1. Owning or mastering something. Used with of: one who is possessed of great wealth.
2. Controlled by or as if by a spirit or other force; obsessed: a teenager by love possessed.
3. (usually postpositive) under the influence of a powerful force, such as a spirit or strong emotion
When we are in love with someone, we refuse to purposely hurt them; we do all we can not to hurt them as well as protect them from pain that could come from any other source. When we love because we feel that it is the right thing to do, we are easily swayed into temptation. That love is false; fickle; temporary – of dead flesh.
Forced love is not love at all, just deception. God is love and He desires for us to love Him with the same love He pours out upon all mankind. He desires for us to love Him with His own love. This is only possible if Holy Spirit is awakened inside of us through consigning the earthly nature to death without ceasing.
Receiving Holy Spirit who is given at salvation is vastly different than being possessed by Holy Spirit and we need to allow Him to utterly possess and consume us. Just because you have/own something does not mean you are possessed by it. To be possessed means to be completely consumed, overtaken – can’t do anything without thought of that which possesses you. To fall “in love” with Christ is the only way to possess Christ and equally be completely possessed by Him. We must be overtaken.
We must acknowledge the flesh’s condition of death and not give into its lusts and desires. The flesh in which our spirit and the Spirit of God dwell cannot love as Jesus loves. We, on our own, can only attempt to imitate His love, but will always fall short. We cannot truly love without Yahweh expressing His love through our body and that requires our complete surrender – total possession – absolute consumption. It’s an oneness; Christ and our spirit completely merged as one; no separation.
Isn’t it interesting that one of the definitions of “possession” is to be “under the influence of a powerful force, such as a spirit.” Why is it that we only think of spirit-possession as one being possessed by an evil spirit or the devil? Why do we give so much power and attention to Satan than The Spirit? The definition of “possession” also includes words such as “owned,” “mastered,” “controlled,” and “under the influence.” Aren’t we to be owned, mastered, controlled and under the influence of Holy Spirit always? When we are, it ensures a successful Kingdom of God, action packed, supernatural life right here on planet earth!
We’ll pick up here next week as we continue with Love vs. In Love. If you are interested in reading more, check out my website to order my books, or go to my Facebook ministry page where I post regularly. Blessings!
Alexys V. Wolf