Ephesians 2:1-10 – “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” NKJV
Back to another issue beyond the “Spirit of Humanism” and “Spirit of Alienation” and hopefully offer something that will benefit you in your spiritual development and walk.
- SPIRIT OF CAIN.
That may sound strange to you but consider it with me and I believe you will see the connection and benefit in examining this spirit or attitude. I have found, in life and ministry, that battling “selfishness” is a continual issue with many. We find something interesting in Genesis 4:9-10, “But afterwards the LORD asked Cain, ‘Where is your brother? Where is Abel?’ ‘How should I know? Cain retorted, ‘Am I supposed to keep track of him wherever he goes?'” AM I MY BROTHER’S KEEPER? The word “keeper”, to the shepherd means to “tend, look upon with pleasure, to hedge about so as to guard and protect.” So, Cain, yes in a very real sense we are our brother’s keeper as we should be watching out for each other as members of the BODY OF CHRIST.
Satan will always promote humanism and alienation and therefore the spirit of Cain is a logical next step seeking to instill in our hearts and minds an attitude of isolationism and independence to the point we care for no one other than SELF. The Cross brought about a new attitude in which we are “caring, accountable, and have a sense of community and togetherness.” In a very real sense in the Body of Christ, we are to be a Covenant Community. In a Covenant Community, we find some interesting characteristics and qualities. Covenant Community exists when:
- People are more concerned with the whole than simply about themselves. Spiritually they view the Church and Body of Christ more important than their individual lives.
- Individuals are knitted, built, framed, and joined together in close lasting relationships.
- When the spirit of self-sacrifice becomes the prevailing attitude in which the community meets the needs of all.
- People want to spend time together in spiritual and natural activities.
- The Family is in biblical order.
- Humanism, selfishness, independence, and isolation are treated as intruding viruses. They are overcome and destroyed by applying the Word of God so that Covenant Community can become a reality.
So how do we combat those antagonistic spirits? Romans 14:1-15:7 gives a powerful detailing of seven vital attitudes needed for successful covenant community life.
Romans 14:1-6 Attitude of Acceptance and Understanding.
Romans 14:7 Attitude of Accountability.
Romans 14:13 Attitude of Responsibility Concerning Each Other.
Romans 14:15, 17 Attitude of Sensitivity to Our Brother and Sister’s Weakness.
Romans 14:19 Attitude of Edification that produces a Bond of Peace.
Romans 15:1-3 Attitude of Not Being a Self-Pleaser.
Romans 15:4-7 Attitude of Identification with One Another’s Problems.
Let me conclude by saying suggesting that we must learn to develop Covenant Community for the benefit of the local church, the Kingdom of God, and our personal individual lives. To achieve this we must address our personal spiritual development, detect and detest the spirit of today and allow the Holy Spirit to develop an attitude of Covenant Community in our hearts.
God is building His Church and it will impact the world powerfully and it is my prayer and desire to be an integral part of that Body and that you rise to the fullest in your spiritual development and enjoy the ABUNDANT LIFE Jesus came to bring.
God bless you as you continue your spiritual journey!