Spirit of Slavery
There is a spirit that attaches to a believer’s life, with the intent
of cutting off the ability to receive from God. This spirit can become
pervasive per·va·sive /p_r_vasiv/ (esp. of an unwelcome influence or
physical effect) spreading widely throughout an area or a group of
people -without the believer recognizing it. This is a spirit of
slavery. We can see it in Romans 8:15 where it says, “For you have not
received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have
received a spirit of adoption as sons by whom we cry out Abba!
The scripture tells us we are not slaves who serve the
King, but sons who rule with the King. We are adopted and therefore
joint heirs with Him (Romans 8:17).
To further illustrate this,
consider that it is the son who remains in the King’s house, the slave
does not (John 8:35). The son is an heir to the King’s provision, the
slave is not. The slave’s reward is determined by what he does. The
son’s reward is determined by what the King does.
I have seen this
mindset in people who hope God will heal them. Those that have been
prayed for by many, and have read every book on healing, but cannot
seem to win the battle in their heart that their healing has already
been finished. It is like we have seen ourselves in the house of the
King, but cannot seem to receive what is ours.
It is the slave who
doesn’t carry the authority of the King. It is the slave who is unable
to demonstrate His power because he sees himself without authority. It
is a slave who can serve in the King’s house and still live in
The spirit of slavery will cause an orphan spirit to
prevent us from stepping into the spirit of adoption as sons who can
receive our inheritance. The son who carries the spirit of adoption,
knows who the King sets free is free indeed, and stands firm in his
inheritance of healing.
Galatians 5:1 “It was for freedom that
Christ set us free, therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject
again to a yoke of slavery.”
How we see ourselves determines
whether or not we receive from the King. We must not subject (be in
bondage) to slavery, but receive our inheritance as sons and daughters
who are joint heirs with Christ. Romans 8:14 “For all who are being
led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.” As a slave we
will hope we were healed, as a son, we will know we are healed.
The Hebrew word for “know” is “yada”. The way this is defined is:
1) To know intimately, 2) To show mercy, 3) Doing justice, 4)
Exemplifying good and righteous character. In other words, “yada” is
faithfully living out our covenant relationship with the LORD in every
area of our life.