Sunday, November 11, 2018

Spiritual Parasites

Parasite: 1.) an animal or plant that lives on or in an organism of another species from whose body it obtains nutriment. 2.) a person who habitually relies on or exploits others and gives nothing in return.  This definition implies that a parasite feeds, obtains nutrients from, and essentially drains its host.

Parasites can represent spirits, as they feed off and drain their host. A spirit is a thought, or pattern of thoughts, or a mindset, or an attitude. “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” -John 6:63. Words are expressed thoughts. He was saying his thoughts were spirit. “A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips he shall be filled.” -Proverbs 18:20. Now, we know that the mouth doesn't literally produce fruit. So this scripture is spiritual. The fruit of the mouth is the words a person speaks, and words are thoughts. We say nothing that doesn't first start in our mind. The scripture is pretty much saying, how a man thinks (his mindset) determines what he produces. “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” -Proverbs 23:7.

 We know that the heart is the mind. A bad mindset produces bad fruit, and a good mindset produces good fruit. Now if we take this understanding and apply it where the Bible speaks on the fruit of the Spirit, we understand that the Spirit is the mindset of God; that mindset produces love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. I say all of that, to simply say this: spirits are thoughts and thoughts determine how you think or your mindset. So, spirits are mindsets. And if spirit is a mindset and parasites represent a spirit...a parasite represents a way of thinking (a mindset).

 Some parasites consume your food, leaving you hungry after every meal and unable to gain weight. The meal is having church and the teaching of the word, and the parasite is whatever spirit (mindset) that rejects the word, and makes you unable to grow in Christ. “And when he sowed, some fell by the wayside, and the fowls came and devoured them up.” -Matthew 13:4.
Others feed off of your red blood cells, causing anemia. People with anemia have a tendency to get cold quickly and they fatigue easily. Fatigue: extreme tiredness, typically resulting from mental or physical exertion or illness. Some people come to church, get hyped, and then die out and have no determination or dedication to do what they said they would do when they were motivated. The seed is received, it springs up, and it quickly withers away when it comes time to perform the word and really grow in Christ. “Some fell upon stoney places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: and when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root they withered away.” -Matthew 13:5-6.

 Some parasites even cause itching and irritability. Anger is a fruit that a carnal parasite (spirit/mindset) produces. That is not a good fruit. “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:” -James 1:19

Some parasites even cause insomnia. “Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am so troubled I cannot speak.” -Psalm 77:4. Insomnia: inability to sleep. To sleep is to rest. We know that there is a spiritual rest in the Holy Ghost. That rest helps us not to worry and to trust God. But if a carnal parasite (spirit/mindset) causes you to have insomnia (worry) you cannot rest (trust God). And the Bible says that without faith it is impossible to please God. “Take therefore no thought for the morrow; for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” -Matthew 6:34.

 Now that we know what some spiritual parasites are, the next questions are:  how do we avoid getting them, and if we do get them, how do we get rid of them. In order to know how not to contract them, we must know how they are contracted. The most common way to receive a parasite is through uncleanliness. Whether it is contaminated water, bad food, or from the eggs of a parasite on the ground; it is caused by contact with something unclean.

  One example of a parasite that comes to mind is the mango worm. They are the larvae of the mango fly and are laid as eggs in the dirt. The animal or human then comes in contact with that dirt, whether it is by walking in that area barefoot, or rolling around or sleeping in the dirt. The freshly hatched larvae then burrow into the host's skin and feed on it. If the larvae burrow in at the wrong spot (in the ear tunnel leading to the brain) it can cause death. The worms, once settled in, are painful to have removed, and if enough burrow into the host, it can be impossible to remove all the worms, and can lead to death as well. Some patches on the host are so infested with worms that you cannot even get a good grip to squeeze them out and become inflamed which causes an animal extreme displeasure when someone tries to remove them, and they snap at the one who is trying to help them.

  The dirt represents carnality. When you walk or step foot in carnality, or roll around in (enjoy) it, you receive worms (spirits) and they destroy you and deteriorate the good that is in you (the Holy Ghost). Once you receive or are exposed to those spirits it can be hard and painful to remove them. If they have enough influence it can completely separate you from God (cause spiritual death). If there are too many and/or are too deep, the preaching of the word won't have enough influence on you to be able to squeeze them out of you… also causing spiritual death.

 There are parasites all around us in this unclean world, and we must be careful not to step foot in the dirt they are in. If anything, God forbid, should must be dealt with immediately and not be allowed to grow. This is done by the preaching of the word, rebuke, correction, reproved, etc.   The worms are removed by the doctor squeezing them out of the host. This is a type of the preaching of the word (goodness of God) leading to repentance.

  Once the worms are squeezed out, the problem is solved, but you can't squeeze them out only halfway or even three-quarters of the way because it will wiggle its way back in and continue to feed. You have to get it out completely.

Another type of parasite is a mosquito. They fly around in the air and land on a host. The parasite itself can even transfer other parasites that it contains to the host. Of course, these mosquitoes represent people, and the parasites they transfer are the spirits (thoughts) they share. This is why we must be careful who we put ourselves around and what we watch and listen to. “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” 1 Corinthians 15:33. The Greek word for communication, in this context, means: companionship, intercourse, communion, communication. Of course, the root word of communication is commune. Commune: 1.) Share one's intimate thoughts or feelings with, especially when the exchange is spiritual. 2.) Feel in close spiritual contact. The definition implies the exchanging of thoughts or ideas (spirits). So, communication can really be anything that you associate yourself with and allow thoughts (spirits) and opinions to be exchanged; even if it isn't face-to-face. When you watch a video, the creator of that video is still communicating his thoughts and opinions to you; likewise with music.

  Then people you talk with can be mosquitoes that transfer parasites (spirits). They themselves can be a parasite: they are a spirit or a mindset. They have their own certain way of thinking (mindset). This makes them a spirit. Just like we have a spirit and other spirits (other people's thoughts) have been transferred to us by experiences or teaching by other people. We never lose our spirit (mindset/way we do things), we just add or subtract to our spirit. Our spirit is affected by other people's spirit(s). Likewise, other people's spirits are affected by ours. Like Legion, he himself had a spirit (his own way of doing things/ personal mindset), but contained many spirits (other mindsets/ ways of thinking of certain things) that were transferred to him by people, circumstances, experiences, etc. And obviously they were the wrong spirits, and were transferred to him by the wrong people. Such examples represent why we should set boundaries. We should mindful of what we watch and listen to, and who we hang out with; because when spirits are received, they can be hard to get out. Some spirits can only be cast out by fasting and prayer (see Matthew 17:21).

We must be sober and vigilant because our adversary the devil is out seeking whom he may devour. Our carnal mind is always lurking and waiting for an opportunity to grab hold of something carnal. This is why the scripture says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” -Proverbs 4:27.
  “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.” -Romans 13:14.
  “But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.” -1 Peter 4:7.
  “Keep back the servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.” -Psalm 19:13.
  May God give those who read understanding in the things written and bring them further into perfection. In Jesus’ name.
Submitted by: Micheal Pontrelli

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