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God’s Spirit is like the Wind
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was
over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was
hovering over the waters.
Genesis 1:1-2
What happened this week:
Evolution Without Facts & Presuppositional Reason
- contradiction
The Strong Defense of Jesus' Claims to be God
- reason properly used
Cult Churches Selling Hyper-Spiritual Experiences
- wanting too much (original sin)
The Peaceful Passing of a Christian from Alzheimer’s
- what matters most
The Current Status of Living Things
Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean
animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. The Lord
smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I
curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of
the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy
all living creatures, as I have done.
As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat,
summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”
Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and
increase in number and fill the earth. The fear and dread of you will fall
on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every
creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea;
they are given into your hands. Everything that lives and moves about
will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you
everything.”
Genesis 8:20-9:3
Can an Evolutionist be a Christian Believer?
Are they reborn?
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom
of God unless they are born again.”
“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus
asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their
mother’s womb to be born!”
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.”
John 3:3-8
How does God Move? Like the Wind.
Can We Chase After the Wind? Like cult churches do?
Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever
looks at the clouds will not reap. As you do not know
the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a
mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of
God, the Maker of all things.
Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your
hands not be idle, for you do not know which will
succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do
equally well.
Ecclesiastes 11:4-6
Natural farmers or Missionaries (all who
obey Christ have been sent)? Both.
He said to the crowd: “When you see a cloud rising in the
west, immediately you say, ‘It’s going to rain,’ and it does.
And when the south wind blows, you say, ‘It’s going to be
hot,’ and it is.
Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of
the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to
interpret this present time?
Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right?”
Luke 12:54-57
Can those not reborn separate right and wrong? No, they can't.
They must first be born again. What's the first step? Repent!
The Lord ... said in his heart: “… every inclination of the human
heart is evil from childhood …” Genesis 8:21
From Art D.
Hyper Spiritual people chase the wind,
while most others fear it.
What is correct? Keep eyes on Jesus only!
After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.
Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable
distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. Shortly
before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw
him walking on the lake, they were terrified.
“It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord,
save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he
said, “why did you doubt?”
And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.
Matthew 14:23-32
God gives us the Holy Spirit
to Teach us His Thoughts
However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and
what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for
those who love him— these are the things God has revealed to us by his
Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who
knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them?
In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is
from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is
what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught
by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. The person
without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God
but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they
are discerned only through the Spirit. The person with the Spirit makes
judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human
judgments,
1 Corinthians 2:9-15
Unbelievers Can't Understand the Truth
“Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know,
and we testify to what we have seen, but still you
people do not accept our testimony. I have spoken
to you of earthly things and you do not believe;
how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly
things?”
John 3:11-12
Even believers must Pursue Understanding,
Without ever Doubting
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God,
who gives generously to all without finding fault,
and it will be given to you. But when you ask,
you must believe and not doubt, because the
one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown
and tossed by the wind. That person should not
expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a
person is double-minded and unstable in all
they do.
James 1:5-8
The Call:
This week, seek to believe more that
God's Spirit is available to teach you.
And learn. And encourage your brothers
and sisters in Christ to do the same.
Also, seek to lead unbelievers to
repentance and faith in Jesus, so that
they might receive the Holy Spirit and
finally begin to understand all things.

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God's Spirit is Like the Wind

  • 1. God’s Spirit is like the Wind In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Genesis 1:1-2
  • 2. What happened this week: Evolution Without Facts & Presuppositional Reason - contradiction The Strong Defense of Jesus' Claims to be God - reason properly used Cult Churches Selling Hyper-Spiritual Experiences - wanting too much (original sin) The Peaceful Passing of a Christian from Alzheimer’s - what matters most
  • 3. The Current Status of Living Things Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done. As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.” Genesis 8:20-9:3
  • 4. Can an Evolutionist be a Christian Believer? Are they reborn? Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!” 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.” John 3:3-8
  • 5. How does God Move? Like the Wind. Can We Chase After the Wind? Like cult churches do? Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap. As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things. Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well. Ecclesiastes 11:4-6
  • 6. Natural farmers or Missionaries (all who obey Christ have been sent)? Both. He said to the crowd: “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘It’s going to rain,’ and it does. And when the south wind blows, you say, ‘It’s going to be hot,’ and it is. Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time? Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right?” Luke 12:54-57 Can those not reborn separate right and wrong? No, they can't. They must first be born again. What's the first step? Repent! The Lord ... said in his heart: “… every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood …” Genesis 8:21
  • 8. Hyper Spiritual people chase the wind, while most others fear it. What is correct? Keep eyes on Jesus only! After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Matthew 14:23-32
  • 9. God gives us the Holy Spirit to Teach us His Thoughts However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him— these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 1 Corinthians 2:9-15
  • 10. Unbelievers Can't Understand the Truth “Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?” John 3:11-12
  • 11. Even believers must Pursue Understanding, Without ever Doubting If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. James 1:5-8
  • 12. The Call: This week, seek to believe more that God's Spirit is available to teach you. And learn. And encourage your brothers and sisters in Christ to do the same. Also, seek to lead unbelievers to repentance and faith in Jesus, so that they might receive the Holy Spirit and finally begin to understand all things.