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Isaiah 11:2 ” The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him – the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord – and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.”

I admit when I first read this verse and the concept of the Sevenfold Spirit, I was baffled. Here they are listed…God’s empowering of the coming Messiah… the Spirit of the Lord, truth, understanding, counsel, power, knowledge, and piety.  Then I followed this idea to the book of Revelation where John writes about the Sevenfold Spirit four times in his revelation of Jesus Christ, (Revelation 1:4, 3:1, 4:5, and 5:6). Finally, I followed it to Galatians where it is called the Sevenfold Graces (or Fruits of the Spirit) given to Believers by the Holy Spirit…truth, power, love, self-discipline, wisdom, judgement, and life.  The Sevenfold Spirit is one of those wonderful mysteries of God that I may never understand, but still stand in total awe of.

John 21:22 ” Jesus answered, ‘If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow Me.’ “

Earlier in this Chapter, Jesus told Peter what the future held for him.  But Peter wouldn’t let well enough alone…He now wanted to know what was in store for John also.  This is when Jesus firmly reminded him that it was none of his business and Peter must focus his attention his own personal walk…not meddle into other’s.  Sometimes we like to “help” God, when in fact,  we’re  actually  interfering with His plan for other people’s lives.  We think we know more than Him…but that’s when we usually get into trouble!  From that fateful day at the Sea of Galilee when Jesus walked up to Peter and his brother Andrew casting their fishing nets…Jesus’s directive to Peter had not changed…”Follow Me!” He said.  “Keep your eyes focused on Me and not others.”

Revelation 3:17 ” You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked.’

The Apostle John was addressing the Church in Laodicea, a city known as a great banking center for the region.  In this Scripture, John was reprimanding the Church for its misplaced trust.  Rather than relying on the Lord, they were boasting in their own wealth and independence… and he was exhorting  them to realize just how deceived they were putting their faith in money, and not God.  Therefore, anytime we rely totally on ourselves and our own abilities…we’re essentially telling God, “I can do it myself, I don’t need You!”  And this can be a very dangerous situation to be in…for it’s a place of self-deception, pride, and potential falling away.