“Possessing an Excellent Spirit”
What does it take to achieve excellence in our relationship with the Lord? When we think about maturity in the spirit, how does a child of God come to a new level and speak the same things our Lord said in His written word? “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD” (Isa. 5:58 King James Bible (KJV)). By obtaining the same language of God, the same faith God displayed in His written word, speaking prophesy with accuracy, and praying with confidence, whatsoever you ask in prayer will immediately come to pass. Excellence comes through “self-will” and through a mind that yields totally to the will of God. Desiring to learn (hearing what the Spirit is speaking) the Spirit, one must first know God and then know the Son. Knowing God is a lesson within itself. When presenting the revelation of who God is, talking about His being, His wonders, His love, His grace, and His mercy; it is most important for the believer to know how God fits into one’s own life.
1. “Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture” (Psalms 100:3).
2. “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John. 4:24).
3. “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life” (2 Cor. 3:5-6).
Revelation is the revealed knowledge of the Spirit as He speaks, operates, and works within our lives. Knowledge is knowing the facts. Understanding is knowing how the facts fit together. Wisdom is acting upon and doing whatever knowledge and understanding reveal to you in any given situation. Wisdom is the manifestation of an excellent spirit. Wisdom is the reward of God’s Spirit for diligence on the part of the recipient. Within this, we can focus on the promises of God instead of our problems. (Taken from the book “God Speaks” by Dr. Tom Early.)
To know God is to have a powerful relationship with Him, to believe in Him by following His words to the fullness.The bible tells us that Abraham believed God so must that he left everything to follow Him (Genesis 12). Enoch believed God so much that he walked right into heaven (Genesis 5:24). Knowing God is knowing His word! Remember, sufficiency can only come through God and only be obtained through living the word. To know God is allowing the word to live in us. Jesus said, “I am in the father and father is in me.” Knowing God is to know that we are made in Him to become the very workmanship of His hands and we were in Him before the foundation of the world.
1. “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Gen. 2:7).
2. “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love; Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will” (Eph. 1:4-5).
3. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:10).
Now let’s step to the next portion of knowing God and yielding to the only supreme power “God”. Yielding to God is accompanied with obedience to His voice, His written word, His Son Jesus Christ, and the third part of the Trinity, the “Holy Spirit”. Processing an excellent spirit can be obtained because the more you yield to the Holy Spirit the more you become Christ-like and forming the image of God in your life. “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Gen. 1:26).
What is God like? That’s easy to answer, read the word and you will find out what and Who God is! Now, yielding is not always easy to the believer because of our flesh. The flesh is weak!
"Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matt. 26:41).
2. (Rom. 7:14-22) “For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. (15) For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. (16) If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. (17) Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. (18) For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh), dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. (19) For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. (20) Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. (21)I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. (22) For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: (23) But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members”.
3. “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things” (1 Cor. 13:11).
4. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Cor. 5:17).
5. (Eph. 5:15-18) “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, (16) Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. (17) Wherefore be ye not unwise; but understanding what the will of the Lord is. (18) And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;” (Eph. 5:15-18).
Bowing to the will of God allows one to start the process of obtaining an excellent spirit. God sees man as Himself when man allows Gods’ words to be our guidelines. (1 John. 3:1) “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore, the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”
1. (Romans 8:14-17) “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together”.
2. (St. John 1:12) “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”
3.1st Peter 1:14) “As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
“Yielding Controversial Situations”
Do you remember when the Apostle Paul said: “when I would do good, evil is present with me”? This statement lets the believer know that situations will come into our lives that will test us to see if we’re going to be committed to our Lord. Think for a moment, have you ever had a situation in your life that made you ask yourself “should I have to do what’s right or should I act in anger to get past this situation?”
Pressure from ministry and life: (2nd Corinthians 12:5-7) “Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities. 6 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. 7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.”
- Man of God runs: (1st Samuel 22:1-2) “David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father's house heard it, they went down thither to him. 2 And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.”
- Man of God runs: (1st Kings 19:4) “But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.”
We must remember that God will deliver if we keep the faith. Through everything that we go through, there is a lesson to be learned. God is teaching us something and molding us in His image which produces an excellent spirit. (St. John 3:27-30) “John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. 28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. 29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease. “
(Dan. 6:1-3) “It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom; 2 And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage. 3 Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.”
The weaker we become as we surrender unto the voice and power of God, the stronger He becomes in our lives leading us to victory after victory. Daniel’s loyalty to God allowed the devil to envision a weakness (defiling spirit against king Darius). Those foolish men saw Daniel’s meekness as a weakness and they took advantage of a prayerful situation to trick king Darius into signing a decree that no man could call on his god for 3o days. An excellent spirit has a bonus of meekness that brings him to process the kingdom of God. (St. Matthews 5:5) “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” Meekness is described as being humbled, submissive, less retaliation, no vengeance or for malice. Daniel’s heart was to please the Lord his God. His spirit was focused on his commitment to honoring the Lord.
Let’s look at weakness in a powerful way! How? Allow me to explain it this way, weakness to God can be a way of coming into the fullness of the power of God operating in your life. (Paul said “That I might know Him in the power of His resurrection.”) In a form of weakness (surrendering to) the “perfecting” of God’s image is in our life. Knowing that in our physical capabilities we cannot defeat the enemy, we cannot see him in his physical stature, but God sees him and even Jesus sees him (Jesus said: “I saw Satan falling like lighting”). So knowing that I don’t have the capable physical power to overpower the forces of evil, I know the one that’s greater in me (Christ Jesus). A true statement-- if I lean to the Lord for help in the time of need, He “perfects” my strength. In other words, He sharpens my gifts. (2nd Corinthians 12:9-10) “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
In the statement that Paul wrote, “for when I am weak, then am I strong.” Paul’s revelation is to the believer, being hid in the weakness of a man the strength of God is shown to the enemy that he might be defeated. Though the enemy can sense fear in man, he cannot determine the magnitude of the power of God in man. That’s why Paul says “when I am weak then am I strong”.
“Don’t have a Haughty Spirit”
. (Proverbs 16:18) “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”
- (Proverbs 21:24) “Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.”
- (Ezekiel 16:49-55) “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. 50 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore, I took them away as I saw good. 51 Neither hath Samaria committed half of thy sins; but thou hast multiplied thine abominations more than they, and hast justified thy sisters in all thine abominations which thou hast done. 52 Thou also, which hast judged thy sisters, bear thine own shame for thy sins that thou hast committed more abominable than they: they are more righteous than thou: yea, be thou confounded also, and bear thy shame, in that thou hast justified thy sisters. 53 When I shall bring again their captivity, the captivity of Sodom and her daughters, and the captivity of Samaria and her daughters, then will I bring again the captivity of thy captives in the midst of them: 54 That thou mayest bear thine own shame, and mayest be confounded in all that thou hast done, in that thou art a comfort unto them. 55 When thy sisters, Sodom and her daughters, shall return to their former estate, and Samaria and her daughters shall return to their former estate, then thou and thy daughters shall return to your former estate.”
“Don’t have a Rebellious Spirit”
A rebellious spirit will cause one to forget their upbringing, the instructions of their parents (“train up a child…”). A rebellious spirit speaks calmly of the darkness of the chaotic world controlling the mind and the flesh to do evil in the sight of God. A rebellious nature causes one to fight against the will of God. The Lord sometimes uses a drastic move to get one’s attention, whether the Lord allows us to lose all of our possessions, family, friends, even sometimes justice to prevail in our lives.
(Acts 9:3-6) “And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.”
(Psalms 78:8-11) “And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God. 9 The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle. 10 They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law; 11 And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them.”
“Don’t have an Unforgiving Spirit”
An unforgiving spirit puts us in danger of God revealing your sins. When we are always pointing the finger at others in fault we become “counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful” (Psalms 1). “Having a judgmental spirit causes one to lose out on having an excellent spirit” (St. Matthew 7:1-5).
(St. Matthews 18:23-35) “Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. 24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. 25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. 28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. 29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. 32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: 33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? 34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. 35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.”
Let’s move forward now and see one desiring to have an excellent spirit so much that God asked him what he wanted in life. Solomon loved to please the Lord so much that God placed him over the children of Israel. Solomon became a father over a nation of people that needed guidance, stability, leadership, but most of all they needed the Lord to be their God.
(2nd Chronicles 1:7-10) “In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, Ask what I shall give thee. 8 And Solomon said unto God, Thou hast shewed great mercy unto David my father, and hast made me to reign in his stead. 9 Now, O LORD God, let thy promise unto David my father be established: for thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude. 10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great?
- Solomon wanted wisdom and knowledge to make him excellent in spirit.
- Solomon wanted to be able to judge the people without being prejudice, bias or without showing favoritism.
- Solomon wanted the spirit of greatness like his father David and he wanted the promises that God promised David in his life too.
We too must follow after Christ to obtain an excellent spirit because Jesus Himself grew in the knowledge and wisdom of His Father. (St. Luke 2:52) “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.” The more we desire from God, the more intense our prayer life becomes, the more we study, the more we fellowship with the Holy Spirit the more God will reveal to us His word. He will transform us into the image of His dear Son. But we must know that wisdom, knowledge and the excellent spirit in God is not given to a carnal minded person, it’s only given through the Spirit to one that is sold out to the Lord. (1st Corinthians 2:10-12) “But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.”
Other scriptures that support how God reveals, who He reveals to, and how they must walk if they possess His Spirit.:
- (Deuteronomy 4:5-6) “Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it. 6 Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely, this great nation is a wise and understanding people.”
- (Romans 8:14-17) “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
- (Galatians 5:25) “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”