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Speaking with enthusiasm?

“So the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of the whole remnant of the people. They came and began to work on the house of the Lord Almighty, their God. (Haggai 1v14).”
Okay, the use of the term ‘spirit’ in this verse is probably the easiest one to identify as pertaining to human emotions. Interestingly, in my Bible, the New Living Translation translates  ‘spirit’ as ‘ ‘enthusiasm.’ In other words, Zerubbabel and Joshua ‘s enthusiasm for doing God’s work enlivened those around them so that they too were caught up in the desire to be engaged and obedient. While none of them were influenced by the Holy Spirit living within them – as the Counsellor was yet to come and fill the people of God – their enthusiasm to be about God’s work was infectious enough to influence and encourage those around them. An observation we might all take onboard in regard to those times when we may feel disheartened and less than committed.

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Holy Spirit in Human History (11)

‘So the Lord said to Moses, “Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit of leadership, and lay your hand on him.’ (Numbers 27v18)

In this passage, we are introduced to man of faith Joshua who was one of twelve sent out to spy on Canaan ready for an attack. However, on their return, while ten of the spies gave negative reports about how Israel would be overwhelmed and destroyed by the giants inhabiting the land, Joshua and another were the only ones to remind the people that God was with them and he would achieve it. (Perhaps he held in his mind how God had delivered them from the Pharoah and Egypt?)

The spirit of leadership observed in Joshua is a ‘primary spiritual gift’ which stands out from the many other gifts the believer possesses. While these other basic gifts also result in blessing and formational growth,  our primary spiritual gift is unique in that when this gift is put into into action: :

  1. the person is energised (in a way they are not when operating in other gifts)
  2. other people are blessed by this ministry
  3. the person has a greater sense of calling and spiritual fulfillment.

This was certainly Joshua’s experience who after Moses went on to lead the people as they entered Canaan.


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