The Seven-fold Spirit of God

 / MULYALE MUTISYA

In the beginning, ‘the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters’ (Genesis 1:2). After the creation of man, it resided and moved in man. But after the Fall, God’s Spirit manifested through Prophets and His servants. Select people were given the Spirit, but only in a certain form to complete a particular task. For Bezalel, the Lord ‘filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom and in understanding and in knowledge, and in all kinds of workmanship’ (Exodus 31:3). For Othniel, ‘the Spirit of the Lord came upon him, so that he became Israel’s judge and went to war’ (Judges 3:10). For Samson, a Nazarite, ‘the Spirit of the Lord came upon him in might so that he tore him (a young lion) apart with his bare hands’ (14:v6). God’s Spirit gave Solomon ‘a wise and an understanding heart’ (1 Kings 3:12).

While the Spirit of God would come upon men and women God set apart and used for a certain task, for Jesus, ‘the Spirit came down from heaven as a dove and remain(ed) on him’ (John 1:32). Not only did the Spirit of God remain on Jesus, but it manifested itself in all completeness. All seven manifestations of the Spirit were exhibited in Jesus. Isaiah prophesies of the Christ, ‘The Spirit of the Lord will rest upon him- the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord’ (Isaiah 11:2). Isaiah describes six manifestations of the Spirit that Jesus exuded. The seventh manifestation is the Spirit of prophecy, ‘for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy’ (Revelation 19:10).

People that God used in the past only exuded some manifestations of God’s Spirit. For Kings like Solomon and other leaders, it was that of wisdom and counsel, for workers of the temple, it was that of knowledge and understanding, for mighty men of valour like David, it was that of might. For prophets, it was that of prophecy, and for righteous men like Enoch, it was the fear of the Lord. However, for Jesus, the fullness of God was and is in Him, and so manifests the seven-fold spirit of God. Jesus fulfills the words of Prophet Isaiah and says, ‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lords favour’ (Luke 4:18-19).

Jesus does not only have the Spirit, but is also the custodian. Jesus is described as ‘him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars’ (Revelation 3:1). He also is said to be among the ‘seven golden lampstands’ (1:v12). Lampstands are symbolic of God’s Spirit. When Zechariah saw ‘a solid gold lampstand with a bowl at the top and seven lights on it, with seven channels to the light’ (Zachariah 4:2), he asks the angel what they symbolize. The angel answers, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty’ (v6). Interestingly, Jesus describes all those who believe in Him as ‘light of the world’ (Matthew 5:14) that needs to be shine, and proceeds to say that ‘neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl’ (v15). Here, Jesus introduces that His very Spirit is transferrable to anyone who believes in Him.

Jesus again hints this while speaking to the Samaritan woman at the well telling her, ‘whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life’ (John 4:14). Again, while teaching at the Feast of Tabernacles He says, ‘Whoever believes in me as the Scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water’ (7:v38). Jesus shows the fluid nature of the Spirit in that it is transferrable. Before His death, Jesus speaks more plainly about the Spirit, and actually gives it names saying, ‘But the Counsellor, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you’ (14:v26). Jesus then gives a condition, ‘Unless I go away, the Counsellor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you’ (16:v7). Jesus also introduces the personality of the Spirit by referring to ‘He’, denoting His liveliness and headship. Jesus also refers to God’s Spirit as the ‘Spirit of truth’ (v12) which ‘will guide you into all truth’ (v13).

All those who believe in Jesus are baptised with the Holy Spirit because ‘the man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptise with the Holy Spirit’ (1:v33). Right before His ascension, Jesus tells His disciples, ‘Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you heard me speak about. For John baptised with water, but in a few days you will be baptised with the Holy Spirit’ (Acts 1:4-5). Jesus then proceeds to summarize the nature of the Spirit, ‘But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you’ (v8). Jesus did not only promise part of the manifestations of the Spirit, but His totality, His power. No wonder He says, ‘I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father (and will send the Holy Spirit to operate in you like it did in me)’ (John 14:12).

The first evidence that the Spirit of God has dawned on someone is the speaking in other tongues. When the first Christians were worshipping on the Day of Pentecost, ‘suddenly a sound like of a rushing mighty wind came from heaven and filled the whole house’ (Acts 2:2). That was God’s Spirit. Then ‘All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them’ (v4). This is because the Holy Spirit is a ‘seal’ and a ‘guarantee’ (Ephesians 1:13,14) to distinguish all those that belong to God. Jesus says, ‘the world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and is in you’ (John 14:17). Therefore, once a person believes in Jesus and eventually receives the Holy Spirit, the manifestations of God’s seven-fold Spirit eventually start to unravel, because they are all interrelated. The deeper we grow our roots into Jesus, the more the Spirit manifests.

Not only did the Holy Spirit rest on the apostles and leaders of the early church, it also rested on Believers- as it does today. So that ‘If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God’ (1 Peter 4:11). While Paul was in Caesarea ‘and stayed at the house of Philip the evangelist, one of the seven. He had four unmarried daughters who prophesied’ (Acts 21:8-9). In other words, one does not have to be a prophet or apostle to manifest the workings of God’s Spirit. A Believer who grows into the knowledge and fullness of God can operate in the seven-fold Spirit of God. In the same way Christ carried the ‘fullness of the Godhead bodily’ (Colossians 2:9), so can we carry the fullness of Christ. The Holy Spirit is also still transferable because ‘when Paul placed his hands on them (twelve disciples of John), the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied’ (19:v6). The same way Elisha asked Elijah ‘Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit’ (2 Kings 2:9) before he was taken up to heaven, so can we inherit the Holy Spirit from Christ. However, one should not allow anyone lay hands on them as the Spirit is not confined to physical contact. In fact, Paul urges, ‘Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands’ (1 Timothy 5:22).

The same way that the Spirit manifests itself, it can also be quenched. Jesus tells the Church in Ephesus, ‘You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove the lampstand from its place’ (Revelation 2:4-5). In other words, complacency, sin, and not continually being rooted in Christ by feeding the Spirit on His word and prayer may cause our lampstand, God’s Spirit, to be taken away. Paul admonishes, ‘Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption’ (Ephesians 4:30). Elsewhere, he again says, ‘Do not put out the Spirit’s fire’ (1 Thessalonians 5:19). Just as ‘The lamps on the pure gold lampstand before the Lord must be tended continually’ (Leviticus 24:4), so must we tend and rend our inner man continually to the Holy Spirit to effectively operate in His seven-fold manifestations.

https://carolynemutisya7.wordpress.com/2021/04/28/the-seven-fold-spirit-of-god/

COMMUNITY STRONG

By Reverend Paul N. Papas II

29 August 2011

You’ve see the T-shirts, hats and bumper stickers saying Army Strong. It is time show Community Strong.

Even though it was over forty years ago I remember Boot Camp pretty well. Boys were made into men in eight weeks both physically and mentally. At that time, as now, many went off to war and not all came back. Boys from all over the country, with all kinds of back rounds, were brought together to gain the knowledge, discipline, and tools to become Our Nations defenders of freedom.

Today we have hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes in many parts of the country. Today we have all kinds of people with all kinds of back rounds in need of assistance and our greatest resource is people. The country may be broke, but our people’s spirits are not broken. It is because of our people’s spirits and resourcefulness that we will rebuild.

There are two examples of Community Strong I would like to share with you. One is where a neighbor was able to cook on his stove because he had a manual, not electric, gas stove and oven when the electricity was out for days because of a storm. His neighbors either had electric stoves or electric starts to their stoves and ovens. He invited his neighbors in to share the use of his stove and oven in order that his neighbors could enjoy a hot meal. The story never made the papers and it was not supposed to.

The second example of Community Strong is where a neighbor offered to put another neighbor’s frozen foods in his freezer just because he still had electricity and the other neighbor’s electricity was out because of Irene. It is not known when it will be back on.  Neither neighbor called a press conference.

Neighbors have been helping neighbors for a very long time, even before formal governments were formed. It was neighbors helping neighbors that formed the basis for formal governments.

As we know there are groups of people who help each other out because they are in a similar circumstance, even though they may not otherwise do so. This is also the idea behind support groups.

Whether it is Habitat For Humanity, American Legion, AA, NAMI, or other helping organizations they are designed to help others while helping each other. Each organization has a purpose and a mission to help a certain portion of the population with certain needs.

NAMI and other organizations that assist family and friends of people who have been affected by the medical condition of a mental illness, as well as those who have a medical condition of a mental illness, don’t receive the same status as Habitat For Humanity, American Legion or AA in people’s minds.  This is the stigma that needs to be eradicated.

In this particular trying time hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes it is especially urgent that neighbors help neighbors. One urgent way neighbors should be looking out for each other is looking for signs of despair, depression, anxiety, or worry about their present circumstances, especially if they just lost everything they own. When we knew our neighbors we could more easily tell when our neighbor was in distress. Often times a good listening ear is what is really needed.  I can’t give you any specific advice other than to observe, listen, talk with, and if needed refer someone to a professional for assistance.

We can’t depend on our government for much assistance to rebuild. We can depend upon our greatest resource; which is each other. There are no shortages of needs, pick one or more that you can help with and go to work. Show how you are Community Strong.

https://preacher01704.wordpress.com/2011/09/05/community-strong/

VIDEO A Country That Honors God

What Truly Protects a Nation

July 3, 2018 By Charles F. Stanley

 

As you look at the state of our nation today, what do you see? The Bible says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Ps. 33:12), but this is not a popular belief in our society. However, it’s the only way our nation can flourish. Further support for this truth is found in Proverbs 14:34, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” Abandoning the Lord leads to disgrace and the loss of His blessings.

Contrary to popular belief, what actually protects a nation is not military strength but the righteousness of its people and government. When the Lord is honored in a nation, He is exalted, and the people are protected. Therefore, we should look at our nation today and ask ourselves whether we as a country are honoring God. Our future depends on the answer.

Freedom doesn’t come cheaply, and it’s always under attack by our enemy, the devil. His ungodly and unbiblical influences fight against our beliefs, but the Lord gives us courage to resist.

As believers, we are under the divine guidance of our Commander, the Lord Jesus Christ, and we do not fight with weapons but with the Word of God—the only message that can transform lives and influence the world for good. Christ’s church will not be overpowered, and He will be faithful to raise up believers in every generation. We have been commanded to proclaim the gospel throughout the world, and this commission is not just for those trained as missionaries but for each of us in our own places of influence.

However, this means we must be willing to stand firmly for our convictions when they are challenged. Convictions are unaffected by the times, the values of the culture, or the popularity of current ideas. Christian beliefs may be unpopular presently, but the Lord is our defense as long as we exalt and obey Him as Lord and honor His Word as our compass for life.

As followers of Jesus, we are His representatives, and there is no room for compromise with the immoral, disrespectful, or self-indulgent aspects of our culture. So, how are we to respond to this world in which we live? Others may criticize and stand against Christianity, but we who love the Lord must stay true to Him. We can’t afford to let ourselves be lulled into thinking that because we live in a free and prosperous nation, nothing bad is going on or could happen to us in the future.

Despite the sinful condition of our culture, we should not be discouraged. Our God is greater than the world’s knowledge and wisdom, and His purposes are not thwarted by sin. He is sufficient and adequate to guide us through whatever we face—our responsibility is simply to believe, trust, obey, and follow Him, modeling the Christian life for those around us.

 

This article is adapted from the Sermon Notes for Dr. Stanley’s message“Standing on Your Convictions” which airs this weekend on TV.

https://www.intouch.org/read/blog/a-country-that-honors-god

 

 

Create your website with WordPress.com
Get started
%d bloggers like this: