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, ContriteOr one that is Troubled, Hasty, Proud
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!
love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, healing, miracles, unity, fellowship, discernment, security and speaking/interpreting tongues.
- 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
- Heaviness (weak, despondent, dull)
- Seducing (that teach doctrines of demons)
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.