Now Playing: The Spirit of the Lord - Day 11

Each of the seven Spirits partners together in ministry with another Spirit: “The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD” (Is. 11:2). Notice the three partnerships: wisdom and understanding; counsel and might; knowledge and the fear of the Lord. These will be explained in later study.

The Spirit of the Lord is the Holy Spirit. The following Scriptures make this clear. “Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him” (Is. 42:1). “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good tidings” (Is. 61:1). “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him” (Acts 10:38).

The Spirit of the Lord enables us to do things that we are unable to do in our flesh, such as minister healing or deliverance, or operate in supernatural strength like Samson’s (Judg. 13:25). Samson’s strength was greater than any human’s strength. The Spirit of the Lord enabled him to perform superhuman feats of strength in overcoming the Philistines Judg. 14:6, 19; 15:14). In this same Book of Judges, three other judges also experienced the power of the Spirit of the Lord upon them, including Othniel (Judg. 3:9, 10), Gideon (Judg. 6:34), and Jephthah (Judg. 11:29). The latter two won great victories and delivered Israel out of bondage to their enemies.

The “Spirit of the Lord” upon him enabled the stuttering Moses to become a great orator. Moses spent a large amount of time in God’s presence and became an eloquent speaker, as illustrated by his long speech in the Book of Deuteronomy. God chose Moses to become His spokesperson and empowered him to explain God’s detailed law to the Israelites before they entered the Promised Land. Moses learned to obey God’s voice.

The Spirit of the Lord demands that we yield to God. In effect He says, “I want you to be yielded. I want you to surrender. I want you to be an empty vessel, to be like the apostle Paul and say, ‘I die daily to my own way, to my own will, to my own self, to my own flesh’ “(1 Cor. 15:31, author’s paraphrase).

While on earth Jesus instructed His disciples to die to their selfish desires: “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me” (Luke 9:23). Today the Spirit of the Lord continues to call us to a life surrendered to God’s purposes.

As we fully yield to the Spirit of the Lord, like the many men and women of the Bible who God has enabled to do great exploits, we will also be transformed and empowered to make a difference in the world (2 Cor. 3:18).

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