7 SPIRITS OF GOD -- 7 Divine Anointings
by Charles Pinkney
EXPRESSIONS OF GOD'S CHARACTER 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 a 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 will offer my own list while maintaining 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 as they are revealed by the Spirit of God.
The Spirit of Sorrow and Weeping
It is Godly SORROW that brings repentance
(The Spirit of Intercession and Travail)
I include this anointing as one of the 7 Spirits of God. It is relevant to the present fallen world;
Godly sorrow brings the fallen human race to repentance.
The day will one day come when heaven is fully manifested on earth and
sorrow and sighing will pass away.
God's Spirit of Sorrow is at the center of intercession. It is travailing sorrow that results in the fruit of deliverance. It is the Spiritual device God uses in the supernatural breaking of yokes. The anointing takes upon itself to focus upon persons who are lost, in darkness, or under the binding power of Satan. The spirit of the Lord God is upon him to bring deliverance to those who are bound. (Isa. 61)
Christ our high priest in heaven is always touched by the feeling of our weakness or infirmities! The anointing of The Lord's sorrow is transferred to intercessors who travail for those who have been taken prey by spiritual enemies. While Jesus has and is come to seek and to save those who are lost, the Devil has come and will continue to come, to steal, kill, and destroy. Sorrow as an anointing is manifested by the Spirit giving voice to groaning and deep anguish beyond words. Tears of Godly sorrow brings forth repentance after it has had enough time to complete the Holy Spirit's work. The breaking and release is signaled by an out rushing of joy or laughter.
One who is yielded to this Spirit of God begins to lament and travail and to be sorrowful as the Holy Spirit begins to initiate this anointing within. It can be faked or pretended, as it is occasionally, but then its power and usefulness are lost. A pretense of intercession is quickly discerned by those who can a working level of spiritual discernment. Any such act this is conducted as a pretense in merely a product of the flesh and religiosity. It produces no fruit. Though observable, deep anointings of intercession is not a 'skill' to be learned. The anointing of Godly sorrow supercedes all personal cares and feelings. However, The Spirit of God will use personal sorrow as a starting point and turn it into Godly sorrow. Personal sorrow is directed self-ward, but Godly sorrow other-ward. Godly intercession interacts with several anointings; sorrow, joy, warring anger, praise and worship, according to the moving of the Spirit. At the point of release spiritual sorrow will normally always end with joy and laughter. Scriptural Referances to the Sorrow of God
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