“Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.”
It is very disheartening when you meet a person whose spirit doesn’t match their true personality. Everyone has met someone like this. I am talking about the person who you meet whose personality makes you think they are one of the best people you will ever meet, but when you get to know them you quickly realize that who they truly are and who they portray themselves to be are nothing alike.
The verse above says, “Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.” You will notice that God says the man “in whose spirit there is no guile” is a blessed man. The word “guile” means, no deceit, fraud, ruse, or trickery. The word “guile” comes from the word, “witchcraft.” In other words, God is saying that the person who has a spirit of guile is a person who is just like the person in witchcraft who is portraying a lie. In other words, they are a fraud.
The Christian world does not need people who have a spirit of guile. God’s people should be a people whose spirit and true personality are the same. There is no place for a fraudulent spirit or a spirit of guile in the Christian walk. Let me share with you some thoughts about the importance of having a true spirit.
First, if your true personality is not worth putting on display, change it. It is time to change your true self if you have to have a spirit of guile to disguise who you truly are. Too many people have a spirit of guile because they don’t want to take the effort to change themselves, and that is simply rebelling against the prodding of the Holy Spirit. There is nothing wrong with knowing you need to change, but don’t let laziness and stubbornness keep you from changing your spirit to be what it ought to be.
Second, acknowledge the need for changing your spirit if it needs to be changed. You will never improve your spirit if you deny that it needs to be changed. Comparing your spirit to another person to keep yourself from changing your spirit is not going to help you become who the LORD wants you to be. If a spirit of guile is the only way to disguise your true spirit, it is time to acknowledge your need to change your spirit.
Third, your true spirit is known by those closest to you. The best way to determine if you have a spirit of guile is to ask your family if who you are at home is the same as who you are in public. Let me go a step further. The people you work with on the church staff know you better than the people you portray yourself to be in a church service. If I were to go to those with whom you work with on the church staff and ask them if you have a spirit of guile, what would they say? Those closest to you know who you truly are, and they will eventually tell others if you have a spirit of guile.
My friend, lying to yourself about who you truly are is not going to change a spirit of guile. If you have a spirit of guile, remember that you are living a lie. The best way to make the greatest impact on the lives of others is to make sure your spirit is not fraudulent, but genuine. Instead of having a spirit of guile to keep from hurting people, you would be wise to change your spirit to being what the LORD wants it to be. You will find that when your spirit is true is when you will make the greatest impact on others.