The Spirit of Understanding by Jamie Rohrbaugh

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The Spirit of Understanding
Series: The Sevenfold Holy Spirit
Jamie Rohrbaugh
Proverbs 4:5-9

Today, we're continuing our study of the sevenfold Holy Spirit as described in Isaiah 11:1-5. We've already talked about the Spirit of Yahweh and the Spirit of Wisdom. Today, we're going to talk about the Spirit of Understanding.

Here's what ''understanding'' really means, and how it benefits you: 

In Hebrew, the root of the word used in Isaiah 11:2 for ''understanding'' means to distinguish between things in one's mind; to perceive and discern.

''Understanding'' is what gives you good discernment and spiritual perception. When you have understanding, you'll see the following things in your life:

  • You'll understand what's going on behind the scenes. You'll be able to piece together what's really happening.
  • You'll perceive why people act the way they do.
  • You'll find it easier to see people and situations with God's eyes and maintain His perspective.
  • You'll be able to discern God's timing more easily.
  • The Spirit of understanding, the Holy Spirit, is also where the gift of discernment of spirits (listed in 1 Corinthians 12:1-11) comes from. When you have understanding, you'll be able to discern what spirit is saying or causing things you deal with from day to day.

Understanding gives you supernatural perception. It gives you X-ray spiritual insight into the ''whys'' of life. 

Sounds like a pretty valuable gift, right? And the great news is that understanding is WHO the Holy Spirit is. He IS the Spirit of understanding; so when you embrace Him and ask Him to fill you up, giving Him full rein in your life, you receive everything He is.

Including understanding.

Maybe that's why King David instructed Solomon with these words:

''Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you.

Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.

Exalt her, and she will promote you; She will bring you honor, when you embrace her. She will place on your head an ornament of grace; A crown of glory she will deliver to you'' (Proverbs 4:5-9).

I love that. This man David-the only man in the Bible who was described as a man after God's own heart-said to first get wisdom and then understanding. David was the most important, most famous king of ancient Israel. He certainly knew how important it was to understand the behind-the-scenes aspects of every situation. I'm sure that running a nation was no easy task, and a lot of discernment was required.

But your life is no easy task either, so you need understanding and discernment just as much. And having understanding will help you live your daily li ...

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