’t help but think about Philippians 2:13, one of my favorite verses in the Bible —

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Philippians 2:13

Oh, what a powerful truth we learned in our study in Week Four of Run Before The Wind. The Lord, through the power of His Spirit, controlling and empowering us, does great and mighty things in and through us. We saw it in the example of Stephen. And we learned this truth through many different passages of Scripture. And we saw it in the example of Paul the Apostle.

So I wonder today what seems to be impossible to you? I know I have a long list of challenges and difficulties that seem like a mountain of impossibility. And here’s what I realized this week as I studied God’s Word. Being faced with the impossible is the norm in the economy of God as we walk with the Lord each day.

I loved the quote by Tozer —

Despair with self, when it is accompanied by faith, is a good friend, for it destroys one of the heart’s most potent enemies and prepares the soul for the ministration of the Comforter…The value of the stripping experience lies in its power to detach us from life’s passing interests and to throw us back upon eternity. It serves to empty our earthly vessels and prepare us for the inpouring of the Holy Spirit…However wonderful the crisis-experience of being filled with the Spirit, we should remember that it is only a means toward something greater: that great thing is the lifelong walk in the Spirit, indwelt, directed, taught, and empowered by His mighty person.
A.W. Tozer in The Divine Conquest

Those were big words for all of us. I think it is the realization of our need for being controlled and empower by the Holy Spirit that is most important for us if we would “run before the wind” of the Spirit. I like what John Walvoord said: “In himself the Christian does not have the resources to confront such a formidable foe (the world system) and needs the power and presence of the Holy Spirit.” Oh how true that is. We need the strength and power of God every moment of the day.

So dear friend, may you and I be encouraged to draw upon the Lord’s power for every impossibility facing us today, and may we see the Lord do great and mighty things in and through us.

God bless you dear friend.

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Your assignment this next week is to study Week 5, Days 1-7, Moved By The Spirit from Run Before The Wind — Truths from Acts to Enjoy Life in the Spirit. At the end of Week Five, you may also want to enjoy the companion Week Five message for Run Before The Wind (Viewer Guide, pp151-152) — The Magnificent Work of the Holy Spirit – Digital M4V Video or The Magnificent Work of the Holy Spirit – Digital MP3 Audio. In our fifth week of study we are going to study Acts 8-13 and learn how the Holy Spirit works in our lives by looking at examples of those in the early church. We will study the lives of such great disciples as Philip, Paul, Peter and Barnabas. I believe you will be filled with a new desire to be filled with the Holy Spirit as you see how the Lord worked in their lives. I will meet you back here with a new post and discussion question on Saturday, May 14, 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 Five of Run Before The Wind

LORD JESUS,
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!

Catherine

Sola Scriptura

As we have lived in Acts 6-8 this week, share your own thoughts on one or more of these questions. How does our weakness impact the strength of God in our lives through the power of the Holy Spirit? Who was your favorite example as you studied the power of God in David, Habakkuk, and Paul? What did you learn from the life and example of Stephen that mean the most to you? What was the most important thing you learned as you studied God’s Word in Week 4? How is this study impacting your life in a practical way? And finally, was there a favorite verse or quote that was significant for you this week?
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… I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
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