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The Spirit of counsel (Isaiah 11:2) asks us to simply listen for God’s methods and plans of action. When Jesus ascended the Mount of Transfiguration, He took James, Peter, and John with
Him. I am sure the other disciples wanted to go too, but Jesus had God’s counsel and heeded His counsel. Scripture tells us that God is “great in counsel and mighty in work” (Jer. 32:19).

In the realm of healing and miracles, God does everything accord- ing to His plan and strategy. When Jesus healed blind men, He used different methods to open their eyes. He spat in the eyes of one man, spoke healing words to another, and even rubbed mud into the eyes of one. God told Jesus to heal them using these different methods, and that’s what He did. Every case of sickness is different, and each one requires God’s counsel.

God has a heavenly strategy to release power and healing in every meeting. It’s critical that we wait for His counsel, because if we are even an inch off, the kingdom won’t come. I recall one meeting when the Holy Spirit said, “Todd I want to heal that man who has cancer, and I’m going to give you the method. Tell him to stand up and move over two feet.” I replied, “God, what does it matter if he stands there or moves over two feet?” The Lord said, “Because that is where the angel is.” At another meeting, I repositioned the pulpit because that was the way I saw it in heaven before I arrived at the church. I call these “healing scenes” and they come from the Spirit of counsel.

It’s important that when God speaks, we obey completely. If we aren’t operating in the Spirit of counsel, we can become presumptuous. What if Naaman had only dipped six times in the river Jordan (2 Kin. 5:14)? He would have gone home with leprosy.

Once Jesus was on the mountain all night in prayer, when I believe the Spirit of counsel said, “Go to the pool of Bethesda and heal the crippled man who has been there for thirty-eight years” (John 5:6–8). How could Jesus walk away from so many other sick people? John 5:19 and 20 hold the key. The Father loves His children and wants to show us all the things that He is doing. It might require us to listen all night on the mountain or to withdraw into the wilderness and pray in solitude in a place of waiting.

The Spirit of counsel demands our friendship before we will be giv- en access to the secrets of the Lord. Counsel demands listening prayer, waiting, and obedience. The works and power of God are connected to waiting. Waiting for God’s counsel releases might.

Might is the strength of God, the power of God, and the mighty acts of God. When the Spirit of might come on me, I can minister and preach for weeks at a time. When it lifts, I’m dead on my feet! The Spirit of might bring the mighty acts of power, miracles, signs, and wonders.

God also performs mighty acts which involve signs in the heavens above and wonders in the earth beneath. I love the story in 1 Kings 18:20–40 where Elijah confronted the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the whole nation turned to God. That was revival! Elijah waited for God’s counsel and the Lord told him to drench the sacrifice. Elijah then prayed, saying, “I have done all these things at Your word” (1 Kin. 18:36). Later the Spirit of might came on him and he outran the chariots.

Ephesians 6:10 tells us to “be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” We can draw from four kinds of power: dunamis power (Acts 1:8), ischus power (Eph. 1:19), kratos (Acts 19:20), and exousia power (Matt. 10:1). These are four different New Testament Greek words for God’s power or might. A definition of these powers is found in the Glossary and they are discussed in more depth in other articles.

The Spirit of might takes us through the hardest school of all. We must go through discipline, fasting, prayer, character improvements, and death to self. The Spirit of might also demands meditation in the Word as well as waiting in “Jerusalem” until we have a divine encounter (Acts 1:4). That’s the price we are required to pay to have God’s power. It’s costly.

The Spirit of counsel and the Spirit of might are partners. Many of us are going after God’s power without God’s counsel. You will notice that it is the Spirit of counsel and might. Isaiah 9:6 says, “His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God.” Notice the connection again. Counsel comes before acts of power. Otherwise we risk operating on assumption or hope. Counsel guides us into the manifestation of might—acts of power and strength from the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of counsel wants to give us advice and methods in every situation so that we can work miracles.

Job had an anointing upon his life that he referred to as “the friend- ly counsel of God” (Job 29:4). This speaks of the inward secret of the Lord. It’s when heaven comes and lets us in on secrets. Think of Moses who spoke to God face-to-face, as a friend speaks to a friend. We’re friends of God, and friends share secrets (John 15:15). Don’t settle for the gift of counsel, get the abiding anointing that comes through friendship and intimacy with the Lord.

If we want more of God’s counsel, we need to obey. Counsel will leave us when we disobey (Ps. 81:11–16). Why should God give us another prophetic word if we haven’t done anything with the first one? Counsel demands obedience. We need to obey the counsels, the ideas, and the pictures of heaven that come to us.

Sometimes I wait hours for counsel. “Father what do you want to do and how do you want to do it?” It might be the same disease God healed previously but using a different method. When we get the fresh counsel of heaven and obey the Lord, people will be healed.

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