SATURDAY, JUNE 9
Scripture: Isaiah 11:1-2
Isaiah 11:1-2 says, “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.” We have seven distinct aspects of the Spirit of the Lord. Each one of these has a baptism of fire where the Lord is looking for chaff. How can we come forth with a Spirit of council if we are bound by religious tradition or with a religious spirit. We will be counseling out of our theology. That means that the fire has to bring us into conflict with our very own theology in order to deliver us from it. God’s judicial fires are all tailor made in order to burn up whatever chaff we are carrying. Defiling chaff cannot coexist with the Holy Spirit! Walking in the Spirit demands what we say and what we do be wholly grounded in Him, not in man’s religious tradition, not in what we think, not in our doctrine, not in anything that brings death but only that which brings life. Purifying fire has to come out of a relationship with the King and a willingness to allow all the chaff to be burned up. Without it we are touting man’s doctrine and the traditions of men make the Word of God of none effect. Without saying yes to the fire, we cannot bring forth the fullness of the Spirit.