Dimensional Awareness by Pastor Nathaniel Urshan



“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.” Wherever the Holy Spirit is at work, so is self-surrender. This tells us the Spirit’s there. But there are other ways that the Spirit makes its presence known.

The Spirit :

gives life (John 7:38);
gives gifts (1 Corinthians 12);
counsels (John 14:26);
encourages (Acts 9:31)
steps in on our behalf (Romans 8:23);
builds up (Romans 8:27);
leads us to obedience (2 Corinthians 3:5);
brings to mind (1 John 2:20, 27)
energizes and makes effective (Acts 1:8).

God the Father gives wisdom to those who ask in faith, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt” (James 1:5-6a). Trusting children of God have access to wisdom from their generous heavenly Father.

Christ is the wisdom of God, “Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:24b). So to know Him is to know and understand godly wisdom. The life of Jesus illustrates for us wisdom and His teaching educates us in wisdom. Indeed, it’s our relationship with Jesus by which Christians are able to grow in godly wisdom.

The Spirit reveals wisdom to those who love Him; “These are the things [wisdom] God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 1:10). The Holy Spirit gives us discernment to know the difference between authentic wisdom from the Almighty and the wisdom of the world.
According to the book of Acts, the pouring out of the Spirit leads to becoming filled to an overflow with the Spirit of God. For example:

In his first testimony before the Sanhedrin, the apostle Peter was filled with the Spirit when he spoke;
After Peter and John were arrested, the believers prayed for them, and were all filled with the Spirit;
When choosing the deacons, one of the qualifications that they were “full of the Spirit and of wisdom”;
the deacon Stephen, the church’s first martyr, died filled with the Holy Spirit so he could bear that final witness;
the Spirit was ‘poured out’ on Samaritans who were converted through Peter and John;
the deacon Philip was led by the Spirit to bear witness of Christ to the Ethiopian eunuch;
Paul’s first teacher in the faith, Ananias, assured the soon-to-be-apostle that he would regain his sight and be filled with the Spirit;
Paul’s colleague Barnabas was described as being “full of the Holy Spirit and of faith”;
The new believers in Pisidian Antioch were “filled with joy and the Holy Spirit”.

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