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Dear Reader,

As you receive the revelation of God in this book, it is my prayer that you will experience the fullness of the Spirit, and that the miraculous and supernatural will become a regular occurence in your life as the seven Spirits of God have their way and manifest themselves in you. God bless you.

Pastor Chris


Contents


INTRODUCTION


Chapter One: THE SEVEN SPIRITS

Chapter Two: THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD

Chapter Three: THE SPIRIT OF WISDOM

Chapter Four: THE SPIRIT OF UNDERSTANDING

Chapter Five: THE SPIRIT OF COUNSEL

Chapter Six: THE SPIRIT OF MIGHT

Chapter Seven: THE SPIRIT OF KNOWLEDGE

Chapter Eight: THE SPIRIT OF THE FEAR OF THE LORD

Chapter Nine: THE FULLNESS OF THE SPIRIT


Introduction


When you hear or read the title, ”The Seven Spirits of God” for the first time, the first question that will likely come up in your mind is, Does this mean God has seven Holy Spirits?

The Bible does show that there are “Seven Spirits of God.” It however behooves us to understand exactly what this means and how it applies to us in the New Covenant.

To start with, the number Seven (7) is regarded by the Hebrew people as a sacred number, and throughout the Bible it is used to symbolize perfection, fullness, abundance, rest, and completion. The “Seven Spirits of God” therefore implies a “completeness” or “fullness” of the Holy Spirit, and this fullness of the Spirit is what every Christian ought to have, for it is our birthright.

One time, a highly-revered minister ( whom I also hold in very high regard) said something may believers have accepted: that only Jesus didn’t have the Holy Spirit by measure, but every one of us born again, Spirit-filled believers has the Spirit by measure.

Well, I don’t buy that because it is not in the Bible! The reason many Christians have accepted this is they don’t understand the manifestations and capabilities of the Holy Spirit. They figure that the only way He can spread Himself throughout the whole world is to be in Jesus fully and in each of us in smaller measures. The truth, however, is that when you were born again and received the Holy Ghost, you didn’t receive Him in a measure; you received all of Him!


The Spirit Without Measure

When the Spirit of God came upon Moses, Samson, Samuel, David, Isaiah and all of God’s prophets, priests, judges, and kings of old, they received the anointing in a measure. But the Bible says of Jesus, “For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.” (John 3:34). Jesus was the first who didn’t have the Spirit of God (or the anointing) by measure but in His fullness.

This same Jesus, Who had the fullness of God’s Spirit, said to His disciples just before He ascended in to heaven, "As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you” (John 20:21). Now think about it: If Jesus required the full measure of the Spirit to do the work the Father sent Him, and He has sent us the same way He was sent if the Father, why then should we be sent with a measure and not the fullness of the Spirit?

Moreover, Jesus said in John 14:12, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater (works) than these he will do; because I do the Father” (NASB).

How shall we do the same works that Jesus did, and even greater works, if all we have is a measure of the Spirit He had while He was here on earth?

But thank God, we are joint-heir with Christ Jesus (Roman 8:17). That means we have the same anointing that Jesus had. The whole Holy Ghost, not a part or a measure of Him, is in us, praise God! Through this book, I seek not only to stir in you a strong desire for this fullness of the Spirit, but also to impart to you the revelation knowledge you require to activate it in your life.

It’s my strong belief and sincere prayer that through the teachings and revelations that will come to your spirit as you read this book, you’ll discover a new and deeper dimension of the Holy Ghost. You’ll be able to operate in His fullness always, and you’ll walk in the miraculous and the supernatural consistently.


Chapter 1

THE SEVEN SPIRITS


And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:  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 of the fear of the LORD;  And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth…

(Isaiah 11:1-4)

 

Jesus is the Rod that Isaiah prophesied would come from the stem of Jesse. Jesse was the father of David, and Jesus described Himself as the root and the offspring of David (Revelations 22:16). That’s because He’s the Root from which David came forth, but He also came to earth physically from David’s lineage as his offspring. That’s why He was severally addressed in the synoptic gospels as the Son of David.

Isaiah prophesied concerning Him and said when He comes, He would be so full of the Holy Ghost, Who would make Him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord. As a result, He would not judge according to His sight, neither would He reprove after the hearing of His ears, but would judge the poor and the meek with righteousness and equity (Isaiah 11:3-4).

However, what I really want you to observe is the description Isaiah gives of the Spirit upon Jesus:

“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 of the fear of the LORD;”

(Isaiah 11:2).


This is teaching us something special about the Holy Ghost. If you speed-read through this portion of Scripture without studying it carefully, you won’t understand it. But by revelation, you can see God showing us through this and several other Scriptures that there are indeed seven Spirits of God.

The Scriptures, in several places, speak of the Spirits as the seven eyes, the seven Spirits, or the seven lamps. These we would see shortly.


 

SEVEN INDEPENDENT

MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SPIRIT

 

In Isaiah 11:2, seven distinct ‘Spirits’ are mentioned. These are:

*      The Spirit of the Lord

*      The Spirit of Wisdom

*      The Spirit of Understanding

*      The Spirit of Counsel

*      The Spirit of Might

*      The Spirit of Knowledge

*      The Spirit of the fear of the Lord

All of these seven Spirits are really one Holy Spirit in different manifestations. The same term, “seven Spirits” is also used to portray Him in Revelation 1:4, Revelation 4:5, and Revelation 5:6

 

Revelation 1:4

John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are

Revelation 4:5 
“And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God, which are before his throne; which are the seven Spirits of God.

 

 

Revelation 5:6

 

And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

 

The seven Spirits of God refer to seven independent manifestations of the Holy Spirit. This is, however, not the same as when we say the Godhead is made up of three Persons. The Trinity is a different phenomenon altogether. Each member of the God head- Father, Son , and Holy Spirit- is a distinct personality with peculiar characteristics and attributes.

In the seven Sprits of God, we’re dealing with one Person (The Holy Spirit) and the seven ways in which He operates and manifests Himself. We’re talking about ‘the sevenfold Holy Spirit of God.” You’ll find this term in the Amplified Bible translation of Revelation 1:4

“John to the seven assemblies (churches) that are in Asia: May grace (God’s unmerited favor) be granted to you and spiritual peace ( the peace of Christ’s kingdom) from Him Who is and Who was and Who is to come, and from the seven Spirits [the sevenfold Holy Spirit] before His throne,”

This verse is quite striking. It’s not talking about seven separate personalities, but seven separate and independent manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer, which is indicative of the fullness of the Spirit.

Isaiah’s prophetic words about these seven Spirits of God may not be immediately understood until you read other portions of the Bible. Zechariah, another Old Testament prophet, helps, shed more light on “the seven Spirits.”

For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day. (Zechariah 3:9).

Keep in mind what Zechariah says here that “Upon one stone shall be seven eyes.”

Zechariah 4:10:

For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.

He said upon one stone shall be seven eyes. Here, in verse 10 of chapter 4, Zechariah refers to those seven eyes upon one stone as the eyes of the Lord, which run to and fro throughout the whole earth.

Revelation 5:6

And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

All three portions of Scripture quoted above spoke of one thing the seven Spirits of God, or put otherwise, the sevenfold Holy Ghost and His operations.

Revelation 1:4 and Revelation 4:5 tell us more about this:

“John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne…”

“And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.”

There it is again: “The seven Spirits.” Remember that Zechariah prophesied that upon one stone shall be seven eyes. The Stone he was talking about was the same one he referred to as the Branch in Zechariah 3:8 and Zechariah 6:12. Isaiah also called Him the Branch (Isaiah 11:1). This means the Branch is the same One called the Stone, which is the Christ.

Over in the New Testament, Peter calls Him “the Living Stone” and  “the Chief Cornerstone.”

I Peter 2:3-6

“If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.”

 

Jesus is the Stone, and we also are living stones formed from and fashioned after Him. Observe again what Zechariah said: “Upon one stone shall be seven eyes.” Notice he didn’t say, “ Upon the stone” but “upon one stone,” meaning there are other stones, and upon each of the stones will be seven eyes.

Peter also said He (Jesus) is the Chief Cornerstone and we also are living stones. Each of us in His presence is a stone.

Again, remember that He is called the Branch, and He said, “I am the Vine, and ye are the branches. That’s talking about us. We’re the branches of the Brach; we’re living stones and upon each of us should be seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God.


WHY THE SEVEN SPIRITS

When the Bible talks about the Holy Ghost as the seven Spirits of God, what it implies is the fullness of the Spirit, which you may or may not have in your life.

In Ephesians 5:18, Paul charges us, “Be not drunk with wine wherein is excess but be filled with the Spirit.” The mere fact that he instructs us to be filled with the Spirit presupposes that we’re not always filled with the Spirit. If we were, he would have said, “ For ye are filled with the Spirit.”

When the Holy Ghost comes to live in you, He’ll always be in you. Jesus said He’ll abide with your forever (John 14:16), but that’s not to say you’ll always have His fullness. When you have less than the seven Spirits of God manifested in you, it means you don’t have the fullness of the Spirit. However, God wants us always to be filled with the Spirit. He wants us to have the fullness of the Sprit in us, and we can, because it belongs to us!

John 3:34 tells us Jesus received the Spirit without measure, which means all seven Spirits of God dwelt in Him. He had the fullness of the Godhead dwelling in Him bodily, and Paul lets us know we are complete in Him Who is the Head of all principality and power (Colossians 2:9-10).

Thus, every child of God ought to have the fullness of the Spirit. None of us should have the Spirit with measure. When Paul charged us to “be filled with the Spirit,” he was talking about this completeness or fullness of the Spirit.

Revelation 5:6 declares that all seven Spirits of God have been sent forth into all the earth. This means every Christian who has received the Holy Spirit actually has these seven Spirits of God dwelling in him, more so because Zechariah prophesied that upon each stone shall be seven eyes and these seven eyes are the seven Spirits of God.

However, to receive the Spirit, and to have him fully manifested in your life are two different things altogether. It’s great to know that we can have these seven Spirits, but more importantly, we need to know what they do for us and how to walk in them. That’s because until the Lord manifests Himself in your life fully through these seven Spirits, you’ll never enjoy the best of Christianity, which is the life of the supernatural and the miraculous.


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