The Seven Fold Spirit of God

The Seven Fold Spirit of God.  Part three

The Seven Fold Spirit of God gives us the Mind of Christ Isaiah 11:2. The person of the Holy Spirit of God is the birthing agent of our salvation. At the time of our spiritual birth He manifests in the core of our being and creates the thoughts of our hearts, and, in turn produces the actions of our lives.

Scripture also tells us that the whole purpose of the Mind of Christ in us, is that we might know—intimately experience —the things freely given to us by God 1 Corinthians 2:12-16.

Now, there are seven stages or functions that form this conceptual process called the Mind of Christ and each stage depends upon the last.

We are continuing with the Spirit of Counsel and the Spirit of Might.

The Spirit of Counsel (esa —boule)

  1. The Spirit of Counsel is God’s personal instruction for our individual lives (Psalm 33:11; Jeremiah 42:3; Ephesians 1:11b; Phil. 2:12). God’s Spirit is our legal advisor.

1. God’s Counsel helps us make wise choices (Eph. 1:9; Prov. 12:15; 19:20-21; Jeremiah 42:3; Isa. 25:1).

       B.    Esa (Heb.) means steerage, not letting us veer off course or miss the Mark (Psalm 32:8; 89:21)

1. The mark is being conformed into the image of Christ (Isa. 30:21;Amos 7:7;Prov.20:18).

2. Hearing God’s Counsel helps us to be assured of hitting the mark (Isa. 30:21; Amos 7:7; Prov. 20:18; Col. 2:7).

3. God’s Counsel establishes us and prepares us, so we can stand (2 Chronicles 27:6; Prov.25:5; Num.9:18).

      C.     We must wait for God’s Counsel. Only He has the answers we need (Isa. 1:18-19;40:13-14; prov.12:15; Eph.1:11).

                1. God is in us to will (Phil.2:13).

                2. If we don’t wait to hear His Will (His Counsel), we will lose strength, become weary and fall (Isa. 40:31; Ps. 106:13-14). 

                 a. Then, we’ll become more hardened in our own ways (Ps.81:12-13; 106:13-15).

                 b. Our steps will be narrowed, and we’ll stumble (Job 18:7; Prov.1:30-31).

                 c.  Men (counselors) cannot help us, because they can’t see our hearts (Ps.108:12; 1 Cor. 2:11; Prov.21:2).

                 d.  Secular counselors will give us secular advice, which is totally opposite from God’s (55:8,9; 1 Cor. 2:14).

                 e.  Without a mind change, there will never be any life change. Jere. 48:11. We’ll end up “adding sin to sin (Isa. 30:1).

                 f.    If sin covers our hearts, then we won’t hear His voice at all (Ps. 66:18; 119:70; John 9:31).

                 3. We must expect God to answer us (Acts 9:6; Heb.10:35-36; Prov.3:5).

       D.   Only God can be our healer (Ps. 147:3; Isa. 30:26; 2 Cor. 2:11; 1 Peter 2:24).

                  1. Psychology teaches us to love ourselves, whereas God wants to use our wounds to bring us to Himself and to trusting Him more (2 Cor. 4:10-11).

The Spirit of Might.  (gibbor—kratos)

A.    The Spirit of Might is God’s supernatural ability to perform His Will in our lives (Phil. 2:13; Eph. 3:16; 2 Samuel 22:33; Eze.12:25).

B.    God’s Spirit of Counsel goes hand in hand with His Spirit of Might. God not only councils us as to what His Will is, but He also performs His Will in our lives by His Might (Phil. 2:13; Jeremiah 1:12; 23:20; Isa.37:3; 46: 10-11: Eph.1:9-11).

        1. God must do both the willing and doing, so He is the one who gets the glory (Jeremiah 9:23-24; 1 Peter 4:11).

        2. Apart from Him, we can do nothing (John 5:19,30; 8:28; Phil. 4:13).

C.    Yieldedness

        1. “Not by my power, but by God’s” (Zechariah 4:6).

        2. We must be cleansed and yielded in order to have God’s Power (Eph. 6:10; 2 Cor. 12:10; Isa. 40:29-31).

                        a. “When we are weak, then He can be strong” (2 Cor. 12:9-10; 4:7;13:9; John 5:30; Zech. 4:6).

                        b.  He, then will be glorified (1 Peter 4:11; Jeremiah 9:23-24; Matt. 5:16).

                        c.  We should boast only in our infirmities (2 Cor. 11:30; Gal.6:14) and that we know God (Jeremiah 9:24; 1 Cor. 1:31).

                        d.  God’s purpose is to show His Power through us (Exodus 9:16).

        3. Yieldedness means totally relinquished (in neutral gear) (2 Cor. 12:10; 13:4).

D.    Self-Control

        1. God’s Spirit of Might means “mastery over self,”  “power to rein in,” or “spirit control”  (1 Cor. 7:37; Gal.5:16; Luke 21:19). It means power to put off the deeds of the flesh (Matt.26:41; Ps.138:3).

E. Preparation

        1. God’s Spirit of Counsel and Strength is God’s authority and power to put off the habits of the flesh and to put on Christ. These are the true overcomers (Rev. 2:17).

        2. Old Testament word for might is gibbor which means to overcome

                         a. Faith is the “victory that overcomes” (1 John 5:4; Rev. 2:17, 26; 3:5,21; Eph. 2:8; 1 Peter 1:5,9).  (1) Faith to choose God’s Counsel. (2) Faith that He will perform His Will in our lives by His Might.

                        b. These two choices are our own responsibility  (Eph. 4:22-24)

                        c. Overcoming simply means “freedom from self” (John 8:31-32,34-36); Freedom from power of sin (Rev. 3:12; Romans 6:7; Gal.1:4) and freedom from the enemy (Rev. 12:11)

        3. Only the exchanged life will equip us for the battle (Luke 21:36; Eph.6:6).

F. God’s Spirit of Counsel and Might is God’s willpower –knowing His Will and then, having His power to carry it out (Phil. 2:13).  

In closing: If more Christians could learn how, moment-by- moment, to renew their minds, how to put off the garbage in their thinking and how to put on the Mind of Christ, we wouldn’t need the massive counseling industry that we have now. If we would just give God the opportunity to expose not only our conscious sins (the faults we are aware of), but also the hidden, root causes of these things, then more people would be genuinely and permanently healed.

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