Do you possess
Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou;” Deuteronomy 7:1
The Girgashites were one of the seven nations that God said was greater and mightier than Israel. They were known as “clay dwellers” for they built their homes in clayey soil.
From a spiritual perspective, the Girgashites represent those who have an earthly focus. They believe in what they can see and feel which is in contrast to how believers are supposed to live in Christ Jesus through faith. (2 Corinthians 4:18). Often spiritual things will not make sense to this type of believer because he functions with a natural mind rather than a spiritual mind. His primary objective is to advance his agenda, which are tied to temporal and earthly pursuits.
Paul admonishes us to examine ourselves to see whether we are in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5). It is easy to believe we are operating in faith when things are going well or when things are going, as we desire. However, these could be an illusion to lull us into a false sense of security. Therefore, it behooves each of us to do an honest assessment of ourselves. Are we Girgashite in nature? In habit? In character? In the way, we live and view life?
Below are a few questions which will help us determine whether or not we are operating as Girgashites.
- Do you have a love for temporal things?
- Do you disdain spiritual things?
- Do you have an analytical personality?
- Are you distracted by what your mind cannot see?
- Are you soulish?
- When judging are you partial (judge in between things accepting what you like and rejecting what you do not like from God)?
- Do you under judge in situations depending on who is involved (hypocrisy)?
- Are you spiritual immature?
- Do you rely in human reasoning’s?
- Are you easily lead away from heavenly things?
If you have answered yes to any of these questions you possess character traits of a Girgashite. Focusing on temporal things reflects an inability to see spiritual things and compare them. Spiritual things are eternal therefore as a believer you have spiritual vision which looks beyond temporal things (2 Corinthians 4:18).
“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit, which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:12-16
Immaturity is still needing the milk of the Word rather than strong meat of the Word.
“For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Hebrews 5:12-14
As children of God we are to judge all things not according to flesh but by the spirit (Proverbs 24:16). However, this is an impossible task our focus is on temporal things. In order to judge spiritually we have to be guided by the spirit of God and be willing to operate in the spirit.
But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:15-16
We have to be willing to allow the mind of Christ to be in us and to be operational at all times. We are not to allow it to work in some instances and in others allow our flesh or human reasoning to take over.