Ezekiel 11:24 “Afterwards the spirit took me up, and brought me in a vision by the Spirit of God into Chaldea, to them of the captivity. So the vision that I had seen went up from me.”
Ezekiel addresses the affects of your spirit two times in Ezekiel 11. Ezekiel said in Ezekiel 11:1, “Moreover the spirit lifted me up,…” Then, Ezekiel says in the verse above, “…Afterwards the spirit took me up…” In both instances, you will notice that “spirit” is spelled with a lower case “s.” In other words, He is not talking about the Holy Spirit, but about his spirit. The verse above reinforces this when you see that his spirit brought him by the “Spirit of God into Chaldea,…” It is interesting that before the Spirit of God could guide him, he had to be sure that his spirit was right and that his spirit was up.
My friend, one of the greatest battles you will fight in your life is to keep your spirit up daily. Satan is after your spirit because he knows that your spirit will affect the ability of the Holy Spirit to lead you. If your spirit is down, it is hard for the Holy Spirit to lead you to where He wants you to go. For instance, when Elijah’s spirit was down, and where do you find him? When Elijah’s spirit was down, you find him sitting under a juniper tree feeling sorry for himself. When Jonah’s spirit was down, it caused him to sit under the shadow of a gourd and gripe about God not destroying Nineveh. Every time you find the spirit of a believer down, you will always find the believer not being led of the Spirit because they were too busy being focused on themselves.
Proverbs 18:14 says, “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?” The ability to bear a wounded spirit or a down spirit is nearly impossible. You will never be able to be for God what He wants you to be when your spirit is not up. Let me give you a couple of thoughts about your spirit.
First, you need to learn what affects your spirit negatively. Every person is different; therefore, what affects another’s spirit doesn't mean that it will affect your spirit. One of the greatest studies you can pursue is to find what affects your spirit negatively and avoid it so you can keep your spirit on topside. When you learn what gets you down, you can keep your spirit up so that the Holy Spirit can lead you.
Second, you need to learn who affects your spirit so you can limit your time around them. There are some people who are negative feeders to your spirit who you must avoid. If you are the negative feeder to others, you are certainly not going to have a positive spirit yourself. People do affect your spirit, and you must limit your time with those who affect it negatively.
Third, learn what gets your spirit up and do it when your spirit has been affected negatively. When you learn what puts your spirit on topside, you must do it every time when your spirit has been negatively affected by those people or things that are trying to dampen your spirit.
My friend, you must keep your spirit up because your spirit affects the ability of the Spirit to lead you. The Holy Spirit cannot give you God’s vision of faith when your vision is determined by your negative spirit. If you will avoid the negative feeders and attackers of your spirit and let the Holy Spirit control your spirit is when you will find that God will lift you to new heights of helping others.