How do we discern the effects of witchcraft? We must not be oblivious to the schemes of Satan, assuming that the practice of witchcraft is only used among primitive peoples in far away places. Paul confirms in Ephesians 6:12 the need for us to be proactive in our fight with forces of darkness. "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Therefore, let's examine some of the characteristic symptoms that occur when a spiritual battle like witchcraft affects a #Christian or a #Church.
1. When a Christian is under an assault of witchcraft and curses, he becomes increasingly disoriented or confused; he might even become clumsy. Satan wants to cloud his vision, thus stopping him from reaching his destiny in God. Thus, the individual under attack cannot connect with his spiritual vision; his motivation is either gone or lacking.
2. When one is targeted by curses, he will feel emotionally drained or debilitated. Those who have been the object of spiritual curses will carry a darkness, a cloud, in their countenance. The back of their neck is tight; a band of oppression around their head manifests as a headache. The person might assume he is sick, but it is not the flu. It is witchcraft.
3. Often, the #curses released from #witchcraft will arouse a number of inordinate #fears which will plague the mind. The theater of the individual's imagination will be targeted: At center stage, grotesque images will flash. The individual will be further drained by lack of deep or restful sleep.
4. When curses are aimed at a congregation, inter-church relationships will experience constant problems, distracting the body of Christ from its primary focus and calling. Irritation levels will be high; patience will be low.
People will be more likely to complain about one another. Gossip and backbiting will increase proportionately. Rebellion against church leaders will seem justified and the temptation to withdraw from fellowship will be strong.
It is vital to note that any or all of these symptoms may be evident and the cause may not be witchcraft. However, once we ascertain that we are truly fighting a spiritual enemy, victory is near.
Putting On Christ
To win this battle, we must understand why the Lord allows evil in the first place. From the beginning, God's plan has been to create man in His image. To facilitate His eternal purpose, the Lord accommodates evil to bring forth godly character in us.
In other words, we would never ascend to the heights of #Christlike love, which loves even one's adversary, without there being actual enemies to perfect our love.
God cannot establish within us a pure heart and a steadfast spirit without allowing genuine temptations and actual obstacles that must be overcome. The reason the Lord even tolerates evil in the world is to produce a #righteousness within us that not only withstands the assault of evil but grows stronger and brighter in the midst of it.
Therefore, to deal with witchcraft, we must understand that the Lord's primary objective is not the removal of #wickedness from society, but the transformation of our hearts.
Spotting the devices of the evil one is key. After you spot him, you have to go back to the basics, pray for clarity, deal with hidden sin, clean your prayer closet, get the dust out. Set your face like a flint and begin to fast and pray. The Lord declared in scripture, this kind only comes out through fasting and prayer. When your life is upside down it's not a time to sit on the phone and cry to friends and family but a time to seek the I Am that I AM.
Seek God like you never did before and commit yourself to set times of prayer and worship.
It is not enough to go to Church and listen to a spirit filled message,you must be a doer of the Word and remember to seek your Pastor for help. The bible say, there is safety in a multitude of counselors.