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What Are the Seven Holy Spirits of God Key to Supernatural Life of a Christian?

An Angel Came to Me Through Someone Else’s Encounter

The seven spirits of God in the Bible represent a mystery rarely discussed but hold the secret to supernatural power in the Christian’s life. Believe me, when we take time to delve into these mysteries––even as we are reading about them––the Spirit of the Lord will manifest Himself in our lives in amazing ways.

When I knew God was giving me this subject as my next writing assignment, I felt helpless and spent months contemplating it. I had never heard a teaching on the seven spirits of God, but as I kept seeing the terminology in the book of Revelation, I wondered what it meant.

After meditating on Isaiah 11:2, the only place where they are listed, all I could determine was that there were six of them, so the “seven spirits of God” did not make sense to me.

That’s when an angel came to me through the story of another person who had an actual encounter with an angel.

An Angel Came to Chris Reed with a Word for This Hour

My friend Christine forwarded a video to me of Pastor Chris Reed’s story. He had been teaching a series on the seven spirits of God––the seven parts of His nature. One day during worship, he was caught up in the spirit to heaven. He saw colors so beautiful in realms of glory.

An angel whose name was Fear of the Lord, in white with eyes piercing like fire and a blue haze around him. motioned to him to “come.” He wanted him to see a wooden door and go into it. So, he walked through the door out of the glory he had been in.

He found himself in a library of books. He looked up at the heading of some books on the shelf and saw the words “The Supernatural.” One book stood out to him, “The Seven Spirits of God.” He pulled it out. The front cover read The Spirit of the LORD.

The inside pages were very thick: page 1 was Spirit of wisdom; page 2 Spirit of understanding; page 3 Spirit of counsel; page 4 Spirit of might; page 5 Spirit of knowledge. The back cover said Spirit of the fear of the Lord. Chris then glanced up.

The angel told him to look back down and the back cover was ripped off the back binding. All five thick pages had fallen out of the book and were LOST.

Fear of the Lord angel told Chris, “What you have in your left hand is representative of what is left in the majority of the spirit-filled world [the front cover—The Spirit of the LORD.]”

In his right hand was the back cover—The fear of the LORD. “The rest of the seven spirits all leave when the fear (awe and reverence) of the LORD is taken away,” the angel said.

The supernatural, revelation knowledge, might, and power in the church cannot exist without the fear of the LORD. It must be restored before we can see the glory and presence of the Lord cover the earth.Click to Tweet

The Seven Spirits of the Lord

What is the meaning of the seven spirits of God in the Bible?

This seven-fold mystery of the seven spirits of God is mentioned only in Isaiah 11:2 in the Old Testament. It is followed up in the book of Revelation. We will thoroughly look at the title page of the book: The Spirit of the LORD, which envelops the whole of the remaining six spirits.

You will go away feeling like you have been in the throne room with God and an understanding of all the symbols there. Jesus will come alive to you as never before as you are filled with the seven-fold Spirit of the LORD.

Isaiah 11:1 speaks of a Branch that will grow from the roots of Jesse, or David his son. Verse 2 says the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him—Jesus Christ.

What are the seven spirits of the LORD of Isaiah 11:2?

 

1.      The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him [Jesus]

2.      The Spirit of wisdom [ also known as 7 pillars of wisdom]

3.      and understanding

4.      The Spirit of counsel

5.      and might

6.      The Spirit of knowledge

7.      and of the fear of the Lord.

All seven are connected to each other.

It’s interesting to note that all these are intertwined and cannot exist on their own. The Word of God says that the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; also, that the fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; with all our getting of knowledge we should get an understanding; our counselor is the Holy Spirit––the Spirit of the Lord; and we can do nothing by our own might or power, but only by the Spirit of the LORD.

Lastly, but not least, Isaiah 11, verse 3 says, “His (Jesus) delight is in the fear of the LORD.” The rest of this chapter and many others, including Isaiah 59, show how the fear of the LORD comes through righteousness and faithfulness. “The Fear of the Lord” will soon have its own article, but for now, KNOW how it comes:

“According to their deeds, accordingly He will repay, fury to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies; the coastlands He will fully repay. So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun; when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him” (Isaiah 59:18-19 NKJV).

What is the meaning behind the “Spirit of the LORD”?

God is a spirit. When the afternoon breeze began to stir in the Garden of Eden, God as a spirit came to Adam and Eve in the wind. Although it is not stated that this was a daily occurrence, most Bible scholars consulted seemed to feel this was the case.

“And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day” (Gen. 3:8 NKJV).

The cool of the day was around 4:00 p.m. It is the time when the evening breeze begins to stir. The Hebrew word translated cool in this verse is ruwach (roó-ach). Elsewhere in scripture, this same word is translated as breath, wind, breeze, spirit, and Holy Spirit.

In Gen. 3:10 after Adam and his wife had sinned, the Lord called to Adam and said, “Where are you?” So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked, and I hid myself.” He heard the wind, breath, and breeze of the Spirit of the Lord and then heard his “still small voice”—the same as Elijah did in I Kings 19:12.

The Spirit of the LORD is the Holy Spirit.

What are the seven symbols in the Throne Room of God and what do they mean?

To get a more thorough understanding of the seven spirits of God we need to have a picture of who and what is in the throne room. Many sevens appear throughout Revelation, the number meaning completeness and perfection.

Referring to Revelation 4, this is after Jesus had already given the apostle John (the author) the seven messages to the seven churches, and then John saw a door standing open in heaven. The first voice he heard was like a trumpet saying, “Come up here and I will show you things which must take place after this.” This is what he saw:

1. A throne set in heaven and One sat on the throne like jasper and a sardius stone in appearance.

This One is identified as GOD (in verse 8) described in brilliance and glory. Jasper is probably a diamond suggesting purity and holiness and sardius is carnelian, deep red, picturing God’s avenging wrath.[i]

2. A rainbow around the throne appearing like an emerald.

Emerald is green, the dominant color in a rainbow, symbolizing mercy. It is God’s covenant with man and the earth to never send a flood to destroy them again.

3. Twenty-four thrones with twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads.

These are the celestial representatives of all the redeemed, glorified and enthroned, who worship continuously. White robes symbolize purity. The crowns suggest victory and joy, not political authority.[ii]

These elders are also seen as representatives of the faithful overcomers of the body of Christ who are already glorified, enthroned and crowned with the overcomer’s crown.

4. From the throne pulsated lightning, thundering and voices.

Lightning and thunder describe the awesome and wondrous power of God. We can recognize His voice when we hear and see them. The ‘voices’ can also be seen as those languages poured out on the day of Pentecost along with tongues of fire that rested on the disciples in the upper room (Acts 2:4). Three thousand souls were saved that day as people heard the Gospel in their own language.

Revelation 18:1 to Revelation 19:10 records seven voices from the throne. Most are voices of praise such as, “Praise our God all you His servants, and those who fear Him, both small and great!”

Again, “a voice of a great multitude as sound of many waters and as the sound of many thunderings saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God omnipotent reigns! Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage supper of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.”

5. Seven lamps of fire burning before the throne.

Menorah 7 Lamps of fireExodus 37:17-24 describes the making of the lampstand of one piece of gold with six branches, three on one side and three on the other. With its shaft, that made seven lamps. The middle shaft would be what holds them all together: the Spirit of the Lord––Holy Spirit. We know this today as the ‘menorah.’

Each lamp had its own wick through which oil flowed to keep the fire burning continuously. This is what Jesus meant when he told the parable of the ten virgins to make sure they had oil in their lamps before He came. Oil symbolizes the Holy Spirit and the supernatural power and ability to live the Christian life full of vitality especially in the midst of storms and perilous times.

The five foolish virgins (Matthew 25) took no oil to refill their lamps and missed out on the marriage supper of the Lamb. As we can see from this study of the seven spirits of God, it is the Holy Spirit of the Lord and the Word of God that refills our lamp–our daily life.

6. The seven lamps are the seven spirits of God before the throne.

As a review, these seven spirit lamps are as follows. [Stay tuned for more articles on the other six that will be linked here.]

1.      The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him [Jesus]

2.      The Spirit of wisdom [ also known as 7 pillars of wisdom]

3.      and understanding

4.      The Spirit of counsel

5.      and might

6.      The Spirit of knowledge

7.      and of the fear of the Lord.

The Seven Spirits of the Lord

7. Four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back, each with six wings full of eyes, surround the throne.

6 Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. 7 The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. 8 The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:

“Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come!”

9 Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:

You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will, they exist and were created.”––Rev. 4:6-11Click to Tweet

Full of Eyes in Front and in Back

Full of eyes symbolizes unceasing watchfulness 24/7. God is El Roi [The God Who Sees]. He knows your name. sees where you are and knows the thoughts and intents of your heart.

Six Wings

Six wings could mean they are searching the earth for those who are watchmen and women as they are––interceding in prayer and worship to Almighty God and who are filled with the seven-fold Spirit of God and living in supernatural abundance as overcomers––in spirit, soul, and body.

Likewise, they could also be searching for people who are hungry to be filled with the sevenfold Holy Spirit so they can alert Jesus to them. For it is Jesus who does the filling, as we will see.

It is their voices in this passage that is the first of twenty chorales that praise the holiness, omnipotence, and eternity of God. They are the highest-ranking celestial beings and interpret the meaning of many of the visions throughout Revelation.[iii]

These four types of cherubim suggest majestic courage––lion, strength––calf, intelligence––man and speed––eagle, in the service of the Creator. They resemble the beings Ezekiel and Isaiah saw.

Who is That One God on the Throne Again?

What are the 7 Spirits of God Key to Supernatural Life as a Christian“And I (John) looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns [meaning complete and perfect power] and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth” (Revelation 5:6 NKJV).

The time had come to open the first of the seven seals that starts the tribulation in the next chapter. No one was found worthy to open the scroll and John began to cry. An elder said to John, “Do not weep, Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David (Jesse), has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”

Then He (Jesus, the Lamb of God) took the scroll out of the right hand of Him (God the Father) who sat on the throne as the four living creatures and twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each with a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying:

“You are worthy to take the scroll,

And to open its seals,

For You were slain,

And have redeemed us to God by Your blood.

Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,

And have made us kings and priests to our God.

And we shall reign on the earth.”

The Holy Spirit of the Lord always lifts up the name of Jesus Christ. He never brings attention to Himself. Holy Spirit is the gift, and Jesus is the giver.

Notice how the Lamb Jesus sent out the seven spirits into all the earth. He is continually doing so and desires to send ALL of heaven to earth, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” as the Lord’s Prayer says. Have you received the seven spirits of God?

How can you be baptized with the seven spirits of God for a supernatural life?

John the Baptist told his disciples, “Jesus will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire” (Matthew3:11). That happened on the day of Pentecost when heaven came down with EVERYTHING in the throne room “when suddenly there came a sound from heaven like the rushing [wind] of a violent tempest blast, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues resembling fire, which were separated and distributed and which settled on each one of them. And they were all filled…” (Acts 2:2-3 Amplified).

Likewise, if you want to have power to  live the Christian life successfully, you must believe the words of Jesus:

“You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth” (Acts 1:8 NASB).

All you have to do is ASK Jesus. We have not because we ask not. Jesus will gladly anoint you with the oil from the seven lamps from the throne room and fill your heart and soul with that oil and fire! He cannot do that if you do not seek Him.

Now is the time to get a good study Bible if you can, as the one listed in the footnotes. I challenge you to read the book of Revelation. [Don’t miss chapter 13.]

“Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near” (Rev. 1:3).

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This booklet takes 69 Scriptures and weaves the jest of them into a conversation between Mr. Holy Spirit, Jesus and me. The Spirit of the LORD gave this message to me in 1980 when I saw, in my spirit, Holy Spirit walk into my front door on a red carpet. I immediately sat down to record it all on an old black, upright typewriter. I could hardly type fast enough to keep up with the words as they came.

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[i] New Spirit-Filled Life Bible, New King James Version, Executive Editor, Jack W. Hayford, Litt.D., Thomas Nelson 2002, 1823
[ii] Ibid.
[iii] New Spirit-Filled Life Bible, New King James Version, Executive Editor, Jack W. Hayford, Litt.D., Thomas Nelson 2002, 1824. I highly recommend this Bible if you don’t have a good study Bible.

M11A Biblical Fire Symbolizes the Presence of Jehovah

Hanks' Jehovah FireBounding up the stairs and exploding into our bedroom, our third son and youngest child, seventeen-year-old Hank, blurted, “Mom, it’s time you and I had a bonding time together. Dad is gone and it’s just you and me. You have to come out to the lake road and see the big fire!”

Already dressed for bed, I absolutely had no interest in going to see a fire, but Hank’s insistence made me take notice. He literally took my robe from the closet and put it on me. I thought, this will be an opportunity to look at the lake. So, I sneaked out of the house at 9:00 p.m.—in my robe.

Hank drove all the way to the lake. Saw no fire. Looked at the lake. Didn’t say much. On the way home, I said, “You know Hank, if there were a fire, don’t you think we would have seen it by now?”

“Yes Mom” he said, “But, as I was driving home, between the lake and the turn off on Horton Street, I looked out my rear view mirror, and there was this huge fire, and smoke billowing from the top.” He kept repeating how there was smoke “billowing” from the top.

Jehovah Fire

When we got home, I walked Hank over to where my journal was lying open to what I had written that morning:

03/03/03, “I am going to come to you in a dense cloud…” (Exodus 19:9, NIV). Our ladies group has been praying Psalm 91:1, “We dwell in the secret place of the Most High and shall remain stable and fixed under the ‘shadow’ of the Almighty (Amplified Bible says, “Whose power no foe can withstand”). In other words, the shadow of the Almighty is from the cloud that is God himself.

Together, Hank and I read further in my Bible, Exodus, chapter 19, verses 16-19:

On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled. Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the LORD descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, the whole mountain trembled violently, and the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder. Then Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him).

At a loss for words, I reminded Hank of Moses when he saw the burning bush and said, “If it ever happens again, stop, turn aside like Moses did and ask God what he is saying to you.” Without a word, Hank shook his head in agreement, and our bonding time was over.

At the time, I knew the date was 03-03-03, but the significance of it all had not yet settled into my thinking until I studied in more depth: ‘The Name’ Jehovah.

Fire is significant because of its association with the LORD

biblical fire

LORD in all caps in the English Bible means Jehovah. There are 417 occurrences where the LORD and fire are associated together in Scripture. God used fire to represent His presence in a visible way and to signify His glory and awesomeness. He was visible to the children of Israel in a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night as He led them in the wilderness; it never left.

“In the third month after the Israelites left Egypt, on the very day, they came to the Desert of Sinai” (Exod. 19:1). On the third day, Moses was to have the people standing at the foot of the mountain while He, Jehovah, descended upon it in fire.

This was a most solemn occasion because the people had made a commitment to do all the LORD [Jehovah] would command them to do, and Jehovah was about to give them the Ten Commandments. It was out of the fire the LORD spoke to Moses. The LORD declares that His Word will be like fire (see Jer. 23:29).

Biblical fire, as its association with the LORD, is very significant in all of Scripture in about seven different ways which we will look at.

We have studied the names of God with Jehovah as part of His name, so it is time we look at this most awe-inspiring name itself, which is far beyond any we have yet explored or could ever study. We will examine why it is so holy a name and what the fire of His Name and presence in His Word can do in our lives.

WHAT IS BIBLICAL FIRE AND HOW IS IT USED IN SCRIPTURE?

Fire symbolizes God’s presence

 

Fire with test overlay: 7 Ways to know the Lord through biblical FIRE

When God made His covenant with Abram, He accepted his burnt offering by passing as a blazing torch between the pieces of offering—a heifer, a goat and a ram, each three years old, along with a dove and a young pigeon (see Gen. 15:8 and 17). This covenant took place when the Sovereign LORD promised Abram a son as his heir in order to take possession of the land. God answered David with fire from heaven (see 1 Chron. 21:26); fire from heaven consumed the burnt offering of Solomon and glory filled the temple (see 2 Chron. 7:1). “The LORD your God is a consuming fire” (Deut. 4:24 and Heb.12:29).

Fire symbolizes our sacrificial prayers before the throne of God

biblical fire

“The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma” (Gen. 8: 21) from the burnt offerings Noah offered after the flood waters receded and he and his family were on dry ground. The Israelites burned incense to the LORD. It was made from a special recipe, was holy and never to be used for personal purposes. Anyone who did was to be cut off from his people. It was reserved for the LORD alone. The book of Revelation reveals smoke of the incense with prayers from the saints coming before God (see Rev. 8:4).

Fire symbolizes the refining and purification of God’s people

biblical fire

We have seen how Jehovah-Jireh is our teacher through many trials and testings, and that without being forced to stretch and grow, we will not. “He knows the way that I take [He has concern for it, appreciates and pays attention to it].When he has tried me, I shall come forth as refined gold [pure and luminous]” (Job 23:10 Amplified). Job tells the result of his trials, “My foot has held fast to His steps, His ways have I kept and not turned aside. I have not gone back from the commandment of His lips; I have esteemed and treasure up the words of His mouth more than my necessary food” (Job 23:11-12 Amplified). Job ate the fire of Jehovah’s Words. (See also Rev. 3:20 and 10:10).

Fire can be judgment from the LORD

biblical fire

Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by the LORD when he rained upon them with fire and brimstone from heaven. Fire consumed Ar of Moab (see Num. 21:28); fire devoured 250 men at the rebellion of Korah and his followers (see Num. 26:10). “Nadab and Abihu died when they made an offering before the LORD with unauthorized fire” (Num. 26:61). To people who choose their own way as best, “his fury will be shown to his foes, See the LORD is coming with fire, and his chariots are like a whirlwind; he will bring down his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. For with fire and with his sword the LORD will execute judgment upon all men, and many will be those slain by the LORD (Isa. 66:15-16).

Fire literally is hell

biblical fire

Fire burns to the realms of death below (see Deut. 32:22). The words hell and fire are found together eight times in the King James Bible. We are told it would be better that our offensive hand, foot, eye or tongue be cut off rather than our whole body be cast into hell fire. Satan’s final doom will be torment forever, day and night, in the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet will also be thrown (see Rev. 20:10). And, “If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire” (Rev. 20:15).

Fire is the symbol of the Holy Spirit

biblical fire

John the Baptist, who prepared the hearts of the people to repent of their sins to be ready to receive Jesus when He arrived, said, “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire” (Matt. 3:11). On the day of Pentecost, after Jesus ascended into heaven, and His disciples were praying all together in one place, “Suddenly, a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them” (Acts 2:2-4).

Fire and blood are signs of end times

biblical fire

Fire and blood are some of the literal judgments during the Great Tribulation (see Rev. 8:7-8). But among the Church on earth before the Rapture, they are signs. After the Holy Spirit descended over two-thousand years ago upon the disciples of Jesus, Peter addressed the crowd who witnessed the enabling fire on the disciples. His preaching, under the unction of the Holy Spirit, brought 3,000 people to the LORD. In Acts 2:17-21, He began by quoting the prophecy from Joel 2:28-32:

In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people, Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the LORD. And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.

“Mom, it’s time you and I had a bonding time together. Dad is gone and it’s just you and me. You have to come out to the lake road and see the big fire!” This bonding time with my son, put me on a search to learn the meaning of biblical fire. I discovered seven things we all need to know for wisdom in living

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HARBOR LIGHT #2: HOLY SPIRIT AND OTHER COUNSELORS – 10%

Nothing can take the place of getting into God’s Word ourselves. But what if we are new to the Bible and have little experience in testing inner impressions against Scripture? This is when it is helpful to know Godly Christians who live the Word. If we know someone like this, we need to ask them to be our spiritual mentor. The Word tells us, “Where no counsel is, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety” (Prov. 11:14 KJV).

The First Counselor is Holy Spirit

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The first counselor we have is the Holy Spirit in our heart. The question is, “What does our heart tell us?” The Psalmist writes, “I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel . . . .” (Ps. 73:23-24). “Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors” (Ps. 119.24).

Again, we see the Word as our main counselor. When the Holy Spirit works in conjunction with the Word, they bring peace to our heart, and we know we are on the right track.

Still, there is a need for other counselors. Even mature Christians continually need confirmation from others in Christ’s one body to help solidify decisions of guidance. The Bible tells us we should seek confirmation in order to let every matter be established by the testimony of two or more witnesses (see Matt. 18:16). God honors these requests for confirmation to make a wise decision. This is all a part of asking God for His wisdom in the matter and then not second-guessing it when He gives it; yet, we are not to test God.

Both Matthew and Luke record Jesus’ words to not put the Lord to a foolish test (see Matt. 4:7 and Luke 4:12). This can be likened to asking God to cause a blue car to drive by next if we should do such and such, or like the lady who altered her drive to work to avoid passing her favorite bakery. She accidentally forgot one morning, approached the bakery and prayed, “Lord, it’s up to you . . . if you want me to have any of those delicious goodies, create a parking place for me directly in front of the bakery.” Sure enough, on the eighth time around the block, there it was!

Godly Counselors can be God’s Vessel to Bring His Guidance to Us

Multitude Counselors SafetyMarlene waited for God’s voice of confirmation. She had her first harbor light–God’s Word. But, her initial attempts at finding a publisher failed and she found it hard to finish her task. Well-meaning friends only discouraged her more. Next, a leader at a writer’s retreat which she had not planned to attend, said, “God chose you. As you abide in him, your life will bring forth fruit.” Marlene knew in her heart God was speaking directly to her through this speaker. She was challenged to make a goal of completing her book in one year, which she did.

Followers of Christ can be God’s vessel to bring His word to us. For those at the river’s edge, the officers, God’s messengers, relayed the words of guidance to the people. After the three days were complete, they went into all the Israelite’s camps and commanded them, “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests, who are Levites, carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it” (Josh. 3:3). The ark of the covenant contained the Ten Commandments on the tablets God gave Moses and the people, and it represented His presence. In the wilderness, the people followed the cloud that went before them. Now, they were to follow His Word.

“Keep a distance of about a thousand yards between you and the ark; do not go near it,” (Josh. 3:4) the officers told the people. They had to wait still longer until they could visibly see the ark before taking one step. If they got too close and touched the ark, they would die. We have to be ever so careful not to be hasty. Running ahead of God can be fatal. It is a serious matter. If He is not in a situation, we can lose everything: finances, friends, family, and freedom. Haste truly does make waste (see Prov. 21:5).

This point of haste cannot be overemphasized. This is what God personally explained to Joshua, Chapter 1:3-4 . Satan is constantly attempting to side-track us from our divine destiny by distracting us with “things” on the right and left-hand sides. These temptations of hasty major purchases such as a new house, a new car, more of this and more of that–time-consuming “toys” take our minds away from pursuing God’s purpose for our lives. Major changes in life are always necessary, but only with prayer, patience, and rational research processes do they bring peace. Wise King Solomon gives God’s wisdom, “The plans of the mind and orderly thinking belong to man, but from the Lord comes the [wise] answer of the tongue” (Prov. 16:1 Amplified, emphasis mine).

Satan uses three areas to tempt us: the lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh, and the pride of life, then he says, “You deserve it. Do it now!” This do it now urgency is no less than being pursued by the Egyptians who pursued the Israelites crossing on the dry ground of the Red Sea.

This is why Jesus taught His disciples to pray, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:13).

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