I recently had someone ask me about what is transference of spirits? This is closely
related to the word anointing.
Therefore, we must first look at what the anointing is. The Word says, “God
anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost
and with power…” (Acts 10:38).
The word anointed
here is the Greek word chriō meaning
“to smear or rub with oil through
the idea of contact ”. To put
it in today’s terms; I have a friend whose son is hanging with a different
crowd. He’s doing things he normally wouldn’t do. Says things he customarily wouldn’t
say. I told her, “They’re rubbing off
on him.” What’s going on is he’s being anointed, rubbed off on, by another
This is what happened with Jesus in the above passage. He
hung out with the Father and the Father rubbed off on Him (John 5:19, 12:49). He
started doing things differently than He’d normally do. Everyone started to get
healed (Matthew 9:35)
and delivered (Matthew 8:16) through Jesus, because He was hanging out with the
But in the transference of spirits you’re dealing with spiritual entities, not just the Holy Spirit. For instance, years ago someone I went to church with walked into her son’s bedroom to speak to him. As she was talking he turned around, and it was a demon she was talking to.
Because of certain music and things her son was involved in he took on the image of the spirit he was actually worshiping. He wore the same type clothes as this spirit, grew his hair like this spirit, and other characteristics.
That spirit rubbed off on him.
He talked differently, thought differently, handled situations differently as
he previously did. So how did the spirit come on him, or how does transference of
Simply put, through the thought life.
The Word says, “Keep thy heart [spirit with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23). The enemy is after our thought life. How we think determines all aspects of life. The enemy usually attacks subtly. Normally he doesn’t put on a big show. Why? Because he doesn’t want people to notice what’s actually going on (Matthew 13:15).
So, with the illustration above with my friend’s son,
spirits were transferred on him through music and friends. The music he
listened to influenced him to act a certain way. Couple this with his need for
acceptance, and changing his friends, this teenager didn’t stand much of a
chance in the natural.
John the Baptist who was filled with the Spirit (Luke 1:15), laid his hands on Jesus and He became filled with the Spirit (Mat 3:13-17). So, the anointing can be transferred, just like the transference of spirits.
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Heb 13:8). If He healed all then, it’s His will and desire to heal all now.
“What we focus on we become. Love it or hate it you become it” (Pastor Jim Bradley, FWC, Kokomo In.) That’s why the Word says “Beloved…it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure” (1 John 3:2-3). When we focus on Him we become just like Him!
I was personally dedicated to Satan and called to be a mass murderer at age 12. This was partly because of the music I listened to. I gave myself over to certain Heavy Metal Music (which is a spirit). When I did I became angry just like those I listened to. I took on the image I saw in the spirit. As Pastor Bradley has said numerous times; “The spirit world touches our world at the point of thought”. This is true spiritual warfare.
The Beloved John wrote about a counterfeit anointing (1 John 2:27). A counterfeit anointing is one that is not of the Holy Spirit. For instance, ecstasy in the Greek literally has to do with a revelation of Jesus Christ. The enemy counterfeited this experience with a drug known as ecstasy. One is real, the other a lie (1 John 2:27, KJV)
In Scripture, the word spirit and heart are synonymous. When one askes Jesus into their heart, they’re actually asking the Holy Spirit to come abide and take residence in their spirit man.
When Jesus was in the Wilderness of Temptation (Mat 4:1-11), the enemy came against His thoughts.
We see this in the Garden with Eve (Gen 3:1-7). The enemy didn’t come right out and say “I’ m the devil I’m here to destroy you”. He subtly, slowly talked to her; reasoned with her. By the time she found out what happened it was too late. See Adam and Eve.
He could had put on the armor of God (Eph 6:10-18), assuming he was born again. In any effect, his mom stood in the gap for him (intercessory prayer; Eph 6:18-19), and I believe, brought him to victory.