The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest
Breath of God

A pastor was visiting a congregation in California. He found a stirring red and orange banner on the wall. "Come Holy Spirit. Hallelujah!" it declared in words printed under a picture of a fire burning. The pastor was also interested in the sign directly underneath the banner, which said: "Fire extinguisher." So much for that congregation’s commitment to spiritual renewal.

The Holy Spirit is the breath of God. The Greek word “pneuma” is translated spirit. The word pneumonia (a breathing disorder) comes from that same word. 2 Timothy 3:16 -17 in the New International Version says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Some other translations use the words, “Inspired by God.”

1 Thessalonians 1:5 tells us that the Holy Spirit is the driving force to bring us under conviction. He is the One who effects our new birth. In John 3:5-8, Jesus tells Nicodemus about the work of the Holy Spirit in the regeneration (new birth) Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

If we want to see revival take place in ourselves, in our church family, to our community, our nation and the world, it takes the power of the Holy Spirit as He works through our prayers. Without prayer, revival will meet the fire extinguisher! Through prayer, the fire of Holy Spirit led Revival is ignited and fed to flourish!

Every great move of God; every great revival has begun through a great movement of prayer. In Romans 8:26-27 we find that, when we are unable to speak the words that our spirit’s feel, the Holy Spirit gets involved by connecting our hearts to the heart of God. If you want God to send revival, you must start with prayer, continue with prayer and finish with prayer. God will hear you, and move with power. We can pray, “Lord, send a revival and let it begin in me.”

This Sunday we will continue our sermon series, LIFE IN THE SPIRIT When God Moves in to Stay with a message titled, Your Divine Prayer Partner based on Romans 8:26-27. Come and share in this exciting message from God’s Word.

Living by His breath,

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