- A good spirit is one that is rooted and grounded in Love—God is Love.
- In the presence of Love, a person senses calm, serenity and compassion. While storms of various descriptions may rage about, the Spirit of God exudes the ‘peace that surpasses all understanding’. This kind of peacefulness cannot be handed from one person to another. At the same time, in cooperating with God’s grace, you and I can choose to receive and cultivate peace within our hearts.
- In the presence of the good spirit of Love, a person can be strengthened and protected from evil influences with a ‘hedge of protection’. Our choice to humbly acknowledge and submit to God allows Him to serve as our shield and protection from that which might desire to harm us.
- An evil spirit is one that is rooted and grounded in Satan, or, if you prefer, the enemy of our human nature. Either way, the modus operandi is to tempt us to turn away from or despise anything that is of God and Love. Once tempted, we may or may not choose to sin.
- In the presence of evil, one senses confusion, discord, and self-centeredness. While storms of various descriptions may rage about, spirits of evil exude darkness, negativity, perversions of the most egregious—or subtly deceptive—nature.
- In the presence of the evil spirits of Satan, one is harassed and agitated in all manner of thoughts, feelings and emotions. Our choice to follow after evil when it appears under a guise of goodness will eventually carry us into darker and darker places of discontent and sinfulness.
- One of the first things we face in a sincere process of examination is fear—fear of what we may discover about self. While healthy fear of the Lord is good, being afraid of what God might show us about the presence of evil or darkness may be enough to stop us in our tracks, which is exactly what the spirits of darkness hope will happen. Gone unrecognized, evil harasses us, draining the vitality from living, or feeding any shame, condemnation or false-pride we have set up as defense mechanisms.
Good guilt is very different from the darkness that accompanies shame and condemnation. When the good Holy Spirit shows us our choices are rooted in complicity with evil, we experience the pain of sincere conviction that brings about healing and restoration, resulting in deep peace. When a dark spirit is present, our thoughts and feelings will be as heavy weights, dragging us into self-pity and self-centeredness. False-pride stirs, tempting us into denial. Or we may choose to reason, rationalize and justify our attitudes, behaviors and actions.