Jeremiah tells us that witchcraft operates through smooth sayings and refuses to turn people from sin.
“Thy prophets have seen vain, and foolish things for thee: and they have not discovered thine iniquity, to turn away thy captivity; but have seen for thee false burdens and causes of banishment” (Lamentations 2:14).
These are the false prophets who prophesy smooth sayings. Smooth sayings are prophetic words that people want to hear. They are full of flattery and words that mean nothing.
Workers of witchcraft prophesy worthless and misleading sayings that lead people to wrong conclusions because they feed and fuel spiritual pride and idolatry. True prophetic operations will expose sin for the purpose of deliverance and to keep someone from being ensnared by deception. The Holy Spirit always uncovers and reveals sin to keep one’s soul from going to hell.
Again, Jeremiah, speaking about the prophets of Jerusalem says, “they commit adultery and walk in lies” (Jeremiah 42:14).
For emphasis, we could read this scripture, “I have also seen among the workers of witchcraft a horrible thing, committing adultery and walking in lies.”
The spirit of witchcraft will lie to you without conscious. It’s time to tag these false prophets on their lies and break free from their deception.
Someone once told me that they had the prophetic word from the Lord for a particular meeting. It puzzled me because I felt like I had the word from the Lord for the meeting, but I didn’t say anything to her. She began to tell everybody connected to the meeting that she had the word from the Lord. Because of her persistence, like others, I started to believe her. I thought, “Well, God, I know that you have given me a prophetic word for this particular meeting, and I know that your word doesn’t have to come through me, that’s up to you. So whatever you want to do is OK with me.”
The next day, however, the girl that was telling everyone that she had the word from the Lord then said that she didn’t have the word from the Lord. It’s interesting, you either have it, or you don’t. Sometime during the night, she lost it.
Then she said somebody else had the word of the Lord for the meeting – her friend. I found out later that she was only trying to promote her friend’s ministry. That hidden agenda is called manipulation and is witchcraft in operation. Do you see how dangerous and crazy this can get? (This woman was Jezebel’s eunuch. If you are interested in learning more about Jezebel and her eunuchs, check out my book Jezebel: Seducing Goddess of War.) Those operating in witchcraft will mask a lie in spiritual activity to promote their hidden agendas.
NO GUTS, NO GRIT, NO BACKBONE
Those who operate in witchcraft often accuse God of changing His mind. Do you know what their problem is? They need to stop saying, “God said.”
Jeremiah tells us, “They walk in lies and encourage and strengthen the hands of evildoers.” They encourage the hands of evildoers by agreeing with their error and refusing to correct them of their sin. These workers of witchcraft have no backbone and are full of compromise. They say things that are politically or religiously correct at the moment according to the camp they are with.
The most disappointing thing about the workers of witchcraft is “they strengthen the hands of evildoers.” Because they lack the willingness to speak out against unrighteousness and sin, “none returns from his wickedness.”
Finally, Jeremiah tells us that witchcraft, left unchallenged, will pollute the whole land.
“Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets: ‘Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall; for from the prophets of Jerusalem profaneness has gone out into all the land’” (Jeremiah 23:15).
Those that operate in spiritual witchcraft release confusion everywhere they go. Once a man told me about a conflict he had with what God said to him versus what prophets said to him. He said, “God spoke to me and told me that I am supposed to go to the nation of Brazil.”
That got my attention because I love to meet people who are responding to God’s call to the nations. But then he said that another prophet told him that the Spirit of God was saying he was supposed to go to Columbia. Then, to top that, another prophet said that God told him to go to Argentina.
The man said he was confused and didn’t want to miss God. He asked me what I thought. I asked him to tell me what God said to him again. His response was that God only spoke to him about going to Brazil. “Well, that’s your answer,” I told the man.
The point is that it doesn’t matter if an angel from heaven came down and told you something contrary to what God has told you. You should not be listening to anyone but God. Whether a star from the Hollywood prophets – a superstar or a wandering star – you need to do what God told you to do. He will never violate the witness in your spirit or the scriptures. The only thing you need a prophet for at that point is for confirmation and perhaps timing. Prophecy regarding the other nations could have been in the man’s future or nothing more than the operation of witchcraft designed to confuse the man.
We need confirmation to guard us against the manipulation of witchcraft’s operations. There is a “safety net” for all prophetic utterance. That safety net is called confirmation. When God prophesies to you, He is, often, doing so to confirm what He has already placed in your heart.
Upon receiving a prophetic word, you should submit it to the safety net of confirmation like your pastor (Hebrews 13:17). Your pastor is the only one who will have to give account to God for you. Run your dreams, visions, and prophecies by him first before doing anything foolish.
Perhaps you have never received a prophecy but are sure that God has spoken to your heart. I have had the same thing, too. I was at a meeting once where prophets were prophesying over everyone except me. I didn’t get a prophecy. I began to feel like maybe something was wrong. All those prophets actively engaged in delivery, but every one of them stayed clear of me. They didn’t come anywhere near me.
When the meeting was over, I asked God, “Why didn’t you give me a prophecy?” He said to me, “You didn’t need one.” If you, however, do receive a personal prophecy, then it is important to submit it to the safety net of your spiritual leader.