Transference of spirit
Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ around the world, today we seek to gain insight on the principle of Transference of Spirit. In 2 Kings 2:9-10 (New International Version) of the Bible, we find these powerful verses, When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, ‘Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you.’ And Elisha said, ‘Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me.’ And he said, ‘You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it shall be so for you, but if you do not see me, it shall not be so.’ This dialogue, occurring between Elijah and Elisha, provides the Biblical basis for our discussion about the transference of spirit.
We are all created by God with an intrinsic spirit, the immaterial aspect of our being, often understood to be the seat of our personality, our consciousness, emotions, and will. But, what does it mean to experience the transference of spirit?
In a Christian context, the transference of spirit refers to the spiritual exchange that occurs when individuals come into contact with each other. As believers, it is our profound responsibility to comprehend this powerful principle because we’re always affecting each other in profound and invisible ways.
Elisha was fully aware of the significance of the anointing upon his mentor Elijah. In essence, Elisha requested a transfer of Elijah’s anointing—the Spirit of God at work in Elijah—to himself. Such transference was both a supernatural endowment and a stewardship of divine responsibility.
The first principle here is that spiritual transference occurs through intimate relationship and connection. Elisha had followed and served Elijah diligently. He had cultivated an intimate relationship with his mentor. Today, it means that we should nurture relationships with people who encourage us in our spiritual growth. If we associate with those who constantly display ungodly characteristics, we could unwittingly begin to manifest the same attitudes.
The second principle is that a genuine hunger and thirst for spiritual things attract transference. Elisha’s earnest desire for a double portion of Elijah’s spirit indicated a spiritual hunger that exceeded ordinary measures. We should maintain a passionate pursuit of the Holy Spirit, asking God for an anointing that exceeds what we have seen or experienced. It means growing in our spiritual life and going beyond our current level of understanding and commitment.
Let us now reflect on the aspect of caution and discernment in spiritual transference. Just as Elisha received a godly spirit from Elijah, an evil spirit can also be transferred from one person to another. That’s why Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:33 says, Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.’
Therefore, it’s imperative for Christians to guard themselves against ungodly influences. We need to constantly submit ourselves to the guidance of the Holy Spirit and evaluate the influences that others have on our spiritual journey.
Moreover, this principle further accentuates the need to walk in the fruit of the Spirit as laid out in Galatians 5:22-23. Love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are traits that can and should be transferred to those around us.
It’s evident that as Christians, we are not mere bystanders in the world. We have a mandate from Jesus in Matthew 5:13-16 to be the salt and light of the earth. In essence, our spiritual transference should lead to a transformation that showcases Christ’s nature and character to the world.
In conclusion, the transference of spirit is a powerful biblical principle that should guide our Christian walk. Whether it is the godly attributes we pick up from those we admire or the Christian virtues we transfer to those who look up to us, it’s a process that molds our spiritual identity. With discernment, genuine desire for spiritual growth, and mindful stewardship of our associations, we can truly fulfill our divine mandate.
To all my Christian brothers and sisters around the world, I encourage you to pray, seek wisdom and guidance from the Holy Spirit as you navigate through relationships in your life. As we nurture our spirits and keep company with those who fuel our faith, the transfer of spirit will ceaselessly contribute to our growth in Christ and become a beacon for the world.
Let’s make an impact for the glory of God, blessing others through the spirit that we transfer! The world is watching and yearning for the goodness of the Lord that flows from within us.
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