Witchcraft in the Church (Growthpoint Week 3 Notes)

For those in my Growthpoint class, I am posting my notes here. This series is based on the book “Exposing Witchcraft in the Church” by Rick Godwin.

Week 3

H. DEALING WITH LUCIFER AND JEZEBEL

  1. Pray

-Before deciding how to respond it is imperative that you spend time in the presence of God. Prayer is the key.

-Intercede on behalf of the person you believe to be influenced by a Jezebel or Lucifer spirit. Intercede for those in leadership.

-Above all, be sure that you are actually dealing with a demonic spirit. Throwing accusations of demonization without forethought–and fore-prayer–can do irreparable emotional damage to those in the body of Christ.

-Most of all, pray for wisdom in order to deal redemptively in the situation. The goal is restoration and reconciliation, not exclusion and removal.

I. JUDGE TO DELIVER, NOT TO KILL

-The easy way out is to drive the problem person out of the church. But that’s not how God dealt with you. It is His will that all come to restoration.

-Perhaps as much as 90 percent of the church judge each other to kill, instead of to deliver.

J. GO IT ALONE

-Using the Matthew 18 principle, you start out by approaching the person, in love, with sensitivity and discretion. However it is best to invite a neutral, confidential, silent witness to the meeting to avoid possible false accusations.

K. BRING A FRIEND

-The second step in the Matthew 18 principle is to bring two or three others (non-silent) with you. You will want to choose them from church leaders who are spiritually mature and discerning. Be sensitive as you discuss the matter.

L. GO TO YOUR LEADER

-The third step in the Matthew 18 principle is needed if your first two attempts have failed. Have your leader/Pastor deal with them directly as this is now a church matter. If the person is not repentant, then the pastor needs to remove them from their position of leadership. Nipping it in the bud now, can prevent a church split later.

M. DEALING WITH WITCHCRAFT IN YOUR OWN LIFE

-At this point, you may identify some characteristics in your life which resemble Jezebel or Lucifer. The best advice for you is to deal with it quickly and decisively. Cut of any influences which might be planting seeds of witchcraft in your life. If you have offended someone, ask for their forgiveness, and make restitution if necessary. Last of all, submit yourself to the leadership God has placed in your church.

-Lucifer was cast out of heaven. Jezebel was eaten by the dogs. Lucifer and Jezebel will spend eternity in the lake of fire. People who find their success at the expense of others will always find their just deserts…always.

 

CHAPTER 5 Satan’s Greatest Weapon

A. BEWITCHMENT AFFECTS BELIEVERS

-Galatians 3:1-5 says, “1 You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified? 2 This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? 4 Did you suffer so many things in vain–if indeed it was in vain? 5 So then, does He who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?”

-What makes this scripture so astonishing is that Paul was writing about witchcraft’s effect on born-again, Spirit-filled believers–people who had tasted, seen, and experienced the miraculous power of God.

-The word, “bewitchment” comes from a Greek word which literally means “to smite or mislead with the eyes.” Bewitchment–witchcraft–obscures what is in plain view.

B. WITCHCRAFT OBSCURES THE CROSS

-When a person gives his life to Jesus, Satan attempts to render the believer powerless and impotent.

-Satan tries to find a way to bewitch the believer with a tool of his own belief. But in order to accomplish this the power of the cross must be obscured.

C. GRACE OR WORKS

-When believers lose sight of the cross they inevitably go BACK to the works of the law.

D. CARNALITY: TRUSTING IN THE FLESH

-Once bewitched by the influence of the enemy, the believer can go back under the law in two ways: carnality and legalism.

-When I place my trust in any method or person apart from God, then I am using the arm of the flesh–carnality–and it brings me under a curse.

E. LEGALISM: TRUSTING IN THE LAW

-Legalism places trust in rules and regulations.

-Legalism is one of the greatest stumbling blocks to ne Christians, and it can be found in every single church.

F. ALL OR NOTHING

-When the believer returns to the law, every jot and tittle must be adhered to.

-There is only one way to achieve righteousness with God–faith. Righteousness simply means a person has been placed into a right relationship with God.

G. LEGALISM IN THE CHURCH

-Most people believe they have to keep a certain set of rules in order to stay right with God.

H. DENOMINATIONAL LAW

-Each denomination has its own set of “laws” that shape the life of a church, provide a foundation, a common ground–but they do not make one righteous.

I. LEGALISM LOOKS GOOD AND RELIGIOUS

J. LEGALISM LEADS TO GUILT AND CONDEMNATION

-Condemnation leads to guilt. It is not from God. Conviction is from the Holy Spirit for our correction and growth, and it never makes us feel like we are bad and condemned.

K. DEALING WITH GUILT AND CONDEMNATION

-It is not the job of church people to convict others of their sin; that is the job of the Holy Spirit.

L. ADMINISTERING THE VICTORY

-On the cross Jesus administered a total, irreversible, and eternal defeat to Satan. Nothing in this age or any age to come can ever change the victory Jesus won over Satan.

 

CHAPTER 6 Five Key Principles of the Kingdom

#1 THE CROSS IS THE ONLY BASIS FOR THE PROVISION OF MY NEEDS

– The cross is the sole basis of all God’s provisions for the sons of Adam. Forgiveness, healing, release from the shame, sorrow and poverty are all accounted for in the cross.

#2 AT THE CROSS JESUS ADMINISTERED A TOTAL PERMANENT, IRREVERSIBLE DEFEAT UPON SATAN

-Colossians 2:15 says “When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.”

 

#3 GOD WANTS TO TRANSPORT YOU FROM THE KINGDOM OF DARKNESS INTO THE KINGDOM OF LIGHT

-Colossians 1:12-14 says “12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. 13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

-You may have been transferred into the kingdom of God, but if you allow the spirit of rebellion to rule in your heart, God is not ruling over you, Satan is. He then is able to exercise his influence not only over those who were never saved, but also over many Christians who have given themselves over to rebellion. Rebellion places them under the influence of a kingdom form which God had previously delivered them.

-That’s why rebellion is called witchcraft. People are mesmerized into believing that since they are in God’s kingdom, they are immune to the influence of Satan.

-A person can be bought, paid for, sealed, and delivered to heaven, and yet be used as a tool of the enemy on earth.

#4 OUR BRIDGE OUT OF DARKNESS IS JESUS CHRIST

-Imagine a great river. On one side is the kingdom of God and light. On the other side of the river lies the kingdom of darkness and the domain of Satan. God provided us a bridge to cross over out of the kingdom of darkness. That bridge is Jesus Christ and His shed blood.

#5 THE BRIDGE IS THE GATEWAY TO THE DESTINATION

-The bridge is salvation. On the other side of the bridge is the fullness of God’s kingdom. The bridge is not an end–but a means to a destination.

-The problem is that millions of believers have been transferred out of the kingdom of darkness via the Bridge of Christ Jesus, but they never crossed on over to the other side. Thank God they’re out of the kingdom of darkness but salvation isn’t the end; it is just the beginning. It’s a way into the kingdom of God!

 

CHAPTER 7 Last Adam First

A. SATAN’S PLAN FOR MAN’S SIN

-Satan likes to lure us into sin and then condemns us for doing what he tried to get us to do in the first place! Then he deceives us into thinking that we can correct our transgression by being good. That’s where legalism and the law enters in. It’s a vicious cycle.

B. TWO ADAMS

-When God looks at the human race, He sees two men–the first Adam, and the last Adam. Sin came into the world through the first Adam. The power of sin was broken by the second Adam. He broke the curse of the law. Satan tries to convince us that we are still under the law.

C. A WARRANT FOR YOUR DEATH

-The penalty of sin is death. You were born with a death-sentence hanging over your head. You lived on death row until you came to Christ. Now you are free. You are not free just because you received a pardon. Somebody still has to pay the piper. It just so happens that this someone is Jesus. He received your punishment.

D. DEATH RELEASES US FORM OUR INDEBTEDNESS

-Jesus did more than pay for everyone’s sins, He actually fulfilled the law and began a new era of grace.

-Colossians 2:13-14 says, “When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, 14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.” What did He nail to the cross? The law.

E. OUR RESPONSE TO WITCHCRAFT

-Witchcraft tries to obscure what the last Adam accomplished for us on the cross. Satan comes to us and tells us, “You’ve gotta help God out a little. You didn’t do enough. You didn’t do right. You didn’t say enough. You had this wrong thought; that wrong attitude.” When we entertain those thoughts, we walk in condemnation, and we’re then unable to walk by faith.

F. ABRAHAM: THE MODEL OF FAITH – RIGHTEOUSNESS

-Although Abraham failed to trust God many times, he did believe God when God gave him “the promise”. Because of Abraham believing what God told him about that promise, God reckoned it to Abraham as righteousness.

G. JESUS UNDID WHAT ADAM HAD DONE

-When you come to Jesus for salvation, trusting in Him to remove your sin, your faith is credited to you as righteousness. God looks at you as though you are already in a right relationship with Him.

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