Exposing False Equations and Dangers of Spirit Manifestations


False equation #1: If a manifestation is genuine it will always bring lasting fruit and change.

Scripture has many examples of people who stumble after encountering God in a powerful way.

False equation #2: If you are sensitive to the Spirit you will be touched in the ways others are.

Yes, some people quench the Spirit because of being closed with unbelief, fear, and pride. It is also true that many with fear, pride, or unbelief have encountered the Spirit in powerful ways.

False equation #3: If the Spirit touches you then you will not have any control over your actions. Sometimes the Spirit touches someone in a physical way that is beyond their control. However, usually He works within the context of human responses. In other words, if the person continues to yield, more will usually happen. For example, a person who is laughing as a result of being touched by the Spirit can usually choose to stop or continue. There is usually an element of control on the human side, but, even still, there remains an ability to “pull out” of the experience. There are exceptions to this general rule.

False equation #4: If I were more committed to Jesus I would receive more manifestations.

Receiving manifestations of the Spirit is not a sign of commitment or spiritual maturity. The manifestations of the Spirit are freely received by faith, not by earning them.

5 Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? (Gal. 3:5)

False equation #5: If you do not fall down then you are unspiritual or resisting the Spirit.


Imitation: Some will imitate the manifestations through the power of suggestion or the desire to be seen as more spiritual than others. Some continue with a fleshly imitation after they have had a true manifestation of God’s presence. We are to embrace the Spirit’s touch on our emotions without emotionalism, which speaks of the exaggeration and manipulation of our emotions.

Exalting outward manifestations: some exalt outward manifestations above the inward work of the Spirit in one’s heart. Transformation into the image of Jesus is the Spirit’s highest goal in His work. We must keep our focus on Jesus rather than on outward manifestations which are merely signs of His presence. We do not seek manifestations in themselves but a deeper life in God.

Pride: We must avoid the proud, or narrow, judgmental thinking of the haves and have nots.

Fanaticism: some get carried away into excesses of unbiblical behavior and ideas. A true move of the Spirit will always be attended by some “wild fire.” We must not lay aside all restraints in the name of “the liberty of the Spirit.”

Neglect: some neglect foundational issues in our faith because of giving undue attention to the manifestations themselves. For example: our prayer life, serving others, building our families and honoring our parents, loving our enemies, helping the poor, going to work, paying our bills, resolving relational conflicts, and being faithful friends.

Exalting people: overly exalting the weak human vessels that God anoints in His work. We must honor leaders without undue adulation of them.

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