Spirits are everywhere and all around us. Coexisting with humanity they have been around for eons before we arrived and are extremely familiar with human behavior, temperaments and generational sin. They know the Scriptures cold and rule the worldly agenda for each region and subregion on the globe as well as national and international affairs. Of course, God Almighty reigns supreme over all orchestrating every spirit for His purposes which will be fulfilled to the last jot and tittle.
We have firstly, the Highest Spirit: the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit or the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Although the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are individuals they have always lived and worked in perfect union and harmony as one. The unity and cooperation exemplified by the Trinity is the model for believers working in unison with God and for believers working together as one body in Christ.
Isaiah 11:2 says, “And 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 reverential and obedient fear of the Lord—.” From these flow His spirits.
Within the Spirit of God there are many other spirits at work such as the spirit of life, the spirit of wisdom, the spirit of man (God-given conscience), the spirit of justice, spirit of deep sleep, spirit of humility, grace, light, brokenness, truth, joy, patience, willingness, counsel, knowledge, holiness, adoption, understanding, meekness, power, love, gentleness, faith, revelation, sound mind, glory, prophecy, and so on.
Secondly, dark spirits which are underneath and opposed to the Spirit of God are less in number and work together in highly organized hierarchical systems. They are subject to God’s sovereignty and are given specific direction by Him for His purposes. These spirits are connected together in complex groups and attach to individuals, families and groups depending on the particular sins involved.
For a simple example, anger is connected to rage and lust to fornication, etc. Some examples of these are spirits of evil, torment, rebellion, wilfulness, hastiness, perverseness, lust, fear, resentment, bitterness, jealousy, error, confusion, harlotry, demonic, divination, timidity, slavery, deception, impurity, prostitution, drunkenness, idolatry, envy, pride, fury, worldliness, human spirit, fainting spirit, lying spirit, and soon. God uses both good and evil spirits to conform us to the image of His Son.
I have heard some individuals, even well-known Christian leaders, say that dark spirits are distant rarely affecting human behavior except for in cases such as the movie, The Exorcist. This is absolutely untrue and contrary to Scripture. The problem with this type of thinking is that it is fear based and limited by human logic. The fear arises from fear and the lack of awareness that any and all believers have complete authority over each and every spirit of darkness. Furthermore, the limitation of pure logic from which this idea operates has been built bar by bar around the mind of the individual by himself.
Logic is fine, but it must be put in context with every other piece of the reality puzzle, which God defines. When one uses merely logic, he becomes handicapped. Individuals who use only logic are in need of developing, expanding and balancing their minds to include some intuition, spritual insight, common sense and discernment from God.
In spite of blind human logic, we are affected by spirits because we are living in the fallen world and they view this world as their territory. Although believers cannot be possessed by them, all humans are influenced by spirits. The visible world and the invisible world coexist in a parallel fashion one directly affecting the other just as they always have.
For instance, my female doctor’s daughter experienced a near fatal car accident. She lay comatose in the hospital bed for months during which time her family would come visit her daily. When she finally awoke, she relayed to her mother that while she had lain comatose she could actually see in her spirit as if she were fully awake her family members grieving together around the bed and speculating over her outcome.
She stated emphatically that in the room she could also see very clearly angels and disturbing-looking demons standing casually among the relatives as they conversed. She was reluctant to recite the traumatic details of her experience thereafter, but forever changed in her spiritual beliefs. While suspended midway between life and death my friend’s daughter had witnessed the visible and the invisible worlds together while her family could see only the visible.
So if spirits are everywhere, then how do they affect us? Well, we can take anger for example. From the Scriptures we know that (1) love (the Spirit of God) is not easily angered (1 Corinthians 13:5), (2) not to be friends with one who is easily angered (Proverbs 22:24), and (3) bad company corrupts moral character (1 Corinthians 15:33). From these combined verses we can deduce the following: since the Spirit of God does not become easily angered and we are one spirit with Him (1 Corinthians 6:17) that we are not to associate with angry people because they will influence us to become like them.
Influence happens because exposure to one with such a disposition wears off on us as we “pick up” the behavior which attracts and can be driven by influencing spirits with their inherent and addictive rhythms and currents, subtlety and familiarity serving as frequent venues. Through our senses these invisible factors directly imprint our thoughts, emotions and brain chemistry, which with even limited exposure can culminate in our like behavior. A quick temper usually has demonic origins and operates automatically in one who has already submitted to spirits of anger, perhaps within his family of origin. Such sudden anger especially when repressed is an open doorway to more spirits of escalating anger, fits of rage, violence and murder, progressively.
Depending on our company, habits, words and thought patterns, we might unknowingly entertain spirits that are working against us and God’s will and purposes for our lives. The problem can be that because we have grown up with certain habits, we are comfortable with and blind to them.
Be brave and look at your behavior against the Scriptures. Ask God to reveal to you which spirits you entertain and how to master them.
If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.
See Gen. 1:2, 2:7; Ex. 28:3; Lev. 19:31, 26:19; Deut 34:9; Judges 9:23; 1 Sam. 16:14; 1 Kings 22:23; Job 26:4; Isaiah 11:2, 19:14, 29:10; Ez. 1:21, 23:8; Matt. 12:28; Luke 4:33; Acts 16:16; 1 Cor. 6:17, 12:29; Eph. 4:4; 2 Tim. 1:7; 1 John 4:3, 4:6.