During a hot, humid summer, I noticed a few black spots on the walls in the bathroom. Climbing a step stool to get a better look, I realized that mold and mildew speckled the walls, woodwork and ceiling. I took out a brush and cleaning spray and set to work. Hours later I was exhausted, but the bathroom was spotless. To prevent future condensation and mold growth, my husband mounted a fan in the window. Now when I remember to turn on the fan before my shower, the walls and mirror remain free of condensation. The black spots are gone for good.
Just as mold and mildew grew in my bathroom, our spiritual lives can become overgrown with the mold of fear and mildew of worry. Removing those isn’t as easy as scrubbing walls, but it isn’t as grueling either. What we need is the power of the Holy Spirit—who first appeared with a rushing wind—to blow through our hearts and minds and expel those negative thoughts.
How can you invite the cleansing wind of the Spirit? One of the best ways is to read the words the Holy Spirit inspired. Pray before you open the Bible, asking for fresh insights. While you read, conduct an “in-SPECK-tion. (In his book, Loving Jesus, Mark Allan Powell credits David Mann for developing this method.) Ask yourself if there is a:
- Sin to confess
- Promise to claim
- Example to follow
- Command to obey
- Knowledge to learn, particularly about God
Speaking to you through the words of the Bible, the Holy Spirit can change your perspective, helping you discern the truth about yourself and God. As Ephesians 4:23 (New Living Translation) says, “…let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.” Don’t let those negative thoughts return—keep the fan running.