Text: Acts 8:5-24
The satanic ministration of one man was able to hold a nation under the captivity of witchcraft as a result of sorceries. It is possible for a man to hold a nation in the bondage of captivity. Bewitchment simply means to be led by an evil eye. The Greek word from which it is derived means to be under the control of an evil eye. Bewitchment here means the spirit of witchcraft which is the spirit of intimidation and manipulation for the purpose of control. Who is controlling you? What is controlling your decisions? The spirit that is leading you through life is the spirit that will determine your destination.
There are two major classification of spirits: the Holy Spirit and the spirit of witchcraft. The devil gets his job done on earth through unrighteous authority empowered by the spirit of witchcraft while God gets His job done on earth through righteous authority empowered by the Holy Spirit. You must be properly aligned in order to avoid derailment. Bewitchment can happen even in the Church. If you submit yourself to a wrong leader, you are already bewitched.
Another source of bewitchment can be found in 1Samuel 15. Anywhere there is disobedience, stubbornness, rebellion and idolatry, there is bound to be witchcraft. In what areas are you disobedient to the word of God? To the extent that you are disobedient to the word of God, to that extent you are bewitched. Bewitchment is a very powerful force in the world today and it is so subtle that many people are under its influence even without knowing. When people are under the influence of bewitchment, they bind the Holy Spirit and hug Lucifer.
Another way that Church-going people can come under the influence of bewitchment is through legalism. This is a situation where a church is trying to do the work of God through human methods. John 8:32 says “and ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free”. It is the truth that you know that will make you free. You cannot be free indeed until you are made free. If the sorcery of one man can bewitch a whole nation, you can imagine what the sorcery of one person can do in a family. Whatever bewitches you is very wicked because what it does is to put people under remote control. The eye of bewitchment is not discernible to the ordinary person. Whatever controls the mind controls the man. You must use the power in the name of Jesus Christ, the power of the blood of Jesus Christ and the authority of the believer to break away from the power of bewitchment.
Phillip was under the influence the power of the Holy Ghost and he turned the whole nation upside down with his ministrations and there was great joy. However, before this, there was a man that held the nation spell bound with bewitchment. This is why before any successful evangelistic mission; you must dethrone the forces of darkness. Before the power of the Holy Spirit, witchcraft must bow. Simon the sorcerer bowed to the power of the Holy Ghost.
Many people have the erroneous impression that when a witch dies, witchcraft has ended. No! The spirit continues. Until you bring that spirit under subjection where it rightly belongs and cage it there until the judgment day of the Lord, it continues to exert bewitchment.
John 17:19 says “and for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth”. If you want to see the wonders of God in 2018, sanctify yourself; break away from every handshake with the devil. If you are a Christian, you must sanctify yourself by separating yourself unto God so that His power can flow though you. When you do, the Holy Spirit will have access to your life; He will use you; He will lead you. Anyone He leads, he leads to heaven. However, anyone under the influence of the contrary spirit will end up in hell irrespective of their position, title or accomplishments here.
Simon Peter was being led and mightily used by the Holy Spirit while Simon the Sorcerer was not but because he understood the power of sacrifice, he offered cash to Simon Peter to receive this same power. Peter rebuked him. You can discern a spirit by the action; you can discern a spirit by motives. The anointing is superior to money.
2 Chro. 6:6 says “but I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there, and have chosen David to be over my people Israel”. The word of God has declared it and it is settled. There is no controversy.
- Lord, I am sorry, in any way that I have been part of any nonsense, have mercy on me. I proclaim that your word is sovereign, your word is truth, your word is life. I receive your word. In any way, that I have disobeyed your word, I am sorry, in your mercy, forgive me, cleanse me, purify me and help me to comply completely with your word in the name of Jesus.
- Lord, I agree with your word that those who bless Israel shall be blessed and those who curse Israel shall be cursed. Therefore, I bless Israel and I declare for the peace of Jerusalem. I declare that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. I renounce and reject every vote to the contrary; I am not a part of this vote. I cast my vote for Israel; where Israel stands in your scheme is where I stand in the name of Jesus. I renounce every contrary vote; I reject it, in the name of Jesus.
- I use the power in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth to break the influence of bewitchment over my life, over my family. I use the fullness of the power in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth to destroy any form of bewitchment in the name of Jesus.
- I raise the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth against every evil eye that is set against the purpose of God for my life, for my family. I command the evil eye to go blind in the name of Jesus.
- You power of bewitchment working against my life, in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, be overthrown in Jesus name. Every power of bewitchment working against my family, I come against you today, be overthrown, in Jesus Name.
- I raise the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth against the power of bewitchment set in motion against my children; let the blood of Jesus insulate my children from the power of bewitchment in the name of Jesus. I declare that they are unreachable, untouchable and indestructible by the powers of darkness. No weapon of bewitchment fashioned against them shall prosper, in the name of Jesus.
- Every instrument of bewitchment set in motion against me, against my family, be destroyed by the power in the name of Jesus.
- Everything that is being done contrary to the word of God in this nation, as a Fellowship we renounce and reject them, we declare that the Bible is the revealed will of God and we proclaim that the word of God is inerrant. Father, when you are visiting this nation with judgment, please, remember us and let the blessings of those who bless Israel come to us, in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.