Scripture Reading: Galatians 5:19–21
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft . . . 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.”
Father God, we pray in the name of Jesus that in our lives all glory and honour be unto you. We thank you for all you have done, for all you are doing, and for all you will do. Blessed be your holy name.
In the past, when people practiced witchcraft they had to do it in hiding, but not in this day and age. Instead, they carry on like it is fashionable. Witchcraft is not just consulting mediums. Witchcraft is counterfeit spiritual authority; it is using a spirit other than the Holy Spirit to dominate, manipulate, influence, or control others. In its basic form, emotional pressure is used to gain influence or manipulate others. We see it when business-people put pressure on others in order to control them. The Word of God says: “He [the Lord] suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes; Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm,” Psalm 105:14–15.
Are you the anointed of God, born again, filled with the Spirit of God? Are you led by the Holy Spirit; baptized with the Holy Spirit? Do you know the fruit of the Spirit? Do you know your gifts from the Holy Spirit? If you are a child of God, the Lord is saying to all who oppress you or try to depress or influence you negatively, “Touch not mine anointed and do my prophets no harm.” I pray today that no influence of witchcraft will oppress you anymore and that God will give you the grace to overcome witchcraft, “because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world,” 1 John 4:4.
Witchcraft is one of the works of the flesh listed in Galatians 5:20 that we must overcome. It can be practiced on people consciously or unconsciously. Whenever we manipulate to gain influence or use a so-called “higher power” to enlist service, even for the work of God, it is witchcraft. I pray that God will deliver us from any authority or influence that we gain by our own manipulation or self-promotion, so that it will not be a stumbling block to us. I pray that God will deliver us from counterfeit authority and give us the grace to receive authentic authority from God by the power of the Holy Spirit.
We must be determined to be set free from every spirit of control and manipulation of others in any form, so that we can worship God with a pure spirit. Denounce every evil control mechanism today so that God can deliver you from the people who are controlling you. If you are manipulating someone, it is the sin of witchcraft. You do not need to go to a shrine or the occult to practice witchcraft. If you enjoy employing that false authority over people, denounce it today in the name of Jesus and set the people under your control free.
I pray along with you today that God will deliver you from every form of witchcraft influence and oppression in the name of Jesus. I pray that the Word of God will intervene now and eliminate the influence of any manner of witchcraft that has oppressed or molested you in the name of Jesus. If you are born again, decree that you are the anointed of God and therefore no one can harm you. Decree in the name of Jesus that no one can touch you or oppress you. Be free from the spirit of witchcraft in Jesus’ name.
You cannot be set free from the influence of witchcraft until you give your life to Jesus. If you have never done so, pray with me now, “Dear Lord Jesus, I surrender my life to you. I confess and forsake my sins. Cleanse me from my sins with the blood of Jesus. Write my name in the book of life. Give me the born-again experience. Fill me with the Holy Spirit and deliver me from every kind of witchcraft influence in Jesus’ name.”
O Lord Jesus, you came to set the captives free. I pray in the name of Jesus that anyone who is being oppressed by witchcraft be set free today. O Father God Almighty, let your people be free; for whom the Son sets free is free indeed.