Attributes of the Resting Spirit

Isaiah 11: 1-2,”There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of the knowledge and the fear of the Lord.”

The above verses are spoken for our Lord and Saviour who came down from heaven onto this earth to fulfil the great purpose of God’s heart to reconcile mankind to Himself. When Adam sinned we went away from the creator, But it was not in God’s plan that His children whom he created in His own image remain separated from Him for ever. It was to accomplish the act of reconciliation that God, the father sent down his only Son so that whoever believe on Him shall not parish but have everlasting life.

When God reconciled mankind to Himself according to his plan and purpose, He gave a gift to His children so that they may walk in the newness of life. This gift is the Holy Spirit. The verse above talks about the fruits of the Spirit that God the Father gave to His Jesus Christ and through Him to anyone who is willing to come to Him in faith.

There are 7 attributes of the Spirit of the Lord:

The Spirit of the Lord shall rest – The resting Spirit of the Lord is what we need in order to hear God’s voice and know his divine and definite purpose for our lives. The resting Spirit works in accordance with out faith. When we acknowledge that Jesus is the Prince of Peace and its only in Him that peace and strength are to be found, we open a door for the peace and rest of the Lord to enter into our lives. if you want to receive the peace and rest of the Lord, say to Jesus, “Lord, I submit myself to your peace. Let your peace that surpasses all understanding reign in me and enable me to stand in you.” Once the prayer is done, the prince of peace will take over the situation you are going through and will start operating in your life by covering you with His peace and rest.

Spirit of Wisdom and understanding – Wisdom and understanding work together in the presence of the Lord. Bible says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. If you need Godly wisdom and the understanding to work in you, ask the Lord to enable you to walk in His fear, and give you the discernment to understand how and when to use Godly wisdom for His glory.

Spirit of Counsel and Might – The Spirit brings comfort in our lives by counselling us in our time of need. Upon receiving the Spirit of Counsel, we become able to encourage others not in our own power but in the mighty strength of God Himself.

Spirit of Knowledge and the fear of the Lord – The more we know God, our creator and His Son Jesus Christ, the more we feel secure since the knowledge of the Lord fills us with Godly fear. The more we know about God, our creator and His Son Jesus Christ, the more we will be filled with His love. Bible says, “Perfect love drives out all fears.” Ask the Lord to fill you with a desire to know more about Him and His love. Godly love will keep you secure all the days of your lives.

May the Spirit of the Lord rest upon each one of us today and  may we be filled with all the fruits and attributes of the resting Spirit of the Lord and become able to walk in His presence all the days of our lives.

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Fruit v. Gifts of the Spirit

Fruit and Gifts of the Spirit are given by our heavenly father for different purposes at diverse occasions to bring Glory to his awesome and wonderful name and nature. Fruit of the Spirit as mentioned in Galations 5:22 are – joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Please note that all the above attributes are of One FRUIT, which indicates that the one who practices self control  under the influence of the Spirit is also capable of being kind and gentle and have the power to be patient and faithful at all times, by the strength of the same spirit.

Gifts are given for the edification of the receiver and the welfare of the Church, as mentioned in 1 Corinthians12:7, Gifts are “of the message of wisdom, message of knowledge, faith, healing, miraculous powers, prophesy, distinguishing between gifts, speaking in tongues, interpretation of the tongues.”

Both Gifts and fruit of the Spirit have distinct nature, time of maturity, purpose and they are exercised at different times according to the will and purpose of the one who has blessed us in his great love through his son Jesus Christ.

MATURITY OF THE FRUIT AND GIFTS

Fruit of the Spirit takes time to mature. The process doesn’t depend on our own strength but the strength of the Holy Spirit that works in us by reminding us without ceasing that our salvation is much precious than anything else for it has come down to us by Jesus Christ. Having been received the word of salvation in faith, when we strive to meditate on it daily and put it into practice, fruit of the spirit starts becoming apparent in our lives.

Gifts become apparent the moment they are received. The receiver adds to his/her gifts by practising them the way Father intends them to be used. Gifts are given for the personal edification of the receiver as well as for the encouragement of the Chruch. Gifts play a great role in the body of Christ and they deserve much honour and respect on the part of the one who exercise them so that everything results in glory and honour to the giver, who is our heavenly father.

TIME TO EXERCISE

Fruit is exercised throughout the life of a believer. And moment by moment it brings a resemblance in the nature of the believer with Jesus himself. Gifts are used as and when the Spirit leads the believer to use them for Father’s glory.

PURPOSE

Fruit of the Spirit with its different attributes brings a change in the nature of the believer. A believer’s desire to be found in the nature and image of Christ is fulfilled by the great blessing of the fruit of the spirit.

Gifts are for the personal edification and encouragement of the Church. Gifts bring tremendous power to the one who uses them, that brings a great responsibility on the part of the receiver, for the one to whom more is given much more will be required. Those who are blessed with spiritual gifts must strive to exercise fruit of the spirit by bringing themselves under the authority of the WORD otherwise they might get caught up in temptations that will eventually cost their pure spirituality and leave them puffed up with vanity.

WHICH IS MORE IMPORTANT GIFTS OR THE FRUIT

Gifts and fruit of the Spirit, both come down from the father of lights, the source of all perfection. And both deserve great honour and respect. Paul wrote to Timothy in 1Timothy 4:14, “Do not neglect your gift.” Paul spoke about the spiritual fruit in 1Corinthians 13:1-2, “If I speak in the tongues of men and angles, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cyambal. If I have the gift of prophesy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge and if I have faith that can move mountain, but have not love, I am nothing.”

Is Paul comparing the gifts with the fruit of the Spirit and advising us that the fruit has a greater value than the gifts of the Spirit?. By no means, Paul is making it plain and simple by the guidance of the Holy Spirit that the love as commanded by Jesus himself  is the greatest obligation we have to live with as followers of Christ. When our gifts are exercised in the shadow of love, it brings glory to the one through whom all blessings flow in heaven and on earth.

Let’s seek the way of love by exercising the fruit of the spirit and also not be slow to seek the gifts of the Spirit for the glory and honour of our heavenly father.