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From Creation Till Now...the Spirit- Wind is Recreating...Which Brings New Life!

Genesis 8:1-5

New International Version

8 But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded. 2 Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens had been closed, and the rain had stopped falling from the sky. 3 The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down, 4 and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. 5 The waters continued to recede until the tenth month, and on the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains became visible.

Wednesday - June 16

In Hebrew the same word is used for spirit, breath and wind. The same rushing spirit-wind that hovered over the face of the waters in creation (Gen. 1:2) is now blowing and re-creating to bring new life. When Martin Luther rewrote the baptismal liturgy he included what is called the “flood prayer” which says: [God, You] sanctified and instituted all waters to be a blessed flood, and a lavish washing away of sin. [Please bless this person] with true faith by the Holy Spirit that through this saving flood all sin in him… would be drowned and die.” Through faith the Spirit makes us new!

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