I write the posts for my blog between the latest hours of the night and the earliest hours of the morning. I am usually “three sheets in the wind”, as they say.
On a sailboat, if the sheets – the ropes used to secure the sail – are loose, the sail will shake around in the wind, causing the ship to sway, much like a drunk person.
However, I am not drunk with alcohol. I am filled with the presence of God’s Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). There are no distractions, no demands on my time, no interruptions with phones or chores. I am al-one with God.
There is nothing mysterious about God’s Spirit. Our body is His temple (1 Corinthians 6:19-20), and He does the work of God in our life through Christ in us (Hebrews 13:21).
The function of the sail on a boat is to catch the wind, so the craft can move in a stately and confident manner. When our “sheets” are tight, we can catch just the right amount of God’s Spirit in order to move confidently in God’s will.
The Holy Spirit is described as a rushing, mighty wind on Pentecost, and He moves wherever He pleases (Acts 2:2; John 3:8). We cannot see God’s Spirit, but we can see His effects in us.
The number of sails used on a boat at one time depends on the strength of the wind. The determining factor is to remain balanced and steady as the wind propels the ship through the water.
The stronger the wind of the Holy Spirit moves in our life, the fewer sails we need in order to be guided in the correct direction. We quickly respond to His prompting, because we are in tune with His ways.
We operate in the power of God’s Spirit as we walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:15-25). We share His Truth with everyone we meet in every city, state and country, in which we travel or live (Acts 1:4-9).
Father God, help us not to trade in our treasure by buying into the lies of the devil. Satan will imitate You and draw us away from following hard after You (Psalm 63:8). Give us discernment to tell the difference between Your Spirit and his.
We thank You for the power of Your Holy Spirit within us, giving us both the desire and power to serve You with our whole heart, mind and strength (Mark 12:30). Remind us to cling to Christ, who is the head of His Body, and to be complete in Him (Colossians 2:10, 18).
Thought for the Day:
Through the power of God’s Spirit within us we spend our life glorifying God.