Whose Camp Are We In?
August 13, 2009
By: Rick L. King
We know the Bible states in Galatians 5:22 and 23 about the fruit of the Spirit. This fruit is of Godís Spirit, so when we are walking in Him this will be the fruit that we exhibit. Yet, when we are not walking in this fruit, whose camp are we in?
We are told to walk in the spirit. This doesnít say walk in (a) spirit, but in (the) spirit. The spirit is Godís Spirit. A spirit could be any spirit, but not necessarily of God. We are told in 2Ti 1:7, ďFor God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.Ē According to this passage fear is a spirit. It is not a spirit that exhibits the fruit of Godís Spirit, so it must be a demonic spirit. When we are walking in (a) spirit of fear, we are walking in the devilís camp, not Godís. The same is true with unbelief, unforgiveness, resentment, anger, bitterness, and lust of any kind, greed, hate, and many others. This does not mean that we are not a Christian and have not accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Savior; it just means that we are not walking in Godís Spirit.
1Jo 2:9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.
1Jo 2:11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.
1Jo 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
1Jo 4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
One of the fruit of Godís Spirit is love. Hate is not the Holy Spirit fruit. The Word says that he that hates is walking in darkness.
Anything in opposition to Godís Word is therefore not walking in the Spirit. It is walking either in the flesh or in another spirit. Depending on what spirit is manifesting through us determines whether we are walking in God or the devil. I have heard many say that because they have accepted Jesus that they are walking in the Spirit. Obviously this can not be true. We canít serve two masters. We can not serve God and the devil at the same time. We canít love and hate a person at the same time. We canít walk in faith and fear at the same time. We canít walk in joy and depression at the same time. The list goes on and on. We are told in, ďRo 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?Ē The issue then is not whether Jesus is our Savior; it is who are we allowing to be in control? It will be the Holy Spirit, our flesh, or the devil. When we are a Christian, and we yield to our flesh as a normal practice, we give the enemy legal ground to come in a make a stronghold in our mind. This stronghold will control our beliefs and actions. God desires His people to be free and walking in His Spirit. Yet, we are learning to make the correct choices and to focus on the things of the Spirit of God rather than the devil.
Maybe you have not considered this, but all spirits have fruit. Not just the Holy Spirit. The devilís spirit has fruit also. That is why we are told that we shall know them by their fruit. Let us work on getting set free from the fruit of the devil and the flesh so that Jesus can be glorified through us as we exhibit the Fruit of the Spirit. We are told that according to our faith be it unto us. If we believe that fear is just us, then we have been deceived by the devil into thinking that the fear is ďjust meĒ. The Word says that fear is a spirit, not a person. When we come into agreement with the devil and believe that it is us instead of a spirit, then we are walking in a lie in our belief system. We are actually saying that God is a lair and the devil is true. This is dangerous territory. We have given the enemy legal ground and are setting our self up for a fall. Fear is the fruit of a demonic spirit of fear. If we sign on the dotted line and decide that it is us, then we are in bondage and the devil is going to steal from us.
I hope and pray that this little article will help someone to realize whose spirit that they are walking in. If a wrong one, then cry out to God for deliverance. He is faithful and will deliver you in His way and time. He wants you free to be in fellowship with Him and be used by Him. Please give the Lord a chance to set you free for His plans and purposes. You will be glad that you did.
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