Isaiah 11:1-5 by Pastor Don Moore
Isaiah 11:1-2 There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. 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.
Last time we looked up what the Rod from the stem of Jesse and the branch out of His roots referred to – and found that it referred to the Messiah. Then Isaiah speaks of the Seven Spirits of the Lord – The Spirit of the Lord, the Spirit of Wisdom, the Spirit of Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel, the Spirit of Might, the Spirit of Knowledge, and the Spirit of the fear (awe) of the Lord.)
Isaiah 11:3 His delight is in the fear of the LORD, and He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, nor decide by the hearing of His ears;
We need not to desire the spirits, but rather to delight and fear the Lord, make God first. Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. We don’t judge by our eyes. Everything doesn’t look like what you think it should look like. We cannot judge by appearances or circumstances. Don’t look at faces and be afraid, you can be misled by their expressions and actions. We need to look at the heart.
Isaiah 11:4 But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.
He judges the poor based on their righteousness. God’s mercy extends to the weak and the poor. Bill Gates is not entitled to have it all in Heaven. Wealth must be used to balance life’s inequalities.
The Rod of His mouth – the breath of His lips slays the wicked.
The Bible tells us that we will have what we say and that we have the power of life and death in our tongues.When God says He will strike the Earth, He will. What we speak will come to pass. We have the power over what we say both with our lips and in our minds and hearts. We have endless RAM between our ears.
Isaiah 11:5 Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, and faithfulness the belt of His waist.
Pastor Don had us take a look back at Verse 1 and 2. This is how Jesus functioned in righteousness and faithfulness, by using these Spirits. The Spirits exist and they can endow you with gifts that they bring.
Pastor Don told us that for the next 30 days we need to specifically ask the Lord to give us the Spirits specifically. Ask Him to give us these Spirits to edify the Kingdom, for the Body of Christ.
He told us that a good prayer to pray is Daniel 2:20-23 …Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him. I thank You and praise You, O God of my fathers; You have given me wisdom and might, and have now made known to me what we asked of You, for You have made known to us the king’s demand.”
God is glad to give us wisdom for He is our God. When we face the silence of life, we need to hear from God. The devil is a bully and we intercede to interrupt his bullying. When we know that God is real and are committed to Him, and have patience, we begin to know that He will supply all of our needs.
We need to develop an ability to protect our self when we sleep at night. Ask the Holy Spirit to be a sentinel to watch over us so that no dreams from the devil come. Sometimes we get dreams that are not from God, and often they come between the hours of 4-6, when we are not so fully awake and aware and discerning.
We need to delineate between what I do and who I am. God will still keep His seal of approval on us even if we mess up. The devil knows our weaknesses and will try to cause us to doubt God’s calling on our lives. That is why we need to keep renewing our minds. Speak forth the Word of God, and especially before you go to sleep, to keep your mind renewed. When you are sleeping the devil will try to get you to feel unworthy. That is why we need the Holy Spirit as our sentinel.
How you wake up in the morning sets you up for the day. Pastor Don prays and affirms that his day will be a day of health and vitality, productivity and peace.
Praying that your day is a day of health and vitality, productivity and peace.
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