More than any other resources we would ever need are spiritual resources. No man has ever reached his full capacity without spiritual resources. Most often, people get entangled with their external strength and strategy to accomplish things. But the success of the Christian life depends on spiritual resources. We are easily drawn to a set of activities or the things we are to accomplish, most often according to the system of the world. We easily get into the world’s mode of vision and perspective.
I was recently studying the teachings of the Man of God about the session of Christ and the sending of the Holy Spirit. How do these spiritual resources operate in us so that they can be easily be translated into natural resources? You cannot attain God’s purpose for your life if you continue to walk according to and depend on the outward world. You are different in that you have received the Spirit that the world doesn’t have. You, therefore, need to understand what that Spirit has come to wrought in your life.
The term “Spirit” is originally translated as “breath”. In the New Testament, however, we have not received the “Breath” as in the Old Testament where they just received a portion of the Spirit. We have received the Spirit without measure.
Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. 1 Kings 3:12
King Solomon prayed and asked the Father for wisdom and understanding to rule over His people. He was asking the Lord for spiritual resources. He had the proper desire at the beginning of his reign to ask for spiritual resources, although he had not received the Spirit without measure. He knew he needed something that was above him to walk in that new dimension.
Through the revelation of this year, of Christ the All in All, God is making us understand the end of self-reliance. If we must move on, we must realize that this revelation is the end of self-dependence. We must realize what we need the most. Through the Word of God that comes to us, we are receiving spiritual resources and His power infused in us. You need to realize once and for all that you cannot make it by yourself; that no matter how much you try, you are set for failure and need to come to the point where you acknowledge that Christ is all.
There comes a time when the heir becomes a son (Galatians 4:1-7). He takes the seat where His rulership is ascertained by his actions and proper representation of the throne. The Lord has brought us into such a time. The time of the king’s immaturity has ceased because he has received every enablement. Now is the time to walk in the capacities of the Spirit. God has introduced us into a place of reigning in life and this requires spiritual resources. You need to know what has been invested in you; to learn how to receive and apprehend them and to walk in their awareness. You need to be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and your heart has to accept the responsibility that the Lord has set before you. It is time for God’s Word to have its proper effect, not just in our lives but in the affairs of this world.
Sitting in the church does not mean you reign in life, or that you have come to full maturity. Coming to full maturity requires you standing to acknowledge that you have received the spiritual resources needed for you to take the place of a mature son, and it is time to reign. No one will come to indicate to you that you are mature and it is time for you to reign. It is possible to remain a baby in the things of God for the rest of one’s life, whereby they receive the Word but the Word has no transformative effect in their lives, nor the tangible effect of its manifestation in the outward world.
And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the seashore. And Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt. – 1 Kings 4:29-30
The term “largeness of heart” is translated in other Bible versions as the “breath of the mind”. Solomon was not regenerated. He did not have the Spirit of God without measure as we have received. He wasn’t taught about the realities of God like we have. Yet there was an effusion of the mind of God in him at a dimension that none could number the things he was receiving. Because he accepted the responsibility bestowed upon him, there was this effusion, a “largeness of heart”. Not only did he accept the responsibility, but he refused to be seen as someone who could use his natural power to rule. He asked for God’s wisdom and understanding.
This is just a type and shadow of the Holy Spirit. It is just a piecemeal of what the Spirit can do in your life. A better promise was given to us and for us to stand with the capacity of that promise requires that we are willing to assume our responsibilities. “Responsibility” is to respond to the abilities of God. The heroes of faith in the eleventh chapter of Hebrews were responding to the abilities of God. We fail to respond to the abilities of God because we do not realize that He has sent a Helper; we don’t know the Personhood of the Holy Spirit who is there to do everything for us. We see the Holy Spirit as acting external from us, “something” that we can possess but that does not possess us. That is why we run away from responsibilities and stay in an immature state where we cannot properly walk in God’s purpose or believe in what He has set before us. We run from the state of being a king that has attained maturity and set to reign in life.
At the session of the Lord Jesus Christ, when He sat down, the promise of the Holy Spirit was given. The Holy Spirit occupies the place in our lives to bring us to the dimension of being faithful and efficient representations of God on earth. How much we accommodate the realities of the Holy Spirit in our lives depend on our knowledge of His Personhood, and what He has come to bring in our lives.
*This article is derived from Dr. Annie Smith’s message “The Breath of the Mind”. Get the complete message for an in-depth understanding of the subject. Visit www.gcmonlinestore.com