LETTER TO A DEAR BROTHER WHO WAS BEING TORMENTED AND HARASSED BY FEARS OF HIS WITCHCRAFT PRACTICING NEIGHBOURS
Thank you once again for writing my dear Brother and sharing your fears and concerns regarding your neighbours who practice witchcraft. I want to start this letter by sharing something my wife and I were discussing a couple of weeks ago. We were watching the personal testimony of a hardcore Satanist who had now come to Christ and was gloriously saved. And he was sharing his experiences as a practicing Satanist as to how he would cast spells and curses on people and afflict them with all sorts of sicknesses and sometimes even had them killed by demons etc. (we must understand that devil does have a lot of power amongst his own for they are his slaves caught in his snare taken captive by him at his will [2Tim 2:26]
But there was something very interesting that he shared which I want to bring to your attention – i.e. though he had great power over unbelievers, atheists and even those ‘Christians’ who were a part of cults like the Roman Catholics, Mormons and the Jehovah’s Witnesses; when he came across real regenerated Bible believing Christians, his spells and curses were powerless. In fact during one of his séances the demons actually advised this man not to mess with true Christians as they were powerless against them.
Now whatever else this man shared in his testimony may be questionable, this fact of him being powerless against true Christians is a true saying and worthy of all acceptation, because I have heard this very same thing from more than one Occultist.
And this fact stands to reason does it not, especially in the light of the Word of God?!
The truly ‘born-again’ Christian isn’t just someone who has changed his behavior, reformed his lifestyle or joined a new club or association but one who has quite literally become the ‘habitation of God’! [Eph 2:22] The Master said, “If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and WE will come unto him, and make OUR ABODE WITH HIM!” [John 14:23] Now THAT my dear Brother is a pretty startling statement and we cannot begin to grasp the magnitude of such a Word!
Writing to the Corinthian Christians the apostle asks the rhetorical question, “Know ye not that YE are the TEMPLE OF GOD, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in YOU?” [1Cor 3:16] And writing to the Romans he says, “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the SPIRIT OF GOD DWELL IN YOU.” [Rom 8:9]
The point we are trying to make here is just this – if the Spirit of God dwell in you, then you need not fear the assault of any other spirit whether it be man or devil; because “Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world!” [1John 4:4] Amen?
Isn’t that what Scripture teaches? One apostle said, “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and TREMBLE!” [James 2:19] You and I are no match for the devil, but the God who dwells in us is a God that is feared by all the demonic host Satan included!
The whole of Psalm 91 is a direct prophecy and promise to the Messiah – the Holy One of God – the Lord Jesus Christ! And when His Spirit comes to dwell in us at regeneration all those promises become OURS because we constitute HIS body – of His flesh and His bones! [Eph 5:30] And one of those beautiful and comforting promises is that “He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone!” [Psalm 91:11,12] Trust me, I would rather have one solitary angel of the LORD watching over me than all the President’s bodyguards and secret service employed in his service!
These angelic hosts are at times in scripture shown as fiery angels! Remember when Elisha’s servant Gehazi was beginning to panic because of the armies of Syria that were coming against his master, for he thought that Elisha was ALONE! But he was not, and it took an ‘opening of the eyes’ to really see the angelic host that surrounded the Lord’s servant! And WHAT did he see?
“And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray Thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of HORSES AND CHARIOTS OF FIRE ROUND ABOUT ELISHA.” [2Kings 6:17]
And that is not some ‘special favor’ or treatment for Elisha alone my dear Brother. THIS is a protection around everyone who is a part of the heavenly Jerusalem – i.e. the saved! “For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a WALL OF FIRE ROUND ABOUT, and will be the glory in the midst of her.” [Zech 2:5]
WHAT was Satan’s gripe when he came into God’s presence and they discussed about the Lord’s servant Job? Why this – “Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not Thou made AN HEDGE about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side?” [Job 1:9,10] And that ‘hedge’ my dear friend surrounds not just Job but ALL the elect of God through the ages! The devil CANNOT lay a finger on you save by the Lord’s permission!
“But what about all the curses and spells my Witchcraft neighbours may be sending my way to cause me harm and ruin my business?” you ask. God in His sovereignty knew that some of His meek children would at times be haunted by such fears and so long ago He established once and for all a decree that should silence their fears. And that decree is – “Surely there is NO ENCHANTMENT AGAINST JACOB, NEITHER IS THERE ANY DIVINATION AGAINST ISRAEL!” [Num 23:23]
And do you know WHEN the prophet Balaam uttered this oracle? He said this when the evil king Balak beseeched him to CURSE ISRAEL! The interesting thing here is that Balaam himself WANTED TO do Balak’s bidding and curse Israel for the sake of the money and the gifts (2Pet 2:15), but he just could not curse the one whom the Lord had blessed. In fact he quite directly tells Balak, “Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and He hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it.”
Now YOU my dear Brother in Christ are blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus! [Eph 1:3] As the Psalmist said, “Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.” [Psalm 115:15] And because ye are ‘the blessed of the Lord’ no curse or evil spell from any Satanist, Witch or Warlock (no matter how powerful they may be amongst the devil’s own) will have any power over YOU!
That is exactly a paraphrase of God’s promise in Psalm 91 – “Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; THERE SHALL NO EVIL BEFALL THEE, NEITHER SHALL ANY PLAGUE COME NIGH THY DWELLING. For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways etc!” [Psalm 91-9-11] Can you not say, “Praise the LORD!”
So fear not my dear Brother! Always remember and take comfort in that Word, and what a Word is that . . . “NO WEAPON that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of Me, saith the LORD!” [Isaiah 54:17]
Take heart and encourage yourself as did the Psalmist [1Sam 30:6] by praising the Lord and speaking to yourselves in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.
And you could start with one of Martin Luther’s battle hymns –
And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us;
The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him. . . . And that word is – Jesus!
For at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father! [Phil 2:10,11]
You are in my thoughts and prayers
Thy brother for whom Christ died