Choose wisely the spirit that rules you

This world is hungry for ‘spiritual stuff.’  But there is one Holy Spirit and a multitude of unholy spirits.  The acceptance of ‘unholy’ stuff troubles me, and I decided to pull out a summary of some Scripture digging I did some time ago on the topic.

The Scriptures are the only place for Truth.  The topic is far beyond my total understanding, and this is not offered as a definitive analysis.  I share it as a tool for prayer, as an encouragement to go the Word and as a flicker of Light in the midst of much deception.  The draw to ‘spiritual stuff’ is part of our design.  God created us for Himself and He is spirit.  There is an enemy seeking to steal, kill and destroy, though.  The occult is very prominent in our culture today.  Beware.  Honor the draw to ‘spirits’ with humility and dependence on God.  Seek wisely!

Without Jesus Christ, we are subject only to the unholy spirits…demons the workers of Satan.  Without Christ, we are captive to the unholy trinity of our flesh, the world and Satan. With Jesus, victory is ours if we love and obey the Father as our Savior showed us to do.  Our lives are now hidden in Christ who sits at the right hand of the Father.  Free will allows us to choose Jesus Christ instead of those unholy spirit…but we must live that choice moment by moment.

As a believer in Jesus, the Holy Spirit of Christ (the One that raised Jesus from the grave) lives in us.  There is no need to fear, but the reality is our lives are lived out in the earthly realm where Satan rules.  Victorious living in the midst of his domain demands that we live in the power of the Spirit.  We must walk through this life as Jesus did:  in fellowship with and obedience to the Father.

With Christ, we are free to choose the spirit we live from…the spirit that will rule us.  We can choose to live with a spirit that is:

Humble, Patient, Contrite
Or one that is Troubled, Hasty, Proud
The Spirit we choose determines the flavor of our lives.  However, I was intrigued to note that both the Holy Spirit and unholy spirits can be in state of: rest/unrest; vexation; vanity; grief; trouble; lust; or strength.  Being controlled by the Holy Spirit does not mean we will become passion-less robots or ‘anything goes’ liberals.  Our passion will be for the Holy, True King…just as His passion is for us.
Scripture is clear:  The spirit speaks.   When we are attentive, we will hear, see and know the spirit–good or bad–ruling in us.  It was also interesting to me to not that the Scriptures attribute a spirit to most entities:  men, nations, angels, kingdoms and animals.  The Scriptures link the Holy Spirit with such attributes and activities as:

Faith          Faithfulness       Truth    Life      Meekness       Humble/Humility   Quiet          Life       Meekness       Promise       Counsel       Prophesy     Grace                Order/Judgment       Might/Power       Sound Mind       Love       Glory       Wisdom         Holiness       Supplication       Adoption       Knowledge       Fear of the LORD

An Excellent spirit comes from understanding!

 Those are the things we want in our lives…those are the things God wants for us.  That is what ‘thy Kingdom come’ looks like.  They are not natural to us; they are divine and require the Holy Spirit.
While the list above refers to actual ‘named’ spirits, the Scriptures also specify what our lives will look like when the Holy Spirit is in control.  A Holy Spirit powered life will have attitudes and activities that include:
love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, healing, miracles, unity, fellowship, discernment, security and speaking/interpreting tongues.
In fact, the Word tells us that the fruit of the (Holy) Spirit is in ALL goodness, righteousness and truth.
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But the Bible does not stop with teaching us about the beauties of God.  The Devil is real and active, and we are not to be ignorant of his work.  Unclean and evil spirits that are identified in Scripture include:
  • Sorrow (with an underlying issue of heart that is hardened to God)
  • Divination (python) (seeking the aid or insights of unholy spirits)
  • Spiritual Unclean-ness
  • Moral Unclean-ness
  • Silent
  • Heaviness (weak, despondent, dull)
  • Deaf
  • Lying
  • Error
  • Bondage
  • Familiar
  • Whoredoms/adultery
  • Infirmity
  • Seducing (that teach doctrines of demons)
  • Fear
  • World

Just as the Holy Spirit produces results we can see, unholy spirits produce results too.  When unholy spirits rule and reign in our lives, the fruit visible in us will be:

pride      haste      unclean-ness      captivity       slumber       error

weakness (mental, physical & moral)      false prophesy      filthiness

In Revelation, we read much of Babylon.  Digging into that word and the essence of the city, reveals that unholy spirits dwell in calamity, confusion and bitterness. God created us for Himself–He is a God of order, not chaos. The devil created chaos and Adam cooperated with it.  Jesus gave us the opportunity to reclaim our birthright and live our design.  Jesus allows us to be ruled by the Prince of Peace but the CHOICE is ours to make!

The command in Eden was to take dominion over the world.  Adam abdicated that responsibility; salvation opens the door for us to obey that command today.  We are not to let unholy spirits rule and reign in our lives.  We are to bring order by being submitted to God.

We are to be obedient children of the most High God.  My prayer in sharing this is that we will be diligent to KNOW God, to know and live the beauty of His design….to recognize and reject the influence of the unholy.  Take authority over that which is not of God and eject it from life.  Let His Kingdom rule and reign in you–and watch the work of the devil crumble!

If you don’t feel like you have a choice, go through the Steps of Peace and talk to God.  You do have choice.  With Christ, all things are possible.

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