We already talked about the work of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament. This is a continuation but will focus more on our attitudes and life style as Holy Spirit led believers.
When we think of a Spirit led life, we would normally go directly into the New Testament for our study, but I find that Isaiah is a great place to see how one will live when one is full of the Spirit of God. We will look at three passages in Isaiah that are prophesies concerning the Messiah (Christ). These passages describe the characteristics of Christ as the sent One who is anointed by the Holy Spirit to accomplish His Father’s mission on earth. There is no better example in scripture of a Spirit led life than Jesus. Therefore, we should have these same attributes, which are spoken of the Messiah, in our lives as believers.
Let us look at Isaiah 11:1-3 and find some characteristics of a Spirit led life.
One who is full of the Spirit will be full of wisdom & understanding.
James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
The source of wisdom is God. We can’t find wisdom in education or in this world. It doesn’t matter how educated you are or how much life experience you have. The only place to gain true wisdom is in God and by letting the Holy Spirit direct your life.
The Gospels make reference to Jesus’s wisdom over and over. The people were amazed at his wisdom because it was not like the world’s wisdom. (Matt. 13:53; Mark 6:2; Luke 2:40)
God promises to give us this same kind of wisdom. (Acts 6:10; 7:10)
Luke 21:15 – “For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.”
God’s wisdom is greater than any supposed wisdom in this world. (Romans 11:33; I Corinthians 1:20, 25)
As a spirit led believer we have great understanding. I look at understanding as practical wisdom. In other words, one who has understanding walks in the wisdom he has received.
Psalms 111:10 – “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.”
One who is full of the Spirit will give wise counsel. Counsel that is mighty. Mighty counsel is counsel that is outstanding, not the normal run of the mill stuff.
One who is full of the Spirit will have spiritual knowledge which comes from the fear of the Lord. Whenever the Bible speaks of the fear of the Lord, it refers to a life of righteousness. One can’t claim to fear the Lord and not live a life of obedience.
One who is full of the Spirit will have spiritual eyes and spiritual ears. He will not look at things through the eyes of the world. He will look at things from a spiritual, Bible based perspective. He will see things in the spiritual realm. Also he will sift what he hears through spiritual ears, and the Word of God. He will be able to distinguish between what is from God and what is from an alternate source.
Let us now look at Isaiah 42:1-4.
One who is full of the Holy Spirit will seek to establish justice on the earth.
Holman Bible dictionary speaks of justice in the following way.
“The nature of justice has two major aspects. First, it is the standard by which penalties are assigned for breaking the obligations of the society. Second, justice is the standard by which the advantages of social life are handed out, including material goods, rights of participation, opportunities, and liberties. It is the standard for both punishment and benefits and thus can be spoken of as a plumb line. “I shall use justice as a plumb-line, and righteousness as a plummet” (Isaiah 28:17, REB).”
In most instances in the Bible, justice is spoken of in the sense of social justices and injustices. The unjust are penalized and the just rewarded. As believers who are led by God’s Spirit we will fight injustices and promote that which is just and right according to God’s standards. This will be spoken of more clearly in the next passage that we will study.
Isaiah 42:2 says of the Lord, “He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets.”
One who is full of the Holy Spirit will be humble. He will not be argumentative or bring attention to himself. He will be a peace loving person.
Isaiah 42:3 says, “A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.”
One who is full of the Holy Spirit will be gentle and full of grace. He will not take advantage of the weak or oppress the weak. Rather, he will help those who are weak spiritually, emotionally, socially or physically.
One who is full of the Holy Spirit will not falter or be discouraged. He will stay true to the course that God has given him. He will not allow discouragement to overwhelm him. He may be discouraged for a time, but will rise to the occasion when needed. He will never lose hope. He will be a person of courage and strength.
The last passage we will look at is in Isaiah is 61:1-3.
One who is full of the Holy Spirit will proclaim good news to the poor. The poor not being only those who are poor materially, but who are poor spiritually. It is the responsibility of every believer to testify about Christ and proclaim the good news of His salvation. He will have boldness to testify about Christ.
One who is full of the Holy Spirit will bind up the broken hearted. He will bring emotional healing to the hurting. He will bring healing and restoration. He will bring encouragement and hope to others. He will live in such a way that others will be built up.
One who is full of the Holy Spirit will set the captives free. There are many who are bound up by all kinds of things. Their thoughts are bound over to wrong or bad thinking. Their emotions are bound by fear and all kinds of other things. They are bound by sin and Satan. A person who is full of the Holy Spirit will help set these people free through the power of the Word and Jesus Christ. One way he will accomplish this is by proclaiming the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God. People need to hear of the goodness of the Lord and the judgment that comes with those who are unwilling to receive His goodness. Ultimately, one who is full of the Holy Spirit will comfort others, and bring out the beauty or good in others. He will promote joy and a spirit of praise in others.
Those who are full of the Holy Spirit will be called oaks of righteousness, and display Christ’s splendor. I like the word “oaks”. An oak is a hard or solid wood. One who is full of the Holy Spirit stands firm in the truths of God and lives a righteous life. He is unmoved (unyielding) by the worlds influences, but lives an upright life. In doing this, he brings glory to God.
It is a great thing when one is full of the Spirit of God and led by Him. As we yield to the Holy Spirit, we make a great positive impact on the lives around us as well as build Christ’s kingdom. We will continue this study in our next article of this series on the Holy Spirit.