The Seven Spirits of God

In this sermon on the Seven Spirits of God I explain the seven Spirits of God and their importance in a believers life. 

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People often ask; 

"What are the Seven Spirits of God almighty?"

Understanding the revelation of the Seven Spirits of God we need to know that the Holy Spirit personifies the Seven Spirits of God.

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He is the sevenfold Spirit of God. The sevenfold Spirit of God can be seen clearly in

Revelation 4:5            And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

This is a deeper revelation of who the Holy Spirit is and what His role is in heaven.

More clarity to what the Seven Spirits represent is found in

Isaiah 11:2-3     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. His delight is in the fear of the Lord, And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, Nor decide by the hearing of His ears;

If we count, we will find seven separate Spirits. Now there is only one Holy Spirit; He manifests Himself in these seven main functions. We can see this by looking at each of the Seven Spirits.

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1 - The first one we see is the Spirit of the Lord

The Menorah, which is the lamp with seven oil burning lights that stood in the inner court of the ancient Hebrew Temple, is the symbol for the Holy Spirit or the seven Spirits of God.

Seven is God’s perfect number and symbolises rest.

We cannot enter His true rest / Shabbat if we don’t have the Holy Spirit, irrespective of how little work we do or don’t do on the Sabbath.

The rest is not a day; it is a Person. He is our rest. Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath. The word lamp is Ner in Hebrew. This means light. As the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Light and is the Light of God, He leads us into all light.

On the day of Pentecost fire appeared on each member in the upper room. This was symbolic of the Menorah alight in the Holy place. Now the Holy Spirit was not only in each disciple but was upon them in the full manifestation of the Seven Spirits of God.

The first of the Seven Spirits is the Spirit of the Lord. The number one symbolises unity.1 - The Spirit of the Lord                                  

When Jesus declared His mission statement to the world we see that He said the Spirit of the Lord was upon Him.

Luke 4:18-19     The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives  And recovery of sight to the blind,   To set at liberty those who are oppressed;

19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.

This is symbolised by the middle shaft or the servant shaft in the Menorah. The servant is the only shaft directly connected to all the other shafts.

These shafts are made out of solid gold which speaks of glory and divinity and are hollow to allow the olive oil to flow through to feed the rest of the lamps. This middle shaft serves all the others but they all work together.

In order to more fully understand the Holy Spirit, we need to understand all seven Spirits of the Lord. We need to remember that everything Jesus did on earth was through the power of the Seven Spirits of God that rested upon Jesus and dwelt in Him. Jesus was 100% God and 100% man.

He is our forerunner showing us how we can live as man through God, the Holy Spirit, living in us.

We need to receive the Spirit of the Lord first for ourselves and then for others.

When we embrace Him daily, He comes into our lives and this is what happens:

  • We hear and know the gospel of the Kingdom of God.
  • He heals our broken hearts.
  • He liberates us from the captivity of our prison.
  • He restores our eyesight, so we can see Him.
  • He liberates us from our oppression and depression.
  • He gives us acceptance and grace now.
  • Hearing His voice directing and guiding us.

Once we have received our healing, deliverance and restoration, He then anoints us to go out as proclaimers, healers, deliverers and restorers into this dark world.

This is such an awesome calling and privilege. To do this we need to receive the Spirit of the Lord daily not just to for ourselves but also in order to receive His power to do what Jesus did and even greater works as was foretold.

2 - Spirit of Wisdom

To the right we get the second of the Seven Spirits of God: the Spirit of Wisdom. The number two symbolises witness, testimony and discernment. Discernment means knowing what and how to do things practically.

The Spirit of God witnesses and testifies with our spirit. This is wisdom. God’s wisdom is part of who the Holy Spirit is. If we follow this lamp through to the servant shaft, i.e. the centre shaft, we see that it is joined to the Spirit of Understanding.

When we need wisdom we can come to the Spirit of Wisdom who lives in us.

Proverbs 4:7-9   Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.

8 Exalt her, and she will promote you;   She will bring you honour, when you embrace her  

9 She will place on your head an ornament of grace; A crown of glory she will deliver to you.

3 – Spirit of Understanding

The third Spirit of God is the Spirit of Understanding. The number three symbolises the Trinity, to conform, to obey. All understanding comes from the Trinity.

The Spirit of Understanding gives us the ability to understand the things of God as well as everything else. Connected to Wisdom is the Spirit of Understanding.

We need to lift up our voice for understanding.

Proverbs 2:3-5           Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding,

4 If you seek her as silver,  And search for her as for hidden treasures;

5  Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, And find the knowledge of God.

To understand means to stand under something in order to know it. This means we need to humble ourselves to serve others, including the Lord; in order to really be able to do that we need to understand the other person’s heart. The Holy Spirit is very humble as He has come to help and therefore serve man. Those who really know God have understanding.

Holy Spirit has come to help us to know God.

Proverbs 9:10    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

We need to cry out for more of the Spirit of Understanding, so we can know God more. Intimacy with Him is the cry of His heart; He weeps for us as He misses us so much.

If we have understanding, we will know His joy and His pain. We will enter into a true relationship and friendship based on a two-way love relationship.

No more one-way contact because now we will have more compassion for Him. He weeps for all those who don’t know Him as when they die they will go to hell. We will weep with Him and we will seek to do something about His bleeding heart. We need to hear and enter into the beat of His bleeding heart.

This is the key to overcoming anger, as only when we really understand others, will be able to overcome anger towards them.

Proverbs 14:29    He who is slow to wrath has great understanding,  But he who is impulsive exalts folly.

4 – Spirit of Counsel

The fourth Spirit is the Spirit of Counsel. The number four symbolises rulership.

We need His counsel in order to rule and reign with Him. The Spirit of Counsel is what we really need as we counsel with God Almighty. We need to hear His wise counsel. Proverbs 1:5      A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,

Proverbs 8:14-16                Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength.

15 By me kings reign,  And rulers decree justice.

16 By me princes rule, and nobles, All the judges of the earth.

If we are going to rule with Him, we need to sit in counsel with Him. This happens first at the individual altar. Once this altar is established we are ready to build the corporate altar where we watch and pray together as we hear His voice and take counsel straight from the throne room of heaven.

Proverbs 20:18   Plans are established by counsel; By wise counsel wage war.

5 – Spirit of Might

The fifth Spirit of the Seven Spirits of God is the Spirit of Might. Five symbolises grace; grace is God’s ability and power that is given to us by Christ.

God’s power comes in various forms. His power has been used to create and hold together the entire universe. His power can also mean His authority that He exercises over the universe. His power is complete and infinite.

His power was used to cast out demons. We now have power because of His Name and His Blood. We need to remember He has also delegated a certain amount of power of mankind.

We need His might and power to do His will, to love, to walk in the Spirit, to build His house. We need His power to walk free from sin. To walk in the Spirit takes the power of the Spirit of Might. He gives us power to be witnesses. See Acts 1:8.

A witness is someone who has seen something. We need to see His power in our lives, so we can testify of His power to others.

What is the point of being His child and still be in bondage to sin, when He has paid for our righteousness? Where is His power? We need His power to see our lives changed permanently.

Zechariah 4:6   So he answered and said to me:

     This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:

     Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,

     Says the Lord of hosts.

7  Who are you, O great mountain?

     Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain!

     And he shall bring forth the capstone

     With shouts of Grace, grace to it!

It is not by natural might or power but by the power of His Spirit. We need the power and grace of the Spirit to remove the mountains in our lives.

1 Corinthians 2:4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

The Spirit of Might releases miracles, signs and wonders. The Kingdom of God is not just in word but in power and demonstration of the power the Spirit.

How do you receive the Spirit of Might?

  • By humbling ourselves. 1 Peter 5:5-7
  • Praying and asking for the power. Luke 11:11-13
  • Obedience and passing the tests. Luke 4: 14 After Jesus passed the wilderness tests for forty days and overcame the devil, He walked in the power of the Spirit. We too have to pass tests to receive His power. Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region.

See Proverbs 8:12-20

We need His power to rule and reign.

We need the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit as it was the Spirit of Might that raised Jesus from the dead.

But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.

10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.   Romans 8:9-11

Ephesians 3:14-19 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man,

17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—

19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God

This is the power of the indwelling living Christ. We need His power to comprehend His love and to be filled with all His fullness.

We need His might to stand in this fight.

Ephesians 6: 10-11 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

6 – Spirit of Knowledge

The sixth Spirit of the Seven Spirits of God is the Spirit of Knowledge. Six symbolises man or image. In this case the image of Christ is meant. It is the Holy Spirit’s job to transform us into image of Christ.

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,   But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 3:20 By His knowledge the depths were broken up,    And clouds drop down the dew.

Proverbs 10:14   Wise people store up knowledge,    But the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.

The Holy Spirit is the Teacher who teaches us all things. John 14:26.

Proverbs 2:6 For the Lord gives wisdom;  From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;

Labouring for the heavenly food

John 6:26 Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.

27 Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.

In order to get this knowledge, we need to read and study God’s Word with the Spirit of Knowledge as our Teacher. This takes time and effort.

Proverbs 18:15   The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge,   And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

Proverbs 9:10     The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,  And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.   

Those who love God’s knowledge will receive correction.

Proverbs 12:1     Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge,     But he who hates correction is stupid.

Proverbs 14:6     A scoffer seeks wisdom and does not find it,    But knowledge is easy to him who understands.

Those who have the Spirit of Knowledge find knowledge easy. It is easy to learn if you understand. This is a major key to learning anything. Learning how to do things like a parrot won’t really help. You might pass school tests etc. but you won’t pass the tests of life.

We need understanding so we can have wisdom and know why and how to apply the knowledge. Knowledge without understanding will not bring life.

So before we get knowledge we need to pray for the Spirit of Understanding. Now once we get the knowledge, we can understand what it is for and start to use the knowledge in a practical way. This knowledge is now not a burden, but is easy.

Proverbs 24:4             By knowledge the rooms are filled  With all precious and pleasant riches.

5  A wise man is strong, Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength;

When a person is delivered from demons they need to be filled with the knowledge of God through His Word as the demon will try to come back in order to re-enter bringing seven more wicked with it. This is what happens if the house is swept clean but left empty. Yet, once we are filled with revelation knowledge, there is no room for the demons.

We need revelation knowledge. What is revelation knowledge? It is when God opens your spiritual eyes. Rhema is a word spoken by God’s mouth to our souls and becomes revelation to your souls.

Eph 1:17-18  that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,

18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints

Rhema is the river of life that flows from His throne. Rev 22:1-2. The river of life is the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Through this Spirit we receive knowledge of Christ and we start to know God.

John 17:3. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

How do you know that you know God?   See 1 John 2:3. When you willingly keep His commandments; this also is evidenced in that we love each other.

The acid test is whether we have the true knowledge of God which is love.

We need to know Him through experience and not just know about Him but really know Him first hand as a Person.

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7 – Spirit of the Fear of the Lord

This is the seventh Spirit of the Seven Spirits of God. Seven symbolises rest and perfection.

This is the very beginning of wisdom. The end of wisdom is love. How can we get the revelation of His love without the fear of the Lord? He is the Alpha and Omega.

If we fear the Lord, we will fear nothing else.

The Church needs to get back this very important attribute of Christ.

Isaiah 11:3-4 His delight is in the fear of the Lord, And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes,   Nor decide by the hearing of His ears;

4 But with righteousness He shall judge the poor,   And decide with equity for the meek of the earth;   He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth,   And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.

5  Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins,    And faithfulness the belt of His waist.

The fear of the Lord leads us to righteousness as the foundation of God’s Kingdom; His government is founded on righteousness and justice. Jesus delights in the fear of the Lord.

The fear of God versus the fear of man

Proverbs 29:25   The fear of man brings a snare     But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.

We need to be free from the fear of man, which is the root of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Once we fear the Lord we will be free from the fear of man. Fear of man says, “What will people say if I do this or that?”  Fear God of says “What will God say if I do this or that?”

Aaron was a man who fell into the trap of pleasing man and not God. This leads to idolatry. We were created to worship; the fear of man is idolatry. Adam wanted to please his wife and not God so he obeyed his wife and ate the forbidden fruit.

Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make us gods that shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” Exodus 32:1-2

So Aaron said, “Do not let the anger of my lord become hot. You know the people, that they are set on evil. 23 For they said to me, ‘Make us gods that shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’ 24 And I said to them, ‘Whoever has any gold, let them break it off.’ So they gave it to me, and I cast it into the fire, and this calf came out. Exodus 32:22-24

Saul was one walked in the fear of man as he listened to the people in order to please man and not God.

So Samuel said:   “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,   As in obeying the voice of the Lord?  Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice    And to heed than the fat of rams. 23     For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,  And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.   Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,   He also has rejected you from being king.” 24 Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice. 1 Samuel 15:22-24

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,   But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

There is no true knowledge without the fear of God as all true knowledge comes from God. All our knowledge, both natural and spiritual, should have God as its foundation. True knowledge brings life whereas normal knowledge puffs us up. True knowledge is knowing Him.

Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Proverbs 8:13             The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate.

Proverbs 16:6 In mercy and truth Atonement is provided for iniquity;  And by the fear of the Lord one departs from evil.

All sin causes God pain. If we truly love God, we will hate evil. Why? We don’t want to hurt God and we know sin grieves Him causing Him to sorrow.

We are called to love the sinner and hate the evil. We are not called to judge the person but rather we are called to love all people. As we hate evil we will also turn from our sin which we come to hate. We need to pray for the fear of the Lord.

The fear of the Lord is what helps us to repent; the Holy Spirit leads us into all truth and will convict us of all sin. He does this as He loves us and wants to unite us with our Father and King Jesus.

Proverbs 10:27The fear of the Lord prolongs days, But the years of the wicked will be shortened.

Proverbs 14:26-27      In the fear of the Lord there isstrong confidence, And His children will have a place of refuge 27The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, To turn one away from the snares of death.

This is the source of our faith. if we don’t fear the Lord, we will not have true faith as all true faith obeys the Lord.

Proverbs 22:4             By humility and the fear of the Lord Are riches and honor and life.

When we humble ourselves and fear the Lord, this brings us life, riches and honour.

Revelation 15:3-4       They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying:    “Great and marvelous are Your works,    Lord God Almighty!    Just and true are Your ways,   O King of the saints! 4     Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name?    For You alone are holy.  For all nations shall come and worship before You,  For Your judgments have been manifested.” 

When we have the fear of the Lord we will respect Him and not fool around when God is moving. We will not just grieve the Holy Spirit but we will show respect for God at all times. We won’t talk when God is talking through others.

The indwelling and release of the Seven Spirits of God.

We need to understand who dwells in us. The Seven Spirits are the fullness of the revelation of Christ, the hope of glory. The Seven Spirits are one.

We will only have true knowledge if we have wisdom and understanding.

We need all Seven Spirits to experience Christ’s perfection and rest.

They are so closely linked because they are One Person. The Holy Spirit is a Person, not only a revelation, but He is the might of the power of God dwelling in us to transform us. He is the very resurrection power that raised Christ and us from the dead. We have been raised from the pit of sin, sickness, depression, fear etc.

The quickening power of the Anointed One and His anointing are encapsulated in the Seven Spirits.

This is symbolised by the olive oil which is released by beating the olive fruit. So too our anointing is released through much suffering, beating of the flesh.

He has the power to first set us free as we are always the primary captive; He wants to set free. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty. The Spirit is released through the veil being torn; this veil is our flesh. Dying to our flesh releases His Spirit into our souls and into the world around us. Then, as we move in His Spirit, He uses us to set other captives free.

Matthew 27:50   And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. 51 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, 52 and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised;

2 Corinthians 3:16-18         Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Jesus went where no one else had been before.  Jesus went beyond the veil of the flesh.

He went from the outer court into the Holy Place into the Holy of Holies. Put in other words: He went from the body into the soul and into the spirit through the flesh. The nature of sin, the flesh, had been conquered. He started this journey and finished it in the Garden of Gethsemane where He said: “Not My will but Your will be done.”

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, 20 where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.   Hebrews 6:19-20

Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:19-22

Seven Spirits of God FAQ

Which are the 7 Spirits of God?

According to Isaiah 11:2 The Seven Spirits of God are:

1. The Spirit of the LORD

2. The Spirit of wisdom

3. The Spirit of understanding

4. The Spirit of counsel

5. The Spirit of might

6. The Spirit of knowledge

7. The Spirit of the fear of the LORD

What is Seven Fold Spirit of God?

The Seven Fold Spirit is the fullness of Holy Spirit as we can see in Isaiah 11:2, Zechariah 4:2-6 and Revelation 2:1; 3:1; 4:5

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You can find the Seven Spirits of God in Isaiah 11:2, Zechariah 4:2-6 and Revelation 2:1; 3:1; 4:5

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  • Seth Mokotoane says:

    bless the Lord for a wonderful work.

    • Father's Heart Admin says:

      Thanks for your feedback Seth.

      God bless you and your house

      • Abraham Oyetola says:

        Am blessed with this written up

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