Do you ever wonder what gets into people? Whether it’s folks being interviewed on television, airing their oh-so important opinions, or raging against some imagined slight; you have to ask, “What causes such anger and delusion?”
The Apostle Paul offers a great answer in Ephesian 6:12:
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
If you simplify what motivates every action or belief into the most basic categories, you have that which is inspired by the Holy Spirit and that which is not. There’s no third option. It’s either God or not God.
The Battle is in the Heavenlies
We’re not fighting neighbors or folks who believe differently than we. We’re fighting a battle that began and will end on a level far higher than our pay grade. What you and others think, say, or do is either inspired by the Holy Spirit or another.
The lady from another church who believes in abortion isn’t your enemy any more than the Christian writer who is 100% certain that she has the scoop on Rapture that differs from yours. Your beef isn’t with the teenage boy around the corner who said something inappropriate to your daughter. The politician who believes Jesus would happily turn water into wine at a same-sex wedding isn’t your nemesis.
No matter what name people choose to give it, any other spirit is the enemy of God. Do you think the Holy Spirit will ever deny the truth of God’s Word or speak falsely of God the Father or Jesus Christ the Son?
The Apostle John requires those who seek to be holy as Christ is holy (1 Peter 1:13-16) to “Test the spirits.”
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. – 1 John 4:1
Read more about the battle we face and rightly dividing the Holy Spirit from every other.