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January 5, 2012

The names of the seven spirits which are before the throne of God are located in Isaiah 11:2. It reads, “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 the fear of the Lord.”

Let me give you my definition of these spirits:

Spirit of the Lord: the spirit of great power, authority, and rulership.

Spirit of Wisdom: the spirit that enables you to be wise, it gives the power to judge rightly, and follow the soundest course of action based on knowledge, experience, and understanding.

Spirit of Understanding: the spirit that gives comprehension, helps in grasping meanings and perceiving clearly.

Spirit of Counsel: the spirit that gives and receives advice, assist in how to handle the situation, it instructs.

Spirit of Might: the spirit that gives power, and the ability to do, strength, vigor.

Spirit of Knowledge: the spirit that provides learning, awareness, enlightenment.

Spirit of the Fear of the Lord: the spirit of respectful awe, reverence.

Please note how some of these spirits are coupled together in the scripture. This informs us that some spirits work hand-in-hand with each other.

Ex. For believers, we can correctly judge because we grasp what is happening. We do not have an excuse for shortcomings because when we receive counsel, we also have the power to implement it.

Ex. Our learned experience of God produces profound awe and respect. We know that He can do all things from our experience with Him, so we praise and worship Him in all things.

Even as these spirits rested on Jesus, we should daily ask God to allow these spirits to rest on us.

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