And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;
And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.
The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den.
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
– Isaiah 11:1-9
Dominion is a function of revelation, not education. The seat of man’s dominion is in his inward man. The software for functioning in dominion is revelation knowledge.
Education exists in three different levels. There is education at the highest level which is the education of the spirit man. It gives man access to the deep things of God which are beyond the scope of man’s natural capabilities. The privilege to see, hear and know the secret things of God is the highest education a man can have. Access to this privilege is opened through worship, prayer and the study of God’s word.
The next level of education is the education of the mind. This is what happens when people go to school and acquire knowledge; some, unto becoming experts in their chosen fields of pursuit. Some grow to become professors and intellectual giants but are grossly limited in the area of knowing God and accessing spiritual education and guidance from Him.
Education of the body is known as physical education. This is the education given to the body through training to acquire various skills and competencies that are valuable in life. Some have developed their bodies to become competent in some sports to the extent that the dexterity and skills the body has acquired have become a major income earner.
To excel in life, you have to grow constantly in wisdom and knowledge and understanding. Let the various dimensions of the Spirit of God listed in our passage today illuminate your heart. Jesus died for you to make you the best you can be.
- Pray that the Spirit of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding will rest upon you.
- Pray that you abide in righteousness and faithfulness.
CONFESSION: The earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the Lord’s glory; I am a willing vessel wholly available for use.