A Note From Keith and Janet

 

 

The Lord desires us to enter into a deeper level of pressing into Him, or what I call "pursuit after Him." It is a stirring of the Holy Spirit deep within that literally awakens your inner man, so that you know that you know there is something more that He wants to share with you. This is called holy hunger.
 
Only communion with Him is going to satisfy the deep ache within. This wonderful hunger is stirred up by the Holy Spirit like as described in Jeremiah 33:3, "Call to Me, and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things which you do not know".As we begin to cry out from this deep engaging of the Spirit of the living God within our spirits, we experience the communion of the Holy Spirit, which is a place of deep to deep fellowship with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit searches out the deep counsel of God for you and reveals it to you.
 
"But God has revealed it to us by His Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God."(1 Corinthians 2:10) Deuteronomy 29:29 declares that, "the secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever!" As the Holy Spirit initiates this hunger, we begin to say "yes" to the Lord in agreement with the stirring of the Holy Spirit. We begin to call out to Him.
 
As we begin to call to Him, He answers us by showing us great and mighty things that we did not know. The word "mighty" here in the Hebrews means inaccessible. He wants to release to us something that was once inaccessible to us that we did not know. He wants to reveal to us by the Revealer the deep counsel of God. It is a precious privilege to know the mysteries and the secrets of the kingdom. But when the Revealer reveals them to us, they are now for us and our children's children.
 
In Revelation 3:20 there is a greater invitation from the Lord to the church: "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me." In this verse, Jesus essentially says, "If you hear me knock and you open your heart (door) to me I will come and dine with you, or banquet with you." This refers to visitation or communion of a greater degree. As you say "yes" to the Lord, something wonderful and glorious takes place next.
 
Just a few verses later in Revelation 4:1, we see now an invitation to go through the door that is opened by the Lord: "After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, "Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this." He is the Door or Gate to "come up here" and meet with Him. Every prophetic encounter that I have at this level has been a life-changing time for me. It is an encounter with the Lord.
 
During one of these incredible times of stirring in my own life, I had a prophetic encounter with the Lord where He revealed to me a greater depth of Revelation 4:5: "And from the throne proceeded lightning, thundering, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the SEVEN SPIRITS OF GOD." This profound prophetic encounter began a series of events that literally caused me to press in for deeper communion with the Lord, and this resulted in the release of the revelation  about the "seven Spirits of God."
 
Revelation 3:1 describes Jesus as, "He who has the SEVEN SPIRITS OF GOD and the seven stars" Here we clearly see that Jesus has the seven Spirits of God! We see from John 3:34 that Jesus has the anointing without measure: "For he [Jesus] is sent by God. He speaks God's words, for God's Spirit is upon him without measure or limit." [NLT] We can find the seven Spirits of God listed in 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."
 
Each of these great flows of the precious Holy Spirit is available to every believer. God desires us to see every function and expression of the sevenfold Spirit of God in and through our lives.
 
Paul declares that that his "speech and preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power." (1 Corinthians 2:4) Please notice he said the Spirit and power. The Lord wants to release in and through your life rivers of living water so that your life would demonstrate on a day to day basis the flow of the Holy Spirit.
 
"On the last day that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out saying, ‘If anyone thirst let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water."  But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified." (John 7:37-39)
 
We can see here that the Lord shares that out of our hearts shall flow rivers of living water. Rivers (plural) is indicating multiple flows of the precious Holy Spirit. There is only one Holy Spirit but seven functions or expressions of the Holy Spirit through you and I as described here in Isaiah 11:2 and Revelation 4:5. The first of the seven is the Spirit of the Lord upon, or the manifest presence of God. The second is wisdom, the third is understanding, the fourth is counsel, the fifth is might, the sixth is knowledge, and the seventh one of the fear of the Lord.