We have heard so often that “God equips those whom He calls.” Well, He does indeed, and the life and ministry of Jesus Christ were the first fruit demonstration of this principle. The fundamental equipping graces in the life of Jesus Christ are described in Isaiah 11:2: “And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him and the spirit of wisdom, and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge, and of the fear of the Lord.”
Representing the fullness of God, these seven spirits equipped the Lord Jesus Christ to walk in heavenly authority in an earthly realm. We can fully document that each one of these spiritual dimensions were critical in his practical walk and earthly ministry. God’s intent was that Jesus would demonstrate all seven of these spirits of God resting upon one man with the express intent that He would be completely equipped to do the work of the Father. John 1:16 declares that we also are equipped with the fullness of Jesus: “And of His fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.”
The Father demonstrates His love for each of us by administering grace to us, and then by enabling that grace to work through us. One dimension of this grace is His use of spiritual “tools.” We need to understand the tools God uses to accomplish His purposes in the earth. God has put many of these tools on display in the lives and ministries of His men and women in the Old and New Testaments. God is able to do all things and anything Himself, but He chooses to utilize different tools (spiritual graces) in order to accomplish His perfect will. Because we were made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26) we are uniquely designed from the beginning to embody the character and nature of God in the earth realm and have been given access to many of His tools and technology in order to accomplish His will.
The seven spirits of God are literally tools and technology that God uses to accomplish His will in heaven and earth. The first example of Jesus’ demonstrating the Spirit of the Lord is prophetically declared in Isaiah 61:1 and practically declared in Luke 4:18,19. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and the recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”
This first dimension of the seven spirits of God was foundational in launching the ministry of Jesus, just as it remains vital in the launching of our ministries today. Through the grace of the spirit of the Lord, Jesus received identity, direction, assignment and authority. The Spirit of the Lord was the fundamental launching pad for supernatural efficacy in the ministry of Christ.
Today, we have many gifted writers who have attempted to articulate any number of spiritual best-practices. None, however, can explain it any better than God Himself. Every expression of the ministry of the Lord must begin with the spirit of the Lord. May we lay hold of this revelation so that we can establish ministry that is an expression of the kingdom of God and not the kingdom of man.
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