Part One: Establishing a Culture of Faith for the Supernatural
As I have been previously posting, believers are hungry to experience the supernatural power of God. Yet, and please allow me to be honest, many have looked for power in all the wrong places!
In my last post, I discussed how we can easily depend upon religious works, resort to comfort zones and control issues, and therefore open doors to witchcraft and the voice of the enemy. Without the revelation of what Jesus did at the cross, it would be easy for each of us to believe that we can actually access the supernatural manifestation of God due to our own acts of righteousness. To believe that we are righteous because of what we "do" for Christ rather than "who we are" in Christ will ensnare us into endless wilderness journeys and lack of God's supernatural power.
Power in the Blood of Jesus
It has been my belief for a while now that it is time for the church to once again preach more messages about the cross and the power in the blood of Jesus. I have been on a five year journey discovering the truths concerning these topics. In fact, I recently wrote a book, The Power in the Blood, (read more about its contents by clicking on my "book" tab) that I believe will empower each of you in this season. In this book, I wrote specifically about the necessity to baptize your land of promise with the blood of Jesus. What do I mean by that? Well, for instance, when Noah left the ark after the flood, the first thing he did was offer a sacrifice unto the Lord and as he did that he actually baptized the land with blood. This was type and shadow of the sacrificial shedding of Jesus blood for our salvation. Yes, when He died for us, he actually shed His precious blood to baptize us into our eternal purposes with in Him!
I have written many previous blogs that discuss the fullness of what the word "sozo" means. Salvation is the Greek word sozo which translates not only salvation but also prosperity, healing, protection and all that heaven has to offer us! Dear believer, it is so important for each of us to plead the blood of Jesus over our promises (which is our Promised Land) because there is power in the blood!
The Occult, Witchcraft, and the Antichrist Spirit
Witchcraft is a perversion (and counterfeit) of God's supernatural power. Many believers are completely taken back whenever they realize that legalism and religious works opens the door to the occultic roots of witchcraft. Again, I urge you to read some of my previous blogs as I discuss the fact that "religion" and "legalism" robs the church of its power. 2 Timothy 5 describes how many prideful people will have a "form of religion" or "religious piety" but deny the power of God.
We also notice that Apostle Paul, in Galatians 3:5, warns us that we must be cautious to not begin our walk with God in the Spirit and later revert back to the works of the law (religious works and performance.) Paul addressed the Galatians and asked who had "bewitched" them to cause them to revert back to such practices. The Amplified Bible says it this way..."who has fascinated or bewitched or cast a spell over you?" Wow! Dear ones, let's continue to walk in the Spirit of God and not revert back to religious performance! Religion is always a result of not experiencing (and enjoying!) a relationship with God! Yes, Paul is clear. Religious performance is connected to witchcraft. Read on and find out why.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 is clear that perilous times will come. A "perilous" time translates as "dangerous and difficult." I am certain we can all testify that these terms reflect the season we are experiencing. Interestingly, though, it also refers to times we experience a lack of strength. Dear ones, please allow me to alert you that Daniel 7:25 warns us that the Antichrist will rise up to "wear out the saints." When we identify the false voices of the enemy, the Antichrist is definitely one of them. He attempts to wear us out through his lies and deceptions. This voice says things as:
"You're not strong enough for God to use you."
"Your anointing is not enough. You must continually perform to prove your value. "
"You must be in church three times a week to be considered holy."
Dear believer, it is lies like these that, when we believe them, wear us out! How? We try to perform for God- and it's exhausting! Ask me how I know! I don't desire that any of you get worn down from religious works. It's really easy to follow God- just trust Him and follow Him....and love Him with all of your heart!
If you believe you have been under some type of witchcraft assignment then maybe it's time to examine your life, your belief system and motives. If you believe you must perform for God so that He will empower you more or love you more- you have been believing a lie that is connected to witchcraft and the occult. The occult hides revelation- therefore you probably haven't received (until now!) that you need not perform. To me, that was revelation! When I learned that I was already righteous because of the blood of Jesus it completely set me free. I had struggled with witchcraft assignments for years- but when I learned that truth (revelation!) I was empowered to resist the attacks of the enemy with the truth of God. The truth of God is this:
You are the righteousness of Christ
You are loved.
You are a child of the King
You are anointed.
You are blessed.
You are free!
If you have believed a lie, simply repent. Repentance means to change the way you think. Change the way you think about yourself. You are no longer a slave to sin or the enemy's lies. You are free because of all that Jesus accomplished on the cross!