What Manner of Spirit am I

May 12, 2021

What Manner of Spirit am I

Luke 9:52-56

And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw [this], they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?

But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.  For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save [them]. And they went to another village.

                When I examine my heart in the recesses of my mind, when I sound its depths and seek out its true motives what will I find?  Will I find just a religious spirit that talks the talk, that goes through the motions of Christianity, but doesn’t have the heart and nature of the Son?  Will I find that I am like James and John who wanted to call down destruction, who had the desire for power and authority, but not the heart of the Son to use it in love?   Will I find that I am like Peter, who recognizes Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God, but wants to hold back the Spirit of Christ in me from fulfilling the destiny and the calling before me?  Jesus rebukes Peter and tells him to “get thee behind me satan” when he seeks to prevent Jesus from his destiny with Jerusalem and Calvary.  He meant well, but it was not the Spirit of God speaking.

                The disciples were religious men, chosen men, men of God, walking and sitting under the teaching of the Master.  While our heart is for God, so many times out motives are not.  There is another spirit at work in us, seeking to turn us away from our Calvary and the destiny that God has called us too.  It is not a destiny to fulfill selfish ambitions and goals.  It is a destiny that is calling us to give all that we are for all that He is and wants to be in and through us. 

The apostle Paul says in Romans 7: 21-23 (Amplified), “So I find it to be a law (rule of action of my being) that when I want to do what is right and good, evil is ever present with me and I am subject to its insistent demands.  22For I endorse and delight in the Law of God in my inmost self [with my new nature].

23But I discern in my bodily members [in the sensitive appetites and wills of the flesh] a different law (rule of action) at war against the law of my mind (my reason) and making me a prisoner to the law of sin that dwells in my bodily organs [in the sensitive appetites and wills of the flesh].”  There is ever the conflict between the mortal body of sin and the Spirit of God that dwells in my heart, we all struggle with these areas in our life.  There is this other spirit working through my flesh, ever seeking to thwart the plan and the will of God for my life.  What recourse do I have since there is no goodness in my flesh, my only righteousness is in Christ?  I must discern the Holy Spirit and the life of Christ in me.  I must continually set my mind and heart to who I am in Christ.  I am no longer a man of the flesh to live after the flesh, even though those appetites may still entice me.  I must now acknowledge and practice the presence of Christ in my life.  He must come to be in every breath and in every intent of my being.  “We are the circumcision who worship God in the Spirit and rejoice in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh. (Philippians 3:3)” 

                What manner of spirit are we today?  Are we walking in the Spirit, in the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus or, is there another spirit wanting to operate in a different way than the love of the righteousness of God.  Is there another spirit that is seeking to turn us away from our Calvary, our identification with the death and resurrection of Christ, another spirit that is seeking to preserve the flesh from the death God has for it?  It is a spirit that will reason with the natural mind and make sense, but it is contrary to the calling and purpose of God in our lives.  It may be coming through the mouths of those that love and are looking out for our best interest, but they don’t have the mind of the Spirit of God in their counsel. 

                What manner of spirit is directing and leading your life today?  Where is it taking you?



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