What Spirit Are You Of?

Robert Wurtz II

And having turned, he rebuked them, and said, ‘Ye have not known of what spirit ye are. (Luke 9:55 YNG)


For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough. (2 Corinthians 11:4 ESV)

 
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness. (Matthew 7:21–23 ESV)

 

I have chosen these three passages to illustrate from the New Testament the sobering fact that many people who consider themselves to be Spiritual are actually influenced by, indwelt by, and imitating the enemy. The trouble is that we are strapped by one of the most deceptive lies that Satan ever foisted upon humanity. That lie goes like this, “If a person is moving in the frequently called ‘gifts of the Spirit,’ that fact alone guarantees that the person is empowered and endorsed by God.” Let that sink in. The consequence is that the churches are infested with wolves who have destroyed many sheep and cause incalculable harm to the kingdom. 
 
 
 
It is essential to point out that the Devil has counterfeited nearly all of the spiritual gifts, and used those counterfeits to cause gross havoc in the churches. I tremble to admit it, but I have known numerous people who never gave a hint that they genuinely repented of their sins, turned from their wickedness, and took up their cross. It is doubtful that they even understood what “Godly sorrow (2 Cor. 7:10), crying out to God in faith, and obedience (Acts 2:21, Acts 5:32)” even implies. They “received the Holy Ghost and spoke in tongues,” and everyone around them praised God. Many went into ministry. However, what spirit did they truly receive? Later on, when they fell completely away from the faith it is said, “They backslid.” How is that even possible for a person who was never truly born of God or emulated the holy personality of God?
 
And because Pentecostals have grossly overemphasized the role of tongues in the receiving of the Spirit, the enemy has passed off almost any gibberish or unintelligible utterances as proof that the person “received the Holy Ghost.” What a disaster. How did the devil ever get people to sign on to such a deception? I have seen one too many people tapped under the chin to “help it come out” or “pushed over” in meetings. I’m not mocking. We’re in a crisis. Never mind the fact that neither then or later on did many of these people exhibit the holy character of life expected of a New Covenant, Spirit Filled Saint; they were still welcomed in and given the right hand of fellowship. All the while being forerunners of a Politically Correct generation that says, “don’t judge!” Well, we didn’t and look where it’s gotten us. 
 
Deceived and Deceiving Others
 
In all three passages above, we have examples of people who had no earthly idea that they were under the direct influence of Satan and his demons. In Luke 9:55 (YNG Majority Text), Jesus rebukes the disciples telling them that Ye have not known of what spirit ye are.” How is that possible? Like Peter, unknowingly under the direct influence of the enemy, rebuked Jesus, only to be told, “Get behind me Satan;” these disciples were yielded to some other spirit than the Holy Spirit and it was evident in their desire to kill people. Keep it mind that they were under the influence of another spirit when they behaved that way.
 
In our second passage, Paul says that the people were at risk of accepting a different Jesus, spirit, and gospel. And this is the key to understanding why the people ended up in Hell as we read about in our third passage (Matthew 7:21-23). They appear to have sincerely believed that they were not only saved but uniquely gifted and favored of God. Their friends and family supported them as if they were legitimately spiritual. This only exacerbated the problem. That’s how profoundly deceived they were. Look at the verse, they were challenging God at the Great Judgment saying, “Lord, Lord, did we not (…)
 
What were they doing? They were arguing their case with God based upon what they believed was empirical evidence, “(…) did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?” They were sold on the idea that the so-called gifts of the Spirit were the defining proof of God’s acceptance. What they never seemed to realize is that they were being indwelt and empowered by the enemy and not God. As we read about in 2 Corinthians 11:4, they apparently received a “Jesus” who never demands repentance, obedience, and holy living. And while actively resisting the Holy Spirit (His authority) they went forward in prayer or in a meeting of some kind and received another spirit. Taken together it amounted to another gospel. The consequence of this is that though they thought they were Christian’s, they remained workers of iniquity.
 
Beguiled Into a False Experience  
 
Notice the context of 2 Corinthians 11:4:
 
“I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me! For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:1–3 ESV) 
 
Why did Paul say he was afraid? Notice Paul’s objective, I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. That virginity and exclusivity can only happen once the Holy Spirit (emphasis on holy) comes in. But when a person receives another spirit, they not only live a worldly life, they set themselves up as an example of an alternative to those people who are “holier than thou.” This is how you know the devil is operating in them. The Holy Spirit would never accuse a sincere believer of being “holier than thou” nor would the Holy Spirit impress on a person to discourage holiness. Call it the spirit of the enemy, because that is what it is.
 
I’m terrified to think of the many people I came to faith with as a young believer, who I believed at the time “received the Holy Spirit” just as I did, but in retrospect cannot recall them ever confessing and truly turning from their sin. Now most of them have fallen away from the faith. And because power and not holiness was the emphasis at the time, we were easily beguiled by the craftiness and counterfeiting ability of the Devil. They seemed to speak in tongues. They seemed to prophesy. But they did many things that were utterly contrary to God and should have been clear evidence that they were not of God. 
 
Some people are able to pass themselves off as Spirit-filled and “saved” because they are like a glow in the dark toy. They hang around Spirit-filled people just enough to “absorb” (as it were) the influence, life, and light that their Spirit-filled family and friends radiate. Godly influencers keep them “propped up.” However, as soon as they remove themselves from the immediate context of those Spirit-filled believers, they soon go dark and fall away. Why? They never had the fire burning in themselves. In some cases, it is far worse in that the spirit they received was not of the Holy Spirit. The evidence is that they were always antagonistic of holiness. Nobody who is full of the Holy Spirit is anti-holiness.
 
I don’t want anyone to die deceived and nobody is forced to. We can turn it around today. But we have to take these warnings in Luke 9:55, 2 Corinthians 11:4, and Matthew 7:21-23 seriously. We have to determine today that we are going to stop trusting manifestations as evidence that a person has truly received the Spirit. How are they living? Are they known for godliness and holiness? Do they love others, help others, and give themselves to God? Or are they selfish? What about ministers? Ask yourself “ye that minister before the Lord,” do you insist on being paid? Not that receiving offerings is wrong because it’s not. But ask yourself if you would minister if you were never paid again? Would you be willing to be as Paul and spend and be spent for the Lord? What is driving you to serve God? Is it His fiery love, or is it something else that’s related to some carnal benefit.  
 
So the question comes to this, what spirit have you received? Did someone “pray you through to the Holy Ghost” without making sure you had truly gotten your heart right with God first? It happened all the time in circles I have moved in, so I know it has happened. Were you resisting the Holy Spirit’s authority when you received? Did you repent of your sins and get your heart right with God? Did you enter into a covenant of obedience with Him? That’s what the New Covenant is. It’s a covenant that you are going to obey God. Did the love of God and the joy of the Lord come into your heart so that you love righteousness and hate sin? Does your life exemplify the person of Christ and the fruit of the Spirit? Or did you believe another Gospel that says, “You don’t have to do all that holiness stuff in order to speak in tongues and prophesy.” Is your attitude of heart saying, “Look at me, I move in the gifts of the Spirit but I despise holiness and people who try to live holy?”
    
 
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness(Matthew 7:21–23 ESV)     

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