I know the title of this is a little confusing and sounds unbiblical doesn’t it? But, in all reality there are so many professing Christians in the world that have blended Jesus with the vain and unholy by worship idols and praticing witchcraft while exusing their actions as being, somehow, righteous.
For those that do not know.. witchcraft means “the practice of magic, especially black magic; the use of spells and the invocation of spirits.” Some people who do this will immediatly protest that they don’t do that… but they do!
A recent example of this would be from a few Sunday services ago. I got up like all Sunday mornings… showering, praying, reading scripture and breakfast. But, this week I was not feeling well at all. Ya see, I had been fighting a cold and just chalked it up as that But, as I got to church I couldn’t get my thoughts in order. I felt discombobulated, out of sorts and out of character. As I got up to preach I couldn’t stop caughing… people were bringing me caugh drops and ice tea to help. God bless everyone.
Yet, it was so hard to get my thoughts in order. Thank God for His Holy Spirit who took over!!! I remember seeing my brother Terry, one of our intercessors in his normal spot, praying, as always. But this week he was more intense.
After service Diane and I got back from going out for dinner with some brothers and sisters from church. I got a call from our Senior Prophet Dulan Foster that someone in our church had spoken a word curse against me… then he prayed.
I then spoke with brother Terry and he told me the Lord had had him praying for me all service and all afternoon and that someone had cursed me. The big thing is… we know, by the Holy Spirit, who it was and the motivation behind it. “I’ll force him to drive the prophet out of our church!” That my friends is the evil spirit of Jezebel!!
Anyway… after, all this and prayer I felt it break almost immediately! Praise The Lord!
I have several other experiences like this… one is a huge one where an old friend was part of our church… he left the church and spent the better part of last year speaking evil of me and the church. The word curses had me in such depression I almost quit!! But, praise God for His deliverance and healing I’m back better then ever!
My point is… why do peopel think that they can play with satan and still think their ok with God? Why do they think they can worship demons and call themselves Christians? People who do this are only fooling themselves!!! I’ll tell you… they are deceived and lead a stray. In fact, the great falling away has begun. The fact is peple who think that they are good with God yet do not rid themselves of all wickedness! The danger here is that they are in danger of hearing “Depart from me I never knew you!”
James 3:9–10 (HCSB) 9 We praise our Lord and Father with it, and we curse men who are made in God’s likeness with it. 10 Praising and cursing come out of the same mouth. My brothers, these things should not be this way.
Listen, the Holy Spirit has been dealing with me on the subject of witchcraft and how many Christians practice witchcraft without even know it. See, witchcraft isn’t just a part of Satanism and all of the forms of it. But many professing Christians get caught up in it as well. As I was writing this I’ve seen other articles being written about this same issue. So I’ve very confident that the Lord is dealing with the Body on this issue globally. Repent for the sin of witchcraft!
Galatians 5:19–21 19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, 21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar. I tell you about these things in advance—as I told you before—that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (HCSB)
Now, I’d like to expound a bit on the casting spells bit… another word for casting spells in the context would be curses.
A Curse isn’t just foul language which we’re told to not let come out of our mouths in Eph. 5:4 but even worse it’s an Invocation of evil or injury against one’s enemies. As practiced in Bible times, cursing was the opposite of blessing and should not be confused with profanity in the modern sense.
The Pagans believe that Curses and blessings were linked to the ancient pagan belief that spirits or “the gods” could be invoked to act on behalf of a person who repeated certain incantations or performed certain deeds (such as sacrifices). It was thought that a spoken curse possessed an occult power to work calamity on one’s enemies. Let’s consider what the Bible says about witchcraft. It may surprise you to learn that what the world—or even what the Wiccans—call witchcraft is not always one in the same as what the Bible calls witchcraft. For example, when you think of witchcraft, you probably think of black magic or séances or crap like that. These abominations are covered in the Bible.But witchcraft is not always so mysterious. Indeed, rebellion, word curses, manipulation and works of the flesh also fall into the realm of witchcraft. However you define it, though, practicing witchcraft is a serious sin, and way too many Christians are experts at sorcery than you may realize.
We say it a lot around here – because the Word says is – that we are created in God’s image right? Gen 1:26. God is a creator so by design we are too! Right? But have you ever wondered why we have to be careful what we say? It comes down to the fact that since we are created in His image are words are very powerful –
Proverbs 18:21 “Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (HCSB)
Romans 12:9–21 9 Love must be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good. 10 Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not lack diligence; be fervent in spirit; serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer. 13 Share with the saints in their needs; pursue hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. 16 Be in agreement with one another. Do not be proud; instead, associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Try to do what is honorable in everyone’s eyes. 18 If possible, on your part, live at peace with everyone. 19 Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for His wrath. For it is written: Vengeance belongs to Me; I will repay, says the Lord. 20 But If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him something to drink. For in so doing you will be heaping fiery coals on his head. 21 Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good. (HCSB)
The Apostle Paul’s encourages us in this section relate to a believer’s reactions to the actions and emotions of others, whether they are Christians or not. The hatred displayed in persecution usually evokes response in kind (you hit me I flatten you), but Paul commanded, Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse (cf. Matt. 5:44). Perhaps Paul thought of Stephen (Acts 7:59–60) and of Jesus Christ (Luke 23:34). They both modeled these words and responded to persecution even to death by praying for God’s forgiveness of their persecutors.
But witchcraft also has an element of manipulation to it as well. Manipulate is defined as: to control or play upon by artful, unfair, or insidious means especially to one’s own advantage and to exercising unscrupulous control or influence over a person or situation.We’ll get into some examples in just a bit.Now that we’ve addressed some forms and attributes of witchcraft lets jump in on Ways Christians use witchcraft without even knowing it: The 1st way and, one of the most common, in my understanding: Saying God said… in front of everything they want to do or get and when God hasn’t said. It’s like this… You really want a new Harley Davidson, you go to the dealership find the bike of your dreams. You sit on it consider all the options and extra gear you want. You even calculate the cost, insurance and all that. Then you go to God in prayer… God I really want this bike… Can I have it and you keep it up. Persistence is good but where is Lord, your will be done? Then one day you hear a voice (your voice) in your head say “it’s yours go get it” and you run off to go get it… Then start telling everyone God told me I could have this bike… when He didn’t. You told yourself that.
Listen, if God sad it… it will happen and there is such peace knowing that it’s the Lord who said and who WILL accomplish what He has said. Folks listen! This is a classic example of misusing the Lords name which we are commanded NOT to do: Exodus 20:7 (HCSB) Do not misuse the name of the Lord your God, because the Lord will not leave anyone unpunished who misuses His name. Now many think this passage and the 3rd commandment of the 10 commandments is talking about using God’s name as a curse word. Listen, as I studied this out I found that the name of God should be honored and protected.
See, the Israelites were not to use His name for any idle, frivolous, or insincere purpose (such as speaking His name when taking an oath with no intention of keeping it, Lev. 19:12). People should not use His name for selfish or evil purposes (cf. Ps. 139:20; also see comments on Deut. 5:11), thereby seeking to usurp His authority. We get ourselves in a lot of trouble… in the name of God when we misuse His name.
So many evil things have been done in His name and He had nothing to do with it. Hear me PLEASE! God does speak to us ALL THE TIME! But, make sure it’s God telling you – There are many voices – Ask for a few confirmations! It’s Ok and He doesn’t mind at all!!
Here’s another one: Prophesying over someone based on knowledge gained from other people or even another spirit (NOT of the Lord) that once again you say… God told me. This is why I never want anyone to tell me about someone that I’m going to be praying for. I only want to hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying. Not my head, not my emotions and definitely not another spirit. It’s like this… If I over hear a conversation (or even am part of a conversation) about say brother so-and-so during the week and I pray about it – which is what we’re supposed to do… take all things to God in prayer.
But come Sunday I call brother so-and-so up to be prayed over and start to “prophecy” over him based on the knowledge I’ve gained previously. It’s not the Holy Spirit… this is very dangerous. To me there is only one reason for this behavior… vain self-promotion. To get people to think and say WOW you really are an anointed man/woman of God… so super spiritual.
WE MUST Test the spirit!
1 John 4:1–3 (HCSB) “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to determine if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 This is how you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit who confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God. 3 But every spirit who does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist; you have heard that he is coming, and he is already in the world now.
To begin with, the Spirit of God must be distinguished from all false spirits. This is why we MUST know our Masters voice and if unsure ASK FOR CONFIRMATION! This is particularly necessary because many false prophets have gone out into the world. The point by which these spirits (false prophets – which are yes men) are to be tested is their attitude toward the fact that Jesus Christ the Son of God was born. The failure to acknowledge that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is precisely what exposes the spirit of the antichrist, which the Apostle John had already warned us about.
The next form of witchcraft that I’ve seen Christians do is: Manipulating people/leaders to get what they want – whether position, title, accolades… This typically is the spirit of Jezebel and Absolom in action. It’s like this: Playing the end game, once again using “God said…” to make one’s self look good. The most common is speaking curses over people remember
Proverbs 18:21 (HCSB) “Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
A Good example here would be Jezebel’s Word Curses:
Then there’s Jezebel’s witchcraft. In 2 Kings 9:22, right before the wicked queen’s demise, Jehu offered insight into an open door for the Jezebel spirit when he told her son, “
2 Kings 9:22 When Joram saw Jehu he asked, “Do you come in peace, Jehu?” He answered, “What peace can there be as long as there is so much prostitution and witchcraft from your mother Jezebel?”
The spirit of Jezebel is essentially a spirit of seduction that works to escort believers into immorality and idolatry (see Rev. 2:20). And this spirit uses witchcraft (curses, manipulations, etc) against its enemies. Jezebel’s witchcraft was rooted in rebellion, but the type of witchcraft in this verse refers to incantations and spells.
In the today’s church world, we call them word curses. Jezebel released a word curse against Elijah that carried a spirit of fear when she sent him this message: “
1 Kings 19:2 2 So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “May the gods punish me and do so severely if I don’t make your life like the life of one of them by this time tomorrow!”
Today, word curses aren’t always so dramatic. When we speak negatively over someone’s life—“They will never hold down a job acting like that,” “Their marriage is bound to fail the way he treats her,” “The doctors said he’s going to die in 30 days. Isn’t that sad?”—we are agreeing with the enemy’s plan and giving power to it with our anointed mouths. The power of death and life are in the tongue (see Prov. 18:21).
If you are inadvertently—or purposely—releasing witchcraft over people with the words of your mouth, repent and get your mouth back in line with the Spirit of God.But here’s some AWESOME news! We, Christians, have the authority to Breaking curses!In Luke 10:19 Jesus gave us the authority!
19 Look, I have given you the authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy; nothing will ever harm you.
Also, Isaiah 54:17 is our go to scritpture for breaking word curses, judgments & attacks:
Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon formed against you will succeed, and you will refute any accusation raised against you in court. This is the heritage of the Lord’s servants, and their righteousness is from Me.” This is the Lord’s declaration
I cancel all word curses, judgments spoke again me, all attacks leveled at me in JESUS name because we have all authority!! GLORY!!!
1) If at all unsure that God said: Ask for confirmation and clarification
2) Check your personal motivations: Is what you’re saying for self-promotion?
3) Watch what you speak – make sure your words are filled with Life and the Word of the Lord.a. And if you should speak death be quick to repent and speak life.