“Whosoever compoundeth any like it, or whosoever putteth any of it upon a stranger, shall even be cut off from his people.”
Whenever you visit a foreign country, it is easy to find imitation products. When you go to their markets, you will find wares of all sorts that carry the name of a product, but it really doesn’t mean anything because it is an imitation. Purchasing that product and using it so everyone can see it may be impressive for awhile, but you will soon find out that the imitation is no replacement for the real thing. There is a reason the imitation is much cheaper. The reason is because the imitation is not built with the same quality as the real thing, and the imitation won’t last as long as the real thing.
God was very careful about the children of Israel not using an imitation when it came to the anointing oil for the tabernacle. In Exodus 30:22-25, you will find the recipe of the holy oil that Aaron was to use when anointing the tabernacle and the altars inside of it. God said in verse 32, “…neither shall ye make any other like it, after the composition of it: it is holy, and it shall be holy unto you.” God was so adamant about no imitations of this oil being made that He said in the verse above, “Whosoever compoundeth any like it, or whosoever putteth any of it upon a stranger, shall even be cut off from his people.” This oil was to be unique to God.
The holy anointing oil in the Scriptures is always symbolic of the Holy Spirit. God is setting a principle in these verses that we must be careful about having an imitation spirit in our churches. God doesn’t want the work of the Holy Spirit to be tainted by man conjuring a spirit in the church services. Sadly, there are many churches and believers who have conjured an imitation spirit, but the imitation is never a substitute for God’s Holy Spirit. There are a couple of observations I want to point out about an imitation spirit.
First, an imitation spirit will be impressive for a short time. One of the reasons people can be deceived by an imitation spirit is that it looks impressive when you first see it. Just like an imitation watch may look impressive at first, so the conjured spirit that many churches have that affect the emotions of the attendees is quite impressive. However, let me point out that just because your emotions are moved doesn’t always mean that the Holy Spirit is present.
Second, an imitation spirit will never make the same lasting impact that the Holy Spirit will make. An imitation spirit lasts a short time but quickly wears off; whereas, the work of the Holy Spirit will last for years, if not for an eternity. My friend, the work of the Holy Spirit is an eternal work; whereas, the imitation spirit is a fleshly work that appeals to the flesh of the believer.
Third, the way to decipher the difference between an imitation spirit and the Holy Spirit is by which one appeals to the flesh, and which one brings glory to God or man. You will always find that the work of the Holy Spirit will always point man’s eyes to God, but an imitation spirit will always cause a man to be glorified.
My friend, stop looking for an imitation spirit and let God’s Holy Spirit do the work in your life. Appealing to the flesh is never the work of the Holy Spirit, but it is the work of an imitation spirit. Don’t let the imitation spirit have a place in your life. If you get the power of the Holy Spirit to work in your life, you won’t need to conjure an imitation spirit.