7 Spirits of God

The 7 Spirits of God are spoken of in the Book of Revelation as going forth through all the earth to affect God's purposes:   Throughout scripture there are various references to specific spirits sent by God to impact or anoint people. Some writers have focused on the messianic text of Isaiah 11as the key to the 7 Spirits taken from one  single location:
(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.
Although it is convenient to assume this single text answers the identity of the seven spirits. I am not thoroughly persuaded that these comprise the seven Spirits. There remain so many other references throughout the Bible that seem to contend for spiritual anointings of God. So, I have compiled on my own list. I will maintain an open mind toward this mystery until the day comes that the Lord gives me perfect clarity about this question. In the mean time, I do not think we should be dogmatic about an official list of the seven spirits but share the wisdom and insights that seem to apply.
Charles Pinkney

The Spirit of Praise and Rejoicing:

(The Spirit of Joy )

I have found a surprising spiritual link between apparent opposites, sorrow and joy. The Holy Spirit turns mourning into dancing, heaviness into praise, weeping into rejoicing. There is an ultimate point in the cycle of the Holy Spirit's travail when tears of sorrow turn into victory and darkness turns into the breaking dawn of hope. Therefore joy and sorrow are bonded pairs and blend into one another.

Again, joy is not a human emotion on this level but an anointed expression of the Spirit. Thanksgiving and praise follow breakthroughs of the Spirit. Holy laughter though ridiculed by those who have not experienced it is part of the richness of the spiritual life. When we are anointed with the Spirit of Joy, a vast separation is manifested between the material and the spiritual world; cares and heaviness give way to confidence. We sense that God is our total victory and that He will never leave us nor forsake us. Our hearts are lifted up to the high places where we all sit with Him in heavenly places!

"Thou loves righteousness, and hates wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows."(-- Psalms 45:7)
"To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; " ( -- Isaiah 61:3)
"So that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people: for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the noise was heard afar off."( -- Ezra 3:13)
"Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; Thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance." (-- Acts 2:28)
"Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore."( -- Psalms 16:11)
"Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: Thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;"(-- Psalms 30:11)
"And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod." ( -- 2 Samuel 6:14)


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