The Spirit of Counsel and Might by Jamie Rohrbaugh

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The Spirit of Counsel and Might
Series: The Sevenfold Holy Spirit
Jamie Rohrbaugh
Isaiah 11:1-2


Today, we're continuing our study of the sevenfold Holy Spirit as described in Isaiah 11:1-5. We've already talked about the Spirit of Yahweh, the Spirit of wisdom, and the Spirit of understanding. Today, we're going to talk about the Spirit of counsel and also the Spirit of might.

The Spirit of counsel:

Have you ever been in a situation in which you absolutely knew you did not have the answer, but then you sat there and watched God solve an unsolvable situation before your very eyes? I have.

I can't tell you how many times I have been working with people in mentoring sessions, inner healing prayer sessions, or crisis intervention, only to encounter situations that I knew I couldn't handle. For example:

  • I can't bring someone to repentance.
  • I can't convict them of sin.
  • I can't diffuse a person's rage by myself. Although each of us can always bring a soft answer that turns away wrath (Proverbs 15:1), only the Holy Spirit can take the rage out of somebody.
  • I can't change someone's heart and take away their hatred for their spouse, pastor, boss, or friend.

But the Holy Spirit can, and He does.

Over and over, I have walked into situations that I have not been able to handle. And every time, the only thing I have been able to do is to pray and call on the Lord as our Wonderful Counselor-the Spirit of Truth, who will convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment-and then wait and pray some more. 

In the toughest situations, that has often meant that I haven't been able to do anything but pray and watch Him work. Other times, He has told me what to do and say, one step at a time. Either way, every single time, the Holy Spirit has come through.

Every time, He has walked into the room and started dealing with people's hearts in His ever-so-loving, gentle, honoring, caring way.

Every time, He has comforted the folks who have needed it, wrapped them in His arms, assured them of His love, and convicted them of sin.

  • Every time, I see Him pick up His kids and hold them, telling them what they need to know and changing their hearts.
  • Every time, I've watched Him drain His child's anger, rage, resentment, and hurt right out of their souls.
  • Every time, I've seen the Holy Spirit show each person how they have been acting; how the Lord wants them to act; and overwhelm them with so much goodness and holy conviction that they get right with God and with people.

His help is so tangible that I truly believe I have seen Him walk into the room, stand right next to someone as his or her personal Counselor, and solve everything. I have watched Him brin ...

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