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The Spirit of Knowledge Gives Life-Changing Revelation
Series: The Sevenfold Holy Spirit
Over the last few weeks, we've been talking about and getting to know the precious sevenfold Holy Spirit. Today, we're going to talk about the Holy Spirit of knowledge, who will give you life-changing, radical, gut-level revelation if you want Him to.
In the Western world and also in the English language in particular, we have done ourselves a disservice when it comes to knowing God. Somehow, through the course of history, we took God's concepts and watered them down to a humanistic, intellectual way of thinking-and by so doing, we robbed themselves of their power.
But God is still the same, and if we go back and study His Word the way He wrote it-not applying our Western traditions to it, but reading it for what it actually says-we can get back the power that He originally intended for us to have.
And if we learn the difference between knowledge (the way we think of it in English) and God's revelation, we can get so much of God's power back.
Think about this:
When you say, ''I know that'' about any particular subject, you generally mean that you are aware of a specific piece of information, right? For example, if I tell you that fire is hot, you would tell me you know that; and you would mean that you have the knowledge in your head that fire is hot.
However, if your body carries scars from burning yourself when you got too near a fire one day, and I tell you that fire is hot, you're going to say ''I know that'' in a totally different way. Your ''I know that'' actually means, ''I have experienced that and I carry the results with me to prove it.''
Here's the difference between the Western/English concept of knowledge and God's definition of knowledge:
In Hebrew, ''to know'' doesn't mean to have a particular piece of knowledge in your head. Instead, it means to have an intimate, experiential, life-changing knowledge.
It is this kind of knowledge that we read about in Genesis, when God told us that Adam ''knew his wife, and she conceived and bore'' a son (Genesis 4:1). Um hum. ''Knowing'' resulted in the conception of a baby. That's knowing for sure by intimate experience, and that kind of knowledge is the only concept of knowledge that exists in God's vocabulary.
In other words, ''head knowledge only'' doesn't exist. It's not real knowledge.
REAL knowledge is intimate, gut-level, life-changing, experiential knowledge that changes your life forever.
And that, my friend, is what the Holy Spirit of knowledge gives you.
Remember that Isaiah 11:1-2 says:
''There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
The Spirit of the Lord shall res ...
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