Second wind

Dear saints, I trust that the Lord had been protecting and blessing you. It’s easy to be energetic and enthusiastic when things are going well. But, as one gets older the predictability and monotony of life can rob us of the thrill and joy of our salvation (Psalm 51:12). When life’s boring and the routine begins to choke God’s word out of us (Matthew 13:32), it takes superhuman strength and motivation, a second wind, to keep excelling and walking down the straight and narrow road (Luke 18:27).

Let’s consider the example of the prophet Elijah (1 Kings 18:41-46). All of us are familiar with this story. Israel had been going through a severe famine at that time (1 Kings 18:1-6), and God Almighty had promised rain. In the midst of such a famine, Elijah makes a fantastic and incredible promise to Ahab, the promise of heavy rain (1 Kings 18:41). The prophet was extremely patient and faithful, he sent his servant seven times to look for the promised clouds and rain (1 Kings 18:43-44). What followed was absolutely supernatural and spectacular, he outran Ahab’s chariot (1 Kings 18:46). It’s easy to surmise that at least 5-10 horses powered the King’s chariot. That translates to at least 5-10 horse power imparted to Elijah by the Holy Spirit!

The Lord Jesus Himself is a Perfect example of receiving renewed power and second wind from the Holy Spirit. Luke 4 describes how the Lord fasted for forty days and nights, was weak and tempted by the devil. What follows in Luke 4:14 is extraordinary indeed, “Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Holy Spirit…”. It’s impossible for man who had fasted for that long to become so powerful and energetic in such a short time. The resurrection of the crucified Lord is the ultimate proof for the unlimited power and resources of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:11, Philippians 3:10).

Do we need our own second wind today? Has life become dull and boring? Then let’s get alone with God, and receive our second wind (2 Kings 2:9, 2 Timothy 1:6).

Have a good week, saints.

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