Hebrews 10:23-25 – “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; 24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” NASU
The Spirit of Our Day! It is evident that there are two spirits at work in our world, the Holy Spirit and a satanic spirit. One of the significant manifestations of this latter spirit is humanism and produces at least three spirits that affect our corporate gatherings and the spiritual lives of individuals.
SPIRIT OF HUMANISM…
I have learned that one can detect a genuine move of the Holy Spirit in our meetings and at the same time have a keen sense of an undercurrent of ‘doubt’ and ‘skepticism’ which is often traced to the spirit of humanism and it affects far more than most are willing to believe.
HUMANISM – (Manifesto 1933)
“We consider the religious forms and ideas of our fathers no longer adequate. The quest for the good life is still the central task of mankind. Man is at last becoming aware that he alone is responsible for the realization of the world of his dreams, that he has within himself the power of its achievements. He must set intelligence and will to the task.”
Ephesians 2:2 – “Where in times past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.”
I believe it is useful to remember that before we became Christians, we walked after the spirit of the world. We were influenced by the spirit of the air (devil), whose fallen spirit molds the people of our day in his image. Satan’s problem is SELF! That is evidenced and made clear in Isaiah 14 where we have the FIVE ‘I Wills’ of the devil and largely they are expressed as: The spirit of ‘self-will’ where there is a driving desire to please, live for and serve self. There is the spirit of ‘independency’ where the driving desire is to be one’s own master and accountable to no one. Then there is the problem with ‘ego’ or ‘self’ displaying not depth of roots, isolated, and detached. I have had more than I care to recall tell me, “Just leave me alone, I’m working it out with God and don’t need the church.”
SPIRIT OF ALIENATION….
Here instead of being a fruitful, joyful member of the Body one becomes a loner, isolated from others and uninvolved. Alienation in the New Testament is to be estranged, shutting oneself out from fellowship and intimacy, withdrawing the heart, affections, and becoming a non-participant while living as a virtual outsider. Without question that mindset will hinder growth and a believer in this state is: isolated and withdrawn, maintains an independent attitude and lifestyle, fails to mature in corporate growth, and remains under the control or manipulation of the former spirit. That cannot be healthy!
I am going to pause here and will pick up tomorrow on some of the causes of this. So as you go through your day, go with God and He will go with you. BLESSINGS!