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,
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