Several years ago, right as I was preparing to relocate to another city and plant a church, a prophet came to a retreat I attended in Maryland. When he came around to me, he began praying and said stuff like “You are a master musician, an Asaph” and then he referred to me as a “seer”. I actually didn’t know what either of these terms meant at that time but in the ensuing years I discovered that Asaph was a percussionist who led a band of musicians that ministered in David’s tabernacle & trained worshipers and musicians. I also discovered that a seer was a type of prophet who was extremely sensitive to his spiritual surroundings and a heightened awareness of the spirit world. These seers could see angels or demons, “smell” soon-coming rain or “hear” the trumpet of the Lord sounding in the heavens declaring a new day on earth.
Samuel, Gad, Iddo, Hanani, Asaph, Jehu and Jeduthun were all described in the bible as seers. While they weren’t the only ones, these all had higher positions of access to Kings. In those days the king had these seers in their courts. They occupied a cabinet-like position, which gave them access to the king so he might get godly counsel and have the Lord’s opinion on things revealed to him. David had Gad and Asaph as seers. Asa had Hanani and King Hezekiah had Jeduthun.
He does not come to bless our programs, ideas or agendas. He comes to reveal the Father’s ideas and agenda. He doesn’t wait for our permission, He waits for our surrender. Paula White
Acts 8:29, “then the Spirit said unto Philip, ‘Go near and join thyself to this chariot”. Acts 13:2, “As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, ‘Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.’”
I was amazed to see this few weeks ago from Religion News Service:
“After decade-long resistance, the Southern Baptist Convention will admit missionary candidates who speak in tongues, a practice associated with Pentecostal and charismatic churches.The new policy, approved by the denomination’s International Mission Board on Wednesday (May 13), reverses a policy that was put in place 10 years ago” (RNS)
This was a historic move for the Southern Baptists and a profound shift in US church to see this occur!
So who is the Holy Spirit? Well,He is GOD. But we must better understand who He is so we can fully appreciate the privilege we have of walking with Him. There is a difference between who He is and what He does.
Pastor Marc Lawson
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