Harvey, Irma and Jose are three dangerous and deadly personalities—manifestations of the prince of the power of the air—that are ravaging lives and properties, and changing the landscapes of affected areas and people and families for entire lifetimes. Some will never recover from these monster storms.
This year’s hurricane season provides the best opportunity in my lifetime to explain how God’s intended kingdom on earth is to work. Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
A brief review of the Creation account recorded in Genesis 1 affirms God’s provision for a balanced ecology that provides for His highest form of creation—mankind—in His image and likeness. It also reveals God’s intention for mankind to take the responsibility of tending to the creation: “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, subdue it and rule.”
The Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. The heavens are the heavens of the Lord, but the earth He has given to the sons of men. Is it any wonder then that the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God?
The breath of life breathed into the nostrils of the first man, Adam, was the enabling Spirit that completed him as a living soul, in the image and likeness of God, in fellowship with God, and—by virtue of that life/breath of the Father—established his sonship.
To fill the earth with sons has always been and is the intention of Father God. The only begotten of God, the firstborn of a new creation, the last Adam became a life-giving spirit, married to and abiding in union with the spirits of all who are born again—the bride of Christ.
“The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
As a child, I remember Dad taking us to a nearby town to see the devastation caused by a tornado. That has always stuck in my mind as a reminder that no one knew where it came from or where it was going. But the results of its being there was evident.
In describing those who are born of the Spirit as being like the wind, the Lord was promising significant results when we grow up and show up! John summarized that reality for us, honoring our Creator and Redeemer:
“Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.”
God’s reigning sons are His answer to the storms of life upon the earth. The Christ anointing abides in His present-day body. Here is His example for calming storms:
There arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up. He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm.
The wind of the Spirit—the breath of life—speaking to the elements in the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, will produce peace on earth.
- “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do.”
- As He is, so also are we in this world.
- There isone body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.
- He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.