WITCHCRAFT IN THE CHURCH

Bible In One Year-Day 111 (Monday, April 21, 2014)

Commentary:1Sam22-24. David’s battle was a very hard one in that his adversary was carrying the mark of God (the anointed one), 1Sam24:6. The battle was against the person that wanted to kill him by all means but whose death shouldn’t be by his hand because of the fear of God. Many people face such battles also; battles with men or women of God. Perhaps, one way or the other, some people gain access to a man of God under which you minister and they succeed in slandering your character, you need to learn from David. Perhaps, you are considered demonic by renowned men of God because of the grace of God operating in an unusual manner in your ministry, be focused and learn from David. Apostle Paul, in Galatians 2, also suffered this persecution; you can learn from him. Generally, people criticize and castigate what they do not understand. Perhaps, you are a victim of slanders, campaign of calumny and fictitious castigations because of your uncompromising biblical standard of living; learn from the saints in the Bible and from Jesus’ statement.

Matthew 10:22 And ye will be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.”

When you read chapters22-24 carefully, you realize that the battle wouldn’t have been so hard if the rumor bearers weren’t between them. Take for example, Doeg, an Edomite, was there when Ahimelech the priest handed over Goliath’s sword to David, but didn’t utter a word;

1 Samuel 21:7 Now a certain man of the servants of Saul was there that day, detained before the LORD; and his name was Doeg, an Edomite, the chiefest of the herdmen that belonged to Saul.”

He was the one who told Saul about it and this caused the death of Ahimelech and the members of his father’s house, 1Sam22:9-19. Doeg carried out the killings as ordered by Saul, even when Saul’s servants refused to do that. This was an ancient battle at work; the sword of Esau (Doeg the Edomite) drinking the blood of Jacob (Ahimelech of Jacob’s descend). Only Abiathar escaped to David and told David what had happened. David’s response was pathetic;

1 Samuel 22:22 “And David said unto Abiathar, I knew it that day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, that he would surely tell Saul: I have occasioned the death of all the persons of thy father’s house.”

The spirit of Doeg the Edomite is now in churches, ministries and fellowships. Apostle Paul experienced it in Galatian2. This is the evil power behind the battles between spiritual fathers and sons today, and brothers and sisters. A times, it is to obtain favor for promotion, or envy and jealousy. And if the man of God is not careful, he could fall into Saul’s regret;

1 Samuel 24:16-20 And it came to pass, when David had made an end of speaking these words unto Saul, that Saul said, Is this thy voice, my son David? And Saul lifted up his voice, and wept. …”

Saul eventually prayed for David that he would surely become King in Israel. However, if David had not fought by revelation, he would have fallen prey for Saul’s sword and probably offended God and this is the sure lesson we need to learn from David, ‘Fight by revelation and not by hear-say’. Many mouths are having diarrhea and, therefore, they are bound to run uncontrollably. One will fail and fall into deceit if you fight by hear-say because it is written emphatically in Jeremiah 17:9-10 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”

You will hear rumors, undoubtedly, but it is your duty to verify it in the light of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. Only God’s Spirit could judge right. David operated under the leading of God’s Spirit and the fear of God even though it caused him physical restlessness and discomfort, yet he was secured and strengthened in the Lord. The relationship with Saul was bad but he made sure that his relationship with God was intact. If with a genuine heart, you maintain your relation with God, He would make the wrong right because He is not an author of confusion. It is possible for a Christian to be fighting you wrongfully, especially if you are under the same ministry, your anointing and the grace on you, your relationship with God are as important as winning the battle. Don’t allow any misguided person drag you towards hell. You need to be wise about it, for it is a test of your faith. Saul was anointed and David also was anointed. But Saul had allowed the glory of the anointing depart through disobedience and stubbornness which resulted into witch-hunting David. The statement you hear from people about other Christians should be handled wisely so that you don’t fall into the same error of misjudgment. If you make wrong judgment about a Christian, man or woman of God based on the wrong information you receive, the anger of God could rise on behalf of that innocent person.

Proverbs 21:18 “The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.”

Christians who engage in unresolved malice are gambling with their salvation and the glory of their anointing; this is witchcraft in the church. Many are experts in keeping malice and record of offences, be careful of them; simple “I’m sorry” could exonerate you of condemnation on the last day. Though Saul was arraigned in royal apparel and David in the shepherd clothing, Saul was full of bitterness of heart against David, therefore was more tormented by evil spirit. Christianity is not about the beautiful cloth, flashy car and the mansion full of expensive decorations; Christianity is about plainness of heart, love and pure relationship with God.

1 Peter 2:1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,”

May God guide and direct your step to total victory in the name of Jesus. Our reading for today is 1Sam25-27. Keep the fire burning and alive.

1 Corinthians 14:33 “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.”

Psalms 97:11 “Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.

Psalms 32:2 “Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.”

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