Foundations of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament

Outline:

Spirit of Creation
The Author and Giver of Life
The Flaming Sword
The Cloud and the Fire
The Cloud
The Pillar of Fire
Water
The Anointing Oil
The Still, Small Voice
The Pot of Oil
Spirit of Resurrection
The River of Life

The Spirit of Creation

God created the universe. The Spirit of God is the Spirit of creation.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters” (Genesis 1:1-2).

Picture this: a planet called earth, destroyed, chaos. The earth was without form, no shape; void, empty.

The chaos was the result of the fall of Satan.

Darkness. Such darkness, that it covered the earth and the depth of the earth. No stars, sun, or moon.

His creation of the earth was perfect.

Suddenly, the Spirit of God showed up. He moved on the face of the waters. A storm was moving on planet earth. He came with power and force, the power of creation.

God begins to restore. A storm was moving all over the planet.

In the midst of this incredible holy storm, there comes a voice, “Let there be light.”

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of creation, restoration and renewal.

His presence always restores. Chaos cannot stay in the presence of the Holy Spirit.

He shows up, and chaos is transformed by His presence. Darkness flees. One simple touch, one moment, all is calm and well.

When He shows up, He brings life, light, and He transforms and renews.

Where He is, there is change. There is liberty. Liberty is the normal result of His presence.

We are talking about a Person, the presence of God.

Change will always result. He turned chaos into perfection, darkness into light.

God always speaks in the midst of the presence of the Spirit.

The presence of the Holy Spirit is the presence God speaks in.

The Holy Ghost must be present for God to speak.

He is the wind that carries the voice.

Wind carries the voice.

There is a presence around you now keeping you alive. It is called breath, air.

He is the presence of the Almighty God.

God’s voice cannot be heard outside the Spirit.

The Author and Giver of Life

“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7).

The Holy Spirit is the giver of life.

The trinity is revealed, as God said “Let us make man . . . “

He is the breath of God.

There is an ocean of air.

This verse unfolds the work of the Spirit in man.

Before, when the word of creation was spoken, suddenly things were created. “Let there be . . .” His creation came into place immediately.

Now we have a divine pause.

When begins to deal with this holy creation, man, there is almost a divine pause.

Before, it was “God…” creating, restoring the earth. But with man, it says “The LORD God . . . 

And it is almost like He took His time with this one.

He began working, forming.

A little holy storm begins to surround that man.

God breathed. That wind went right through his being.

He woke up. Man became a living soul.

There’s flesh, bone, skin, a mind, thoughts, will, reason, intelligence.

God begins this divine transaction.

The first human being

God never touched anything else.

With creation, He spoke.

With man, He touched him and made him.

That one touch brought that man into full completeness and perfection.

We can say, I’m the result of God’s touch.

When He touched you, He formed you and fixed you just right.

When it comes to man, for the first time, we hear Jehovah.

Prior to that, it was Elohim; that is, “God.”

Elohim presents the creator.

When Jehovah is introduced, there is a name, a Person, a relationship.

God is revealing relationship.

The name has to do also with covenant.

And the name speaks of breath and touch.

The name Jehovah speaks of:

  1. Touch
  2. Relationship
  3. Covenant

 

Israel saw power, but there was no relationship.

The breath of God releases His person.

The presence of the Lord introduces the Lord, Jehovah.

 

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them (Genesis 1:26-27).

The Flaming Sword

“So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life” (Genesis 3:25).

Cherubim are always seen in connection with the glory and with the mercy seat.

Cherubim are awesome, glorious, mighty, awe-inspiring angels.

The Holy Spirit made the cherubim.

Cherubim is plural. We do not know how many were there in the garden; we just know it was more than one.

In the visions of Isaiah and Ezekiel, they are seen in connection with the throne of God.

Ezekiel 1:4:

Four revelations regarding the cherubim:

  1. Whirlwind, a tornado.
  2. A great cloud within that wind.
  3. A fire enfolding itself.

Inside the tornado is a cloud. Inside the cloud is a fire.

A brightness was about this tornado.

There are four living creatures.

Inside this wind rolling with force, he sees these living creatures: cherubim.

Every one of the creatures had four faces.

They sparkled like burnished brass.

The glory of God so covers them and rubs on them, their beings look like brightness and are sparkling.

They had four faces and four wings.

Right side:

Man – humanity

Lion – kingdom

Left side:

Ox – sacrifice

Eagle – diety

They reveal the offices of Jesus Christ

Humanity

Kingship

Sacrifice

Deity – Son of God

They follow the Holy Spirit.

In Genesis 3:24, cherubim stood at the east side of the garden.

What we thought was terror and judgment, God was revealing to them His plan. Man was to be kept out. But the day will come that they will see the glory again.

The flaming sword is the Holy Spirit.

He is the sword of the Spirit.

When we see the sword in Scripture, it is the word. Who is speaking the word? The Holy Spirit.

He is the fire that holds the sword.

We see two things:

  1. A sword
  2. A flame

 

The flame is the Holy Ghost, the glory of God.

He is in control of the sword.

He is the one speaking the word.

He is the one who uses the word against the devil.

He is the flaming sword.

 

What is the sword? The sword is:

  1. The symbol of death (Romans 8:13). It puts to death the flesh,
  2. God’s heart-searching weapon (Hebrews 4:12-13).
  3. God’s weapon of judgment (Deuteronomy 32:41).

 

The Cloud and the Fire

 

“And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night. He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night from before the people” (Exodus 13:21-22).

 

Also in:

Exodus 13:21

Angel of God ….. Exodus 14:19-20

Exodus 40:34

Numbers 10:34

Exodus 33:13-15

 

In Exodus 33, the word recognizes the Holy Spirit as the presence of God which lived among Israel and led them.

Moses understood it was impossible to lead the people, to get to the promised land, without the presence of the Holy Spirit.

This fire and light is what we need as believers.

Angel of God was before the camp; now stood behind the camp. The pillar of cloud also (Exodus 14:19).

The Holy Spirit is as dark to the unbeliever as He is light to the believer. The things of God are as dark to the world as they are beautiful and plain to us.

There is a veiled light which sometimes is as necessary as the unclouded sun. The things of God are as dark to world as beautiful to us.

The presence of God to us? Plain and simple.

To them? Dark. They are blinded.

There is a veiled light which is sometimes as important as a day without clouds.

In John 16:12, Jesus said “You cannot bear them now.” He reserves His deeper teachings until we can understand them. A veiled light is sometimes necessary. When it comes, we begin to hear the voice of the Master.

The prophets of old sought to understand what they were seeing. Daniel was seeing the future. It was like the veiled light.

The church today cannot bear what God wants to give us. So He has to come in a veiled light, shadowy light.

A cloud comes because we cannot bear it.

 

Apostles on the mount of transfiguration had to enter into the cloud to see the light, to hear the voice. The cloud is important. We cannot dismiss it.

We want the full message. We do not want to hear only in part.

“I’ll speak with stammering lips…” (Isaiah 28:11). He speaks thus because we cannot bear it.

Sometimes all we can handle is the veiled light; so it is necessary at times.

Even though the cloud is present, don’t stay out of it. In it is the brightness.

The brighter place is in the center.

You have to get closer and deeper, to the center of it, to see God’s glory.

The clearest spot is in the center of the cloud.

In Matthew 17, they entered into the cloud.

The cloud is the Holy Ghost.

The voice came out of the cloud.

The voice was in the cloud; just like the voice was in the presence of creation, that said “Let there be.”

The voice said, “This is My beloved Son . . .”

They looked in the midst of the cloud, they saw Jesus.

He is in the center of the cloud.

The cloud was Israel’s cover in the wilderness, just as He is our cover and protection today.

 

The Cloud

“Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea” (1 Corinthians 10:1).

Scripture reference: Exodus 40

When the tabernacle was completed, the same cloud that led them now covered the tabernacle, the tent of the congregation. The glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. Moses was not able to enter into the tent, because the cloud abode thereon.

The majestic cloud that had crowned Mt Sinai, that covered Israel, now entered into the tabernacle.

The Lord called unto Moses out of the tabernacle.

The voice is in the cloud.

To find God’s voice, you must be in the Spirit. He must cover you. You must come to the place where the glory is, in the center.

Outside the cloud, you will see a veiled light.

When you come into the cloud, it is bright as day.

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16)

 The pillar of cloud rose from the Holy Holies and hovered above the tent of witness, and moved over Israel, just as before. Now, the cloud came from the tabernacle rather than from above. This is prophetic dealing with us.

When you come out of Egypt, the cloud is a distant presence.

When we leave the world and get the baptism, we are filled with the Spirit. The cloud is now an abiding presence. We are the temple.

Out of your innermost being shall flow rivers of water.

“I will pour out My Spirit” (Joel 2:28) – He pours out His Spirit from us.

He is in the presence of chamber, our spirit person.

There is a double presence for every believer.

For Israel: tabernacle and covering over the camp.

For us: in our spirit person and is all around us, in our lives.

Old Covenant saints had the shadow. We have the substance.

The cloud and the fire did not leave Israel until they entered the promised land. So it is with us.

The promised land is glory. When we see Him face to face, we will not need the fire and the cloud.

 

Baptized with the Holy Spirit and Fire

 

Fire has a whole different purpose than the cloud.

Moses met God; fire (the burning bush passage).

The call of God comes with fire.

When God calls you, you will meet Him as fire.

The second time God met with Moses, when the law was given: fire.

When the blood was offered: fire.

The fire is connected to the call, the word, and the blood.

He goes down to Egypt. Cloud and fire meets them.

It was much more than the fire being at night. When there is darkness, fire shows up and dispels it. The fire is present when the enemy is present. Thank God for the fire.

God accepts the sacrifice through fire.

After they crossed into the promised land, the fire stayed with them, but the cloud rarely appeared. That’s an amazing truth. The cloud only appeared at certain times throughout their history, especially when the temple was built. The priests could not enter. The fire continued to appear.

God accepted the sacrifices of the saints through fire.

The Holy Spirit is the cloud and the fire.

 

The Cloud and Fire

 

“And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night. He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night from before the people” (Exodus 13:21-22).

 

Also in:

Exodus 13:21

Angel of God ….. Exodus 14:19-20

Exodus 40:34

Numbers 10:34

Exodus 33:13-15

 

In Exodus 33, the word recognizes the Holy Spirit as the presence of God which lived among Israel and led them.

Moses understood it was impossible to lead the people, to get to the promised land, without the presence of the Holy Spirit.

This fire and light is what we need as believers.

Angel of God was before the camp; now stood behind the camp. The pillar of cloud also (Exodus 14:19).

The Holy Spirit is as dark to the unbeliever as He is light to the believer. The things of God are as dark to the world as they are beautiful and plain to us.

There is a veiled light which sometimes is as necessary as the unclouded sun. The things of God are as dark to world as beautiful to us.

The presence of God to us? Plain and simple.

To them? Dark. They are blinded.

There is a veiled light which is sometimes as important as a day without clouds.

In John 16:12, Jesus said “You cannot bear them now.” He reserves His deeper teachings until we can understand them. A veiled light is sometimes necessary. When it comes, we begin to hear the voice of the Master.

The prophets of old sought to understand what they were seeing. Daniel was seeing the future. It was like the veiled light.

The church today cannot bear what God wants to give us. So He has to come in a veiled light, shadowy light.

A cloud comes because we cannot bear it.

Apostles on the mount of transfiguration had to enter into the cloud to see the light, to hear the voice. The cloud is important. We cannot dismiss it.

We want the full message. We do not want to hear only in part.

 

“I’ll speak with stammering lips…” (Isaiah 28:11). He speaks thus because we cannot bear it.

Sometimes all we can handle is the veiled light; so it is necessary at times.

Even though the cloud is present, don’t stay out of it. In it is the brightness.

The brighter place is in the center.

You have to get closer and deeper, to the center of it, to see God’s glory.

The clearest spot is in the center of the cloud.

In Matthew 17, they entered into the cloud.

The cloud is the Holy Ghost.

The voice came out of the cloud.

The voice was in the cloud; just like the voice was in the presence of creation, that said “Let there be.”

The voice said, “This is My beloved Son . . .”

They looked in the midst of the cloud, they saw Jesus.

He is in the center of the cloud.

The cloud was Israel’s cover in the wilderness, just as He is our cover and protection today.

 

The Pillar of Fire

The fire illuminates and warms.

It also purifies and destroys.

The baptism of fire is a baptism that penetrates the innermost fibers of your being, consuming the old life, cleansing and quickening our whole being, enduing us with power from on high.

The pillar went first. They saw it in front of them.

The moment they left Egypt, they saw it. You will never see it in Egypt.

When you leave Egypt, it will be waiting for you on the other side.

If you want the cloud, come out of Egypt.

How do we see it? Location.

Reference: 1 Corinthians 10:1-2

The Jewish people were baptized into the cloud. The cloud was in front of them. It moved from the front to the back, when they crossed the Red Sea.

They were going into the sea, while the Holy Spirit was going through their camp. 

The crossing of the Red Sea is baptism for us.

When Jesus came out of the waters, the Holy Spirit was coming into the waters.

When we come out of the waters, we are coming out while He is going through.

For Israel, He passed through them. They saw the mist go through them. And now He stood behind them. Why?

They were immersed in two baptisms: the Red Sea and the cloud. The water and the Spirit. They came out of Egypt. They followed the cloud. He may be at a distant at first, but if you go through the sea, you will get close.

You cannot go through the sea and stay far away from Him.

When you get the baptism of the Holy Spirit, He will go through you. When He goes through, you will meet halfway. You are on your way to the promised land.

The Holy Spirit is a rear guard. He stands behind you and your past. He will block your sight from your past. The baptism of the Holy Spirit will wash away your past.

He stood behind Israel and their past.

He hides our past from us. He is between you and your sin, troubles, enemies and memories.

  

Water

Scripture reference: 1 Corinthians 10:3-4

The same spiritual meat and drink, of that rock, which was Christ.

Scripture reference: Hebrews 10:19-22.

Our hearts washed with pure water.

The most frequently used emblem for the Holy Spirit is water.

 

Three Rocks

 

  1. Rock at Horeb – Exodus 17:1 – the cross
  2. Rock at Kadesh – at the gate of the promised land – Numbers 20: 7 – faith
  3. The well at Beer – Numbers 21:16 – praise

 

Three rocks the people of Israel were led to. Every one of them speaks gloriously to us today.

 

  1. Rock at Horeb – Exodus 17:1

We accept Him.

I will stand upon the rock.

Moses, you’ll recognize the rock when you see Me standing on it.

You shall smite the rock. Water will come out, that the people may drink.

This is a type of Jesus on the cross.

Strike it – Jesus was smitten on the cross.

Water gushed out – fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost; because of the cross, the Holy Spirit came.

Horeb is where the law was given; speaks of judgment, law

Horeb is Mt. Sinai. The law and commandments were given.

It speaks of judgment.

Christ was judged and struck on the cross for us.

Water gushed out – Pentecost

40 years later, they come to Kadesh.

 

  1. Rock at Kadesh – at the gate of the promised land – Numbers 20: 7

He accepts us.

Kadesh – holiness; the place where we become clean and perfect before God.

Speak to the rock before their eyes. It shall give forth this water. You shall give the congregation drink.

He smote the rock twice. Water came out abundantly.

The Lord said, “Because He did not believe Me, to sanctify Me… He shall not bring this congregation into the land…”

This took place 40 years after they left Egypt. This incident happened just before they went into the promised land.

God will surely bring us to that place.

Speaking to the rock is the language of faith.

Moses was kept out of the promised land for striking the rock twice. One thought of unbelief, one expression of mistrust, one moment of fear, will drive the Holy Spirit away. The Holy Spirit is easily driven away.

You’ll gain His presence with a whisper of affection.

“Speak to the rock”

Believe in the Holy Spirit. Treat Him with the most tender confidence, the most unwavering trust, and He will meet you instantly.

 

  1. The well at Beer – Numbers 21:16

Even when Moses struck the rock twice, after God said speak to it, water still came out. God remains faithful, even when we fail.

Sing; the princes dug the well.

God said “Sing.”

While they sang, they also dug the well.

 

These three locations speak of the unfolding of the Holy Spirit.

 

The Holy Spirit comes because of:

  1. The cross – Jesus died on the cross
  2. Faith – Jesus is the gate to the promised land; we enter by faith.
  3. Praise – Jesus the living well that will burst forth with praise

 

Paul wrote, “The rock that followed them.”

These locations speak of Jesus Christ and His work.

The water that ran under the desert. They gathered at God’s command.

  

The Anointing Oil

 

Scripture reference: Exodus 30:22-33; specific instructions for the preparation of the anointing oil.

He gives Moses the ingredients for the oil.

Every one of the ingredients is symbolic of much in our lives.

In verse 26, Moses starts anointing everything in the tabernacle. He anoints the tent, then he anoints the ark. He then goes “out,” from in to out. The anointing always begins from within to without. “Out of him shall flow rivers of living water.

Whoever comes in, anything they touch, if it has been anointed, they shall be holy too.

Everything anointed is holy. And whoever touches it becomes holy.

Paul in Corinthians: “Don’t you know that because of you, your children are holy, even if they are not walking with God yet.” If you’re anointed, you are holy. Be holy, as I am holy. You are saints of the Most High God.

Anybody who is part of you is holy.

The anointing does not belong to those living in the flesh (Exodus 30:32).

If God anoints a man, and the man does not want it, he is shrinking from the task (Exodus 4:10).

Why did Moses shrink? His faith was not equal to the mighty promise. Sometimes God anoints someone, but their faith is not there.

The anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses. If God anoints you, don’t argue with Him about it.

“I cannot carry the load” (Numbers 11:11).  Moses is complaining.

Moses even says “kill me” (v. 15).

God says “I’ll take care of it. I feed them. I will give him 70 helpers…”

Moses responded, “Wait a minute Lord. There are 600K men here. How are you going to feed them? (v. 21)

In anger, God says “You will see whether My word will come to pass.”

Men who keep saying they cannot do it

It’s sad when we ask God to relieve us of the responsibility He has given us. He has to say, “bring me the elders. I will take of the spirit that is upon you…” No additional power or wisdom is promised. All the wisdom and power has been given to one man. Because he complained, God had to divide the power in him among others. Later, those 70 became the council of 70 that became a thorn in his flesh. Then later, they became the Sanhedrin that judged Christ.

You complain? You may end up with Sanhedrins.

If God gives it to you, keep your mouth shut. Don’t complain. If He gives it to you, say “Yes, Lord, how much more will you give me, Lord?”

  

The Still, Small Voice

 

Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice (1 Kings 19:11-12).

 

After the great victory on Carmel, Elijah fled from Jezebel. He left his servant at Beersheba. He continued on to Horeb, which is Mt. Sinai.

Elijah was in northern Israel, Haifa. He goes down to the Negev, Kadesh Barnea, the place Moses came to when he sent the spies into the promised land. It is a long way from Haifa, 80 or so miles.

There is a time when God will allow you to have someone with you. There are times when God will not allow it, depending on the visitation.

There are times when there is a need for the two or three.

When you move into the deeper and the wealthier, you must be alone.

He left his servant in Beersheba. He continues on his own for 40 days to Horeb.

Horeb is where Moses brought Israel to. It took Israel 40 years. It took Elijah 40 days.

He ate a meal and went in the strength of that meal for 40 days.

He came to a cave and lodged there.

The word of the Lord came to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

He said, “Stand upon the mountain before the Lord.”

Two locations: there is a place where you will hear the word. And there is a place where you will hear the still, small voice.

Many have heard the word.

Few have heard the still, small voice.

The word of the Lord came. That word was Jesus Christ: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

“Stand on that mountain, and wait for the Lord.”

That mountain is 9K feet high. That is a three or four hour climb.

You stand a wait. As he stands, the Lord passed by in a great, strong wind that broke the rocks of the mountain. The wind was so great that it ripped the rocks off the mountain.

Then an earthquake.

Then a fire.

God was not in them.

Then a still, small voice.

Elijah wrapped his face in his mantle, his cloak. And he entered into the cave. There was a cave below and a cave on top.

We too have to pass through the wind, earthquake and fire, in our vain search for God.

We find Him in the still, small voice in the depth of our soul.

The nothingness of self is the beginning of God’s all-sufficiency.

We are required to pass through the storm, earthquake and fire. If we survive and last, we will be honored at the second cave to hear the voice.

Each experience is different from the other. The three experiences will empty your soul of self.

The nothingness of self is empty. There is nothing in it or worth anything.

The storms of life have but one result: emptiness. God’s divine purpose for you is the die to self.

“What are you doing here, Elijah?”

He hid himself in his mantle. That was the beginning of God’s all-sufficiency.

The key: the voice.

The three experiences are noise, yes, but not a voice.

The voice is not a sound or vision.

The voice speaks of a living Person, a loving heart, an intelligent Being, a divine personality.

The voice came in stillness and smallness. Nothing “big” or that the world will notice. The busy-ness of life will not perceive it. Most people are too busy to hear the voice.

He had to wrap himself in his mantle to hear the stillness and smallness of the voice.

When you hear it, it will arrest your attention. It will calm your heart. It will linger in your memory. It will fill your heart.

It will have a divine echo. It lingers in your mind as long as you live. His voice is a lingering voice and has an echo.

It is not a message. It is a revelation.

It is not the language of earth but of heaven.

It speaks of the presence of the Person. It is His personal living voice.

“My sheep hear My voice…” (John 10:4).

There is a big difference between His voice and His words.

The voice carries the Person.

To perceive His voice, you need to have the mantle around you.

If you just hear the sound, there is a message, yes, but not a revelation.

The voice brings intimacy.

There is truth in the words but not truth that will change you.

You need to hear the voice, not just the sound of the voice.

There was divine pause in Elijah’s life.

Think about the man who had left Carmel and saw such activity and power displayed, the 400 prophets of Baal slain. Such activity it involved the very angelic hosts in helping him. Such activity it shook Israel.

There, on the top of that mountain, he stands there at the divine command of the Master. There he heard the very Being of God talk to him. There was a divine pause that brought change; change so great, that to this day we have not seen the result of that moment. We will see the completion of it in the millennium.

Elijah the prophet came to that divine pause in his life that still to this day this moment keeps him alive in a body in heaven, waiting to fulfill the command of Horeb. He has not yet finished the job.

That still, small voice brought divine change into his life that arrested his attention. He went and anointed Elisha. He was captured by God in that blessed chariot of fire. He still waits for the moment to come back and fulfill that plan for his own life. When God speaks, it may take thousands of years to fulfill but it will surely be fulfilled.

 A divine pause will change your destiny and through you change the world. It carries you, and it will linger. It’s like a mighty wave, and you will ride it.

The holy hush that follows God’s blessed voice. When you hear His voice, there is always a holy hush.

Isaiah 32:17: In quietness

“Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).

If you are still long enough, you will know Jehovah. And if you know Jehovah, you will know God.

Stillness is the result of nothingness and becomes the beginning of God’s all-sufficiency.

Wrap yourself in the mantle, you will hear His voice.

Intimacy with the Spirit. Fellowship.

See Him only.

Reference: Habakkuk 2:20

Selah in the Psalms: pause. Meditate. Think about this.

It saturates your being.

Elijah’s selah was when he wrapped himself in his mantle. He heard His voice.

God looks for what is deeper.

In that moment, there is a stillness beyond stillness, a quietness beyond quietness. God talks to you.

God says, “Be still . . .”

That still, small voice that speaks with tenderness, power and comfort. It is the Holy Spirit.

There is a place of quiet rest, near to the heart of God.

 

When you enter into God’s rest, you rest even from your own soul and your own works, your own thoughts.

There is a secret place. The enemy and the world do not know that secret place.

That place will cause you to set your heart on God.

That is the place promised to God’s precious saints: that holy place.

  

The Pot of Oil

Scripture reference: 2 Kings 4:1-7

This story reveals the ministry of the Holy Spirit in all His sufficiency in supplying all our needs.

This woman was in great need. Her husband had died. He was one of God’s servants. He was in debt and died before he died.

Men came and threatened to take away her sons as slaves. She was in distress and danger, even helplessness.

She came to Elijah.

This represents the very worst that could happen to a child of God. It throws one upon God.

Think of the danger she was in. If her family was gone, she would be alone and might die.

God loves hard places. It declares to you who He is. Faith is born in danger and extremity.

Jacob was transformed to Israel, from a deceiver to a prince, in a conflict.

Israel was awakened to redemption while in bondage. If there had been no bondage, they would not have cried for a Redeemer. Slavery brought about a miracle. The bigger miracle was the people crying for deliverance, because that is what brought their deliverance.

Looking for God and finding God is the greatest miracle.

David learned to know His God in adversity, while he was running away from Saul. He learned the guidance and protection of God, the mighty power of God.

Do not be discouraged by difficulties or troubles. They are opportunities given to you by the Almighty showing you there is nothing too difficult for Him. These troubles turn to be blessings if you have the right eyes on and you see God’s will in it. God will use the troubles to wake you up and awaken your faith.

What do you have in the house? Her answer was “nothing.” She did not consider the pot of oil to be something. Then, she remembered the pot of oil.

God loves that nothing. That is all He is looking for. If you have something, you would think you gave it to Him and you deserve the blessings and glory.

With nothing, you are truly dependent that God will give you something. God wants your nothing.

The pot of oil contained the supply of all her needs.

God works with very simple instruments. He needs simple instruments in your life.

He is not looking for high education or similar things. Theologians question the Bible and what it is about.

 

But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the [m]base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence (1 Corinthians 1:27-29).

 

The little vessel of oil is the presence and power of the Holy Spirit that we have in measure. It is symbolic of the power of the Spirit.

It is sad that many people look at the measure of the Holy Spirit they have as unimportant. Yet it is all you need.

Many people have not come to realize the power of the Holy Spirit they have. They have not come to understand this power is all they need. We all have it in measure.

Jesus is the only one who received the Holy Spirit without measure. We have the power in measure.

So many are going about in starvation not knowing the presence they have.

 

How to Receive a Miracle and the Presence & Power of God:

  1. Make room for God.

The first thing the woman was asked to do was to borrow vessels from neighbors (v. 3). It means make room for God. That is the first key for a miracle.

God will often make room for Himself by creating need in your life. God may see your need for Him. He will create need in your heart. And a need arises within you. His grace causes this. You make room for God, but really He is making room for Himself. His ultimate result is to bless us. Sometimes we are blind and deaf and do not see His work in our life. He has to “interfere.”

 

  1. Release your faith.

Pour out the oil. Release your faith. Walk out by faith. She had many empty vessels, but only one small pot of oil. Her faith had to be involved when she began pouring the oil in the pots.

As she poured, she saw a miracle. Every vessel was filled. The oil did not stop until she stopped. When her faith reached its limit, God was still working. If there were more vessels, the oil would have continued flowing.

The flow was dependent on available space and surrender.

 

God is looking for empty vessels.

May the Lord make you an empty vessel so He can fill you.

Our faith will stop long before His willingness and resources are exhausted.

He gives more grace.

He gives and gives and keeps giving when we do not have the space for it.

Man shall give into your bosom.

My cup runs over.

Stop believing for living things.

He is able to do exceedingly abundantly.

Go out and bless someone else with the anointing.

  

The Spirit of Resurrection

Scripture reference: Ezekiel 37; The Valley of Dry Bones

There was “no breath in them” (the dry bones).

This is a most remarkable chapter that deals with the working of the Holy Spirit.

It introduces with clarity the doctrine of the resurrection.

The cross speaks about death.

Baptism speaks of resurrection.

It is very important

Ezekiel sees the valley of dry bones. The prophet is taken to the valley, the scene of a prior battle.

Ezekiel sees the skeletons of a mighty fallen army.

He sees dry bones. He sees a vast great army. The skeletons were in the millions. All he can see is bones; no grass or ground.

The bones are dry with no flesh or skin or hair.

“Can these bones live?” (v. 3)

Rather than answering God and be rebuked, he said: “Only You can know that.”

In verse 4, he was told to prophesy upon these bones. Say, “Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord.”

Ezekiel is prophesying, looking down on these bones.

“Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live.”

The first thing he mentions, that he said to the dead bones: breath.

He does not say “arise from the dead.” He does not say “I will cloth you with flesh.”

The first introduction to these dead bones: breath.

You want to see life? Talk about the Holy Spirit.

If you introduce the Holy Spirit to dead people, He will take care of the rest.

“I will cause breath to enter into you….”

He mentions the breath of God twice.

God will breathe on the dry bones; and He will breathe within those bodies that were formed anew.

He mentions

  1. He breath on the dry bones.
  2. He will breathe within these bodies.

Bone begins to come to bone.

He hears a great noise (v. 7). Imagine the scene with millions of bones coming together, flesh and skin covering them. There are millions of men and women

God did not ask another question (v. 9). He said “prophesy to the wind.” Breath came into them and stood on their feet.

God did not leave us in doubt about who He was talking about: Israel.

In 1948, Israel became a nation.

In 1948, Jews began gathering in their homeland.

The second part has not been fulfilled yet. They have not been saved.

One day, Israel will be saved. They will raised into a mighty army. We will be in glory. The church will be out of the way.

 

The 490 years will continue.

Daniel the prophet saw “70 weeks,” or 490 years. The final week of Daniel’s prophecy will be fulfilled.

Jesus stood in Jerusalem, when the clocked had ticked. It was 483 years, with seven years to go. He cried over the city of Jerusalem. At that moment, the clock stopped. God began the plan for the church. Israel was blinded (Romans 11).

The church for 2K years has been coming in. The time of the Gentiles. The church will be raptured. The clock will tick again. The seven years of tribulation will begin.

This prophecy in Ezekiel will be fulfilled.

They will flee from antichrist.

Breath will be breathed into them for salvation.

 

The Spiritual Side

 

There is also the spiritual side for this chapter.

There is something worse than the death of a body. It is the spiritual death of those sunk in their transgressions.

We have the two-fold breath of the Spirit.

  1. The word
  2. Baptism of the Spirit (Acts), the work of transformation.

They became an army after the presence came. Same with the church.

The presence of God endues with power to do battle.

 

Ephesians 1:17

  1. To us who believe

Toward us

Believe is faith.

The power of God is equal to your level of faith.

His power increases in you acc to your faith.

The measure of faith equals the measure of power.

  1. In Christ

All in these verses and the truth is found in Christ.

Everything happens in Christ. One must be in Christ to receive these promises.

 

If He is not there, none of this can be known or experienced.

He is the source of both the heart and life of the power of God.

Jesus is the hope, faith, life and promise of the resurrection.

  

The River of Life

  

Scripture reference: Ezekiel 47

 

Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and there was water, flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar (Ezekiel 47:1).

 

Ezekiel sees a vision of the Millennium temple, which Jesus will build.

The front of the house faced to the east, to the rising of the sun.

The Lord identified the waters in John 7:37-39. This applies to the church today and to the Millennium temple during the reign of the master.

 

This river represents the Holy Spirit flowing from the innermost being of the hearts of men and women who are consecrated to God.

The river describes the different phases God moves us from and to and higher.

The door of the house – you cannot experience the river until you come to the temple, the sanctuary.

 

  1. Water flows out – God is always blessing people. God’s love is given out in unselfish mercy.

Often believers do not consider the direction of the anointing. The anointing flows out to bless and give. It is not for us.

We become the channel of that river given out in unselfish mercy. If we want to be blessed and touched, that grieves the Spirit.

 

  1. Under threshold – the anointing flows from a consecrated heart that is dead to self; from a lowly heart.

You want God to anoint and use you? Die.

 

  1. From the sanctuary – a sacred, separated, holy, divine place. We must be separated from sinful uses and dedicated to God. It must be occupied by God.

You are the temple of the Holy Spirit.

 

  1. East, the sunrise – the river is of the morning, not the night. The river represents the new life, not the old.

 

  1. Deeper near the Dead Sea – when we are near the lost and needy, the anointing is stronger.

 

  1. Deep river that could not be passed over; no man could cross it; an angel brought Ezekiel across the river –

 

  1. Waters shall be healed; fishermen fishing – this will literally happen in the millennium. He saw trees – the body of Christ. The leaves of the trees heal the world.