The Sevenfold Holy Spirit: The Spirit of Wisdom

The Sevenfold Holy Spirit: The Spirit of Wisdom | by Jamie Rohrbaugh | FromHisPresence.comToday, we’re continuing our study of the sevenfold Holy Spirit as described in Isaiah 11:1-5. Last week, we talked about the Spirit of Yahweh. Today, we’re going to talk about the Spirit of wisdom.

As a reminder, our text is:

Start-quoteThere shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse,
and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.

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.

His delight is in the fear of the Lord,
and He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes,
nor decide by the hearing of His ears;

but with righteousness He shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth,
and with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.

Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins,
and faithfulness the belt of His waist” (Isaiah 11:1-5).

The seven names of the Holy Spirit revealed in this passage are as follows:

  1. The Spirit of the Lord (Yahweh) (name 1);
  2. The Spirit of wisdom and understanding (names 2 and 3);
  3. The Spirit of counsel and might (names 4 and 5); and
  4. The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord (names 6 and 7).

Let’s look at His name “The Spirit of wisdom.”

Did you know wisdom doesn’t mean what you might think it means?

Before I closely examined Scripture on this subject, I used to think wisdom was something like God-given street smarts. (And it is, kind of.) But the vague idea of wisdom that I had was far less powerful than what wisdom actually is.

The Bible talks about wisdom a lot. Think about the first chapters of the book of Proverbs. They go on and on about wisdom! And James 1:5-6 contains one of my favorite Bible promises:

Start-quoteIf any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.”

Wisdom is clearly important. But what is it?

Wisdom is the Holy Spirit applied to your situation.

The easiest way for me to illustrate this is to show you two passages of Scripture which show the fruit of the Spirit and the manifestation of wisdom to be the same thing.

First, check out what the manifestation of wisdom looks like, from the book of James:

Start-quoteWho is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.

But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace” (James 3:13-18).

Now check out the fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians:

Start-quoteBut the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).

Do you see the similarities? Look at this:

  • Wisdom is pure. The Holy Spirit, being God, is 100% pure and spotless.
  • Wisdom manifests peace. The fruit of the Spirit is also peace.
  • Wisdom is gentle. The fruit the Holy Spirit produces in your life is gentleness.
  • Wisdom is willing to yield. This sounds an awful lot like humility (and remember that Jesus humbled Himself to the point of death) and meekness (which is power under control). The fruit of the Spirit is self-control.
  • Wisdom is full of mercy. Jesus is full of mercy, so we know that the Holy Spirit is too, since He is another of the same kind as Jesus.
  • Wisdom is full of good fruits, and the Holy Spirit demonstrates His fruit continually as well.

Do you see the parallels? If the fruit of the Holy Spirit is the same as the fruit of wisdom, then the Holy Spirit IS Wisdom Personified …

… which is what we see in Isaiah chapter 11, since He is called the Spirit of wisdom. The Holy Spirit IS WISDOM itself. HE is Wisdom. And according to James 1:5-6, if you want Wisdom at work in your life, you have only to ask, and the Father will give Him to you.

Perhaps this is why King David–the most famous king of Israel and the only man in the Bible who was described as a man after God’s own heart–told his son Solomon that getting wisdom was the principal thing.

Think about how huge this is. King David was a man who carried the Presence of the Lord. He basked in God’s glory night and day. He was the man who set up the Tabernacle of David, where worship and intercession were released over Israel 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for 33 years. THIS is the man who wrote most of the Psalms, the Top 150 Hit Parade of his time. This is the man whom God Himself raised up from shepherd to king.

King David knew the Spirit of God intimately, and he taught his son Solomon that wisdom was the principal thing.

Proverbs 4:1-9, written by King Solomon while he remembered his father David’s instructions, tells us this:

Start-quoteHear, my children, the instruction of a father, and give attention to know understanding; for I give you good doctrine: do not forsake my law.

When I was my father’s son, tender and the only one in the sight of my mother, he also taught me, and said to me:

“Let your heart retain my words; keep my commands, and live. Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.

Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; love her, and she will keep you. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.

Exalt her, and she will promote you; she will bring you honor, when you embrace her. She will place on your head an ornament of grace; a crown of glory she will deliver to you.”

David’s advice to his favored son was that he should get wisdom–the Holy Spirit Himself, applied to every situation.

Wow.

Perhaps that’s because if we just have the Holy Spirit, which you do if you’ve given your life to Jesus, He will teach us everything we need to know.

First John 2:27 tells us this:

Start-quoteBut the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.”

The anointing is what the Bible calls it when the Holy Spirit sits on you to accomplish a task. So, we know from this passage that the Holy Spirit will teach us concerning all things.

This promise carried me through some very hard times in life.

When I gave my life to Jesus in 2001, I was so hungry. I wanted to learn all I could. I desperately wanted a mentor; someone who would teach me, take me under their wing, and raise me spiritually. But I had no one. There was simply no one in my sphere who operated in the things of the Spirit.

So I cried out to God and lifted this promise, from 1 John 2:27, up to Him. I begged Him to teach me. I threw myself at His feet and demanded that He keep His promise, because I had no one else to teach me. Oh, I could listen to good Christian tapes, and I did; I wore out my Joyce Meyer tapes. But I had no one in person who would care about me and teach me.

But the Holy Spirit cared, and He was true to His Word. He took me under His wing and taught me Himself.

I cried out to God daily for wisdom (and I still do, nearly every day). He helped me every single day. And over time, He changed my life through His teaching.

After a couple of years, I found a good, Spirit-filled church (which is still my church home today), and I began to be taught there as well as I sat under the ministry of the Word. But still, even though sometimes He uses human vessels, it is still the Holy Spirit who teaches. Only He can give true revelation and wisdom.

So do you need wisdom today? Do you need a mentor?

I know it can be hard to want a mentor and not have one. We as the Body of Christ simply HAVE to get better about mentoring on purpose. But ultimately, only the Holy Spirit–not your mentor–can truly give you what you need (even if He uses a mentor for part of it).

Therefore, while I encourage every person to place themselves under godly authority and teaching and mentoring, ultimately, the Holy Spirit is the Mentor you need.  So ask Him to fill this role for you. He is the Spirit of wisdom. He WANTS to teach you! He loves you and He doesn’t want you to wander through life with no one to help you. HE is your Helper, and He will teach you all things.

And as you go through life, if you will abide in Him and listen to Him, He will apply Himself to every situation you face in the form of wisdom. You will be able to watch Him at work:

  • He will show you His will in every situation;
  • He will show you how to behave and what to do in every situation;
  • He will help you make right decisions; and
  • You will see Him work out every situation for your good as you obey Him and operate in His wisdom (His Presence applied to your situation).

Isn’t that beautiful? The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of wisdom, and He will help you and give you all of Himself applied to your situation.

Does this message speak to your heart today? If so, please leave a comment below and share your thoughts. I love to hear from you!

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35 Comments

  1. Rafael-Olivier Somma says:

    Great words from you Jamie. They are inspired, I’m sure, by the Holy Spirit himself. God bless you Jamie! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for reading, Rafael-Olivier. I pray Papa would bless you exceedingly today!

      1. Ushindi Mwaikonge says:

        Thanks so much for this words have changed my mindset surely they have answered my long time questions. You are a blessing

  2. Eric D Stein says:

    Thanks Jamie for your Holy Spirit inspired insights.

    1. Thank you, Eric! Good to hear from you! We miss you around here. Hope all’s well for you and yours. 🙂

    2. RAy Canale says:

      Thank you very much very helpful God Bless

  3. Rebecca Jones says:

    The Holy Spirit is the best teacher. He really took me under His wing. If we learn from Him, and teach as He does how wonderful that would be. He even forms our prayers when we don’t know what to pray.

  4. Praise GOD! I was searching for something, but I didn’t know what until now. Thank you for the motivation and inspiration. I’m going through some troubling times right now, but I’m not letting that stop my journey in getting to know GOD for myself. I don’t have anyone to really talk with and share with, so I get excited when I hear from you. May GOD always bless and keep you, and thank you.

  5. Dana Parker says:

    THANK YOU!! I really needed this right now, because I’m in a place where I feel I need a mentor are a “midwife” lol! But I had to realize that they can only take me so far, and I have to go seek the truth from the truth himself!! So I thank you cause I thought I was the only one feeling this way.

    1. You’re definitely not the only one feeling that way. I think mentoring in the Body of Christ is something we need to get soooooo much better and more proactive at. We’ve got to wrap our arms around the sons and daughters of all ages and raise them up! But you’re right; ultimately, only the Holy Spirit can do the work; and if we have no one else, if we will go to Him, He will be more than sufficient at it. He’s the best Mentor there is. 🙂

  6. This is what I mean when I tell you how your blog is an answer to prayer. I was just like you when I came into the full Gospel: hungry for mentoring that goes beyond the usual Americanized/homogenized version of the Christian life. I found your blog one Saturday morning and it was like finding a life-giving spring. I went from post to post, amazed that someone was writing on topics that no one else covers, from a Spirit-filled standpoint! And it was another woman who just happens to write & teach in a down-to-earth, personal, enjoyable way! So you’ve been that mentor for me. I also watch a lot of Charis Bible College teachings (Andrew Wommack), along with Todd White, Bill Johnson, and Damon Thompson (he periodically preaches revivals at our church down here). But your blog is right there at the top of my favorite teaching and learning sources.
    My boys and I are currently going through this series on the Holy Spirit together. They’re homeschooled and your teaching series are one of our favorite things to do together in the mornings. Your teachings are simple enough to understand that I can use them for 8 and 12 year old boys. They both still use the “flow” prayer that they learned from your 21 Days to the Manifest Presence of God series, which they loved doing last year.

    1. Hey, I know I already responded to you on Facebook, but I just got the internet for a moment (been out in the woods for days) and read this comment again and I am still thrilled! Yes, I love Bill Johnson and Damon Thompson too. Not real familiar with Andrew Womack or Todd White, although I’ve seen Todd White minister and it’s awesome. But I’m so thrilled that Papa has used this blog to be a blessing to you and your family. That just makes my whole week. 🙂 Thank you so much for letting me know!

  7. EddyGlory says:

    This is my first time reading your message!and it’s been awesome. Thank you

  8. Philip Jushua says:

    A real manna, heavenly word from heaven.I can truly relate to all the words that you shared. Been through the same situation as you did, and received the same revelation just as you did. 100% accurate. The Spirit of God is really awesome. ?

  9. Lady Pearl says:

    Thanks. I have really learnt something new; that wisdom is the Holy Spirit applied in every situation. Also I had always known that the Holy Spirit is our guild and counselor but I had never asked Him to “Be my personal Mentor”. Thanks. Really grateful

  10. Thank you, Truly was a blessing to me very powerful words, touch me because i had the same hunger for more of God seem like I just can’t get enough.
    Bless you for sharing!!!!

  11. Yola Saint-Hilaire says:

    God has put me in a position where he is going to bless me in order for me to fund his kingdom work. When this is fully manifested I will support your ministry. It is a blessing and it is the heart of God in written form.

  12. Jakes Uzor says:

    Read this and it is so full of the inspiration of the Holy Ghost. I pray he opens up more and more depth as you walk with the Holy Spirit

  13. Adelowo Akinwande says:

    I’ve been impacted by the simplicity of the text and direct delivery of your insight. I have learnt from you today what the Holy Spirit has been teaching my mind “keep your messages simple when you share The gospel with others”. Now I have not just learnt about the topic I was studying but, I’ve also learnt a good analytical format for delivering my sermon as a young Public Speaker. Thank you!

  14. The Holy Spirit ministered this exact words to me in my heart so I wanted to study in-depth and understand what he truly meant when I came across this. I Thank God for a blog like this and I thank you sir for allowing God to use you mightily. To him be p
    Praise and Glory. Amen.

  15. I’m so sorry I didn’t read the author’s name before posting the comment… Thank you Ma (not Sir)

  16. Rebekah Udoh says:

    Hmmmmm….one of yhr best article I have read so farabout the Spirit of Wisdom. Hod bless you for this piece. I pray for more of God’s grace upon you

    1. Rebekah Udoh says:

      Sorry for my typos. I guess I was too excited to post

  17. Michelle Stanley Roberts says:

    Thank you for this Spirit filled message, it blessed my life. Seeing Wisdom in a different light as to what i believed it was.
    God continues to bless you.

  18. Saniel Ignacio says:

    Hello, from Philippines. Thank you for these revelation that comes from the Lord. I’m studying about the gifts Paul talking in 1 Corinthians. I want to know more about Him. His seven fold Spirit. Thanks for this. Right revelation at the right time ^^. God bless. Godspeed.

  19. Casilda Velez says:

    Great Godly insights on Wisdom! I’ve been a born again believer for over 40 years and I’m yesterday years old just learning about the sevenfold Holy Spirit. Your teaching is some good, tasty “meat”. The tie-in to the Fruits of the Spirit was eyes-of-the-heart opening. I look forward to reading and learning on the other 6. May God continue to bless you and this ministry✝️💜

  20. Pastor Obioma says:

    Wow! What an exquisite exposition of the Word! Now I know better. My quest for deeper understanding of the Wisdom from Above got me searching, and the Holy Spirit Himself directed my heart here. Thank you for sharing.

  21. Thank you so much for putting this message up for free!
    God bless you… I am grateful for people like you
    I got so much revelation just from this

  22. MICHAEL KWEH says:

    This is powerful. I am going to use this in my teaching today

  23. Thank you for this message. it has really blessed my life today and create a taste for more of the Spirit of Wisdom in my life. Remained Bless, David from Lagos, Nigeria.

  24. I am Blessed the more being reminded and applying what has been taught here. Blessings to you and yours.

  25. You are a blessing to the Kingdom of God, and all those that come across you.
    Thank you so much for taking the time and writing this.
    Thank you for the love of God that is in your heart, your love for people, and obedience to the presence of God moving upon you to share this truth.
    I am a student of the Holy Spirit, but today my definition of wisdom has empowered me. Of course, it’s the work of the same Spirit that dwells in us.
    Thank you.
    God bless you.

  26. Mukula Rodney Mike says:

    I’m Mike from Uganda, thank you for this explanation as it has greatly widened my understanding of the Holy Spirit. I had a hard time differentiating between the Spirit of Wisdom and the Holy Spirit, I actually thought there was “some other spirit” God gives called the spirit of wisdom, but after going thru this article, I’ve been Greatly Blessed…..I thank God for this Blog and I believe it Will reach many more people in the same state I was in,
    Amen.

  27. Kingsley Obetta says:

    This is really awesome, it’s a blessing to me personally

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