Apostles Corner > The Spirit of the Girgashites
February 06, 2016
"1When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou; 2And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them" (Deuteronomy 7:1-2)
This is part of God's instructions to the people of Israel before they could take the Promised Land. This means that, in order for each one of us, and for the Church as a whole, to enter into our spiritual inheritance, we must be able to overtake 7 spiritual nations: the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. We studied another spiritual nation previously called the Amalekites. That nation, as we learned, pulls on God’s people from behind. The bottom line is that we must utterly annihilate all of our enemies both before us and behind us if we are to successfully accomplish our mission.
However, my plan is to focus our attention primarily on the 7 nations that stand between us and our inheritance. These nations, which were literal people in the past, now represent 7 evil spirits, which are the evil counterparts of the 7 Spirits of God (Revelation 3:1, Revelation 5:6, Zechariah 4:10). We have already studied the Amorites in a previous installment; today let’s examine the spiritual nation known as the Girgashites.
A great deal can be inferred directly from the meaning of the word "Girgashite". "Girgashite" means, "clay dweller", which refers to "dwelling on earthliness". This type of spirit promotes a focus on earthly, temporal, things, and produces a disdain for things that are "spiritual" and eternal, thereby denying the truth of the following passage:
"For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." (2 Corinthians 5:1)
Notice how the verse above does the opposite of the Girgashite spirit. It recognizes the temporality of our earthly tabernacle and sets its sights on things that are eternal in the heavens. The verse before 2 Corinthians 5:1 reveals an interesting trait of the Girgashite spirit:
"While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal." (2 Corinthians 4:18)
The Girgashite prefers to anchor his/her vision to the temporal because he/she understands that raising his/her vision implies a willingness to pay the price. Girgashite spirits tend to focus on things that are visible. These spirits produce people who are very analytical and who base their life's decisions on the pros and cons that their minds are able to perceive. This causes them to believe that temporary things can really make them complete. But, since it is completely impossible for a human being to find completeness in temporary things, the Girgashite believer will always have an ever increasing hunger that will never be satisfied.
Girgashite believers usually make impulsive decisions based on a short-sighted vision that is completely focused on what they can see; and have relinquished living for a higher vision. When a believer allows Girgashite spirits to take root in his or her heart, he or she rarely considers what God wants; instead, they usually focus on what they believe will be good for them. In other words, the Girgashite spirit is the spirit of apostasy.
The spirit of apostasy seeks to turn man back from following Jesus, and causes him to be Earthly and sensual again. It seeks to turn man away from his inheritance in Christ to the blackness and filth of the World from which he fled. When a believer experiences difficulty in his Christian walk, he can be sure that it is the Girgashite spirit, which is at work against him, seeking to trip him up, put him down and divert his goal of serving God. For the new believer temptation comes and it seems too hard. The Girgashite spirit suggests that God is asking too much of him.
When a believer finds himself thinking: "It is too hard to be a Christian," it is the Girgashite Spirit at work. One of the favorite tactics of the Girgashite spirit is a real or imaginary wrong done to a believer by a fellow believer. When he dwells too long on a grievance, the enemy will plant a seed of bitterness in him. When bitterness begins to fester within him, he becomes sour and his external witness is ruined. Many believers have given up following Jesus, because they have been let down by other believers and they didn’t let go of it. If they walk out of a Church under these circumstances, it is very difficult to become established in another Church.
True believers focus on what God wants for their lives. Girgashite believers focus on the things that they can see and disdain the things that can't be discerned with the natural mind as being unsound, illogical and nonsensical. They can’t relate at all to scriptures like this:
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ." (1 Corinthians 2:12-16)
This is why God eventually stops talking to Girgashite believers, because, every time He does, they simply brush off His words as nonsense and proceed to do their own will, based on what their natural mind perceives. The Apostle James gave believers some excellent advice about how not to be a Girgashite believer in his epistle chapter 3: 13-18.
Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace." (James 3:13-18)
How do true believers defeat this Girgashite spirit?
1. Recognize the purpose and tactics of the enemy and take a stand against him.
2. Weigh the advantages and disadvantages of eternity vs. the world.
3. Grasp that one day each believer shall stand before Jesus give an account for what he has done in his life.
4. Develop a loving relationship with Jesus by studying his word and praying.