Sevenfold Spirits of God – Part 2
The first of the sevenfold expression of the Holy Spirit is described in Isaiah 11:2:
“the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him,”
This is the place of intimacy with the Lord Himself that releases all the other six expressions of the Holy Spirit in and through your life. The word “rest” here means “to settle upon; to come upon; to rest upon; to settle down and remain.” This is also the same word used in Isaiah 61:1, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me…” The “resting upon” is the manifest, tangible presence of the Lord. Some think of the “resting upon” as a crown. What it makes me think of is a mantle (or cloak) like the ones that Elijah and Elisha had. Keith Miller in Surrender to the Spirit puts it this way: “I also like to call this “the secret place” of the presence of God, as mentioned in Psalm 91:1, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” If the Spirit is resting upon you, you are living under His shadow. How awesome is that?”
We need to make a distinction between the internal and external presence of the Holy Spirit. When a person receives Jesus as their personal savior the Holy Spirit comes to live within them. (See Acts 2:38) The “resting upon” is outward, external. The Holy Spirit seeks to bring us to a point of intimate communion with God, and abiding in Him. “Abiding means “locking in, or engaging in union with Christ.” Where is Christ? If you are a Christian, He is in you. Union with Him means engaging… Union with Christ is a spirit-to-Spirit engaging.” This is also portrayed in scripture as being grafted in to the vine, or olive tree. (See John 15:5, Romans 11:16, 17) Being grafted in will allow release in our lives of the fruit of the Spirit – “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23). When reaching the “resting upon” stage of our journey towards Christlikeness the Holy Spirit flows through our lives. It’s by means of this flow that the Holy Spirit’s ministries take place.
Jesus paid the price and made the way for us to receive this blessing of His presence! Notice it is not about our performance; it’s all about abiding in Him. Paul writes about his ‘abiding in Christ’ experience in Galatians 2:20 (NIV):
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
It takes a mature Christian to gain this position. A mature character is forged by pressures, changes, and transitions leading to a metamorphosis of your being. As though all the internal things taking place within you are being kicked into place by the Spirit. Embrace it all, because He is worth it. Your lowest moment should be when you press in the most! This is the way to receive the “rest upon” expression of the Holy Spirit!
2 Peter 1:5-8 (NIV)
But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:10b–11 (NIV)
For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
1. Surrender to the Spirit, by Keith Miller, Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., Shippensburg, PA, 2006, page 107
2. ibid, page 109