Run Before The Wind OLS — Week Seven

I vividly remember the view from our hotel balcony in Florence, Italy, watching the sunset glow paint the clouds above the famous Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (Il Duomo di Firenze). And I couldn’t help but think, “God is always at work and we see the impact of His beauty and transformation all around us.”

And so it is with the Holy Spirit at work in us. The effects are seen in many ways. One of the great ways He works in us is setting us free.

Paul wrote about this special kind of freedom to the church at Corinth —

For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord — who is the Spirit — makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image.
2 Corinthians 3:17-18 NLT

This week in our study of Run Before The Wind, we spent time learning about different ways that we experience freedom through the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives — freedom to disciple others in ministry, freedom to surrender to the Lord’s ways, freedom to experience God’s purpose in our lives, freedom to live a life of influence and faithfulness, and freedom to cross the finish line in this race of life. Oh how powerful the work of God is in us through the power of the Holy Spirit.

I have been thinking lately how reliant I am on the work of the Lord in me, doing in me what I can never do myself. Only God can change a heart. Only He can transform us from the inside out. And His work in us is good and beautiful. He sets the captives free. He sets you free. And He sets me free.

So let us not live as though we are in prison. Instead, let us arise from the mire of this world, and see what the Lord just may have in mind for us. I love how G. Campbell Morgan expresses the importance of our looking to the Lord for His guidance through the power of the Holy Spirit. He writes —

The Spirit guides, not by flaming visions always, not by words articulate in human ears, but by circumstances, by commonplace things, by difficult things, by dark things, by disappointing things. The Spirit guides and moulds and fashions all the pathway. The important thing, however, is that the man whom the Spirit will guide is the man who is in the attitude in which it is possible for the Spirit to guide him. So we look again at this man, and we find an attitude of life revealed. It is that of loyalty to the Lord, faith in the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and constant watchfulness…It is the watcher for the Lord who sees the Lord…if we are watching for Him, we shall find Him guiding us in the day of difficulty and the day of disappointment, and the day of darkness; when it seems as though the rhythmic and majestic flow of the river has ceased, and we are in cross currents, and are tempest-tossed.
G. Campbell Morgan in The Acts Of The Apostles

Oh, I love these words by Morgan. They help me understand freedom in the Spirit in a new way. Imagine the freedom that allows one to stand above the storms — experiencing them, yes. Touched by them and even hurt by them, yes. But still somehow, by the power of the Spirit, we are above and beyond the storm, for He enables us to touch heaven when tested by fire.

I love this feeling of freedom viewing Florence from above, looking out over the rooftops. That is how it is with us, when we experience the work of the Holy Spirit in us. He sets us free indeed.

Oh Lord, will You help us experience true freedom through the power of the Holy Spirit.

God bless you dear friend as you continue on in this last week of study in Run Before The Wind. I can hardly believe we are nearing the end. I encourage you to think about all you have learned and write down one truth that has been life-changing for you. I believe the realization that Christ lives in us is such a secret to the Christian life and enjoying life in the Spirit. May the Lord open the eyes of our heart to help us see and understand this great truth from God’s Word.

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Your assignment this next week is to study Week 8, Days 1-7, Encouragement In The Spirit from Run Before The Wind — Truths from Acts to Enjoy Life in the Spirit. At the end of Week Eight, you may also want to enjoy the companion Week Eight message for Run Before The Wind (Viewer Guide, pp237-238) — The Ship That Sails The High Seas – Digital M4V Video or The Ship That Sails The High Seas – Digital MP3 Audio. In our eighth and final week of study we are going to study Acts 21-28 and look at the encouragement of the Holy Spirit. Oh how we need His comfort and encouragement! We will see how the Holy Spirit ministered to Paul as he suffered for the Lord in ministry. May the Lord help us draw near to Him and be filled with the Spirit that we might experience His comfort and encouragement every day of our lives. I will meet you back here with a new post and discussion question on Saturday, June 4, 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 Eight 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

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As we have lived in Acts 16-20 this week, share your own thoughts on one or more of these questions. What does it mean to be set free by the Holy Spirit? How have you experienced true freedom in your own life? What are you learning from the Lord this week as you studied His Word? And finally, was there a favorite verse or quote that was significant for you this week?
Please comment.

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