Tuesday, July 3, 2007


Tonight it's rather still outside. It's been a warm day. The sun is considering setting in the western sky, but it leaves behind evidence of hours of clear sky. We need a refreshing breeze. I opened windows, hoping for one.

We sing a song at church with lyrics about God opening the windows of heaven. We sang it on Sunday and here's what I heard God saying:

An open window permits a breeze. God's Holy Spirit wants to breathe on us afresh.

When you open a window, a lot of times, you have to move curtains or tweak blinds in order to get to the window. So, opening it brings in more light. God's Word is our Light.

Open windows also let rain in. In our dry seasons, we need His refreshing rain.

The Holy Spirit can move all He wants, but what good will it do in my life if I'm not positioned to receive?

Empty hands are better for receiving. We need to open our hands and loose what we're clinging to so He can fill our hands with His blessing.

Forgiveness can block us from feeling God's refreshing. We need to forgive and release offenses so we can be free in our hearts to receive His refreshing and feel forgiven ourselves (see Matthew 6:14-15).

A closed window cannot permit the fullness of a well-timed breeze. So, we need to be open to the Lord.

Lord, refresh me.

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