Part 4: Jairus’ Daughter & Woman With Issue of Blood – Jairus’ Miracle Delayed

On the way to Jairus’ house, the Bible says that Jesus was thronged (some Bible versions say “almost suffocated”) by the massive crowds.  There was a woman in the crowd who had suffered with an issue of blood for 12 years and she pressed in until she got close enough to touch Jesus.

As Jesus walked by or stopped to talk to someone, she quickly reached down and took hold of the hem of Jesus’ garment.  She had said in her heart that if she just takes hold of the hem of His garment, she shall be made whole. Jesus wasn’t even aware that anyone touched His cloak, as He was surrounded by crowds of people.

Messianic Jewish Rabbis say that the outer garment Jesus wore was actually a prayer shawl, or tallit, with the fringes and tassles.  At the very second the woman took hold of the tassles or fringes on the corner of the prayer shawl He was wearing, Jesus felt healing virtue go out of Him.  He inquired who touched Him.

His disciples were baffled why Jesus would ask who touched Him, since He was thronged by the crowds.  Everybody was trying to touch Him.  Jesus looked around and was calling out for whoever touched Him to come forward and explain their self.

The woman, in fear and trembling, came forward and admitted that she was the one who touched the hem of His garment.

The Bible says that she told Jesus ALLLLLLL the story.  Like most women, she started at the very beginning of the story and worked her way through each and every detail until she told the WHOLE story.  Jesus was very patient to listen to her speak.

In the meantime, Jairus was probably getting very impatient because Jesus was supposed to be going with him to his house.  His daughter’s situation was an emergency, as she could die at any moment.

They could have already been to the house by that time, but now were delayed.  This other woman had been sick for a long time, but it wasn’t to the point where she was on her deathbed.

The story started out with Jairus, but then the focus was taken off of him when this woman, who was full of faith, slipped in and got her healing.

This interruption, although a good interruption, caused a delay for Jairus and for his daughter.

Yet Jesus did not seem to be worried about anything.  Jesus acted like He had plenty of time and was in no rush to get to Jairus’ house.

When believing for our breakthroughs, so many times we will encounter delays and detours.  Sometimes delays last for months or years.

And like in the case with Jairus, while we may be frantic at times, and we’re feeling the winds of the storm and hearing the thunder roaring around us, Jesus is perfectly calm and stable.  He is the Prince of Peace, our Jehovah Shalom.  He is our Rock who gives us sure footing.  Jesus told us that we have the authority to speak to the stormy seas and winds in our lives and tell it: “Peace, be still” and it would obey us.

When we are believing God on a matter that involves the will or actions of someone else, sometimes there will be interferences that cause delays in our prayers being answered.  Someone else may not be in agreement with you.  While you can pray for someone, you cannot change someone else.  To try to override someone’s will or force someone through direct or covert manipulative measures, is a form of witchcraft which is to be avoided.

Sometimes delays are due to timing issues.  Our timing and God’s timing are often two different things.  Sometimes it works the opposite, where God is ready for you to step out right now (He says “Now is the Time”).  But you may not feel you are ready yet.

Sometimes there are other factors, which we don’t know the reason for, that cause delays to receiving our promises or breakthroughs.  We may not understand the reasons why, but during those times, God wants us to trust Him.

As many modern-day preachers of the Word say, “Delay does not mean denial.”

Just because it’s taking longer than you anticipated for your prayer to be answered does not mean that your request got lost in the paperwork.

Just because it hasn’t happened yet doesn’t mean it won’t happen.

Just because it seems like it’s now too late or impossible doesn’t mean that God agrees with human thinking.

When I was growing up, at church we used to sing an old hymn where the chorus went like this:

Got any rivers you think are uncrossable

Got any mountains you can’t tunnel through

God specializes in things thought impossible

And He will do what no other power can do.

Author:  Oscar C. Eliason in 1929

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Part 3: Jairus’ Only Daughter – Humility and Trust

When Jairus found Jesus, the Bible says that he prostrated himself on the ground before Jesus, and pleaded with Jesus to come to his house, for his daughter was at the point of death.

For a man of high-ranking status and prestige, his reputation was on the line, and the position he held could have been jeopardized. Jairus was the ruler of the synagogue, and there were many Jews who were opposed to Jesus.

However, Jairus was not concerned with the thinking of his peers, but he was only concerned about getting his daughter well.

He had determined in his heart that if his peers rejected him, that it would be worth it if his daughter was healed and lived.  His daughter came first above that of his peers.  She was his first concern.  She was the apple of her daddy’s eye and his love for her far outweighed anything else in this life.

Jairus was a responsible father.  He was wealthy, and he sought out help from every avenue he could find to get medical help for his daughter.  But even the most advanced of medical science could not cure her.

The Bible does not mention what disease or sickness the little girl had, but apparently it was not responsive to the medical treatment that was available back then.  And now her condition was terminal and she was given a few days to live.  Jairus had done all he could do in the natural to help his daughter get well.  The only thing that could help her now would be a divine miracle from the Healer Himself.

Jairus was not ashamed to be associated with Jesus and His disciples, and laid himself on the ground in homage to Jesus as an act of saying “You are Lord, and I am not.  No man can help me.  Only You can help me!”

Jairus acknowledged that Jesus was Lord (“Lord”, not only meaning Master, but also meaning Yahweh) and that He had power and authority to heal the sick, cast out devils and raise the dead. Jairus humbled himself publicly, in the daytime, in full sight of the crowds to receive his miracle.

Jairus cried, “Come and lay Your hands on her, so that she may be healed and live!”

Jesus was moved by his faith and felt compassion for Jairus’ daughter and agreed to go with him to his house.

Jesus feels compassion for you too—whatever illness, heartache, suffering or circumstance you are going through. He wants to come to your house to visit you and your family, to heal you and your family and to raise your hopes from the dead.

Part 2: Jairus’ Only Daughter – Saying, Taking Action and Receiving

  1. Jairus spoke by saying in his Heart (faith will only work for you if you believe it with your heart), that:

a) When Jesus comes to his house

b) And lays His hands on his daughter

c) She shall be whole and live.

The Bible says that we shall have whatever weSay” (Mark 11:23-24 NKJV), if we doubt not in our Heart.

The Greek word for “says” in the NKJV or “saith” in the KJV is epo (Strong’s #236), and it is defined as: “a primary verb (used only in the definite past tense); to speak or say (by word or writing).”

You have to speak or write as if your answer has already happened.

The Greek word for “heart” in Mark 11:23 is kardia (Strong’s #2588), which means: the heart, i.e. (figuratively), the thoughts or feelings (mind); also (by analogy), the middle.

This means that your heart, gut, mind and feelings have to be in agreement with what you speak or write in order for your promises to come to pass.

While this is true, Romans 8:7 says that the carnal mind is in enmity against God. Therefore, sometimes you can have faith in your heart while your mind is thinking contrary. However, the Word of God renews the mind (Romans 12:2). The word “renewing” in this verse is the Greek word: “anakainoo” (Strong’s #342), and is defined as: “to renovate”.

New Testament prophets usually confirm what the Holy Spirit has already spoken to us. You have to learn how to be the prophet over your own life and speak into existence whatever you want God to do in your life, and make sure that the Word of God supports it with Scriptures to back it up.

Romans 4:16-22 talks about Abraham’s faith in calling things into existence that were not as though it were, and the promise came to pass.

16 Therefore, [inheriting] the promise is the outcome of faith and depends [entirely] on faith, in order that it might be given as an act of grace (unmerited favor), to make it stable and valid and guaranteed to all his descendants — not only to the devotees and adherents of the Law, but also to those who share the faith of Abraham, who is [thus] the father of us all.

17 As it is written, I have made you the father of many nations. [He was appointed our father] in the sight of God in Whom he believed, Who gives life to the dead and speaks of the nonexistent things that [He has foretold and promised] as if they [already] existed.

18 [For Abraham, human reason for] hope being gone, hoped in faith that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been promised, so [numberless] shall your descendants be.

19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered the [utter] impotence of his own body, which was as good as dead because he was about a hundred years old, or [when he considered] the barrenness of Sarah’s [deadened] womb.

20 No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God,

21 Fully satisfied and assured that God was able and mighty to keep His word and to do what He had promised.

22 That is why his faith was credited to him as righteousness (right standing with God).

AMP

In Jairus’ case, he wanted healing for his only daughter. There are numerous passages in the Old Testament that Jairus could use to support healing and health for his daughter.

Luke 8:41-42 tells us that Jairus had one only daughter, and she was sick to the point of death, and he came searching for Jesus for a miracle for his only daughter.

Faith requires saying or confessing what you believe in your heart – Mark 11:22-23, Romans 10:10.

Mark 11:22-23 says, So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” NKJV

The mountain Jesus is talking about is referring to any obstacle, difficulty or impossibility standing in your way.

Zechariah 4:6-7 in the NKJV says,

6 “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:

‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.

7 Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain!”

Faith involves the mind or thinking to get into agreement with the Word of God and the Lord’s plan for your life.

However, you can confess that you have received your healing or miracle, but it won’t work until it gets down into your heart. Your heart and words have to be in agreement. You cannot claim something that is not in your heart and expect it to come to pass.

Salvation is received by believing and saying:

Romans 10:10

For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation.

AMP

  1. A person has to believe with their heart before receiving justification (which is a legal term which means a defense attorney, to excuse, to validate).
  1. With the mouth, a person confesses (or speaks) and confirms his or her salvation.
  1. Jairus took action. He had his daughter wrapped in the prayer shawl, signifying that she was wrapped in the promises of God and healing legally belonged to her. He told his family where he was going in the town to find Jesus, and his servants knew where to find him. Jairus pressed through the crowds until he finally found the Master.

Faith without works is dead. For faith to be faith, some kind of action is required – James 2:17,20,26.

  1. Jairus received his miracle. As far as Jairus was concerned, he had already received his miracle for his daughter even before he left the house to find Jesus. His mind was already made up. At the end of the story, Jesus raised his daughter from the dead and she lived and was made whole.

Believing that you have already received your miracle is Step 1.

Part of the believing is determining in your heart exactly what you want God to do for you. You have to be very specific too.

There was no doubt in Jairus’ heart. Jairus did not hope that his daughter would recover, but he knew she would be healed and live if Jesus came to his home and laid His hands on her.

Faith does not contain doubt – Matthew 14:28-31; Mark 11:23-24.

Jairus knew, that he knew, that he knew that his daughter would be healed and live if Jesus laid His hands on her.

  1. The Lord meets us at our place of faith.

In Jairus’ case, before he even left the house to find Jesus, he was confident that he would find Jesus among the crowds, and that upon explaining his situation, Jesus would agree to come to his house and lay His hands on his daughter, and she would be healed and live. When Jairus found Jesus, he told Jesus what he believed in his heart. He said to Jesus, “Come and lay Your hands on her, and she shall be healed and live.” Jesus honored his faith and went with Jairus to his house.

Years ago Jesus appeared in Person to Kenneth E. Hagin Sr. in an open vision to give him four steps of how anyone can receive anything from God.

To obtain a copy of the booklet entitled “How To Write Your Own Ticket With God”, by Kenneth E. Hagin, Sr., it is available at www.rhema.org and wherever books are sold.

Part 1: Jairus’ Only Daughter – Hearing and Believing

Mark 5:21-24a (Amplified)

21 And when Jesus had recrossed in the boat to the other side, a great throng gathered about Him, and He was at the lakeshore.

22 Then one of the rulers of the synagogue came up, Jairus by name; and seeing Him, he prostrated himself at His feet

23 And begged Him earnestly, saying, My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, so that she may be healed and live.

24 And Jesus went with him.

Luke 8:41-42 tells us that Jairus had just a one and only daughter who was sick and at the point of death.

41 And there came a man named Jairus, who had [for a long time] been a director of the synagogue; and falling at the feet of Jesus, he begged Him to come to his house,

42 For he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying. AMP

Jairus, who held a prestigious position as one of the rulers of the synagogue, heard that Jesus was in town.  His one and only daughter, who was 12 years old and was the apple of her daddy’s eye, was very ill and at the point of death.  He was desperate to do whatever he had to do to get his daughter well.

The Bible does not say so, but Jairus being wealthy, no doubt provided his daughter with the very best of physicians and specialists in that day. He had exhausted every possible avenue to get his daughter cured. Her condition was terminal and she was given a few days to live.

The timing could not have been more perfect.  Jairus heard that Jesus was passing along that way in the region in which he lived.  He had heard the reports of how Jesus healed the sick, performed miracles and raised the dead.  Jairus was wise enough to not pass up this opportunity of finding the Master.  Jairus was desperate to get a miracle for his daughter.

Jairus was a man of great faith, and Jesus was moved by his faith.  According to Messianic Jewish Rabbis, they have said that it was the Jewish custom to wrap the sick person in the Tallit (prayer shawl). Before Jairus even left the house, he had his daughter wrapped up in the prayer shawl. It was the Covenant mantle.

Prophetically speaking, Jairus’ daughter was wrapped in the promises of the Covenant, two of those promises being that “I am the Lord Who heals you” (Exodus 15:26b AMP), and “With the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole” (Isaiah 53:5b AMP).

For a full list of healing promises, please refer to:

Healing Scriptures – Old Testament

Healing Scriptures – New Testament

The prayer shawl also represented that his daughter was covered in prayer and intercession.

One major part of the Covenant is that God would take away all sickness and disease if His people would obey His commandments (Deuteronomy 7:15; Exodus 23:25).

In the New Testament, the Old Covenant is not done away with, but it is fulfilled in Christ.  It’s an even better Covenant than the old.  In the New Covenant, healing is available for both Jew and Gentile.  If anyone be in Christ, he is the seed of Abraham and is an heir according to the promises (Galations 3:29).

If you are an heir, then that means that you have a legal right to claim what is rightfully yours. Healing is rightfully yours because of being an heir of God and a co-heir of Christ.

Hearing and Believing is the first step to receiving your salvation, healing, breakthrough, miracle, or anything else you are asking God for.

  1. This is illustrated in the account about how Jairus heard the testimonies about Jesus healing the sick, raising the dead and performing miracles, and faith arose in his heart to believe that Jesus would heal his daughter.

Faith first comes by hearing (Romans 10:17), and hearing by the Word of God.

  1. Jairus believed that the promises for healing in the Covenant (the Legal Agreement) between God and His people were legally and rightfully his to claim for his daughter. Then Jairus took it a step further and believed that he was going to find Jesus in the throng of the crowds, and that Jesus would agree to come to his house and lay His hands on his daughter and she would be healed and made whole.

In this case, Jairus had faith in what God had promised in His law about healing. The New Testament Bible had not been written yet, as we have it today.  So he had his daughter wrapped in the prayer shawl, signifying that she had legal rights to the Hebrew (Old Testament) Covenant for healing.

The New Covenant takes it even further, where healing is available for the saved and the unsaved, because Jesus is a good God and loves everyone.  If the unsaved can be healed (who still live by the law and are judged according to the Law), then how much more should those who are an heir of Grace receive their healing.

If anyone reading this is not yet saved or born again, Jesus is welcoming you with open arms.  His love for you is like an ocean, with unlimited supply.  He’s already forgiven your sins.  He just wants you to accept Him as your Savior and Lord and invite His Presence into your heart.

According to Romans 10:9-10, it says “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” NKJV

Would you pray with me this simple prayer from your heart to become born again:

“Dear Father, I receive Your Son Jesus as my Savior and Lord.  Come into my heart.  I give my life to You.  Thank You that I am born again and a brand new person in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17). In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Now where is Jesus? Romans 8:16 says, “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” NKJV

When His Spirit comes to dwell inside of us, we feel peace, the joy of the Lord, a feeling of being cleansed, and something inside of us comes alive.

Jesus said in John 7:38-39 that out of your “heart” (in the New King James Version) or “innermost being” (in the Amplified Version) shall flow rivers of living water. The phrase “rivers of living water” is in reference to being filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit.

Any sins or failures from your past are all washed away by Jesus’ Blood.  The slate is now clean.  You are now free from things that once enslaved you, because he whom the Son sets free, is free indeed (John 8:36).

You have always been accepted in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:6).

Part 14: The Holy Spirit – Functions, Actions and Emotions

 

  1. Abides WITH us. (John 14:17, 2 Cor 13:14, 1 John 3:24, Phil 2:1, Ps 51:11, Ps 139:7)
  1. The Spirit can depart from people, as in the case with King Saul. (1 Sam 16:14)
  1. Abides INSIDE of the hearts/spirits of born again believers in Christ.  (Gen 41:38, Num 27:18, John 14:17, Rom 8:9, 1 Cor 3:16, 1 Cor 6:19, 2 Cor 6:16, Gal 4:6, Eph 3:17, Eph 5:18, 2 Tim 1:14, 1 John 4:13, Rev 3:20)
  1. Spirit comes UPON people.  (Matt 3:16, Matt 12:18, Mk 1:10, Lk 1:35, Lk 2:25, Lk 3:22, Lk 4:18, Lk 24:49, John 1:32, Acts 1:8, Acts 2:17, Acts 10:44-45, Acts 11:15, 1 Pet 4:14, Num 11:25,29, Num 24:2, Judg 3:10, 1 Sam 10:10, 1 Sam 16:13, Isa 11:2, Isa 42:1, Joel 2:28)
  1. Spirit ENTERS into people.  (Ezek 2:2, Ezek 3:24)
  1. Spirit FILLS people.  (Ex 28:3, Ex 31:3, Ex 35:31, Ezek 36:27, Neh 9:30, Isa 63:11, Lk 1:15,41,67, Acts 2:4, Acts 4:8, Acts 4:31, Acts 6:3,5, Acts 7:55, Acts 9:17, Acts 10:38, Acts 11:24, Acts 13:9, Eph 5:18)
  1. Has a mind. (Rom 8:27, Isa 40:13-14)
  1. Has a will and determines decisions. (1 Cor 12:11, Acts 15:28)
  1. Possesses emotions.  Love (Rom 15:30).  Joy (1 Thess 1:6).  Peace (Rom 14:17).  Can be grieved (Eph 4:30).  Can be vexed (Isa 63:10).  Can feel anger, be provoked and tried (Acts 5:9, Heb 3:7-12 NKJV).
  1. He IS the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23).  Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness, Temperance.
  1. Can be resisted. (Acts 7:51)
  1. Can be lied to. (Acts 5:3)
  1. Can be blasphemed. (Matt 12:31-32)
  1. By lack of faith or rebellion, one can LIMIT the Spirit or tie His hands (Ps 78:41).  God wanted so much to pour out abundant blessings upon the children of Israel, but they continued to murmur, complain, doubt Him and provoke Him.  They limited the Holy One of Israel because they heard God’s Word, but did not mix it with faith.  They wouldn’t receive what God had for them, but instead, they had an evil heart of unbelief.  They resisted the Holy Ghost and spoke evil against the Lord and God’s servant Moses.  God won’t override our will.
  1. Can be quenched. (1 Thess 5:19)
  1. Can be rebelled against. (Ps 106:33, Isa 63:10)
  1. A person can harden their heart toward the Spirit (Heb 3:7-8).
  1. The Spirit speaks.  “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches.” (Matt 10:20, Mk 13:11, John 16:13, Acts 8:29, Acts 10:19, Acts 13:2, Acts 21:11, Acts 28:25, 1 Tim 4:1-3, Heb 3:7, Rev 2:7,11,17,29, Rev 3:6,13,22, Rev 22:17, Ezek 2:2, Ezek 3:24, Ezek 11:1-2,5).
  1. The Spirit hears (John 16:13).
  1. The Holy Ghost commissions and sends forth into ministry (Acts 13:2-4).  As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, “Separate Me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.”  And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.  So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia, and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.  See also Isa 48:16, Acts 8:29-40, Acts 10:19-48.
  1. The Spirit forbids (Acts 16:6-7).
  1. The Spirit renews (Titus 3:5).
  1. Refreshes (Acts 3:19).  “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.”
  1. Sanctifies (Rom 15:16, 2 Thess 2:13, 1 Pet 1:2).  Jesus said in Matt 3:11 and Luke 3:16 that He would baptize us with the Holy Ghost and with fire.  The fire of the Holy Ghost purges impurities.  Malachi 3:2-3 says, “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like launderer’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver. He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the Lord an offering in righteousness.”
  1. Teaches (Neh 9:20, 1 Cor 2:13, John 14:26, Lk 12:11-12, 1 John 2:20).
  1. Appoints Overseers (Acts 20:28).
  1. Reveals things to us, Imparts Revelation. (Eph 1:17-19, Matt 16:16-17, Lk 2:26, John 16:13, 1 Cor 2:10)
  1. Strengthens (Eph 3:16).
  1. Quickens – brings life, makes alive (John 6:63, Rom 8:11, 1 Pet 3:18).  It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life (John 6:63).
  1. Comforts (Acts 9:31, John 14:16,26, John 15:26, John 16:7).
  1. Intercedes (Rom 9:26-27).
  1. Imparts spiritual gifts (1 Cor 12:4-11, Heb 2:4). The nine Gifts of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12 are:

Revelation Gifts:

  • Word of Wisdom, Word of Knowledge, Discerning of spirits

Utterance Gifts:

  • Prophecy, Tongues, Interpretation of Tongues

Power Gifts:

  • Faith, Healings (plural), Miracles

1 Corinthians 12:4-11 says, “There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.  There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord.  And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.  But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.  For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.  But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.”

Hebrews 2:4 “God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will.”

  1. Leads and Guides (Matt 4:1, Lk 4:1, Rom 8:14, Gal 5:18, John 16:13).
  1. Strives with man for a long time, but won’t always strive with man (Gen 6:3, 1 Sam 16:14, Ps 51:11, Heb 6:4-6, Heb 10:26-31).
  1. Bears witness (Rom 8:16, Heb 10:15, 1 John 5:6).
  1. Testifies (John 15:26, Acts 5:32, Acts 20:23).
  1. The Spirit brings about rebirth and regeneration (John 3:5-8).
  1. The Holy Spirit is our seal (deposit of guarantee) of our salvation. Eph 1:13-14 “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.”  2 Cor 1:21-22 “Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.”
  1. Convicts the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness (John 16:8).
  1. The Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus (John 16:14).
  1. The Spirit spoke through the prophets (2 Sam 23:2, Acts 1:16, Acts 21:10-11, Acts 28:25, 2 Pet 1:21).
  1. The Holy Ghost is the author of the Holy Scriptures (2 Tim 3:16-17).
  1. The Holy Spirit is a gift from the Father (Lk 11:13).
  1. The Spirit was sent to this earth by the Father (John 14:26) and the Son (John 15:26).
  1. The Spirit only speaks what the Father and Son tell Him to speak (John 16:13).
  1. No man can say that Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Ghost (1 Cor 12:3).
  1. The Spirit helps us pray, whether in our own tongue or in a language we’ve never learned. It could be a language of this earth or one of heaven.  (1 Cor 14:14-15, 1 Cor 13:1, Jude 20, Eph 6:18, Rom 8:26).
  1. The Holy Ghost descended upon Jesus Christ in bodily form, alighting on Him as of a dove (Luke 3:22).
  1. The Spirit overshadows.  He overshadowed Mary and she conceived Jesus the Messiah (Luke 1:35).  He overshadows us and we conceive and become pregnant spiritually, carrying the seed of dreams, promises and ministries that He places within us to be birthed.
  1. Endues us with power and boldness. (Luke 4:14, Lk 24:49, Acts 1:8, Acts 4:31, Acts 10:38, Rom 15:13,19, 1 Cor 2:4)
  1. The anointing of the Holy Ghost heals. (Acts 10:38, Acts 4:29-31, Lk 5:17, 1 Cor 12:7-11, Isa 61:1-3 corresponds to Luke 4:18-21)
  1. The Spirit raised Christ from the dead and also quickens our mortal bodies (Rom 8:11).
  1. The Spirit imparts life (Isa 32:15, John 6:63, John 7:38-39, Rom 8:2,10, 2 Cor 3:6, Gal 6:8, Rev 11:11, Rev 21:6).
  1. The Holy Ghost imparts love inside of our hearts. “The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost” (Rom 5:5).  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-control” (Gal 5:22-23).  Also see Col 1:8, 1 Pet 1:22.
  1. The Holy Ghost imparts joy (Ps 16:11, Lk 1:41-45, Acts 2:1-18, Acts 13:52, Rom 14:17, Rom 15:13, Gal 5:22, 1 Thess 1:6).
  1. The Spirit imparts peace (John 14:26-27, Rom 15:13, Gal 5:22-23, Eph 4:3, Phil 4:7)
  1. We are led by the Spirit of God (Rom 8:14). “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”  See also Gal 5:16-18 “But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.”

The Living Bible words Gal 5:16-18 this way:  “I advise you to obey only the Holy Spirit’s instructions. He will tell you where to go and what to do, and then you won’t always be doing the wrong things your evil nature wants you to.  For we naturally love to do evil things that are just the opposite from the things that the Holy Spirit tells us to do, and the good things we want to do when the Spirit has His way with us are just the opposite of our natural desires. These two forces within us are constantly fighting each other to win control over us, and our wishes are never free from their pressures. When you are guided by the Holy Spirit, you need no longer force yourself to obey Jewish laws.”

  1. The Holy Spirit works in our life to produce good fruit (Gal 5:22-23).  John 15:1-8 says, “I am the true vine and My Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.  You are already clean because of the Word I have spoken to you.  Remain in me, and I will remain in you.  No branch can bear fruit by itself, it must remain in the vine.  Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me.  I am the vine, you are the branches.  If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit.  Apart from Me you can do nothing.  If anyone does not remain in Me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.  If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.  This is to My Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be My disciples.”
  1. We are commanded to walk after, walk in, and live in the Spirit, and good fruit will be the result (Rom 8:1, Gal 3:3, Gal 5:16,25).
  1. The Spirit searches the deep things of God (1 Cor 2:9-11).  “For it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knows no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God, that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.”
  1. The anointing of the Holy Ghost breaks yokes and bondages off of our lives.  Isaiah 10:27 says, “And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.” 2 Cor 3:17 states: “Now the Lord is that Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
  1. Both the Spirit and the Bride say “Come” (Rev 22:17).
  1. The Spirit works in us to change us into the image of Jesus Christ.  It’s a step by step process, from one degree of glory to another (2 Cor 3:18).
  1. The Holy Spirit was the pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night in the wilderness.
  1. The Holy Spirit is very tender and easily wounded. His heart is very sensitive.
  1. In many churches, the services are governed by man, and the Holy Spirit is either completely left out, or is restrained from moving the way in which He would like to move. The Spirit makes His presence known to those who want Him near. He wants to be welcomed, loved and embraced.  Even in our own personal lives, we can ignore the promptings of the Holy Spirit and do our own thing. Or we can choose to yield to the Spirit’s leadings.
  1. The Holy Spirit usually speaks in a still, small voice (1 Kings 19:12). To hear His Voice, we have to be still before Him (“Be still and know that I am God” – Ps 46:10).
  1. The Holy Spirit is Omnipotent (All-Powerful) – Job 33:4. “The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty has given me life.”
  1. The Spirit is Omniscient (All-Knowing) – Isa 40:13-15. “Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, or as His counselor has informed Him? With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding? And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge, and informed Him of the way of understanding? Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are regarded as a speck of dust on the scales; behold, He lifts up the islands like fine dust.”
  1. The Spirit is Omni-Present (everywhere at the same time). Psalm 139:7 “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?”
  1. The Holy Spirit wants us to come before His presence with singing and praise (Ps 95, Ps 100).  Worship through song and musical instruments ushers in God’s glory.  Have you noticed that when the congregation, or you by yourself, begin to worship the Lord especially through song and musical instruments, the Holy Spirit comes in.  His presence is so powerful, yet also so sweet.

2 Chronicles 5:13-14 “It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying, For He is good; for His mercy endureth forever; that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord. So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the Cloud. For the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.”

  1. The Holy Ghost has the power to remove mountains in our life. Psalm 97:5 “The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth”.  And Zechariah 4:6-7 says, “This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord of Hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain; and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.”
  1. The Spirit gathers (Isa 34:16).
  1. The Spirit blows (Isa 40:7).
  1. The Spirit gives utterance (Acts 2:4).
  1. The Spirit translated people (carried them away, transported them) from one place to another.

PHILIP (Acts 8:39)

EZEKIEL (Ezek 3:12,14, Ezek 8:3,7,14,16, Ezek 11:1,24, Ezek 43:5)

ENOCH (Gen 5:24, xref Heb 11:5)

ELIJAH (2 Kings 2:11)

PAUL caught up to the third heaven (2 Cor 12:2-4).

JOHN the Beloved caught up to the New Jerusalem and Heaven’s Throneroom (Book of Revelation).

  1. The Spirit of God lifts up a standard against the enemy (Isa 59:19).
  1. 2 Cor 13:14 encourages us to develop sweet communion with the Holy Spirit.  Phil 2:1 mentions the fellowship of the Spirit. He is very Precious. He is our Friend. He is the one who understands and knows you better than any other person. He is our life. David prayed, “Do not take Your Holy Spirit from me” (Ps 51:11). And Moses said that he would not proceed unless God’s presence went with him (Ex 33:14-17).

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any man hears My voice, and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me” (Rev 3:20).

  1. The Spirit governs the Church (Body of Christ).  The seven churches in Revelation 1-3 represent seven actual churches in John’s time. To us today, the seven churches speak of seven groups of people within the corporate body of Christ, or seven kinds of churches. “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches” (Rev 3:22).
  1. The Shekinah glory is usually associated with the presence of the Holy Spirit, although in a Bible Dictionary, I read that the Shekinah was an ancient angel which was later called the Shekinah.  Jesus is that ancient angel.  He is referred to as the angel of the Lord in the Old Testament when He would appear in person at times (called a theophany). He’s not an angel, in the sense of created angelic beings (because He and His Father created the angels).  The word angel means “messenger”.  Jesus is God.  Scriptures say that the Holy Spirit is the spirit of both the Father and the Son, and the Son proceeds from the Father.  Therefore, the Shekinah is the Holy Spirit, who issues out of Jesus. The Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) are three Persons of the Godhead, but one God. They can walk in and out of each other, and be literally one (yet three).
  1. Although the Holy Spirit is a gentleman and likes to be invited to come, He is also powerful and dramatic. He will come rushing in without necessarily being invited. His glory shall fill the entire earth as the waters cover the sea (Habakkuk 2:14).
  1. Whoever blasphemes the Son will be forgiven. But whoever blasphemes the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven—not in this world, nor in the world to come (Matthew 12:31-32).

Part 13: Names and Symbols of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is referred to by many names and symbols:

 

  1. LORD (Strong’s #3068 Old Testament): “Yahweh” or “Jehovah” in the Hebrew, meaning “self-existent”. The Jewish National Name of God – not a title, but a name. There are over 5,000 Old Testament Scriptures containing God’s Name Jehovah. Whenever you see LORD in all CAPS in the King James Version, the name Jehovah (Yahweh) is being referred to.

 

  1. I AM that I AM. The name Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word “hayah” (Strong’s Old Testament #1961, translated as “I AM”). In Exodus 3:14, God said to Moses, “Tell the people that I AM that I AM has sent you.” Hayah is defined as “to exist, to be or become”.

 

  1. Lord (“Kurios” in the Greek, defined as Supreme in Authority, Master or Controller). In the Greek, “Lord” (kurios) is more of a respectful title than a name (Lord, Master, Sir). Also translated in some passages as “God”. Strong’s New Testament #2962.

 

  1. Adonai (translated into English as “Lord”). Used as a proper name of God only. Strong’s Old Testament #136. From #113 adown, meaning controller, sovereign, to rule, lord, master, owner.

 

  1. God (“Theos” in the Greek). New Testament Strong’s #2316. Defined as: A Deity, the Supreme Divinity; figurative, a magistrate.

 

  1. God (“El, Eloah, Elohim” in the Hebrew).

El is Old Testament Strong’s #410. El is defined as: strength, mighty, the Almighty. Translated as God.

Eloah is Old Testament Strong’s #433. Eloah is defined as: A Deity or The Deity. Translated as God.

Elohim is Old Testament Strong’s #430. Elohim is defined as: plural of 433 (Eloah); gods in the ordinary sense, but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the Supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates, and sometimes as a superlative.

 

  1. Shaddai (Almighty). Strong’s OT (Old Testament) #:7706. Defined as: Almighty, Most Powerful, Shaddai (Shadday), the Almighty (referring to the True God).

 

  1. Ruwach (Spirit). Strong’s OT:7307 and 7308. Defined as: wind, breath, a mind, a spirit, the seat of the mind and moral character. An ancient angel, and later the Shekinah.

 

  1. Pneuma (Spirit). Strong’s NT (New Testament) #4151. Defined as: from NT:4154; a current of air, breath (blast) or a breeze; to blow. By analogy or figuratively, a spirit, the rational soul, mental disposition, angel, demon, Divine God, Christ’s Spirit, the Holy Spirit. Pneumatology is the study on the Holy Spirit.

 

  1. Spirit of God – Gen 1:2, 41:38; Ex 35:31; Num 24:2, 27:18; 1 Sam 10:10, 11:6, 19:20,23; 2 Chron 15:1, 24:20; Job 27:3, 33:4; Ezek 11:24; Matt 3:16, 12:28; Rom 8:9,14, 15:9; 1 Cor 2:11,14, 3:16, 7:40, 12:3; Eph 4:30; 1 John 4:2.

 

  1. Spirit of the Holy God – Dan 4:8-9,18; Dan 5:11,14.

 

  1. Breath of God / Breath of the Almighty – Job 27:3, 32:8, 33:4, 34:14; Ps 18:15, 33:6; Ezek 37:5-6; John 20:22.

 

  1. Spirit of our God – 1 Cor 6:11.

 

  1. Finger of God – Ex 8:19, Lk 11:20 correlates to Matt 12:28.

 

  1. Power of God – Micah 3:8, Lk 1:35, 4:14, 24:49; Acts 1:8, 6:8-10; 10:38; Rom 15:13,19; 1 Cor 2:4-5; 2 Cor 12:9, 13:4; Eph 3:20; 1 Thess 1:5; 2 Tim 3:5; 2 Pet 1:3.

 

  1. Spirit of Jehovah (Spirit of the Lord) – Judg 3:10, 6:34, 11:29, 13:25, 14:6,19, 15:15; 1 Sam 10:6, 16:13-14; 2 Sam 23:2; 1 Kings 18:12, 22:24; 2 Kings 2:16; 2 Chron 18:23, 20:14; Isa 11:2, 40:7,13, 59:19, 61:1, 63:14; Ezek 11:5, 37:1; Micah 2:7, 3:8; Lk 4:18; Acts 5:9, 8:39; 2 Cor 3:17-18.

 

  1. Spirit of the Living God – 2 Cor 3:3, 6:16. We are the temple of the Living God and He dwells in us.

 

  1. Holy Spirit – Ps 51:11; Isa 63:10-11; Lk 11:13; Eph 1:13, 4:30; 1 Thess 4:8.

 

  1. Free Spirit – Ps 51:12.

 

  1. Good Spirit – Neh 9:20, Ps 143:10.

 

  1. Spirit of Holiness – Rom 1:4.

 

  1. Holy Ghost – Matt 1:18,20; 3:11; 12:31-32; 28:19; Mark 1:8; 3:29; 12:36; 13:11; Luke 1:15,35,41,67; 2:25-26; 3:16,22; 4:1; 12:10,12; John 1:33; 7:39; 14:26; 20:22; Acts 1:2; 5:8,16; 2:4,33,38; 4:8,31; 5:3,32; 6:3,5; 7:51,55; 8:15,17-19; 9:17,31; 10:38,44-45,47; 11:15-16,24; 13:2,4,9,52; 15:8,28; 16:6; 19:2,6; 20:23,28; 21:11; 28:25; Romans 5:5; 9:1; 14:17; 15:13,16; 1 Cor 2:13; 6:19; 12:3; 2 Cor 6:6; 13:14; 1 Thess 1:5-6; 2 Tim 1:14; Titus 3:5; Heb 2:4; 3:7; 6:4; 9:8; 10:15; 1 Pet 1:12; 2 Pet 1:21; 1 John 5:7; Jude 20.

 

  1. Spirit of your Father – Matt 10:20, xref John 15:26. The Spirit proceeds from the Father. Romans 8:11 refers to the Spirit of the Father as the One who raised Christ from the dead. Other references: Eph 1:17-20; Acts 2:32-33; Rom 4:25; Heb 13:20-21; 1 Pet 1:3,21; 2 Cor 4:14; Acts 10:40.

 

  1. Spirit of His (God’s) Son – Gal 4:6. The Spirit also issues out of the Son. The Father and Son are distinct, yet have a oneness beyond human understanding. They share the same spirit. The Holy Spirit proceeds from them both. The Holy Ghost is both the Presence of the Father and Son.

 

  1. Spirit of Christ – Rom 8:9-10; 1 Pet 1:11.

 

  1. Spirit of Jesus Christ – Phil 1:19.

 

  1. Scriptures that indicate that the Holy Spirit proceeds from both the Father and the Son: 1 Cor 15:45,47; Matt 18:20, 28:20; John 14:16-18; Rev 3:20,22; Rom 8:2,11.

 

  1. Spirit of Glory – 1 Pet 4:14, xref 1 Cor 2:8; James 2:1; Ps 24:7-10.

 

  1. Spirit of Adoption – Rom 8:15, xref Gal 4:4-6.

 

  1. Spirit of Grace – Heb 10:29, Zech 12:10.

 

  1. Spirit of Supplications – Zech 12:10, xref Rom 8:26-27; 1 Cor 14:2,14.

 

  1. Spirit of Truth – John 14:17, 15:26, 16:13; 1 John 4:6, 5:6.

 

  1. Spirit of Judgment / Spirit of Burning (Isa 4:4) – Burning speaks of the Holy Spirit’s purifying work in our hearts, conviction of sin, the refiner’s fire that burns away the dross so that you come out as pure gold, fit for the Master’s use to form you into a vessel of honor. Conforming you into the image of Jesus Christ. Jesus baptizes with the Holy Ghost and with fire (Matt 3:11, Luke 3:16).

 

  1. Eternal Spirit – Heb 9:14

 

  1. Comforter – “Parakletos” in the Greek. Translated in the KJV as “Comforter”. In other versions, parakletos is translated as: “Counselor, Helper, Advocate”. Parakletos is defined as: “summoned, called to one’s side, called to one’s aid, one who pleads the case of another before a judge, counsel for defense, legal assistant, a pleader, advocate, intercessor, helper, succorer, consoler.” John 14:16, 14:26; 15:26; 16:7.

 

  1. Holy Spirit of Promise – Eph 1:13-14; Lk 24:49; Acts 1:4, 2:33; Gal 3:14.

 

  1. Rivers of Living Water – John 7:37-39; John 4:14, 6:35; Isa 35; Isa 41:18; Ps 36:9; Jer 2:13, 17:13; Rev 21:6.

 

  1. Well of Water Springing Up – John 4:14

 

  1. Pools of Refreshing Water – Isaiah 41:18.

 

  1. Rain – Hosea 6:2-3, 10:12; Joel 2:23; Isa 44:3; Zech 10:1.

 

  1. Rivers of Oil – Job 29:6

 

  1. Butter (rich anointing) – Job 29:6

 

  1. Fire of God – Ex 24:17; Mal 3:2-3; Isa 4:4; Ezek 1:27-28; Matt 3:11; Luke 3:16; Acts 2:3; Heb 12:29. The fire symbolizes the purging of impurities, sanctification, refining, so as to come out as gold. Fire speaks of being set ablaze for Christ. God is a consuming fire (Deut 4:24, 9:3, Heb 12:29). Also, flames of fire is one of the visible manifestations of the Holy Spirit, such as what happened at Mt. Sinai and on the Day of Pentecost. The Holy Spirit is also the pillar of fire by night.

 

  1. Spirit of Life / Quickening Spirit – Rom 8:2,10-11; Rev 11:11; 1 Cor 15:45; John 5:21, 6:63; 2 Cor 3:6; 1 Pet 3:18.

 

  1. New Wine – Acts 2; Mark 2:22; Eph 5:18. New wine represents joy and the anointing. In Isaiah 65:8, the new wine symbolizes the anointing, and the cluster of grapes represents believers in the Body of Christ. The new wine (anointing) is found in the cluster (group ministry). Wine is made from the pressing of many grapes, versus just one grape. There is more power and anointing in team ministry than ministering solo.

 

  1. Dove – Mark 1:10. The Holy Spirit descended in bodily form upon Jesus Christ, hovering over like that of a dove. In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit is symbolized by the dove that Noah sent out and it returned to him with an olive branch in its mouth. The olive speaks of the oil of anointing.

 

  1. Seal of Guarantee – 2 Cor 1:22; Eph 1:13, 4:30.

 

  1. Shekinah Glory – The Nelson’s Bible Dictionary says that the Shekinah is the visible manifestation of the Presence of God. Although this word is not in the Bible, it’s found in later Jewish writings. Shekinah means: “dwelling”.

 

The Shekinah was a luminous cloud that rested above the Altar in the place of worship and lit up the room. It rested over the Mercy Seat. Angels and cherubim generally accompany the Shekinah. The Shekinah denotes a weighty presence (glory) that is visible. Rev 15:8; Rev 21:23; Ex 16:10; Ex 24:16-17; Ex 40:34-35; Num 20:6; 1 Kings 8:10-11; 2 Chron 5:13-14; 2 Chron 7:1-3; Ezek 10:4; Ezek 44:4; Hag 2:7,9.

 

The Shekinah glory was manifested in the forms of:

 

  • Pillar of cloud by day, pillar of fire by night
  • God speaking to Moses from the cloud
  • Smoke, incense, beautiful fragrance
  • Rain, liquid fire, flames of fire like on the Day of Pentecost
  • The color amber in Ezek 1:27
  • Rainbow in Ezek 1:28 and Rev 4:3.

 

The Shekinah, in Scripture, is usually referred to as the “glory” or “glory of the Lord”. The Hebrew word for “glory” is kabowd (Strong’s #3519, from #3513 kabed), meaning “weighty or heavy”. When the Skehinah glory is present, the atmosphere may feel thick and weighty, or like you are wading through water. One may feel warmth in their feet going up their legs or over their entire body. The Shekinah could also manifest as gold dust, oil, manna, gemstones, dew, and supernatural creative miracles.

 

When Solomon dedicated the temple, the Shekinah glory filled the place while the priests and Levites worshipped the Lord with the use of musical instruments and lifted their voices in song, so that the priests could not stand up to minister because of the cloud (1 Kings 8:10-11; 2 Chron 5:13-14).

 

In the passage of 2 Chronicles 7:1-4, when Solomon had finished praying, the fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the house. The priests could not enter the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord’s house. And when all the people of Israel saw how the fire came down and the glory of the Lord upon the house, they bowed with their faces upon the pavement and worshiped and praised the Lord, saying, For He is good, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever. Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the Lord. AMP

 

One thought is that besides worshipping the Lord, the glory also comes when the Lord accepts our spiritual sacrifices that we offer up to Him.

 

I read in a Bible Dictionary or Strong’s definition that the Shekinah was originally an ancient angel (Angel of the Lord), and later on referred to as the Shekinah. Could the Shekinah be Jesus Himself visiting us in person (but not always in a human form)? Some Bible Dictionaries say the Shekinah is the presence of the Holy Spirit.

 

  1. Presence of the Lord – Ex 33:14-15; Ps 16:11; Ps 51:11; Ps 68:8; Ps 95:2; Ps 97:5; Ps 100:2; Ps 139:7; Acts 3:19; Phil 2:1; John 14:17; John 15:26. In John 14:23, the Father is in the Son, and the Son is in the Father, and they make their abode with us through the Holy Spirit.

 

  1. Oil (Anointing) – 1 John 2:27; Isa 10:27; Zech 4:6; Isa 61:1; Lk 4:18. The Holy Spirit is represented by the olive oil used as the main ingredient in the anointing oil; the oil to keep the Golden Lampstand (Menorah) lit day and night; the oil to anoint priests, kings, leaders, and anoint the sick to be healed. The Holy Spirit is represented by the phrases: “oil of joy” and “oil of gladness” (Isa 61:1-3, Isa 51:11, Ps 45:7, Heb 1:9).

 

  1. Wind of God – John 3:8; Acts 2:2.

 

  1. Trumpet – Joel 2:1,15; 1 Cor 14:8; 2 Pet 1:21. The trumpet symbolizes the prophetic voice of God.

 

  1. Holy One – 1 John 2:20.

 

  1. Holy One of Israel – Ps 78:41 corresponds to Hebrews 3:7-12.

 

  1. Maker – Ps 95:6-11 corresponds to Heb 3:7-12.

 

  1. Lord of the whole earth – Ps 97:5.

 

  1. Sanctifier – Rom 15:16.

 

  1. Guide – John 16:13.

 

  1. Teacher – Lk 12:11-12; John 14:26; 1 Cor 2:13; 1 John 2:27.

 

  1. Intercessor – Rom 8:26-27.

 

  1. Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation – Eph 1:17-19

 

  1. Redeemer – Isa 47:4, 48:17.

 

  1. Creator – Job 33:4; Gen 1:2, 2:7; Ps 104:30.

 

  1. God of Covenant – Heb 10:15-17 and Heb 8:8-13 corresponds to Jer 31:31-34.

 

  1. Invisible God – Col 1:15; 1 Tim 1:17.

 

  1. Spirit of Love – Rom 5:5, 15:30; Gal 5:22-23.

 

  1. Husband – Isa 54:5; Ps 45:10-17; Jer 3:14; Hos 2:19-20.

 

  1. Acts 28:25-28 corresponds to Isa 6:8-10, the Holy Ghost doing the speaking:

 

Acts 28:25-28 says, So when they did not agree among themselves, they departed after Paul had said one word: “The Holy Spirit spoke rightly through Isaiah the prophet to our fathers saying, ‘Go to this people and say: Hearing you will hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you will see, and not perceive. For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.’ Therefore, let it be known to you that the salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will hear it!”

 

Isaiah 6:8-10 Also I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I, send me.” And He said, “Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive. Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and shut their eyes, lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and return and be healed.

 

  1. Seven Spirits of God (References to the Seven Spirits of God are: Isaiah 11:1-5; Revelation 1:4-5; 3:1; 4:5; 5:6; Zechariah 4:1-6):

 

  1. Spirit of the Lord

 

  1. Spirit of Wisdom

 

  1. Spirit of Understanding

 

  1. Spirit of Counsel

 

  1. Spirit of Might

 

  1. Spirit of Knowledge

 

  1. Spirit of the Fear of the Lord

 

Some Bible teachers refer to Isaiah 11:1-5 as the 7 characteristics of the Holy Spirit, which would be:

 

  1. Spirit of Wisdom

 

  1. Spirit of Understanding

 

  1. Spirit of Counsel

 

  1. Spirit of Might

 

  1. Spirit of Knowledge

 

  1. Spirit of the Fear of the Lord

 

  1. Righteousness

 

The seven Spirits of God does not refer to seven numerical Holy Spirits. Other ways of saying it are: 7-fold Spirit of God, 7-fold dimensions of the Spirit of God, 7-fold manifestation of the Spirit of God, 7-fold characteristics of God.

 

  1. Golden Candlestick (Menorah with 7 lamps) – In Revelation 4:5, it refers to the seven lamps (which is the Golden Candlestick, also known as Menorah) burning before God’s Throne, which are the seven spirits of God. The Holy Spirit gives illumination, light, revelation, wisdom and truth.

 

Zechariah 4 talks about the seven burning lamps and then in Verse 6 relates it to the Holy Spirit when he says, “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the LORD of Hosts.”

 

In the same way that the Golden Lampstand in the Tabernacle remained lit at all times because of the oil (anointing), the Lord never wants the flame of His Spirit inside of us to grow cold or go out altogether. 1 Thess 5:19 says, “Do not put out the Spirit’s fire” (NIV). The KJV translates this verse as: “Do not quench the Spirit.”

 

  1. The Number “9” – Nine is the number for the Holy Spirit:

 

9 Fruits of the Holy Spirit – Gal 5:22-23. Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

 

9 Gifts of the Holy Spirit – 1 Cor 12:7-11.

 

Revelation Gifts: word of knowledge, word of wisdom, discerning of spirits
Power Gifts: faith, working of miracles, gift of healings (plural)
Utterance Gifts: prophecy, tongues, interpretation of tongues

 

9 Graces of the Holy Spirit – 2 Pet 1:5-8. Diligence, faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, love.

 

Part 12: Gifts of the Spirit – Power Gifts Defined

The Power Gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 are:

  1. Gift of Faith
  2. Gifts of Healing (“gifts” is plural, meaning that there is more than one kind of healing. There is physical healing, emotional healing, mental healing, spiritual healing, relationship healing, financial healing, and more.)
  3. Gift of Miracles

 

Gift of Faith

Definition:  The God-given ability to believe the Lord for the impossible in a particular situation. It goes beyond general faith (knowing God is able). It is where a person with this gift knows the will of God for a specific matter and knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that it will happen.

Three Kinds of Faith Revealed in Scripture:

  1. Saving Faith – Initial faith response to God at salvation where we accept and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.
  1. A Fruit of the Spirit (Galations 5:22-23) – Faith as an attribute within one’s character. It is developed by the Holy Spirit and our faith becomes more mature and strengthened over a process of time.
  1. Gift of Faith – A divine (sometimes instantaneous) faith that God downloads to someone to believe for a miracle, healing or for God to do something specific in someone’s life (such as believing for large sums of money or calling life back into the dead). The person with this gift receives a “quickening” from the Holy Spirit (the Lord revealing His will or plan about a matter) and the person has supernatural faith to believe for this miracle. It transcends human faith—it is God’s faith downloaded to a person.

There are examples of the operation of the Gift of Faith in Scripture:

  1. In John 11:11, Jesus knew Lazarus was dead, but He also knew that He was going to raise him from the dead. He had no doubt about it.
  1. In John 9:1-7, Jesus knew that the man born blind from birth would be healed so that the works of God would be made manifest.
  1. In Matthew 14:19-21, Jesus had the Gift of Faith when He took five loaves of bread and two fish, gave thanks to His Father, and began breaking the bread and fish into fragments. The food multiplied and 5,000 men (not including the women and children) were fed. There were twelve baskets of food left over. (With the women and children, it was probably 15,000 – 20,000 people present that were fed.)
  1. In Mark 4:39, when the storm arose on the Sea of Galilee, Jesus rebuked the wind and commanded the sea, saying “Peace, be still!”. The winds and the waves obeyed Him, and there was a great calm.
  1. In Acts 3:1-7, Peter had unwavering faith as he proclaimed a man’s healing and even took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet. Immediately the man’s feet and ankle bones were strengthened, and he walked, leaped and praised God as he entered into the Temple.
  1. In Joshua 10:12-14, Joshua was fighting a battle and had almost defeated his enemies when it was transitioning from afternoon to evening. Joshua rose up in faith, with no doubt in his heart that this miracle would take place, and commanded the sun to stand still upon Gibeon and the moon to stand still in the Valley of Ajalon. The sun stood still, and the moon did not move, until they had avenged themselves upon their enemies. The sun did not go down a whole entire day. There was no day like that before it or after it, that the Lord hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the Lord fought for Israel.

What key factor recurs over and over again in the Gift of Faith?

Knowing the will of God through the written Word, as well as through a Word of Knowledge, dreams or visions, or by the inward voice of the Holy Spirit. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17).

 

Gifts of Healing

Definition:  The God-given ability to supernaturally impart healing to others. There are several kinds of healing: spiritual, physical, emotional, mental, relational, financial, and more. The person with this gift is not the healer. Jesus is the Healer. The person with this gift is the vessel whom God uses to flow through.

God uses different individuals to specialize in certain types of healing. For some, God uses them to bring emotional healing to people’s lives, and people are set free from bondages, captivity and inner wounds. Others are primarily used to bring physical healing. Some people have an anointing to pray for specific diseases, and they see many people healed from it. Some people have an anointing to minister to people who have addictions, and many people are set free. Some are called to help heal marriages and families.

Some healings are instantaneous, while others are gradual. What does gradual healing involve?

Being healed of inner problems, and the mind, soul and physical body responding accordingly. Often inner wounds can take years to heal.

Some sicknesses are healed over a period of minutes or hours. An example of this in Scripture is Luke 17:11-14 where Jesus met ten lepers who pleaded with Him to heal them. Jesus replied, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” As they obeyed and went their way, they were cleansed of their leprosy.

Some people are healed from physical sicknesses gradually over a period of time. They improve and get more and more well, until their healing is complete. Matthew 16:18 says, “They shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.” Total recovery does not always happen overnight. Sometimes it takes hours, days, weeks or months.

What means or methods were used in Scripture to operate the gifts of healing?

  1. Calling for the elders of the Church and anointing the sick with oil in the Name of the Lord (James 5:14).
  2. Holy Communion. My mother and I have seen sickness healed, as well as answers to prayer, when we took Communion over a particular situation. There is healing in the Blood Atonement.
  3. The spoken word or command (Matthew 8:8-13).
  4. Laying on of hands and prayer (Matthew 16:18).
  5. Handkerchiefs or aprons by the hands of Paul (Acts 19:11-12).
  6. The shadow of Peter walking by (Acts 5:15-16).
  7. Touching the hem of Jesus’ garment (Matthew 9:20-22; Matthew 14:34-36).

There are several ways a person may know if he/she has the Gift of Healing:

  1. Inner witness of the Holy Spirit
  2. You have visions and dreams, and see yourself healing the sick
  3. Ability to believe God for healing
  4. Compassion for the sick and afflicted
  5. By results (people who you minister to are healed)
  6. It was prophesied over you by the Elders and imparted to you by the laying on of hands
  7. Others will recognize this gift within you

There are at least ten purposes for the Gifts of Healing in operation:

  1. God loves His people and wants them to be in good health.
  1. Jesus heals because He is full of compassion. A leper came to Jesus, “…beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean” (Mark 1:40). What was the Lord’s response? “And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean” (verse 41). It was compassion that led to the miracle. Jesus Christ heals people today for the same reason, so that “…the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance” (Romans 2:4).
  1. Jesus heals because healing belongs to His children. Once, when Jesus was preaching near the city of Tyre, a Syrophenician fell at His feet, asking Him to cast an unclean spirit out of her daughter. Jesus said to her, “Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto the dogs. And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs” (Mark 7:27-28). The Lord saw the woman’s faith and the daughter was delivered. If you are a child of the King, healing should come to you first, even before unbelievers receive their miracle. Yet I watch as those who do not know the Lord reach out in great faith, hungry for the crumbs. And time after time He pours out His healing virtue upon these people. Thank God, healing is often the entry point that helps people receive Jesus Christ as Savior.
  1. Jesus heals to bring glory to His Father. On the side of a mountain near the sea of Galilee, “great multitudes came unto Him…and he healed them…(and) the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel” (Matthew 15:30-31). On another occasion, there was a similar response when Jesus healed a paralytic man. “…When the multitude saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God” (Matthew 9:8). All glory and praise belongs to the Father. Healing is a wonderful, awe-inspiring faith-builder that should lead to glorifying God.
  1. Jesus heals to fulfill God’s promises. At Capernaum, “they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses” (Matthew 8:16-17). When the Master heals, it is a fulfillment of the prophecy spoken through Isaiah. On the cross, Christ took our sickness and infirmities.
  1. Jesus heals also to confirm His own word. Healing was promised by the Father, then declared by Jesus Christ. He said, “If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him” (John 10:37-38). Christ knew exactly why He was sent to earth. He came to perform the works of His Father. Miracles confirm the spoken word of Jesus. He heals to fulfill His personal word to you.
  1. Every time the Lord heals, the devil’s defeat at the Cross is exposed once again. The Word tells us, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8). At the house of Cornelius, Peter said, “You know…how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him” (Acts 10:37-38).
  1. Healing and health are aspects of rectifying the curse of the law.
  1. To confirm the Gospel message with signs and wonders.
  1. Healing, along with salvation, is included in the Blood Atonement of Christ. Jesus not only bore our sins, but He also bore our diseases, sicknesses and sorrows, and by His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5). Jesus paid a heavy price so that we could be healed. He just wants us to believe and to receive it.

The original sources of sickness are:

  1. Satan
  2. Sin

When mankind fell and sin entered into the world, so did death and sickness. However, Jesus took the curse upon Himself and redeemed us from it. By accepting Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, we can have eternal life in Heaven one day (where there is no more curse, no death, no sickness, no darkness, no night, no weeping, no pain, no sin, no demons, no poverty).

While we’re here on this earth, we can enjoy abundant life right now. John 10:10 says, “For the thief (devil) comes only for to steal, and kill and destroy; but I have come so that you may have life and have it in abundance (till it overflows).” Part of abundant life is living free from sickness.

Things we can do in the natural also help us to live in good health. For example, good nutrition, clean water, exercise, vitamins and minerals, sleep and rest, recreation and relaxation, and getting sufficient sunshine. Avoiding strife, learning to forgive, being healed of anger and temper, removing the root of bitterness and having joy in your life contributes to better health.

God also heals us through doctors and medicine. It is off balance and foolish to refuse to go to doctors, or to the hospital, when you or your children need to. Also, it’s wise to remain on your medication until the doctor confirms you are healed and takes you off of it. Going to doctors and taking medicine does NOT imply a lack of faith on your part. God has given doctors wisdom and knowledge about how the body works and what to do to cure it. In the near future, God is going to reveal the cures to many dreadful diseases, such as cancer to scientists.

God just does not want us to exalt doctors above Him, because He is the Great Physician and our Creator. He ultimately knows how our bodies work and what to do to cure it.

Exodus 15:25-26 shows us a type and shadow of the redeeming work of Christ, and His Atonement on the Cross, which makes us well and whole:

“So Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree (represents the Cross). When he cast it into the [bitter] waters (represents the curse), the waters were made sweet (the curse broken).

There He made a statute and an ordinance for them, and there He tested them, and said, ‘If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you (healing is part of the Atonement).’”

 

Gift of Miracles

Definition:  It is God performing something supernatural, which transcends natural laws, through an individual.

One of the Greek words for “miracles” is dunamis (Strong’s #1411), where we get the word dynamite. It means “to be able or possible; force (literally or figuratively); miraculous power; a miracle.”

The Webster’s Dictionary defines the word “miracle” as the following: “an unusual or wonderful event that is believed to be caused by the power of God; a very amazing or unusual event, thing, or achievement; an extraordinary event manifesting Divine intervention in human affairs.”

What is the place and importance of miracles in the Bible?

Miracles always accompanied Jesus and His disciples, as well as the apostles. Miracles, signs and wonders always accompanied the preaching of the Gospel. In the Old Testament, God displayed His awesome power through miracles, mostly for deliverance and preservation and to show the heathen nations that He is the One and Only True and Living God.

Miracles are governed by the will of God and the obedience of man.

There are four aspects relating to the working of miracles:

  1. Hearing the Word of God – God communicates His will to men through the Bible, a Word of Knowledge, a vision, an angel, through Jesus Christ directly in a vision, or an audible voice as in the case with Moses. Exodus 14:15-16 says, And the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.”
  1. Believe the Word – Obey what God reveals to you. Accept and embrace it. In Exodus 14:21-22, it says: “Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided. So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.”

Mark 11:23 says, “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.”

  1. Speak the Word – God releases His power by His spoken Word, and it comes into existence. Romans 4:17, in the Amplified Version, says: “Who gives life to the dead and speaks of the nonexistent things that [He has foretold and promised] as if they [already] existed.”

The New King James Version says “Who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did.”

  1. Acting on the Word – Acts of faith which accompany the speaking of the Word. James 2:17 tells us that “Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”

The purposes of miracles are:

  1. For deliverance, preservation and provision
  2. Edification and building up of faith
  3. Accompanying the preaching of the Gospel

In the last day Church, miracles will operate on a large scale prior to the coming of the Lord. Creative miracles, such as body parts being restored, the raising of the dead, and speaking to the weather and elements and it obeys you will become common.