A Vulnerable Spirit?

To have a vulnerable spirit means we take at face value too much of what we hear, read and even see. Further, it means to be susceptible to; subject to; open to attack; or regarding something that may be hazardous to us.

The world of today is full of deception and it comes at us from so many ways and in many forms.

None of us want to think we have a vulnerable spirit. We want to feel like we are aware of or in command of all that surrounds us. We become too sure of ourselves. We do not even consider the possibility that we could be deceived. If we feel like we cannot be deceived, we already are.

Philippians 3:3 says, ”For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.”

The NIV Bible notes say that these were people that would glory in Christ as their Savior rather than trusting in their own human efforts. In this scripture it is talking about people that would not place confidence in the circumcision of their flesh. However it does say to have no confidence in the flesh. And as I said we place too much confidence in what we read, hear or even see. We should not always trust our flesh, our minds or our feelings. This is the arena where Satan plays. We should not regard ourselves or any one else from a worldly standpoint.

Second Corinthians 5:16 says, ”Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.”

Paul is saying that at one time he and the apostles knew Christ in the flesh, but now He has risen from the dead and ascended to heaven and now they will not know him after the flesh, but as their Lord and Savior. We on earth mostly know people after the flesh. It is in mankind’s inner man or spirit that they connive or plot the evils in the world and then these are carried out in the flesh. That is why we need to look beyond the flesh to recognize these evils. If this is not possible, then I would be cautious about placing trust in them.

I don’t mean that we should walk around suspicious or distrustful of everyone, just be careful who you place your trust in until you know more about them. We should be discerning about, not only our motives, but motives of friends, acquaintances, politicians, teachers and preachers. Entirely too many people trust others who are successful in life, have accomplished much, have wealth and status. etc. But these are not the gauges or measures of ones trustworthiness. We are surrounded by people that have one scam or another and many have been vulnerable to these scams and have been cheated out of lots of money and sometimes their life savings. It is not always money that causes people to have bad motives. Sometimes it is high positions, fame or perhaps some just want to have lots of friends and be popular, etc.

Second Corinthians 11:12-15 tells us there are false apostles and deceitful workers that transform themselves into the apostles of Christ. Satan has many times transformed himself into an angel of light to imitate Christians and ministers and even has the power to do miracles. The devil or Satan has many ministers who are changed into ministers of righteousness. Would they be in Christian pulpits of today? Satan is a great imitator and has many false teachers in our world today.

Some of the ways to determine who one should be listening to as spiritual leader is do they walk their talk? Do they live what they believe? And the most important one is do they interpret scripture accurately? Do they preach the whole counsel of God’s Word or twist and pervert scripture to their own liking? One cannot usually know the spirit or motives of their spiritual leader therefore it is most important to know scripture so one can be sure they are preaching the Word of God correctly.

Sometimes we even have to be cautious about our own motives. A vulnerable spirit not only means our flesh can be deceived but also our heart, our inner self which is our spirit. The desires of the flesh can and will, on occasion, override or influence our spirit. Let me explain. Sometimes we want to do something and from somewhere inside we hear or feel like we should not do that thing? That is a warning from our spirit and sad to say, we do not always listen to that little voice.

”Prove all things; hold fast that which is good."

First Thessalonians 5:21

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3"If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 4He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 5Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and distitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself."

First Timothy 6:3-5

The Living Bible says it this way,

3"Some may deny these things, but they are the sound, wholesome teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ and are the foundation for a godly life. 4Anyone who says anything different is both proud and stupid. He is quibbling over the meaning of Christ's words and stirring up arguments ending in jealousy and anger, which only lead to name-calling, and evil suspicions. 5These arguers--their minds warped by sin-don't know how to tell the truth; to them the Good News is just a means of making money. Keep away from them."

First Timothy 6:3-5

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"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world."

First John 4:1

If we do not try the spirits and know the motives behind the people that are teaching us, then we make ourselves vulnerable to all deceptions that are taught today. We must know what God's Word says and means to keep ourselves safe.

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