I recently received an assignment regarding apostolic authority, with respect to combatting the dark arts. It was confirmation that my recent studies are in accordance with the Lord’s will. The studies are ongoing, but I am taking some time to share the following preliminary findings. I venture say this is not where you would expect me to start on such a topic. Today’s focus is on professing Christians who are either knowingly or unknowingly practicing the dark arts.
It is easy to say dark hearts practice the dark arts. However, the devil will lure those with broken, prideful, deceived, lonely, or any other heart malady into the dark arts. There are different levels and points of entry into the occult. Some people were dedicated into the occult as babies, or even before conception, but others got into the occult later in life. For example, those who were hurt and made a vow that no one would ever hurt them again. We know the Lord is close to the brokenhearted, but the devil will also try to exploit such an opportunity. If you have made such a vow, it is important to know that you cannot control who may try to hurt you. In addition, the moment you decide to take control of things, especially the actions of others, you have just extended an invitation to the devil for demonic assistance. Arguably, on its basic level, witchcraft is the employment of methods to control and/or manipulate others, to include by using Scriptures, but it can become demonic. You may initially try to do a seemingly noble thing by preventing people from hurting you. Yet, even that includes keeping them in subjection to your will instead of their own will, or, the Lord’s will for their lives. The preventative aspects tend to become retaliatory by trying to hurt those who hurt you, even though vengeance is the Lord’s. When you give the devil a foothold in your life he will turn it into a stronghold. That is a part of why it is so important to cast down vain imaginations (2 Corinthians 10:5).
Anytime you start working against another mentally capable adult’s free will, you are engaging in witchcraft. I say that again, anytime you start working against another mentally capable adult’s free will, you are engaging in witchcraft. When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, one of the things He said was, ‘Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.’ ~ Matthew 6:10 (KJV) Jesus spoke of the Heavenly Father’s will being done. The Lord epitomized that in Gethsemane when He was grieved unto death prior to His crucifixion, and He asked the Heavenly Father to remove the cup from Him (Matthew 26:38-44). But Jesus relented by basically saying, not His will but the Father’s will be done. Many professing Christians are lording over the lives of others by imposing their will, regardless of what God thinks. Consequently, to some degree, they are engaging in the dark arts.
One of the ways professing Christians engage in the dark arts is via prayers, sometimes even seemingly Godly prayers. Do not think it strange when witches try to infiltrate a religious organization that they try to become intercessors, or, they use the intercessors. Many hardcore occultists know and use the Bible, sometimes to the shame of many Christians. A common, yet oftentimes overlooked, example of a “witchcraft” prayer is asking the Lord to restore a marriage, after all, God hates divorce (Malachi 2:16). With that being said, people may delve into prayer without first trying to determine the Lord’s will. Few can fathom the thought that the Lord may have had reasons for allowing the union to dissolve, with no intention of bringing them back together. Let us take some time to examine that statement.
Ahab was an evil king, but he became worse after marrying Jezebel (1 Kings 16:30-33). Do you think the Lord would have objected to Ahab putting her away if that was what it took to build a relationship with the Lord? Let me add this, Jezebel was seemingly the most influential but she was not the only woman in the king’s life, as evidenced by his 70 sons (2 Kings 10:1). Now back to the matter of Ahab possibly putting away or even divorcing Jezebel; yes, there is a difference. Take note of when Elijah prophesied about Ahab and Jezebel’s death. Ahab humbled himself before the Lord and repented, but Jezebel did not (1 Kings 21:17-29). Jezebel is the type to stick to his/her faith until the end (1 Kings 19:1-2). That is a part of why Jesus described some people as being sheep while the others are goats (Matthew 25:31-46). They are both God’s creations, they may look and sound alike, graze in the same pasture (church) under the same shepherd (pastor), but the Good Shepherd is coming to divide them.
King Solomon was in a similar situation to Ahab. Even though the Lord is against plural marriages, He allowed it in times past. So, Solomon’s 1,000 wives and concubines was not what caused him to lose favor with the Lord. On the contrary, it was the ones who led him to worship other gods (1 Kings 11). Solomon, the one the Lord chose to build His temple, also built places to worship other gods. The devil still tries to get Christians to marry his sons and daughters in an effort to destroy their relationship with, and work for, the Lord… While this is not an argument for divorce, it simply illustrates how those kings would have been better off putting away or divorcing their mates to save their relationship with the Lord. We see an example of that in the following:
“Now when Ezra had prayed, and when he had confessed, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, there assembled unto him out of Israel a very great congregation of men and women and children: for the people wept very sore. And Shechaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, answered and said unto Ezra, ‘We have trespassed against our God, and have taken strange wives of the people of the land: yet now there is hope in Israel concerning this thing. Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives, and such as are born of them, according to the counsel of my lord, and of those that tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the Law.’” ~ Ezra 10:1-3 (KJV)
Many people have made marriage into an idol. As a result, they will use you to help them pray to obtain, retain, or regain that idol; one the Lord never wanted them to have. So please, whenever you receive a prayer request, ensure you pray for the Lord’s will to be done instead of a person’s. Many people think they are praying to the Lord but they are conjuring impure spirits instead. There are some prayers the Lord will not listen to or answer (Jeremiah 7:16, 11:14, 14:11-12), which is where the devils come in. Also, please keep the following in mind:
“From whence come wars and fightings among you? Come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” ~ James 4:1-3 (KJV)
Learn to recognize the idols in your own heart and the hearts of others. As a general guideline, whatever you think about or pursue more than the Lord, that is an idol. Do not consume your time with praying for the Lord to give you or someone else an idol. When the Lord allows you to have an idol, it is going to teach you a very harsh lesson.
Leah knew Jacob did not love her, yet she was willing to do what it took to get him and keep him (Genesis 29-30). Jacob was her idol and her crushed her. Please examine her reactions after she had given birth to Jacob’s first four sons:
“And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, ‘Surely the Lord hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.’
And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, ‘Because the Lord hath heard I was hated, He hath therefore given me this son also’: and she called his name Simeon.
And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, ‘Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons’: therefore was his name called Levi.
And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, ‘Now will I praise the Lord’: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.” ~ Genesis 32-35 (KJV)
If what I am about to say about Leah seems coldhearted, I am. I do not tolerate witchcraft, especially when used to destroy another person’s life in an effort to advance one’s own ungodly objectives. I also know there are Christians who are patiently waiting on their God-ordained spouse, like how Rachel waited for seven years, but then people used witchcraft to block or delay that union. Also, a part of exerting apostolic authority is letting the Holy Spirit of the Lord lead you instead of your emotions. Many people will beg Jesus to not send them to hell, but His decision may seem coldhearted because it will not be based on emotions. The Lord blessed Leah (with children). But, He never let her feelings cause Him to turn Jacob’s heart away from his beloved Rachel to her instead; God is just. Yet, some professing Christians are using witchcraft in an effort to turn another person’ heart, a violation of their free will. The Lord saw Leah’s afflictions, but He also saw how she got into that position. Again, God is just.
Leah said the right thing after giving birth to Judah, which seemingly indicated she had released Jacob from being the idol of her heart. However, Jacob was still an idol in her heart as evidenced by the following: “And Leah conceived again, and bare Jacob the sixth son. And Leah said, ‘God hath endued me with a good dowry; now will my husband dwell with me, because I have born him six sons’: and she called his name Zebulun.” ~ Genesis 30:19-20 (KJV) That demonstrates how people struggle once they have an idol in their heart, which is why some people struggle to move on after a relationship ends. Why would Leah try so hard to obtain the love of a man who was clearly in love with another woman, and she knew he hated her?
Jesus said, ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.’ ~ Matthew 22:37 (KJV) It is impossible to love the Lord in such a manner when you have an idol in your heart, especially while using witchcraft to obtain, retain, or regain it. If you find yourself, or someone else, pursuing an idol in such a way, the door is wide open to engaging in the dark arts, and the practitioner will even use the Word of the Lord to justify it.
Idolatry is one of the precursors for witchcraft. Apostolic authority will break your heart because it will crush your idol and possibly you. Apostolic authority is about examining the root instead of simply the fruit. Leah actually had the nerve at one point to accuse Rachel of stealing her husband (Genesis 30:15). On the surface, that seems as if it was the case because Jacob had married Leah first. However, upon further examination, the record shows Jacob had made a covenant with their father Laban to work for seven years to marry Rachel (Genesis 29:18). It was via witchcraft that Jacob married Leah first, or even at all. So, rather than being empathetic to someone like Leah, a rebuke is more appropriate. Sadly, many people use Leah as an example of thinking if they can get someone into a relationship, especially a marriage, that if/when the spell is broken, the relationship will last and they will have a fairy tale ending. But let me clear up some confusion, which is one of the signs of being under a witchcraft attack. Leah suffered as a result of her witchcraft, the confusion she sowed in Jacob’s life is something she reaped in her own life. When Jacob consummated the marriage, he thought he was making love to his beloved Rachel. Every time he had sex with Leah afterwards, she would be able to discern that Jacob’s actions towards her were not loving like the first time, when he thought she was Rachel. She also had to live with the fact that Jacob was giving Rachel the intimacy she had only gotten once. Then to add to Leah’s emotional confusion, Jacob kept having sex with her even though he did not love her, and he was not cleaving to her. Leah’s plight is a potent reminder to Christians to not engage in the dark arts, they may get what they want but not like what they got. “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” ~ Galatians 6:7-8 (KJV) Another aspect of having apostolic authority is to confront and expose corruption, especially in the body of believers. Apostolic authority includes shining the Light in dark places, particularly in professing temples of the Holy Spirit (see 2 Corinthians 6:14-18).
One of the devices of the enemy is to form covenants with people, to include getting them into a demonically arranged union instead of a God-ordained one. Take note of how Laban and Leah used deception to get Jacob into a covenant, even though it violated the previous covenant. The devil will use ungodly means in an effort to ensnare you in a (seemingly) Godly covenant. It is important to discern whom a person truly made a covenant with, whether it is with God or the devil. Moreover, take a look at how the Lord may choose to honor His covenant, despite what you and/or the devil may have done. For example, the Lord promised Abraham and Sarah a child, but the birth of Ishmael, through Hagar, did not nullify the Lord’s promise. The Lord said He would bless Ishmael, but He was going to keep His covenant with the promised child, Isaac (Genesis 17). The apostle Paul summarized that quandary, and the Lord’s solution, in the following manner:
“For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise… Nevertheless what saith the scripture? ‘Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.’” ~ Galatians 4:22-23, 30 (KJV)
Never confuse a work of the flesh with the work of the Holy Spirit. More on the work of the flash later… God is just and the way He implements His justice may surprise many people (see Isaiah 55:8-11, John 8:1-11, etc.).
Many people have been deceived, to include via false prophecies, into thinking someone is his or her God-ordained spouse. One of the consequences is they will try to get or keep that person by any mean’s necessary, to include witchcraft. Never take a person’s words at face value. And that brings up a similar issue when Paul and Silas encountered the woman with a spirit of divination (Acts 16:16-19). Sadly, many prophetic people have either opened themselves up to familiar spirits, or, it was the source of their gift and calling to begin with. Do not let anyone pull on you to prophesy, to include you wanting to show off your gift. Those acts make room for devils to operate in your life, and you and others in your presence may not even realize it. What the spirit, through the woman, said about the men was correct. They were servants of the Most High God who were there to show them the way to salvation. It/she continued saying that for many days. However, despite telling the truth, Paul became grieved in his spirit and recognized the demon in her and cast it out. It may take some time, but having apostolic authority includes being able to recognize when dark is masquerading as light, and then confronting it. Do not be fooled by a person who prophesies accurately because they may do so with impure spirits and the wrong motives. The Lord still commanded the death of accurate false prophets, in part because of idolatry (Deuteronomy 13:1-5). I hope you have noticed a theme of idolatry throughout this discourse. Witchcraft is a form of idolatry, to include exalting the god of self.
An idol will have an evil altar dedicated to it, a point of embarkation/contact for witchcraft. For example, going to a person’s social media page and projecting evil thoughts towards them is a form of witchcraft, especially if there is a soul tie… Sometimes the evil altar is brought into the house of God when people decide to intercede against God’s will, and thereby conjure impure spirits to seemingly do a Godly thing. Judgment begins in the house of God. As a result, before addressing what dedicated occultist like Jezebel do, I had to address professing Christians who are in error and danger of hell fire. Having apostolic authority means confronting evil, especially in what should be temples of the Holy Spirit. Lest not forget:
- “Now the WORKS OF THE FLESH are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,IDOLATRY, WITCHCRAFT, HATRED, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” ~ Galatians 5:19-21 (KJV) I see the Holy Spirit’s wisdom in listing these three side-by-side: “…idolatry, witchcraft, hatred…” Again, idolatry is a precursor of witchcraft and hatred and/or jealousy adds fuel to the fire. Remember, Leah was jealous of her sister Rachel.
- “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and SORCERERS, and IDOLATERS, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” ~ Revelation 21:8 (KJV)
It is a shame what some professing Christians are doing while using the Lord’s name. That is a part of why Jesus said, ‘Not every one that saith unto Me, ‘Lord, Lord’, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? And in Thy name have cast out devils? And in Thy name done many wonderful works?’ And then will I profess unto them, ‘I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.’ ~ Matthew 7:21-23 (KJV)
Many Christians are engaging in the iniquity of witchcraft, and it is not very far off from what occultists are doing. Christians may not be sacrificing animals and intentionally conjuring impure spirits, but they have given themselves over to the devil by pursuing the idols of their hearts. One of the gateways is via prayers that are clearly against the Lord’s will, prayers that are focused on the lusts of their heart or another’s. When the devil sees that a person wants something badly enough, he will gladly help them (if possible), but it is going to cost them more than they are willing to pay. In the case of Leah, she got a husband but she did not get the love and was thereby treated like Jacob’s concubine. Joseph was Jacob’s twelfth child but eleventh son. Yet, Jacob treated Joseph like his firstborn, in part because he was the firstborn son of his beloved wife, Rachel (Genesis 30:22-24, 37, 48).
Also, keep in mind that David, a man after God’s own heart, succumbed to the lust of his eyes and flesh. Even though he had wives and concubines, he did what it took to get Bathsheba, simply to satisfy that lust (2 Samuel 11). For that moment, Bathsheba became an idol and it crushed him and his family. The following is an example of how no one is too anointed for the Lord to discipline, to include exposing the evil they do in the “dark”:
‘Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised Me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.’ Thus saith the Lord,’ Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. FOR THOU DIDST IT SECRETLY: BUT I WILL DO THIS THING BEFORE ALL ISRAEL, AND BEFORE THE SUN.’ And David said unto Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the Lord.’ And Nathan said unto David, ‘The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. HOWBEIT, BECAUSE BY THIS DEED THOU HAST GIVEN GREAT OCCASION TO THE ENEMIES OF THE LORD TO BLASPHEME, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.’ ~ 2 Samuel 12:10-14 (KJV)
I could have focused on the occultists, but like how Jesus cracked the whip in the temple of God, I too had to begin in the house of God. Too many people are professing to love the Lord yet giving His enemies reasons to blaspheme Him. It is a serious issue when there is not real delineation between the holy and the profane, such as people who engage in what I call “prophetic witchcraft” or “Christian witchcraft”. Things get even worse when some people are confronted about their sins do not humble themselves, like David. But rather, they will use their titles and/or position in an attempt to justify their evil deeds. Some even quote when David said, ‘Touch not Mine Anointed, and do My prophets no harm.’ ~ Psalm 105:15/1 Chronicles 16:22 (KJV) Yet, David, the Lord’s anointed king, did not use those words in an effort to justify himself in response to Nathan’s rebuke. Also, the king did not claim that only another king could correct him. A person is climbing up a very slippery slope when he/she refuses to take correction, particularly when retaliation is chosen over repentance. David’s predecessor, Saul, was notorious for falsely repenting. The Lord tolerated many of his evil deeds, for years after He rejected him (1 Samuel 13). But the moment Saul engaged in witchcraft, he was truly done (1 Samuel 28). If you have ventured into the dark arts, even if out of ignorance, repent before it is too late. The consequences are greater if you have read to this point but remain defiant in the pursuit of your idol.
Maybe next time I will discuss how to discern when you are under witchcraft attack. I can tell you by experience, there have been times when the Holy Spirit allowed me to discern when people were praying against me. On the surface, the prayers seemed holy. However, there is a difference between prayers that cause the Lord to send an angel with the answer or guidance, as was the case with Daniel (Daniel 10), versus when devils try to enforce another person’s request. If you are not discerning, you could possibly make a decision, thinking the Lord had sent a storm after you, like Jonah, when it was actually devils pushing you into an ungodly situation.
With apostolic authority, there is a time to ask the Lord to forgive people because of their ignorance. Conversely, sometimes you have “To deliver such an one unto satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” ~ 1 Corinthians 5:5 (KJV) Paul wrote, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” ~ Ephesians 6:12 (KJV) Yet, look at the way he dealt with Elymas, the sorcerer (a false prophet), who resisted him and Barnabas by trying to prevent them from preaching the gospel to Sergius Paulus (Acts 13). But then again, Paul did not wrestle with Elymas; he basically knocked him out (“he layeth the smacketh downeth”). Those with apostolic authority, or are being groomed to receive it, do not tolerate wolves, whether in sheep’s or shepherd’s clothing. For as much as I spoke out about witchcraft in the pews, it comes from pulpits too. Which is similar to Balaam on the mountains, erecting altars above the Israelites, looking for a way to curse them (Numbers 22-23, Revelation 2:14). Those with apostolic authority will seek to destroy the works of darkness, to include those evil altars, instead of tolerating, or even worse, participating in it. I have said a lot and there is more I could say, but I close with the following:
- “Woe unto them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.” ~ Jude 11 (KJV)
- “But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: AN HEART THEY HAVE EXERCISED WITH COVETOUS PRACTICES; cursed children: Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet.” ~ 2 Peter 2:12-16 (KJV)
Do not gain the whole world (your idol) at the expense of forfeiting your soul. If you have gone astray, do not stay that way. Whatever you are doing, and regardless of when or where you are doing it, God is watching (Psalm 139).
P.S. See the following videos:
“IDentifying YOUR God-Ordained Spouse, and the counterfeits (Part 1 of 3)”: https://youtu.be/eISTMrktxcs
“IDentifying YOUR God-Ordained Spouse, and the counterfeits (Part 2 of 3)”: https://youtu.be/g-hAFrZg9P4
“IDentifying YOUR God-Ordained Spouse, and the counterfeits (Part 3 of 3)”: https://youtu.be/dVS3FkYEgVk
Witchcraft in Christianity: https://youtu.be/LipzCfedhZY
Marriage: God-ordained vs. God-endorsed: https://youtu.be/Goc8vsaTWNw
Social Aloe Ministries: “Glorifying God. Exposing the devil.”