The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me

Jesus_Son_of_god_Holy_Spirit2Samuel 23:2: The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.

Communication is what the Holy Spirit is about. In the first verses of the bible we see the Holy Spirit moving, his movement communicates the presence of God (Genesis 1:1-3). The movement comes with the voice of God speaking and causing change.

God speaking is the aftermath of the presence of the Holy Spirit. In Acts 13 (vs1-2), the Holy Spirit manifested his presence by giving a new instruction to a group of Christians. The Holy Spirit is the connection between us and God, which is why Paul said that if anyone does not have the Holy Spirit, he is not Christ’s (Romans 8:9).

So here in the focus verse, David is making known his credential of connection with God, saying that the Spirit of the Lord spoke by him. In another place, after sinning, he prayed that the God would not take his Holy Spirit away from him, which means he doesn’t want God to disconnect from him (Psalm 51:11). That is why Paul admonished that we should not grieve the Holy Spirit with whom we were sealed unto the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30; 1:13).

David did not want God to stop communication with him by his Spirit, as it happened to Saul, who eventually had to seek out a familiar spirit to get some form of divine communication (1Samuel 16:13-14; 28). He was that desperate.

It is the hunger in man to connect with God and that gets met by the Holy Spirit. That was why Jesus said: if anyone thirsts, (and the ultimate thirst is the thirst for God) let him come to me and out of his belly shall flow rivers of living waters; and John said that Jesus was using the imagery of water to describe the operation of the Holy Spirit in a person after experiencing the baptism of the Holy Spirit (John 7:37-39).

And a regular expression of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is the utterance of unknown tongues (Acts 2:1-4); that marks a flow of God through men. It also has a link to speaking by the Spirit of prophecy.

Paul showed a link between speaking in tongues and prophecy, which is speaking forth the mind of God (1Corinthians 14:1-13). He said those who speak in tongues should pray that they interpret what they say, which translates to prophecy, speaking the mind of God for comfort, encouragement and for edification to bless others.

The desire of God is to multiply “his speaking,” across the world. The manifestation of the Spirit is all about communication. Different things are communicated by the manifestation of the Holy Spirit.

When Jesus had the Holy Spirit come upon him as a dove from heaven, there was a communication of God that came with it affirming the divinity of Jesus, his identity as the Son of God (Luke 3:22). That is one thing the Holy Spirit wants to communication to you, your identity.

Paul wrote that the Holy Spirit witness with our spirit that we are children of God (Romans 8:14-16). We are born again by the Holy Spirit (John 3:1-7), and his first assignment in us is to help us come to grip with our new identity; he seals us and makes us new creatures (2Corinthians 5:17). Before the experience of salvation, he works at convicting us of sin, of judgment and of righteousness (John 16:5-16). He helps us to identify that we were on the wrong path, helping us to choose the right path. That was divine communication to us helping us to identify ourselves as sinners.

The focused verse shows that the Holy Spirit is not just a feeling; he is a person since he has words. He communicates the full counsel of God to us. We would be totally lost without the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

That was why David vehemently prayed that God would not take away the Holy Spirit from him, and why Paul said that we should not grieve the Holy Spirit with which we were sealed till the day of redemption, to the time of the manifestation of Christ at the end of the age. This is because, the Holy Spirit has a mission to keep you and make you fulfill the reason you are on the earth, keep you till the end and prepared you as a bride of Christ, to present you to Christ without spot or wrinkle (Ephesians 5:25-32).

He fans the flame of the love of God in you because he is the one who shed that love abroad in you in the first place (Romans 5:5). When he speaks he communicates the love which is his fruit that expresses his presence (Galatians 5:22-25). He communicates the purpose of God because he is the Spirit of God; he communicates the person of Christ because he is the Spirit of Christ. That is why we read in the bible that the testimony of Jesus is manifest by the Spirit of prophecy (Revelation 19:10). Prophecy which is a means the Holy Spirit speaks forth through us is the verbal expression of the presence of Jesus.

The Spirit of prophecy manifested in the Old Testament, with Peter reporting that holy men of old spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2Peter 1:20-21). There was a move of the Holy Spirit that resulted in speaking forth of the mind of God for the benefit of the hearers (or readers of the written prophecies). It is the good pleasure of God to speak through men.

The son of God had to become man to be a full representative of the God on the earth.  He was called the full manifestation of the Godhead bodily (Colossians 2:9). Now we are the body of Christ (Ephesians 1:15-23). As he (Jesus) was the full representation of God on the earth (Hebrews 1:1-3), we are called to be the same, since we are now the body of Christ. The Spirit of prophecy which is the testimony of Jesus is looking for outlets, vessels of expression. The Spirit of the Lord wants to speak by you. Paul said that the key is desire (1Corinthians 12:31). He said we can all desire to prophesy, we only need to express that desire in prayer (1Corinthians 14:1, 13, 39).

There is the call is for vessels of honour (2Timothy 2:15-26), those who have made the effort to purge themselves from defilements, sinful acts, ready for God’s use. For God to speak by you means you should be ready to be sanctified in the words of your mouth.

The psalmist prayed: let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in your sight oh God (Psalm 19:14). James wrote that it ought not to be that from the same mouth comes forth cursing and blessing (James 3:2-12), which is a sign of lack of dedication when it comes to God. Lying is another wrong use of the mouth (Colossians 3:9) with the devil called the father of lies (John 8:44). Slander (Proverbs 10:18) is another, having a complaining spirit is also wrong (1Corinthians 10:10).

For the Spirit of the Lord to speak through you, you need to purge your mouth from wrong usage.


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