Thursday – March 1, 2018 – The Gifts of the Spirit in the Old Testament.
1 Peter 4:10-11 (NLT) God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 11 Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.
Exodus 31:3-5 (NKJV) And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, 4 to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, 5 in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship.
Judges 6:33-35 (NKJV) Then all the Midianites and Amalekites, the people of the East, gathered together; and they crossed over and encamped in the Valley of Jezreel. 34 But the Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon; then he blew the trumpet, and the Abiezrites gathered behind him. 35 And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh, who also gathered behind him. He also sent messengers to Asher, Zebulun, and Naphtali; and they came up to meet them.
The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit moves on His people supernaturally. He generally does so in one of three ways. He comes upon us to know supernaturally, to speak supernaturally and to act supernaturally. The two primary ways that He does that is to use our minds to enable us to use our voices on His behalf and to use our hands on His behalf; to speak as though God were speaking through us and to exert our strength through the power that He gives us.
In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit empowered those who labored for God. In the case of Bezaleel, He gifted him artistically to build and to design the Tabernacle in the wilderness. Bezaleel used the natural beauty of gold, silver and jewels to display the beauty of the character of God.
According to the book of Judges, the Holy Spirit enabled Gideon and the other leaders to be judges; those who fought battles, set up administrations and governed with fairness and with equity.
David was anointed by the Holy Spirit to be king over Israel. Read 1 Samuel 16:13. The Spirit provided administration as a special gift to Joseph to the point that Pharaoh recognized it as a gift from God. Read Genesis 41:38. When Moses needed administrative assistance, there was a transference of the Spirit onto other leaders. Read Numbers 11:25. Joshua’s administrative abilities came from transference of the Spirit that had been on Moses. Read Deuteronomy 34:9. During the time of the judges, the Spirit’s working, largely involved giving the Israelites the ability to wage war. Read Judges 3:10; 11:29.
The Holy Spirit is so much more and does so much more than we traditionally think. He has been working among humanity since the Bible records Him breathing life into Adam. Let’s stop limiting Him and give Him the credit that is due to Him. When you do, you will be so much more than you are now. When you stop limiting Him, you stop limiting yourself.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, help me to recognize how all encompassing You are in every area of my life. Make me into everything that You want me to be.