The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Make straight the way of the LORD” (John 1:23)

The Sevenfold Ministry of the Holy Spirit

The sevenfold ministry of the Spirit of God (Isaiah 11:1-3): wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, godliness and the fear of God.

To obtain and retain the blessings of the Holy Spirit, we must approach God as a child (Matthew 18:3). If we think He is impressed by our accomplishments or the ideas & values we’ve been handed by the world, He will resist us (1 Corinthians 3:9; James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5). “For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God” (Luke 16:15). “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God that He may exalt you in due time” (1 Peter 5:6).

This is “The Way” of Jesus (John 14:6). He made Himself “of no reputation” (Philippians 2:7). He served those who were also lowly: lepers, demoniacs, prostitutes, tax collectors, adulteresses, fishermen, the chronically ill, the hungry. He said those who are “well” have no need of a physician, only the sick (Mark 2:17). Likewise, He said if we won’t abandon ourselves to Him and His care, we cannot be His disciples (Luke 14:33). So when God asks us to become nothing to gain everything, He’s not asking us to do anything He hasn’t already done or empowered us to do!

Psalm 32:8-10 (NKJV)
8   I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
9   Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
which must be curbed with bit and bridle,
or it will not stay near you.
10  Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD


NOTE: In case you’re unfamiliar, the quote in the image above is from the Septuagint, the Greek Old Testament. This is the text of the OT scriptures from which the apostles and Jesus most often quoted. If you look up that passage in the Hebrew OT (most any Bible), you will see only 6 ministries (godliness is missing).

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