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    by Carmen Schroeder

Looking Beyond What You See (Both in Times of Pain and Times of Prosperity) Isaiah 11:1-3
Date Posted: May 18, 2008

December of 2007 was a life-changing event for the Schroeder family. In fact, many things have changed in our lives over the past year due to our settling into a new community and all that goes along with that. We have been truly blessed and enriched in countless ways. I know that 2007 brought many blessings - as well as some pain - into your lives as well.

I would like to share with you the comforting reminders of His Spirit and the richness of His Word as on one occasion, I helplessly watched my once vibrant Mother lying stretched across a hospital gurney, void of all faculties that made her 'Judy' and slowly slipping away from those who loved her best. 'How does one bear such intense pain?', I used to ponder. And then I got to experience firsthand the Words of Jesus, "How blessed are those who mourn! for they will be comforted." (Matthew 5:4)

But, I don't want to stop with the 'times of pain'. I want to go even further to 'times of prosperity'. For in one, our spirit's cry out, 'LORD, where are You?'. And in the other, we are apt to pompously say in our hearts as Agur conveyed in Proverbs 30:9, "Who is ADONAI?" (O wretched human that I am!)

7[God,] I have asked two things of you; don't deny them to me as long as I live - 8keep falsehood and futility far from me, and give me neither poverty nor wealth. Yes, provide just the food I need today; 9for if I have too much, I might deny you and say, "Who is ADONAI?"And if I am poor, I might steal and thus profane the name of my God. - Proverbs 30

Either way, we His sheep, are in great need of His Presence, His Power and His Provision every day He grants us life. Isaiah 11:1-3 gives glorious insight into the Savior we serve and Whose Spirit lives in us. That Seven-fold Spirit of the LORD stands ready to quicken our own spirits with His sustenance at all times - in every situation - so that we may truly live.

AND THERE shall come forth a Shoot out of the stock of Jesse [David's father], and a Branch out of his roots shall grow and bear fruit.

2And 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 reverential and obedient fear of the Lord--

3And shall make Him of quick understanding, and His delight shall be in the reverential and obedient fear of the Lord. And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, neither decide by the hearing of His ears; - Isaiah 11:1-3 (AMP)

1.) Spirit of the LORD - Spirit of (Yahweh) is complete, lacking nothing. Because He is SHALOM (nothing broken, nothing missing), the Self-Existent One is wholeness, perfection, contentment, integrity, peace, health, well-being, tranquility, and rest!

This Perfect Spirit of the LORD is the:

2.) Spirit of Wisdom - Hebrew chokmah (skillful living, exceeding wisdom)

3.) Spirit of Understanding - Hebrew biynah (perfect understanding, perception, discernment [ability to mentally distinguish], diligent instruction, skillful prudence) (**I want to note here that as the LORD was reminding me of Who He is through my mom's passing, He revealed to me an often overlooked Scripture that gave me tremendous comfort during my time of grief [ Isaiah 57:1]. Note that this passage also uses 'biyn' - to understand, consider or realize**)

4.) Spirit of Counsel - Hebrew 'etsah (advisement, [Maker of] plans, counsel, Divine purpose)

5.) Spirit of Might - Hebrew gbuwrah (might, perfect power, victory, strength and [ultimate] force, warrior, champion, valiancy, mastery)

6.) Spirit of Knowledge - Hebrew da'ath (skillful knowledge, discernment, knowing, perfect comprehension, discovery)

7.) Spirit of fear of the LORD - Hebrew yir'ah ([filled to overflowing with] reverential and worshipful fear)

This is WHOLE and COMPLETE living! This is life abundant! This is the Kingdom Living that ushers us out of the depths of despair that painful times bring and plants our feet upon the Rock - as well as anchoring those feet to that same Blessed Rock in prosperous times! Living by the Seven-fold Spirit of God is to willfully live by mountainous trust in His Word rather than to live myopically by feelings. It is to purposefully and continually elevate His Eternal Word above my transient feelings. As we live by this Spirit, we too shall not judge by what our eyes see nor by what our ears hear! Where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty...

I had a choice when I looked at my Beloved Mother lying there. I could see just what I saw...or I could see much more by His aiding Spirit. And so in prosperous times, I get to choose to just see what I see and grow even more thankless-hearted in a state of decay...or I can see MUCH more with a spirit of gratitude.

I love the 'much more' life.

Since it is through the Spirit that we have Life, let it also be through the Spirit that we order our lives day by day.

- Galatians 5:25 (CJB)

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Biography Information:
Carmen Schroeder is the stay-at-home mother of one son, Caleb, and three daughters, Bethany, Kaitlyn, and Kierstyn (ages 6-12). She is happily married to her high school sweetheart, Stacy, and together they serve the LORD in Missouri.

Carmen enjoys encouraging other women with the life-changing Word of God through teaching, mentoring and song in conferences and workshops.

Carmen's testimony is one of victory as 1 John 5:4,5 (AMP) says: 'For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith. Who is it that is victorious over the world but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on that fact]?

Her message is that this Christ is the One Who generously gives heavenly wisdom for victorious living.

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