The Spirit of the Lord rests! He rests where? He rested upon Jesus and He rests upon us.
What we behold, we become. Behold Him! So, the question now becomes, what will we do with Him?
Will we allow Him to rest and speak through us? Will we be rooted and grounded in Him? Will we use our hands to pray for folks who are hurting? Will we clap and cheer for those who are advancing in the things of God? Will we walk in a way that’s pleasing to Him?
As we look in the Old Testament, Isaiah prophesied about the Spirit resting. He said this about Jesus, the root of David, “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him–the Spirit of wisdom, and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord–and He will delight in the fear of the Lord.” Isaiah 11: 1-3
Let’s look at these attributes of the Holy Spirit. We begin where it all begins:
The Spirit of the Lord will rest.
- The Messiah, like David, like the apostles, and now for us, and others after us, will be empowered by the Holy Spirit.
What is that empowerment?
These spirits Isaiah described are not seven individual spirits but of the One Spirit, expressed in seven ways.
- The Spirit of Wisdom is wisdom that comes from the Holy Spirit beyond natural wisdom. They are called priests of the Lord in the Old Testament. (Exodus 28: 3) This wisdom comes from the Lord.
In the New Testament, we see this verse: “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better.” Ephesians 1: 17
- The Spirit of Understanding is connected to the Spirit of Wisdom, but I’m going to separate it so we can see what understanding we are in need of. Right in the next verse in the New Testament, we read:
“I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparable great power for us who believe.” Ephesians 1: 18-19
What’s the Spirit saying in this verse?
Understand what you are called to. As a Jesus-follower, a saint of the Lord, you are given a rich inheritance that is glorious and incomparable to anything else. That incomparable great power is for us, His followers/believers.
Here’s another promise that alludes to understanding who we are in Christ: “My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2: 2-3
All wisdom and knowledge come from Jesus, and is in Him. This is why we need the Spirit to rest on us and within us.
We are called to greater things, not just to get fire insurance and be saved. We are called to “Live and move and have our being” in Jesus. That’s every part of us, our entire being, to be alive and to move out in Him.
- The Spirit of Counsel comes from what Isaiah spoke forth about Jesus, saying, “He will be called Wonderful Counselor…” Isaiah 9:6
We can marvel at His counsel and walk in His counsel as He consoles and counsels us.
- The Spirit of Power enables us to walk not in fear but in the power of His love.
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1: 7, NIV
Another version says it this way: “For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1: 7, NKJ
- Having a sound mind is walking in the Spirit’s wisdom and counsel.
- The power of His love enables us to carry out all that we are called to without fear nor being timid.
- A Holy Spirit boldness comes upon us in power.
- The Spirit of Knowledge is wrapped with wisdom. Speaking about Jesus, Isaiah said this: “He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.” Isaiah 33: 6
- Salvation is our foundation and as we grow up in the Spirit, being rooted and grounded is the treasure we behold.
- The Spirit of the Fear of the Lord is walking in the fear of the Lord; that’s the key.
This fear is reverential fear. It’s delighting in Him and walking in His ways. Jesus said it this way: “The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases Him.” John 8: 29
- Walking in the fear of the Lord is doing what pleases Him, no matter what!
Walking as the Spirit empowers us and will cause us to “Not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears…” Isaiah 11: 3b
Saints of God, tap into this Wisdom and Knowledge: “For God is in the rebuilding and will rebuild by His Spirit to enable this rebuilding to be completed by His Spirit. For when the rebuilding occurred, it was proclaimed that the Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him, and now on man, who yield to this rebuilding through My Spirit. Wisdom, understanding counsel, power, knowledge and the fear of the Lord are keys in this rebuilding. Judge not with your eyes or your ears, but judge with the Spirit that is in you and upon you to complete what has been proclaimed. Let righteousness be your belt and faithfulness be your sash that is around Me; for you walk not alone, but walk in Me. “See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” Revelation 5: 5
You can find all of the Kingdom Assurance series posts by clicking the button below.