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Day 2 – Devoted Daily Devotional

February 2, 2020
DAY 2
Devotional by Jess Newton
Have you ever had the wind knocked out of you? My youngest son was climbing the forbidden ladder to the top bunk bed this afternoon (while wearing socks!) and plummeted to the ground. I heard a louder-than-usual thud from the living room downstairs and then “I’m not messing around” crying. If you are a mom, you know what I mean. I immediately stopped packing what seemed like millions of Christmas decorations and ran upstairs. This is usually a job I would assign to my stronger stomached husband, but today I was partnerless in crime. I took a deep breath as I turned the knob and opened the door, afraid of what I might find. Indy was red-faced on the floor of his bedroom holding his belly but could not seem to talk or cry anymore – he could inhale but could not exhale. Many times, I have felt that same way. Life’s blows have left me breathless. There is too much to do to exhale! And then I am frantic, anxious and panicky. Inhale. Inhale. Inhale. Until I am ready to pop.

 

Right now, if you feel like you’ve had the wind knocked out of you, I invite you to exhale. He can give us our breath back.

In the Bible, the Holy Spirit is likened to many things, one of them being wind. Acts 2:1-4 (AMP) says, “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place, and suddenly a sound came from heaven like a rushing violent wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. There appeared to them tongues resembling fire, which were being distributed [among them], and they rested on each one of them [as each person received the Holy Spirit]. And they were all filled [that is, diffused throughout their being] with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues (different languages), as the Spirit was giving them the ability to speak out [clearly and appropriately].”

In these verses, we learn the sound of this wind came through the room and changed everything. Emptiness was exchanged for fullness. The sound of rushing violent wind filled the whole house and the Holy Spirit filled each person, diffusing throughout their being. This word ‘diffusing’ means pouring out and causing to spread freely. Do you need that kind of wind in your sails at this moment? He is pouring out His Spirit and causing it to spread freely in your soul. Inhale it, friend, and let it change everything. Let it fill you up. And then exhale.

Let’s pray.

God, You are the One who sees me (Genesis 16:13). I want to see the One who sees me, the God of far beyond and deep within. I inhale so many things on a daily basis, and sometimes it feels like I can’t catch my breath. I get nervous and anxious and frantic trying to figure it all out. Full of worry and things to do, yet empty. Instead of this emptiness I want to be filled, diffused throughout my being with your Holy Spirit. Let it rest on me and put fresh wind in my sails. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN.

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