Recently I wrote on the Seven Spirits of the Lord. “…Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God” (Revelation 4:5).
These Seven Spirits are described in Isaiah 11:2: “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.”
This verse was a prophetic promise of the fullness of the Holy Spirit that would come upon Jesus. This same prophetic promise is for us. This fullness is available for those willing to be filled.
It is one thing to be saved by God, and another to be filled of God. The one gets you into heaven, the other gets heaven into you. “…that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:19).
I wrote about the first pair for these Seven Spirits called, “The Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation”. These first two attributes are a balanced pair, each one relying upon the other, each one supporting the other.
The Spirit of counsel and might are also a pair. You can have all the counsel in the world, but without the strength to carry it out there is little you will accomplish. And conversely, you can have all the strength in the world, but without good counsel your strength will soon be your ruin.
This Spirit of Counsel and Might is not something you can grab hold of, but you are to be filled with. You cannot be filled of the Holy Spirit by your efforts, but by His. “…that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man” (Ephesians 3:16).
The Spirit of Counsel and Might shows you what to do and then gives you the power to do it. “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them” (Ezekiel 36:27).
You know if you were led by the Holy Spirit by where you end up. “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it…’” (Isaiah 30:21).
The Holy Spirit can guide us if we would only follow. Jesus said, “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth…” (John 16:13).
God gives you counsel and might together to build you, but the Devil will only give you one to destroy you. Where you lack balance things will spin out of control. Balance requires pairs. “With Him are wisdom and strength, He has counsel and understanding” (Job 12:13).
Do you want to have the fullness of the Holy Spirit? Ask your Father in heaven and you will be surprised at how much He is longing to answer this prayer. Jesus taught, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:13).
You must listen for the Holy Spirit that you can hear His counsel. Jesus taught, “…do not worry about how or what you should answer, or what you should say. For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say” (Luke 12:11-12).
The Lord prevails through your weakness and the world cannot understand. The Lord says, “…My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness…”. (2 Corinthians 12:9).
When you are weak before God, He will be your strength before men. “He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength” (Isaiah 40:29).
I can always tell someone who is weak in the Lord as they are strong in themselves. We cannot gain the fullness of the Holy Spirit so long as we are full of ourselves. Just because you impress men does not mean you have the approval of God.
God doesn’t need your help, you need His. “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you…” (Isaiah 41:10).
Blessings to you,
All Scripture is quoted from the New King James Version. Please use the version you prefer to review the verses shown here. The best version is the one you read.
51 thoughts on “The Spirit of Counsel and Might”
Hello Paul – I ministered on this on Sunday – Powerful Truths…
appreciate your posts…
Hi Brian, thank you so much brother, you are such a blessing to me, your blog with all your posts are so spot on. It is such a joy to have such communion in ministry like I have with you. Blessings always, Paul
Very powerful and encouraging. Got better help when going thru the message..
God bless your ministry.
Thank you so much Andrew, it is such an encouragement to me. Praying the Lord is using you in mighty ways as you serve Him!
Gm this was greeeeat on the spirit of counseling and might going to save it studying on it blessings to you.
Thank you, would love to hear more about what the Lord would reveal to you in your studies! Blessings to you!
I just wanted to say thank you.
The scriptures you shared about the spirit of counsel and might is very insights and renewal of strength and prayers to through Jesus Christ. I’m a Christian by the Holy Spirit, I’m hungry for the move of God upon our generation. Thanks again.
Thank you for your kind words. Prayers for you as you press into the Spirit-filled life and serve God in our day. May His blessings be upon you!
That is some wonderful biblical information you have shared today. It’s so important that we as Christians walk each day with the fullness of Christ in our hearts. The glory goes to God .. 😇🙏🏻 👏👏👏👏
Thank you so much, I really appreciate your words, they are so uplifting to me!
“I can always tell someone who is weak in the Lord as they are strong in themselves.” this phrase is uniquely written on a way that reverses today’s modern thinking and popular YouTube videos. Thank you
Thank you Kate. Our world around us is so upside to the kingdom, that often the test we have for right side up in kingdom thinking is how polar opposite it stands from the world.
Hello, Paul – I went back to again take in this message. Thank you.
Thank you, Elizabeth. I have more to add to this series. I cannot wait, this is a subject so dear to me, growing into the fullness of the Holy Spirit.
Hello Paul, I truly believe Holy Spirit led me to this blog tonight, I truly want the fullness of God, there is a hunger and thirst inside of me longing for more of him, I thank God for the Spirit of Counsel & Might. God Bless you
Hi Mary, I truly believe that the ones who gain the most in faith are the ones who thirst for it the most. We go after those things we desire and we get those things we simply cannot live without. I pray that you would keep pressing in for more. There is a height in heaven where we never can reach the top, but can always be ascending! Blessings to you!
I am in aww over this right here! The Lord is so merciful and to the point but so full of LOVE! Thank you for your obedience and posting this to share with people like me who need a reminder that he IS in fact with me in ALL things as HE LEADS ME (not the other way around)…..
God Bless you
Thank you so much, this is such an encouragement to me! it is my greatest joy when I can cross paths with another of God’s servants that shares in similar views from the things of heaven. Praying your ministry will flourish and achieve all that He has ordained for you to do.
Good morning brother Paul,
Truly the kingdom of God is like a treasure hidden in a field. And again today I’m so thankful to our Heavenly Father for the treasure of Christ in you. I am blessed, inspired and greatly encouraged by this post. I have no question I was led here by the Holy Spirit.
May the increase of Christ continue to be yours in greater and greater measure for the edifying of the Body of Christ. Greetings to you and all there with you from the island of Barbados.
Hello, my brother Wayne,
What a grand blessing you have given to me with your encouraging words and prayers for my ministry. What a treasure you are to be so kind to me! I truly cherish this encouragement and pray God’s favor over you and all that you are blessing through your life.
Blessings to you in Barbados. May the Lord watch over you all.
Thank you for this! This is what I needed!
Your welcome! God has so much for us!
Wow I loved this so much will share with others….God bless you
Thank you so much!
I’ve learned that nothing is a coincidence when seeking God’s Truths! Thank you, Paul for this post!
I am going to share this as I teach bible study. Great work!
Thank you so much! It is such a joy to write for the kingdom. Blessings to you and prayers for His great favor over your ministry!
Hi Paul, thank you for this. You have no idea wat this means to me. This gives me so much hope. I have been going through a very dark time in my life. God has been so good to me. He offers us so much. More than what we deserve. May our Heave fathers bless you.
Do you have any books ?
Hi Carol-Ann, thank you so much for your kind words! I pray that through the dark times you will then see the light of Christ shining brightly before you. We have a Lord who is always with us. I have one book published, it is called The promise of the Holy Spirit. If you search my full name on amazon you can find it. If it is too much there, I am glad to help if it ships to USA. Blessings to you!
Good morning, I truly appreciate you expounding on this. I woke up hearing the Spirit of Might and I had to search it out. Thank you for the teaching and wisdom. The Lord bless you and keep you, in the mighty name of Jesus.
Good morning Stephanie, thank you so much! Your kind words are such a blessing! May the Lord continue to open the eyes to His revelation truth!
Hallelujah and Amen.
Many! Many years later your labor in the word and God’s Spirit that used you to write this still rest richly in these Words!
God bless you!
Thank you so much! This is such an encouraging word and I am most grateful to you. May God’s favor be on you for your kindness!
thank you so much sir.
i sincerely desire the spirit of counsel and might
Keep pressing in for it! We are meant for more than we have yet taken hold of, praying his favor over you in this journey!
Thank you! This is what I needed to help with our Sunday School lesson on the Holy Spirit.
Prayers for you as you prepare for this lesson and allow the Holy Spirit to work through you!
Blessing I was studying on the Spirit of Counsel and came across your blog. Thank you for the beauty and simplicity of this word.
Hello Kim! What a wonderful thing to be studying on with the Spirit of Counsel. There is so much in God’s Word that we have yet to find or have yet to take hold of. It is that longing and searching that help us to find so much more. Thank you for your kind words! Blessings always, Paul.
I appreciate your scholarship on the subject of God’s faithfulness to perform His Word in the area of counsel and might, and the “pairings” he provides for balance in our faith walk. I am praying these scriptures over my son today as he interviews for a higher level position in his profession. And I know God is faithful.
Thank you so much for your kind words. Prayers for your son that the Lord will be with him in his career helping him to prosper.
Thank you so much Sir Paul 👏 I was checking out something on the spirit of counsel, some little research then I was just led to your web and am glad I did….Am helped by your writings and I thank God for your life 🙌🙌..
My apologies on a late reply, Thank you so much for your kind words! This is truly a blessing for me. It means so much to hear from God’s children from time to time on this web site! Blessings to you!
Dianne Brizendine…I came to a decision tonight by the help of Spirit of Council and Might!! I prayed about a situation and realized I needed the council of the Spirit of Council and I needed the Spirit of Might to give me the strength to follow through with my decision. I am taking my hands off of the situation letting go and letting God!!! HE HAS ME!!
Hello Dianne, prayers for you as the Holy Spirit leads you on your decisions, that you would be sensitive to those leadings and obedient to follow Him wherever He might lead you. We are so blessed that the Lord is willing to help us in every area of our lives. Blessings to you!
Hello Paul, I believe some Bible versions are better than others. Let me give an example, some Bible have take out some key verses and key parts of verses. For example:
* **Does your Bible omit fasting from these verses:
Mt 17:21 “However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” (if this type of unclean spirit does not come out except by prayer and fasting, and your Bible version is missing that information, all your prayers will not suffice.)
Ac 10:30 So Cornelius said, “Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour
*** Does your Bible omit these key verses from Mark 16: (Some Bible translations have these verses removed)
17 “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;
18 “they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
To copyright a book it needs to be at least 10% different than another work. So to make money, these new Bible translations need to add, remove, and/or change the words being used to get to that 10% difference so they can copyright their new translation. Personally I have found the NKJV easy to read. Their are other Bibles out there are very accurate. I feel the Bibles that are based on the Textus Receptus are more accurate than the Bibles that are based on translations that remove and add to God’s word.
The easiest ways to verify if you have a good translation is to go to Mark 1 verse 2.The good translation indicates “As it is written in the prophets”, whereas the translations/versions that are not so good.
NKJV (Good Translation) KJV as well, but NKJV is easier to read for me.
2 As it is written in the Prophets: “Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.”
The translation above is more accurate because as you can see in the verse below is writing about the same thing.
Malachi 3:1 ¶ “Behold, I send My messenger, And he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, Will suddenly come to His temple, Even the Messenger of the covenant, In whom you delight. Behold, He is coming,” Says the LORD of hosts.
Other Translations changes prophets to Isaiah the prophet: NIV, NLT, ESV, BSB, BLB, NASB, ASV, a
2. “AS it is written in Isaiah the prophet”
Malachi was a prophet, why did they remove him?
These Bibles have a lot of other changes but my comment is already too long.
One easy way to find out if you have a good translation, go to Mark 1 verse 2. It it indicates “as it is written in the prophets” it means your Bible translation is based on the Textus Receptus and it is a more accurate translation.
If the Bible translators don’t treat the Bible as the holy Word of God and are willing to add or remove words and even entire verses, I would be wary of what else they would change. There are already some Bible versions that have adopted gender-neutral language. (NRSV, TNIV)
One of the sneaky ways they use when they change words and verses from the Bible is to change a little bit over time. Usually each revision will have at least some minor changes from the previous version. If God’s word doesn’t change, why would some of these Bible versions need to make changes to their own version of the Bible from previous versions of their own Bible version?
May the Lord richly bless you. Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might.
1 Col 15:58
58 ¶ Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
Thank you so much for all your words on the many translations there are out there. I had often wondered in years past what the best translation was. I had grown up on KJV, and then moved to NIV and later NASB based on churches I had gone to. I moved to ESV for a time but then spent a few decades mostly in NKJV, for no other reason than it was the main translation used in the prisons where I ministered for fourteen years. I enjoy several versions now, but I know people may hold to one particular version. That is why on my Facebook and Instagram posts my devotions reference the verse but let the reader choose the version they prefer. Some are very adamant about their version and I want to respect that. What I find is that the problem is usually people don’t read any translation, and if they do they rarely live it to any meaningful degree. But I agree, if we are going deeper into the Word we should work from a solid version. I believe the best is the original, so learning Hebrew and Greek, as I have found the English language simply does not contain the words to do a word-for-word translation. I like the Bible Hub where you can use the Interlinear to review Scripture and drill into the original words deeper. Blessings to you on your studies!
I loved this 🙂