The Seven-fold Spirit of God. Introduction

“And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of His roots: And the Spirit shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Might, the Spirit of Knowledge and the Fear of the Lord; And shall make Him of quick understanding in the Fear of the Lord: and He shall not judge after the sight of His eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of His ears: But with righteousness shall He judge the poor…” Isaiah 11:1-4.

The Seven-fold Spirit Of God that gives Us the Mind of Christ is:

  • Spirit of the Lord is the supernatural power source that creates God’s thoughts in our hearts.
  • Spirit of Wisdom is all of God’s supernatural Thoughts themselves.
  • Spirit of Understanding is God’s personal illumination of those Thoughts.
  • Spirit of Counsel is God’s personal instructions for Godly choices.
  • Spirit of strength is God’s supernatural ability to perform those Thoughts in our lives.
  • Spirit of Knowledge is experiencing God’s Life (His Thoughts) in place of our own.
  • Fear of the Lord is walking in God’s Love and Truth, fleeing anything that would quench His Spirit.

As we have discovered in past teachings; our mind (Greek Nous) is not just our conscious thoughts, reason or intellect but a whole conceptual process.

A whole Conceptual Process.

  1. We are made aware that our mind begins with the spirit that resides at the core of our being.
  2. That spirit then creates the thoughts of our hearts, and, in turn, produces the actions of our
  3. In other words, our minds not only include the conception or the creation of an idea in our hearts, but also its fulfillment in action in our lives.
  4. The Mind of Christ is the very same conceptual process, only it’s a “divine” process of thinking. God’s Holy Spirit creates God’s supernatural Thoughts in our hearts and then, His Holy Spirit produces those Thoughts as godly actions in our lives.
  5. Here we have God’s Word and His Spirit again working together to give us the Mind of God.

Divine Seven-Fold Process of Thinking by the Holy Spirit.

The divine seven-fold process of thinking called the Mind of Christ begins with the Spirit of the Lord (at the core of our being), who desires to impart to us, not only all of God’s supernatural Thoughts (His Wisdom); but also understanding of those Thoughts; counsel as to which of those Thoughts are appropriate for own situation; supernatural strength to implement those Thoughts in our lives; personal experiential knowledge of seeing those Thoughts manifested in our life actions; and lastly, the ability to walk in the fear of the Lord (and not the fear of man), by fleeing anything that would quench His Spirit in us.

It helps to think of the seven-fold Spirit of God that creates the Mind of Christ in us like a Jewish Menorah. The Spirit of the Lord is the trunk or the center core of the lampstand, and then all the other six functions (capabilities, attributes) branch out from it. So, yes, the Spirit is all one (because it’s the Holy Spirit), but with six different capabilities …behold a lampstand all of Gold, (symbol of deity) and His seven lamps thereon…” Zechariah 4:2.

So, it’s the Holy Spirit’s mission—with our consent—to produce this mind in us, so that we can “Live the truth” and that the Gospel can be passed on to others.

Something important to understand is that this divine conceptual process called the Mind of Christ does not automatically occur in our lives. Only as we “renew our minds” by putting off the garbage in our thinking, are we able to receive from the Holy Spirit, not only God’s agape love, but also His Mind. Should we choose not to renew our minds, then we’ll quench God’s Spirit in our hearts, and His love and His Mind will be blocked and prevented from coming forth.

1 Corinthians 2:12-16. This Scripture also tells us that the whole purpose of the Mind of Christ in us, is that we might know—intimately experience—the things freely given to us by God. God wants us to intimately know these truths because He wants us to be able to judge everything that happens to us, not through our own eyes (our own mind), but through His Mind, through His Wisdom, His counsel and His knowledge.

Throughout the Bible, the Spirit of the Lord is often referred to as “the eyes (or the mind) of the Lord. Psalm 32:8 supports this view, “ I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with Mine eye.”

And Revelation 5:6 agrees, “And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.”

Functions of the Mind of Christ.

So, let’s learn what fantastic capabilities are that we receive through the Mind of Christ, so we can put them to use in our lives. Again, we can’t use these incredible gifts if we don’t really understand what they are.

Explaining the seven Spirits of God in the Holy Spirit.

The Spirit of the Lord.  In Hebrew is Ruwach- in Greek is Pneuma.  Is the core of our being, the main lampstand. And then all the other six functions (capabilities, attributes) branch out from it. The Bible tells us that “the spirit of a man is the candle of the Lord Proverbs 20:27. Scripture goes on to say that in order for our spirit or our candle to be united with God’s Spirit, it must be lit. And, Psalm 18:28 tells us that God is the only One who lights our candle.

So, the Spirit of the Lord is the energy source, the power source or the light source of our lives. Without God’s Spirit in our hearts, we will have neither the Agape Love of God nor the Mind of Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:6 supports this, “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give (us) the light of the knowledge of the glory of God…”

So, the Mind of Christ is not the light itself, God is, but simply the instrument through which God’s Spirit gives us light. Salvation occurs when the Lord “Lights our candle” When His Spirit becomes united with our human spirit; but we only “see” clearly when that light (God) fully encompasses every part of our body.

The goal of our instruction then, is not more learning or more head knowledge, but simply showing forth more of Christ’s life (His Light). “Now the end of the commandment is love (Christ’s Life) out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and faith unfeigned…” 1 Timothy 1:5.

The person of the Holy Spirit grows the fruit of the Spirit in us Galatians 5:22-25. This is the sign that we have been filled or empowered with God’s love.

Finally, there needs to be a daily refilling (pleroo) of the Holy Spirit all day, everyday Ephesians 5:18.

The Spirit of the Lord is like a fountain of water that leaps up within us John 4:10,11, 14; 7:38.  Experiencing the fullness of God means continually setting aside our self-Life and allowing God’s Spirit to refill us. Ephesians 3:19; John 4:14.

Next we will learn about the six functions of the Spirit of the Lord.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What does the Bible mean when it speaks of the salvation of the soul?

I want to touch on something that goes on a lot in Christianity. Many camps of Protestants are divided over Biblical truths no matter how many recognized positions of Bible scholars and theologians may be referenced in support of their beliefs. The error camps make in the noble effort to understand God’s Word is called “illegitimate totality transfer,” which is the assignment of a “meaning” to a word or phrase regardless of context.  Certain words, such as “save” and “life,” are often subject to this type of misapplication of meaning.

In brief, the salvation of the soul (soul-salvation) as seen in various passages throughout the New Testament.

  1. (Matthew 16:26, 27
  2. Romans 8:13 + Galatians 5:19-21. emphaise “being saved” soul salvation
  3. 1 Corinthians 1:18
  4. Hebrews 10:35-39
  5. 1 Peter 1:3-9
  6. James 1:21; 5:20), is an aspect of salvation distinct from salvation of the spirit
  7. spirit-salvation; John 3:5-7; 16-18
  8. Acts 16:30, 31
  9. Ephesians 2:8, 9 this includes the eventual salvation of the body
  10. Romans 8:23
  11. 1 Corinthians 15:51-57. which distinctions are purposely and rigidly maintained by the Holy Spirit throughout the Word, embodies the following characteristics:

(1) It involves only the soul-component of a person, as opposed to his spirit and body (1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 4:12); the soul being his life now (sanctification) and, specifically, its relevance (i.e., rewards or lack thereof [suffering]) to the millennial kingdom — the rule and reign over the earth by Christ for one thousand years to be established at His Second Advent.

(2) Although soul-salvation, like spirit-salvation, is based on (made possible by) Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, it may be secured only after a person comes to the cross — placing one’s faith alone in Christ alone for one’s personal and eternal salvation, which is spirit-salvation.

(3) Whereas spirit-salvation is a past, completed act (a one-time act of the will when a person places his faith in Christ) that results in a secured (guaranteed) eternal possession; where does the word of God state this:

  1. 2 Cor. 1:22
  2. 2 Cor. 5:5
  3. 1:14

soul-salvation is a present, continuous process that, when and if completed successfully, results in a future, inherited possession.

(4) Whereas spirit-salvation is a free gift totally apart from any works by man, soul-salvation is obtained by the production of divine good-works — perseverance in faithfulness and bearing the fruit of the Spirit by (through) the person himself.

(5) Whereas spirit-salvation is totally the work of the Holy Spirit, soul-salvation is a shared work between the Holy Spirit and the person who has passed from death to life through faith in Christ Jonah 2:9.

(6) Whereas spirit-salvation involves only the judgment of sin in the person of Christ on the cross at Calvary, soul-salvation involves the judgment of the believer (his temporal life of faithfulness or lack thereof) at the Judgment Seat of Christ. The Bema seat Mat. 27:19; 2 Cor.5:10.

(7) Whereas spirit-salvation has eternal verities in view, soul-salvation has millennial verities in view.

What does verities mean? Verity designates the quality of a state or thing that is exactly what is purports to be or accords completely with facts <test the verity of his remarks> or refers to things felt to be of lasting, ultimate, or transcendent truth.

 

Summary.

Therefore, the term “salvation” in its full context means not only receiving God’s Life in our spirits, but also renewing every part of our soul and body as well.  This takes time and effort.

The first step in salvation (justification) gives us peace and satisfaction and joy.  The second step in the process of full salvation (the sanctification of our soul) gives us the power to overcome sin and self, receive personal deliverance from the enemy and the freedom to walk in God’s way.  Many Christians, however, take only the first step (justification).

Like the Israelites, they only put the blood on the door-posts of their house (Exodus 12:22), but they forget to purge the leaven from their lives (sanctification).  They trust God for the salvation of their spirits, but they fail to declare war on their flesh.  Consequently, they prevent the power of God from doing the work of sanctification in their lives.

Complete salvation is not only believing in the Lord, it also includes walking with the Lord, overcoming the world, the flesh, and the devil and enduring to the end.  Again, a lifelong process.  First, we are saved (in our spirit) from the penalty of sin; next, we are saved (in our soul) from the power of sin, and finally, we are saved (in our body) from the presence of sin.

Our spirit is saved by God at the time of our new birth; our body is redeemed by God at the time of the rapture and translation; but the salvation (or the transformation) of our soul by the Holy Spirit is dependent upon and determined by the individual himself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emasculated liars, policy makers, and useful idiots

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“To assent to obvious lies is to cooperate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control.”

— Theodore Dalrymple, from Our Culture, What’s Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses

In context, that quote was originally used in a passage about political correctness as communist propaganda but, I think, it makes sense to use it to make a social and moral point too.

To understand where I’m coming from you need to understand that I firmly believe that our society has devolved to this.

“Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.”

— Romans 1:24-25

Even if you’re not a Bible believing Christian, it’s hard to make a case that our society has not exchanged universal truths for manufactured progressive lies and replaced religion with progressive ideology. I would ad that it’s also hard to make the case that many have not been “given over” to the point that they can’t tell the difference between truth and lies.

I also believe that American society, on the progressive side anyway, is divided into three segments.

1. Liberal elite policy makers

— These are the topmost people in power whose agenda, disguised as giant societal leaps forward, is born of evil, rooted in lies, and foisted on the masses using evil and dishonest means.

2. Enablers

— These are; politicians, professors, celebrities, media outlets, etc. who serve as cogs in the progressive social change machine. They have assented to obvious (obvious to those who have not been given over) lies and are willing to cooperate with evil to an evil end.

3. Useful idiots

— These are the emasculated and easy to control liars who are unable to resist anything anyone in the other segments tells them.

 

CHRISTIANS WHO HATE TRUMP

They are the Christians who hate Trump.  Let’s call it for what it is: hate.  It is their hate—strange for professed Christians—that dulls their ability to see the inaccuracy of their comments and their myopic views.

One sanctimonious ranting Christian said, “there’s nothing Biblical about Trump.”  Actually, there’s nothing Biblical about that statement.  The prophet Daniel served Nebuchadnezzar.  Daniel recognized the role a pagan king played in God’s unfolding drama.  The church’s ability to work with Trump is totally Biblical.

Now I must clarify, lest I incur the wrath of Trump supporters.  I am not calling Trump a pagan king—I’m sure he much more moral than his enemies know—I am saying that if Daniel could work with Nebbie, how much more we can work with the Don.

I tried hard to figure out believers who hate Trump.  Our side won a long overdue and miraculous victory and they choose to aid and abet the other side.  Is it because their favorite “Christian” didn’t win and they are sour grapes?

And why didn’t these conservative Christians hold Reagan to the same standard?  They adored him even while Nancy was studying horoscopes in the White House.

They didn’t require any president to be a squeaky-clean pastor until Trump.

Yeah, his tweets can be a bit much.  And okay, president Trump is not as smooth as Reagan…but, maybe we don’t need smooth right now.

But there is something else that is really strange, (hypocritical is more like it) why didn’t these guardians of morality speak out against Obama?  T.D. Jakes even attacked Franklin Graham for questioning Obama’s Christian Faith.  Told him not to judge a brother.  Hold that thought as we explore another question…

How could you not question Obama’s Christianity?  Obama begged the question by dropping the Christian card whenever it suited him (something Trump never does).   Meanwhile, Barack fought for same sex marriage, late term abortion, and was the most Biblically hostile president in our history.

Click on this link to see the list of his acts of hostility toward Christians   https://wp.me/p1vrzp-3DQ

Back to Jakes.  So why do so many Christian leaders—who said it was wrong to judge Obama—judge Trump?

Trump is not a pastor.  He is a businessman who loves America.  As far as his faith?  I am not qualified to determine his spiritual depth since I’ve never had the chance to meet the man.

“He is like Hitler and the church is being fooled” said another comment.  Please remove your tinfoil hats and listen.  Hitler never had 98% of the media against him.  Trump has never called for a new constitution.  Hitler never tried to protect Israel.  I could go on and on.

Maybe if Trump had been the first president to address the march for life.  Maybe if he had chosen an on fire born-again vice president.  Maybe if he has rescinded executive orders that banned federal funds from Christian organizations.  Maybe if he overruled the Johnson Amendment that banned the free speech of pastors.  Maybe if he had moved the American Embassy to Jerusalem.  Maybe if he had put someone on the Supreme Court who helped Christian bakers practice freedom of religion.  Maybe then you would support him.  Oh wait…he did all that.

God has done a miracle and the enemy wants to make short work of the amazing breakthroughs we are witnessing by dividing the church.  Instead of being a religious outliers you should be thanking God, praying, supporting the president, and voting.

Singer Russ Taff Reveals Life of Drinking and Shame, Needing Therapy

‘Praise the Lord’ Singer Russ Taff Reveals Life of Drinking and Shame, Needing Therapy to Overcome Trauma

Leonardo Blair , Christian Post Reporter | Oct 6, 2018 9:35 AM

Many Christians may know six-time Grammy Award-winning Christian singer Russ Taff as the anointed voice behind “Praise the Lord.” In a new documentary set for release this month, Taff, 65, reveals a decade long struggle with alcohol that required trauma therapy to set him free.

“Shame is a prison. I was locked up in shame’s prison for over 40 years,” Taff revealed in a trailer for the documentary “Russ Taff: I Still Believe,” set for release in theaters for one day nationwide Oct. 30. 

“Behind its bars, I was safe, isolated and hiding from pain, disconnected from family and everyone I ever loved. Abused as a child, shame told me it was all my fault. Singing for Jesus and living a secret life as an alcoholic. Shame whispered, ‘there is no hope,'” he explained.

The iconic singer, who toured with contemporary Christian music stars such as Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith and the Gaithers, told the Tennessean that for a long time, he used alcohol to numb the pain of his childhood trauma. His father was a Pentecostal preacher who also struggled with alcoholism and his mother would frequently unload her anxieties about her family life on him.

The documentary examines Taff’s childhood abuse, his addiction, depression, suicidal ideation, how he abandoned his own family and once showed up drunk for a major Christian TV show taping.

Taff told the Tennessean that after his mother unloaded her anxieties on him, sometimes he would take his father’s church key late at night and find a place inside the sanctuary to unload his burdens on God.

“I was able to dump on Jesus,” he said.

He eventually also found an outlet for some of his pain in singing and found inspiration in his mother’s black and Southern gospel albums.

After launching his music career, however, Taff developed a taste for alcohol when he was 26 and like his father before him, his wife and children were no longer a priority in his life.

Soon he was in and out of rehab. When his father died in 1997, he also turned to alcohol.

It wasn’t until about 10 years ago that he got desperate and checked himself into a residential trauma treatment center for 63 days. It cost his family most of their savings, but it helped him find peace as he was able to work through his childhood trauma.

“I did start feeling compassion once I started dealing with my stuff for them (parents) and what they had to deal with,” Taff said. “When I left there, I had this feeling like I wish they were still alive. I think I can talk to them now. No more rage and anger. I feel sympathy.”

In the trailer for the documentary, Taff points to his redemption.

“Prison doors were meant to be open. Captives can be set free. I learned the Gospel is greater than I could have possibly imagined. I am a child of the King. I am broken. I’m an alcoholic. I’m forgiven … And I still believe,” he said. Luke 4:18.

 

 

A Thousand Sorrows Prepares a Man to Preach

 

D.A.Carson, Timothy Keller, and John Piper.

 

Judging vs. Discerning

Judging vs. Discerning

Jesus plainly stated that we are not to judge others. But

so often His words are used against Christians who are trying to

point out wrong in society. And it seems that so few Christians

know how to answer such objections.

So, what should you do if, upon seeing evil in the world, and

stating your convictions regarding it, you are told that you have no

business judging others? Are Christians to become mindless

people who can’t tell the difference between good and evil? Is

this mindless condition something we are to strive for?

First of all, there is a big difference between judging someone,

and discerning evil. The two are not the same at all. In

the Bible, the word “judge” is often a woeful translation of the

Greek word “katakrino.” This word literally means “to judge

against.” In other words, it really means “to condemn.” But there

is another Greek word, “krino,” which is often translated

“to discern.” “Krino” literally means “to separate.” Or, to put it

more clearly, it means “to separate the good from the bad.”

These two words aptly show the contrast between judging

someone, which God forbids, and discerning, which God desires.

“To judge” means to condemn. It means to render a sentence

against someone as if you are God. And “to judge,” the way

Jesus forbade it, is always a product of a bad attitude. It stems

from never having seen that you are as needy as the one whom

you are condemning. “To discern,” however, carries no

desire to see someone “get what is coming to them.” True

discernment doesn’t condemn at all. It simply sees things as they

really are, with the mind of Christ.

True discernment carries no blinders. It sees evil. And it

confesses what it sees if the love of God dictates it. Don’t think

that the love of God would avoid pointing out evil in society. Read

the gospels. Jesus continually upbraided the Pharisees, yet He

said He judged (condemned) no man. Jesus knew the difference

between judging and discerning. He always discerned. He never

judged.

Rather than be blind to evil, Christians will become more

sensitive to it — if they are getting closer to God. Getting closer

to God and developing His mind will not make us less sensitive to

sin. It will make us more sensitive to sin. And it will give us the

ability to discern things the way God discerns them — clearly, but

in love.

The book of Hebrews gives us a verse which tells us that

it is God’s will for us to discern the difference between good and

evil: But strong meat belongs to them that are of full age,

even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised

to discern both good and evil. (Heb. 5:14)

It is a mark of Christian maturity to discern the difference

between good and evil. It is also a greater mark of maturity, that

having discerned that difference, to be able to stand in the love of

God regarding it. God wants us to discern. But He tells us we

must not condemn.

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