Apostles Corner > The Spirit of the Jebusites
February 20, 2016
When 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; And 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: Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the Lord be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly. But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire. For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. (Deuteronomy 7:1-6)
God's gave specific instructions to the people of Israel before they could take the Promised Land; and many of those instructions still apply to us today, and for the Church as a whole, as we seek to enter into our spiritual inheritance. Specifically and collectively speaking, 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; while the others all must be confronted. 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.
Having already studied the Amalekites, we are now focusing our attention primarily on the 7 nations that stand between us and our spiritual 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 and the Girgashites in previous installments; today let’s examine the spiritual nation known as the Jebusites.
A great deal can be inferred directly from the meaning of the word "Jebusite". "Jebusite" means "thresher", which refers to the agricultural activity of beating grain out of the husk. This was usually done through animals such as oxen which were used to tread on the grain that was laid out over a "threshing-floor".
From this we can infer that Jebusite spirits, being "threshers", are spirits that tread or "stomp" on other people. People whose hearts are "infected" by Jebusite spirits tend to be people who do not hesitate to put down and humiliate others. By stomping on people, Jebusites make a concerted effort to prevent them from growing taller. They like to make people feel small, and deliberately put them down any time they see them trying to establish spiritual authority.
Jebusites spirits believe that certain people are inherently inferior, without a right to manifest any kind of spiritual authority. According to them, such people should just shut up and concede, because they are nobodies who will never amount to much.
In the early church, the Jebusite spirits took the form of legalistic believers who preached a "gospel" of "Pharisaic" rules and regulations, where believers were taught to abide by and obey these regulations, without being told of their potential in Christ. This legalistic spirit was eventually defeated and replaced by a gospel that focused more on the grace of Christ. However, that message degenerated into a gospel without justice and judgment, where iniquity was tolerated, and where mercy without truth became the normal practice.
The Jebusite spirit is still alive in the Church today, but it has taken a more subtle, less conspicuous form of “relationship dependency”, whereby; believers surrender their spiritual authority to ministry leaders, because (it is asserted) only ministry leaders can be relied upon to really hear from God. As a result, what ministry leaders say or do has become the law of the church, instead of what God says. That’s what the Jebusite spirits want: people blindly obeying people without regard for what the word of God says.
Please don't misunderstand me. From the section above, one might conclude that I do not believe in submission, but I do believe in having a submissive spirit. The Word of God calls us to submit our entire being to God. We must be willing to do anything God tells us to do. We are to present a submissive and meek heart before God. We are to be like clay that God can mold into anything He wants. In our submission to Him, we will also submit to man when we discern the voice of God speaking through that man (or woman):
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one. (John 10:27-30)
As His sheep, we all have the capability to discern His voice and to know when God is speaking through man, as opposed to when natural man is speaking "in the name of God".
Jebusite spirits are very good at creating restrictions and limiting the lives of others by telling them what they can't do. However, they are very bad at teaching people about their potential, about all that they can be and do.
Jebusite spirits don’t understand that God operates through a process called "death and resurrection". In other words, He first kills all that is contrary to Him through the Word of Judgment, which acts as a sword that comes to destroy all that is opposed to His nature in us (Hebrews 4:12), and then He resurrects us to a new nature in Him. This process of "death and resurrection" operates in us throughout our entire life on Earth.
Jebusites understand the "death/ killing" part very well, but haven't quite grasped the "resurrection" part, because they consider some believers to be unworthy of the resurrecting power of God.
"Resurrection life" is more than just being "alive" in Heaven after physical death; and it is much more than being certified by some recognizable "spiritual" organization. "Resurrection life" is a heart submissive to God's will, a heart that desires to live under God's constant judgments; it is to being made one with God, the Source and Author of Life Himself. Just being a minister doesn’t mean that we have it; even if we were licensed or ordained by a legitimate ministry. Our hearts must be right before God. We must have eternal life.
When a young man asked Jesus how he could enter into eternal life (Matt. 19 16-22), Jesus did not ask him to repeat the sinner's prayer. He told him to keep the commandments. Jesus then proceeded to list 6 specific commandments. When the young man replied that he had kept all 6, Jesus did not say, "Liar, you do not keep them". Instead, He gave him a seventh commandment, which was to sell everything he had, give to the poor, and follow Him.
Interestingly, the number 6 in Scripture often represents human effort, and there is an element of human effort involved in obtaining eternal life; but the task can only be completed by God. There is a part of the process where we must rest and allow God to work, and this is done by yielding to God. When Jesus asked the young man to sell his possessions, He was asking him to yield what was most precious to his heart, because we can only enter eternal life through a submissive heart that yields all to God and is willing to follow Him wherever He takes us.
In Acts chapter 3, Peter and John healed a lame man at the temple who begged by the gate called "Beautiful". The concept of beauty is very much related to "holiness and grace", so this lame man represents all believers who have been left lame by the Jebusite spirits and who don't realize that they are so close to the "gate of holiness and grace".
Many believers are spiritually incapacitated, begging for the mercy of some "minister" who will come and give them some "alms" of spiritual blessing, without understanding that they themselves have access to God's grace and a direct relationship with God through holiness. This grace does not refer to access to God in order to simply get things from God; this grace is to know God and to be One with Him and to manifest His power and Glory on Earth. This holiness is to share in God's divine nature and to manifest that nature on Earth.
Right before Peter and John healed the lame man, in the name of Jesus; Peter took him by the right hand and lifted him. Notice how this is the opposite of what a Jebusite spirit does, since Jebusite spirits are bent on putting people down, not on lifting them up. Notice also that this lift went beyond an "emotional" lift. Christians are not supposed to be spiritual "cheerleaders". The word "Christian" comes from the Greek word meaning "anointed", so Christians should be men and women that impart a prophetic anointing upon the lives of people that will project them into the prophetic calling that God has for them. Such anointing must be real; as the anointing of God is a real substance in the spirit world. It is not simply an emotional positivism mistakenly called faith.
After the lame man was healed, he walked, and entered with them into the temple. This means that a true apostolic and prophetic anointing (represented by Peter and John respectively) enables fellow believers to walk on their own, ending their dependency on others. The lame man was now free to enter the temple and praise God on his own. He entered into a direct relationship with God, and the Jebusite spirits strongly oppose this type of direct relationship.
Jebusite spirits don’t mind granting believers freedoms in the secular arena, but reserve spiritual freedoms for a selected few. They believe that most people are simply second-class spiritual citizens and don't deserve spiritual impartations, because such freedom and potential is too "dangerous" in the hands of novices. They believe that certain people should just “lay down and stay down”. They forget that the wheat is threshed only in order to manifest the grain inside the husk, not to destroy the wheat. The wheat is not to stay on the ground to be threshed forever.
After God produces death through His Word of Judgment, He unleashes resurrection power so that what was sown in death (the grain) may come to life. In other words, our lives must be sown in order to be resurrected. If judgment comes on a person who refuses to hand over his or her life as a seed and who literally "holds on for dear life", God will have nothing to resurrect, because there can be no harvest where there is no seed:
After the healing of the lame man, 5000 were converted to the Lord. The 5000 converts are a prophetic figure of the abundance beyond measure of people to whom God wants to impart a grace to minister in these latter days. While the Jebusites are out to restrict this grace to a select few, God is out to impart it to all of His people, and all those who are willing to receive it will receive this impartation.