When God designed the crown of Creation, He did not use mere words to speak it into existence. This being, which was to be made in God’s own likeness, required a personal touch. So with His hands, God formed the creature’s hands, fingers, and other members from the dust of the ground. Then God breathed into its nostrils the breath of life, and Man became a living soul.

The same God Who brought the mass of muscles and fibers to life can also give life to an unregenerate soul. He does this through the Holy Spirit. Yesterday, I wrote about the Holy Spirit’s role as a dove and as water. Today, we will address His other roles as wind, or breath, and fire.

The Holy Spirit is like a breath of new life to the spiritual body. Romans 8 refers to Him as the Spirit of Life. Before we were saved, we were dead in trespasses and sins. After we accepted Christ, a wonderful transaction occurred: we were redeemed from our sins and regenerated by the Holy Spirit. God, through the Spirit, literally breathed new, eternal life into our souls.

Winds of regeneration will fan a divine flame within our hearts. As a wildfire demonstrates its power to purify and try the elements of nature, so the indwelling Spirit of God tries our hearts by the Word of God. He is the Refining Fire which brings our impurities to the surface. He convicts us of our sins and encourages us to get right with God and others. When we submit to His leading, He keeps us from sin and empowers us for service to God.

Is the third member of the Trinity really significant? You’d better believe it. Without the Holy Spirit, we would lack spiritual life, as well as the means to live it abundantly. Are you thankful for the role He plays in your life? We may mention His name last, but He is by no means least in the Trinity. Determine that you will submit to His leading today.

There is not a better evangelist in the world than the Holy Spirit. — D.L. Moody

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.