Saturday, March 26, 2016

The Seven Rivers Flowing! by Keith Miller

God did not create us to be casual observers of history while we live here on earth. There is nothing casual about God! He is extreme, and He has called us to live extreme lives as history-makers who live in constant increase as we go about transforming the world for His glory and His Kingdom, just as Jesus did!
Jesus was extreme, and He branded and seared everything He touched with the Father’s glory. He never settled for or experienced partial success because partial would not blaze the massive glory trails He blazed, on which multitudes were healed, saved, and delivered for generations following! Two thousand years later, His is still the greatest legacy any one human being has ever left on the face of the earth.
He walked, lived, breathed, and had His being in the brilliance of the Father’s glory. Jesus knew of and tapped into the very fullness of the Spirit of God Himself. As a result, He solved every problem and met every need. Every battle, He won. When He sought a realm of revelation, He received it. He could enter into deep communion with His Father at will to receive downloads of wisdom and counsel. If Jesus needed foreknowledge, He had it. Whenever He needed the power to get things done, He got it. Therefore, Jesus had confidence, no matter what went on in the natural. He knew the Father intimately, walked in His peace, and transformed the earth.
Do you know that the Son’s legacy made it possible for us to do the very same things He did. Do you know we have access to that very same fullness—the wisdom, counsel, and power to do the tough stuff? Jesus walked the mountaintops—when it came to drawing from the limitless supply of the fullness of God’s Spirit—so that we could journey in this life along the same heights He did and reach great altitudes as He did on this earth. Because of the blessing of sonship, through receiving Him as our savior (see John 1:12), His dynamic legacy of miraculous and enabling power is our privilege.           
 Not by Our Ability but by His Power
But you shall receive power [dunamis: dynamite miraculous power, force, might, strength, enabling power through the Holy Spirit]when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.
—Acts 1:8
Dunamis power transforms; trust me! We’re not talking firecracker-sized explosions of power here but dynamite-force seismic and cataclysmic power so great that when it comes upon us, we’re enabled in such a way that nothing is impossible and everything is possible. It is an earth-shattering, limitless, unceasing, consistent, unending availability of mega-wattage divine power that rattles the world around us. Have you experienced this kind of power in your life, the kind that shakes, influences, moves, and transforms? You need it if you want to leave a legacy for following generations.
What Are You Settling For?
If you have not experienced this power, it may be because you have settled for less than God has intended and made available to you all along by His precious Spirit. Many of us are content with partial victories because of a mindset of limitation. We visit a hospital to pray for a loved one but do not believe for every sick and dying person in the ward to be healed. People should beg to know Jesus when we walk into a room! Community, marketplace, and government leaders—even kings and presidents—should be calling upon us for wisdom and strategy in high matters. More of us should be in media, in the Hollywood scene, in government leadership, and in places of high influence in the marketplace.
Jesus blazed those incredible historic highways by flowing in the “rich treasure of His glory” that the apostle Paul speaks about—that treasure that fills our entire beings unto all the fullness of God (see Eph. 3:16, 19) for that incredible, enabling dunamis power in all things. The Spirit of God and power go hand-in-hand. Paul himself said that his speech and preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power (see 1 Cor. 2:4).
Revelation 3:1 reveals that Jesus had the seven Spirits of God, and Isaiah 11:2 gives us more insight. The prophet wrote that the Holy Spirit Himself rested upon Jesus. From the Holy Spirit flowed wisdom and understanding, counsel and might, knowledge and the fear of the Lord. And the Bible also says Jesus had the Spirit of God upon Him without measure of limit—an unlimited anointing (see Luke 4:18 NLT).
Jesus blew the lid off limitation because He would not settle for a measure or for a limit. Human minds, wisdom, and ability are limited. He had to seek and rely on the fullness of God’s Spirit upon Him in wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, and knowledge, which enabled Him to do the things He did that radically changed the course of history. Only the fullness of God’s Spirit satisfied Him. He did not move an inch without that rich treasure upon Him and the Spirit’s fullness flowing out of His heart; His presence manifested in everything.
Jesus said, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:37–38). John clarified the meaning of Jesus’ statement by adding,“But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified” (John 7:39).
Note that the word rivers is plural. This indicates multiple flows of the precious Holy Spirit. He is one Holy Spirit with seven functions or expressions of Himself through you. It all starts with daily deep-to-deep communion with the Holy Spirit so that by His divine power we will bepartakers of His nature in us (see 2 Pet. 1:3–4).
Each of these great flows of the precious Holy Spirit is available to every believer to help us live in constant increase as we go about transforming the world for His glory. God desires us to see every function and expression of the sevenfold Spirit of God flow in and through our lives for total victory and searing success in bringing in the Kingdom of God. The sevenfold expressions of the Holy Spirit unfold the deep and mysterious secrets of the Kingdom and empower us to do the extraordinary so that Jesus will receive glory and honor through His great power working in and through us.
What it takes to transform a city in a day or to bring home your prodigal or to change the government or to see masses healed all at once or to see growth in your ministry or personal life is His constant manifest presence upon you and His fullness operating through you in wisdom, understanding, might, knowledge, and reverent fear of the Lord. It is an unlimited anointing available to all, and it removes all limitation and impossibility.
If the Holy Spirit is the fullness of God, and God is eternal and ceaseless, then all of the attributes of His Spirit are too. The Lord wants to release in and through our lives these ceaseless rivers of living water so that our lives would demonstrate daily the mighty and powerful flow of the Holy Spirit. Then, by His divine power, we can impact the land with His glory. Remember, partial victory doesn’t make history!

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