Spirit of Separation
Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself not stand (Mat. 12:25).
How timely is this picture of separation: "There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of good, treacherous, , conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God - having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them (2 Tim. 3:1-5)."
Why the spirit of separation is so seriousó
Spiritual authority is present in proportion to the unity of relationships among believers moving toward a common God-given goal. Therefore, separation is Satan's foundational tool to divide and conquer, Separation is one of the enemy's main weapons. His first act toward man was to separate (alienate) man from God in the Garden of Eden.
1. Man's separation
from God was so serious that it caused Jesus to have to give His life.
Ephesians 2:12-13, Isaiah 59:2
Oneness is the purpose for which Jesus came. Ephesians 2:14-22
3. Oneness is the mind of Christ. Philippians 2:1-8
4. Oneness is the great prayer of Jesus. John 17:20-22
Oneness glorifies God. Disunity glorifies Satan. Romans 15:5-6, John
6. Oneness must precede worship. Matthew 5:23-24
Where the spirit of separation worksó
In marriages, friendships, families, churches, denominations, groups, between races, at the office, at school, between nations - wherever there are people!
Practical remedy for separationó prayer application
1. Recognize how the spirit of separation operates.
Renounce its operation in you. Repent of your sins of separation one by one.
Let the blood of Jesus cover them
all. The power in this prayer application depends on your own repentance of separation at work in you
Don't try in your own flesh to dismantle the walls of separation of others (Gal.
5:15, 1 Tim. 4:16, 2 Cor.
13:5). This is a spiritual battle, not one against flesh and blood (2 Cor. 10:3-6, Eph. 6:12).
you pray to uproot each of the manifestations of the spirit of separation, pray
to establish the opposite
spirit, which is the work or nature of Jesus. These opposites are printed in bold beside each of the 20
works of the spirit of separation.
for God to send His Spirit to overcome and restore. Ask God to establish the
rule of His Lordship in
relationships. Sow restoration by obedience, praise, prayer, repentance, restitution, confirming your love,
affirmation, faith, rejoicing, endurance, etc., as God leads.
This is an overwhelming amount of Scripture. On your first use of this powerful tool, allow the Holy Spirit to impart to you the highlights (the parts in bold and maybe the explanations of those basic issues in parenthesis). For example, pray this way: "I repent of pride and renounce its control in my life. Father, work in me the spirit of humility, as you fill me with the fullness of the sweet Spirit of Christ Jesus." Then proceed to selfishness, deception, and so on. With subsequent uses as you pray for others, pray: "Father, I acknowledge that pride has ruled, and I stand against its working in my family (or whatever situation). Jesus lived, died, and was resurrected to destroy all these workings of Satan. Work in the situation the humility of Jesus by the power of Your Holy Spirit" (etc.). For further understanding, let God teach you as you open up the Scriptures and study the verses noted.
The opposite spirit
How the spirit of separation works
1. Pride (vanity, arrogance) *Humility
Diagnosis: James 4:6, Proverbs 29:23, 13:10; Leviticus 26:19-20,
Daniel 4:37, 5:20; Isaiah 25:11, 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4.
Cure: 2 Chronicles 7:14, Isaiah 6:3-5, Revelation 3:19-20, 1 Corinthians 4:7, Jeremiah 13:17, 2 Chronicles 32:25-26.
2. Selfishness (I, me, my, mine,
self-pity, egotism, jealousy, rivalry
Roots: flesh which profits nothing Isaiah 53:6, John 6:63;
demonic James 3:13-18.
Cure: gratitude for grace 1 Corinthians 15:10, 4:7; self crucified with Christ
Galatians 2:20; giving your life Matthew 10:39, 16:25.
3. Deception (vain imaginations,
Diagnosis: Isaiah 44:20, Jeremiah 10:14-16, Romans 1:21-25, 1 Timothy 6:3-5;
2 Peter 3:3-7,11-12, 16-18; Jeremiah 7:4, 8-11; 2 Thess 2:4, 9,10
Cure: 2 Thessalonians 2:8, 2 Timothy 3:9, Matthew 9:29-30a,
2 Peter 3:18. 2 Timothy 3:14-17.
4. No fear of God (rebellion, disobedience, dishonoring His holiness)
*Fear of the Lord
Consequences: Psalm 112:1, Proverbs 14:16,26,27;
Proverbs 31:30, Acts 9:26.
Cure: fear God only Psalm 76:7; believe God's word Acts 27:22, Proverbs 9:10; Spirit of the fear of the Lord Isaiah 11:2; results in unified action 1 Samuel ll:7b.
5. Control (manipulation, occult, soulish prayers) *Filling of the Spirit
Control: Mark 10:35-45, esp 42-45, Luke 22:24-30, Jeremiah 45:5. Witchcraft: Deut18:14, 2 Kings 9:22, 1 Chron 10:13, Gal 5:20. Soulish prayer: Mark 10:37, Note Jesus' response.
Cure: Ephesians 5:18-21, Galatians 5:16, 24-25; Be controlled by Christ's love 2 Corinthians 5:14; by the Holy Spirit Romans 8:9; by humility Matthew 23:12.
6. Rejection (insecurity)
Jesus Himself was rejected John 1:11.
But He accepted us Romans 15:7, Deuteronomy 33:12, Ephesians 1:6 (KJV). His love through us loves others and receives His love through others 1 John 3:1-3. He commands us to love 1 John 4:19-21, Matthew 22:39, John 13:35, John 15:12, 1 Thessalonians 3:12, 1 Peter 1:22.
7. Accusation (judging, criticism,
Diagnosis of source: Rev 12:10.
Cure: Rev 12:11, Rom 8:1, 33-34.
8. Unforgiveness (revenge, resentment, bitterness. Forgiveness
woundedness) Bitterness has consequences Hebrews 13:15. Unforgiveness produces torment Matthew 18:21-35. Unforgiveness is cooperation of Satan's schemes 2 Corinthians 2:10-11. Forgiveness is commanded Matthew 18:21-35, Luke 17:4. It is example of Jesus Luke 23:34.
Measure of forgiveness is same forgiveness we received Luke 6:36, Ephesians 4:32. Vengeance is God's Romans 12:19, 21.
9. Sins of the fathers (may include curses)
Exodus 20:4-6, Exodus 34:5-10, Numbers 14:11-24.
Cure: Galatians 3:13-14
New fatherhood: Ephesians 3:14-15
New bloodline: 2 Corinthians 5:16-20
New love: Ephesians 3:16-19
New bloodline brings justification through the righteousness of Jesus by the work of grace in His Holy Spirit, resulting in the blessings of God.
prayer Luke 12:22-34
prayer Eph 5:22-24
10. Perversion of God-intended roles men give Rom 1:26 leadership to mammon Luke 12:15-21 women take control in the home 1 Kings 21:1-16
11. Confusion (disorder)
James 3:13-18, 2 Corinthians 12:20, Psalm 46:7, Genesis 11:4-9, Deuteronomy 7:22-23,
28:20, 28; Exodus 23:27.
Cure: 1 Cor 14:33, 2 Timothy 1:7, 2 Cor 10:4-5, James 3:17-18.
12. Apathy (not caring, unfeeling, deadness, cold love)
Rev 3:15, Matthew 24:12, Psalm 17:10.
Cure: Deut 6:4, 1 Peter 1:22, John 13:35.
13. Ignorance Mercy and true righteousness
Goes along with hardening of the heart Eph4:17-24. Causes bitterness Psalm 73:21-22.
Can be overlooked for a season, but person must repent Acts 3:17-20, 17:29-31.
Cuts off the work of the Holy Spirit Rev 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22.
Cure: Psalm 73:15-17, 1 Timothy 1:12-13, 1 Peter 2:15, 1:14-16; Heb 5:2, Eph 4:24.
Waiting on God
Luke 11:40-42, Psalm 27:4, 14; Isaiah 40:31.
15. Lust (coveting) - draws away from unity or union
1 John 2:16, 2 Corinthians 10:6-11, Ephesians 2:2-3, Galatians 5:17,
2 Timothy 3:6, 4:2.
Cure: Rom 13:14, Eph 4:22, Gal 5:16, 24-25; 2 Peter 1:4,1 John 2:15, 17; 1 Thess 4:3-8, 2 Tim 2:22, Titus 2:11-14.
16. Mammon Extravagant generosity
Luke 16:13-15, Luke 15:11-13, Matthew 13:22, 1 Timothy 6:10, Malachi 4:6.
Legal /emotional divorce in marriage, parting from fellowship with a person or group. Malachi 2:14-16, 1 Cor 12, Eph 2:20-22, Phil 2:1-8.
18. Anger (hatred, violence) 1 John 1:7, 2:9-11,
Is work of the flesh Galatians 5:19-21, Ephesians 4:26-27, 31. Not consistent with prayer, maturity, or light 1 Timothy 2:8, 2 Corinthians 12:20. Commanded to put it away Ephesians 4:31, Colossians 2:8, 1 Peter 2:1.
Cure: Galatians 2:20, Romans 6:6-14,
19. Racism Reconciliation and restoration
Truth: Mat. 12:25, Eph. 2:10-22
Diagnosis of roots: injustice and wounds, prejudice, walking in the flesh,
unguarded words, bondage, pride, deception
Cures: God vindicates, godly wisdom of the fear of the Lord, walking in the spirit,
speaking blessings and promises of God, tearing down idols and exalting
Jesus only, humility and repentance, truth. Solution: 2 Cor. 9:8,
Eph.4:3, Rom. 12:18, 2 Cor. 5:16, 18; 3:17-18.
- 2 Cor 2:15-16, 1 John
Physical death is ultimate expression of physical separation - Genesis 4:1-10.
Spiritual death is ultimate separation from God - John 5:24, 3:18; Romans 5:12-21.
There are many applications of this. They all result in social alienation, physical violation, and spiritual desolation.
Abortion is a specific example. Abortion results from separation from the laws of God and from the natural affection of mother to child. Consequently, the baby is separated in a violent and untimely way
from the mother's womb and thus separated from life.
Murder and suicide also are ultimate outworkings of the spirit of separation.
The ultimate cure for separationó
Union in the Head Ephesians 4:1-16;
Abiding in the Vine John 15:1-16;
Oneness in the family John 17:11-12, 18, 20-26, 1 John 5:1;
Fellowship in the Spirit Phil 2:1-5.
With fear and
trembling, I humbly submit this to the body of Christ as a work-in-progress
for the Holy Spirit to fill in and smooth out the inadequate parts. This is not a formula to be applied apart from a "repented up" life.
The "ambassador" against separation must have in place the whole armor of God, which includes having on the sandals always ready to make peace with everybody.