THE WITCHCRAFT OF NARCISSISM
So in keeping on our current journey of Study and Reflection on how we have opened ourselves up as play things for the enemy, today we are going to look at the bridge, to divide and conquer, the enemy has used to accomplish his will in our lives, which at times has left us in a pile of rubble. Before we get too far into understanding Narcissism and those who are under such influence, I want to explore how one operates in this fashion. Since we alone open the door to tolerating the influence of others in our lives, it is good to know the tactics by a term very familiar to most everyone… Witchcraft. And before we proceed, in case you are wondering if witchcraft is inside the Church – I will answer that question simply and truthful – absolutely, beyond a shadow of a doubt it is.
You know for days I pondered the next step in our Study and of course, like clockwork as I set aside today to continue working on it… The enemy came in like a flood, using the very tactics I have been searching out to talk with you about. Which this truly is not a bad thing whatsoever, because it is during these times we have a blessed opportunity to check our own hearts, seek our Lord Jesus and continue for our hearts to be purified from within.
Many of us are under condemnation from others every single day and some days all those dark spirits gang up together for a timely assault… Today, that would be me. It is as if they all met together behind the scenes and said – let’s go after her today and see if we can take her down so maybe if we come at her from different angles, using those closest to her our assignment will be finished. Sound familiar to any of you?
When this happens, first and foremost we must not get offended and respond by emotions. Please remember, just because someone says something about you, does not make it so. If the truth was known, we all have faulty perceptions of one another… What breaks my heart is when people use those perceptions as if they gleaned the information from our Lord and think they are actually doing Him a favor in accusing you. To me, that is most heartbreaking. The Lord desires we reach a place of compassion towards those who do this so we can humbly pray and say – “Forgive them Lord they know not what they do.” I must admit doing so is easier said than done, but if we focus on our Lord and all He went through for us it is so much easier to submit to His ways, leaving behind our own.
In all this process, I am seeing more and more why the Lord has a controversy with His Church, because in reality we are not emulating “His Church” not yet, because there is so much vanity in it, we really are more clearly defined as “Our Church.” The fallen church is full of vanity where witchcraft runs a muck. The Book of Revelation explains it so well in that, we often “tolerate” Jezebel which goes against the principals and commands of Jesus.
I remember years ago in an interview when President Obama was asked a question. They asked him — Do you defeat the enemy or reason with them? He answer was reason, but that isn’t my point. I remember that question from so long ago because it struck something in my Spirit and I thought to myself then and I do now – This problem even inside the Church… We have too many people trying to “Reason with the enemy” when he has already been defeated. We have been given the keys to life and the authority to walk in Jesus so the enemy will flee but he doesn’t because of our own desire to be noticed, important, have glory, etc…. We, like our Nation, have been compromised from within. Reasoning with the enemy is a characteristic of a true Codependent who runs themselves ragged, believing they can save the World and all those in it. Jesus offered His water of life everlasting, but He never forced anyone to drink it. My prayer is we understand the workings of the enemy to begin to no longer tolerating him at work, which is only part of the steps we need to take in ridding ourselves of his influence in our minds, hearts, lives and so on. The worse enemy is a hidden one and I pray today, just like I have been for quite some time, that all those operating out of any spirit of witchcraft be exposed and those under the influence of such are delivered and healed by the Mighty Hand of Jesus Himself. That darkness is extracted from their hearts and He pour into them so they become a usable vessel for His Glory.
Heavenly Father, we come before you today to seek You and learn more about the story of us. We have fallen at times but always count on Your hand to lift us up back into the way You would have us go. Please forgive us for taking anything for granted You have set before us or for times we get caught up in vain imaginations which go against Your will or Your ways. We ask You Lord to deliver us from all evil, whether that be in our own thought processes, assumptions of ourselves or others. We seek the sober mind of Christ Jesus so we are able to do Your bidding on the Earth until You take us Home to be with You. Lord I bind up the enemy so he has no place to operate during this teaching, may all his false accusations fall to the ground where they cannot bear any fruit covered by the Blood of the Lamb. In Jesus Name I release soberness, gentleness, meekness, compassion and love which is pure flowing from Your throne of grace. Help us to root out all that is not of You in our lives so we stand uprightly and walk according to Your plan. In Jesus Mighty Name, speak to us Holy Spirit, your servants are listening and open to Your conviction and teaching. Amen.
So… Narcissists have a tool they use… It is called “Witchcraft” and like any tool it is what they use to accomplish their work here on Earth. Keeping in mind the purpose of when a tool is used, we must understand it takes a worker to use the tool to accomplish the job they have set in mind to accomplish. Therefore, there are set in place “Conduits” the enemy uses to accomplish his desire on Earth, just like we are Vessels FOR THE LORD, there are vessels of dishonor against Him. BOTH are called HUMANS.
Please stay with me now, because this is imperative to understand. Do not be fearful of what the enemy may propose against you in any way because we as Children of the Most High God are covered by the Blood of the Lamb, Who never will forsake us and He always provides a Way of Escape – His Name is Jesus, The Way, The Truth and The Life. I will warn you to stay in agreement with Him and only Him, keep Him as your total focus as you fixate upon only to be pleasing unto Him. When we take our eyes off Him for only a brief moment, the enemy can beat us up just a little. I know because it has happened to me, even recently. Once our Light exposes darkness it tries to hide and if tolerated it will lash out, squirming and accusing. This is why we have been building a strong foundation in our Lord Jesus as of late. Once uncovered, once a nest is stirred up in the Spirit I discovered the very thing you are exposing will in turn accuse you of being that influence in the lives of others. This is a weak attempt, a last attempt to draw you away from that which you were assigned. But never mind, he cannot have you and he cannot have me. We are already bought and paid for by a high dollar price, through a life laid down in exchange for the grand opportunity to give glory only to the Lord from on High. A little false accusation pales in comparison to the reward of Him.
As soon as I started praying all witchcraft be exposed a few days ago and taking a deeper look into how we are not to “tolerate the workings of Jezebel” it lit a fire in those who do just that. Don’t say I didn’t warn you, but the beauty is as long as we stay in love itself and seek our own hearts to be purged of all remnants of the old creature, the Lord will continue to purge us and purify our hearts. After all, He works all things together for the good for those who are called by His Name, even accusations polish His hand crafted vessel time to time.?
It is only by prompting of the Holy Spirit I would even attempt to discuss witchcraft because anyone who knows me, knows this is not a topic I desire to peer into at all. However, the Lord wants us to keep walking and learning precept upon precept and line upon line and not remain ignorant of the enemy’s devices. Before we get started, I want to remind you this is a tool the enemy uses, just like one of our weapons of warfare is prayer to bring down the enemy he, uses witchcraft to bring himself up.
Just to clarify we never give glory to the kingdom of darkness, however, we are not being wise to underestimate those who are against us. So for today we are going to take a wide eye look into the ploys of the enemy in the form of witchcraft. There are many generational curses passed down from generation to generation, often we are even unaware of what has been spoken over us in times past and yet we carry the residue unknowingly – these are often called “Family personality traits.” Just like we have our Grandmother’s eyes or our Father’s nose… Our personality is marked with traits the same way. Witchcraft is manipulation and manipulation is witchcraft both are control based and passed down as taught and learned response or provocation. Since the Book of Revelation is written to the Church – I am speaking to those IN the church today, because if you think for one minute there are not people who operate out of these dark forces among us you are fooling yourself. Hardly a day goes by I do not run into one of them inside the ministry, not outside of it.
Codependents by nature are the prime targets of Narcissists, which we discussed the why’s of that in Part 2 of this Series, but we will take that further and see how Codependents and Narcissists fuel one another in a future Study. I am not so concerned with “Naming” the dark forces operating, because they lie about who they even are, but rather understanding who their puppet master is. And I guarantee if you belong to Jesus they know who you are and that you are not one of them because you serve our Lord. People under their control just cannot seem to help themselves and sadly they often believe they are doing God’s will in what they do, as stated in John 16:2 which reads:
They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
As a matter of fact, if you notice here… They will kill you (even with just words) in order to put you out of the church fellowship. And quite often it is based in jealousy, envy and their need to be in control. This can happen in any type of fellowship you may be in, such as at work or with your family. If you have a loving nature, they are outside of love and therefore, they want you to stop spreading the love of Jesus as a result they will do crafty things to devise ways to stop the flow of love itself or rather the flow of God. This is nothing more than a work of the flesh, operating through a vessel who has not died to the flesh fully yet. Flesh agents are agents of satan because he commands them to accomplish his killing, stealing and destruction. These vessels do not have power, the demon operating through them has the power and they are just being used. Makes you really want to die to the flesh daily doesn’t it? It is why we are told in Ephesians 6:12:
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Spiritual warfare is just that… Spiritual. We have no authority under self to conquer that which is operating through someone’s flesh. We must stand in the authority of Jesus Himself, to combat that which is in opposition to Him in another’s flesh. I hope that makes sense? When we understand the true nature of the Spirit Realm, we develop a deep level of compassion for those who are operating under the binding of such dark forces, especially those who are unaware. Each human on Earth is a yielded vessel either to dark or light, depending which master you serve. And the one you serve is the one who indwells and operates through us to perform upon the Earth. This goes along with the Scripture which says you cannot serve two masters in Mathew 6:23-24:
But if your vision is poor, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! No one can serve two masters: Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.
Those who carry out the enemy’s plots have been conditioned early on through trauma, rejection, lack of love and any other sort of painful wound which has been left untreated, therefore turning into a root of vengeance such as, “Someone is gonna pay for what happened to me…” Like I have said time and again, hurting people hurt people. It is quite sad, because as you will see in our next Study of Narcissism they are hurting too and quite deserving to be freed of the chains that bind them through Jesus.
There are four main objectives of witchcraft:
- To propitiate a higher spiritual being
- To control the forces of nature, such as rain or good weather for harvest
- To ward off sickness and infertility
- To control other human beings—to terrify enemies in battle or to produce sexual desire in one person toward another.
Now let’s take a deeper glance into the characteristics of witchcraft operating inside the church, some of which you will recognize and some may be new insights, but with all truth it is important we look inwardly first to insure these tactics are not coming by our own hand.
These would be considered RECOGNIZABLE WEAPONS the enemy is using to conquer and overcome Christ Followers and divide us so we do not reflect THE BODY OF CHRIST.
As we go over these examples this should cause your discernment to rise up and take notice.
SPIRITUAL RED FLAGS:
- To engage the spiritual world to enforce one’s will upon another
- Using powers and authorities other than the Holy Spirit to exercise healing and deliverance
- When someone tries to pull you out of a fellowship because they themselves are offended
- Someone who doesn’t just tell others they need to be saved, but gives directives on HOW to be saved, which are not Biblically inspired.
- The usage of lucky charms or superstitions for covering (anointing oil, etc…)
- Manipulation and control of any sorts – often playing the guilt card or intimidation
- Being crafty or sneaky to accomplish one’s desire
- Habitual practices such as throwing salt over your shoulder when some is spilled
- Using prophetic future telling as a way to direct a person in the way they should go
- Laying on of hands as a diviner or soul healer where the source is not the Holy Spirit
- Guiding people in a spiritualist fashion into the past or future
- Intense interest in ghost hunting, demon hunting, UFO’s, crossing over experiences or other supernatural activity – ANY engagement with the spiritual world outside of the command of God is dangerous and destructive
- Ritualistic tendencies as a method to God (confession before a priest, etc…)
- A deep desire to attain knowledge
- Hyper-charismatic influences pointing to only a certain person for knowledge, prayer, approval and attention. (false sense of belief someone or yourself is “Holier” than you are)
- Holding someone to a financial obligation in order to receive deliverance
- Using fear to draw someone closer to the Lord
- Angel intrigue and worship
- Soul hunting/conversion versus Jesus leading people unto Salvation – He is the only way
- Attempting to shield or protect another, standing in place of the Lord
- Overly caught up in future events – sign seeking
- Cultivating of soul ties – switching dependence of others on self (as in, so & so cannot make it without me…)
- Seeking man to answer questions as a ruling authority – or placing yourself as the only one who holds all the answers
- Speaking with or seeing dead people – even in dreams
- Suspicious of others
- Being in a state of rebellion – unteachable, threatening
- Seeking for others to pay for their wrongs – vengeance minded
- Cursing others – Name calling, speaking death, comparing one’s walk with your own, deciding who is saved and who isn’t, predisposed to assuming someone is not saved based on outward appearance, overly concerned with people being saved (not just leaving it in God’s hands) — All of these are forbidden forms of control in the lives of unbalanced people
- Chaotic personality, running to fro with the inability to be at rest (The Father even rested on the 7th day as a demonstration to His Creation even rest is purposeful)
- All works of the flesh listed in Galatians 5:19-21 (Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, etc…)
- Desire to be noticed, attention seeking, even to the point of being admired and worshiped – competitive mindset (sayings of – If I was in charge, I would…)
- Gossip, backbiting, falsehoods, rebellion against church leaders and those the Lord has placed in authority – vain imaginations
- Bitterness, anger, unforgiveness, competition
- Refusal to repent or standing in the way of repentance in others
- Seductive speech luring someone into a one on one situation – isolating
- Boasting on self (how much you give, lay your life down, souls you’ve saved, etc…)
- Giving gifts/money/time/attention with expected outcome to feed one’s pride (we are to do our good deeds in secret so our Father can reward us openly)
- Telling lies in order to gain favor, embellishing the truth
- Coming into agreement with things which are not Holy and Sanctified – unequally yoked
- Easily swayed
- Lack of integrity – let your yes mean yes and your no mean no
This is just a small sampling of how witchcraft is operating in the church today. We have all been guilty to some degree of manipulating others or events to bring about a move of God. We have had the right motive with the wrong means, in order to be His hands and feet.
18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. 19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him. 20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.21 And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the Lord hath not spoken?22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
I have had many words spoken over me which were given out of a place of love and yet did not come to pass. I am sure you all can relate. This is why we must be ever so careful not to hand out promises over someone’s life, which are not Biblically founded AND Holy Spirit inspired. Remember, we will give account for every single idle (unfruitful for the Kingdom of the Lord) word we have spoken.
I will share one example in my life in which if I was not grounded in the Lord and looking to Him, I would have floundered in much fear and heartache. I do not want to share who did this because that person is no longer with us as she has gone home to be with the Lord. I will tell you she was very close to me and I loved her very much… I guess you could say I had let her into my inner circle so to speak. Just a few years ago we were talking on the phone and she told me the Lord had shown her my mom was going to die the following summer, which was only a few months away. Knowing my mom has many health concerns, it was not totally unreasonable this could transpire. But as soon as she said this – I just knew inside this was not a word from the Lord, I could see past the person, knowing the enemy was using her to instill fear and all sorts of emotions within me. Not too long after that this person herself was diagnosed with cancer and died only a few months later. I am not saying these two things had anything to do with one another, that is the Father’s business and not of my concern. Glory to God, three years have passed and my mother is still here and for that I am ever grateful. Using this as an example, this person had the right heart intent, however she was not operating out of the Holy Spirit. We too can become blinded in pride and unteachable to consider just maybe we are not hearing correctly and worse yet, delivering a falsehood. I have found this to be true for all us, even me at times.
This is a good reminder to take all things to the Lord, be still and wait upon Him. If we get a word and it is coming from the Holy Spirit – I promise you He will not let you rest until you deliver that word. Remember, that which we do to others we actually are doing unto Him. This should give us pause every single day.
We have been studying so much about self-will and rebellion being in opposition to God’s will and finding peace in Him being God, as we sit quiet and still while waiting for Him to move. It is becoming so much clearer as to why He has taught us to die to the flesh daily, because all forms of witchcraft are workings of the flesh. Samuel 15:23 says “Rebellion is the sin of witchcraft.”
We are to give no place to the devil, in our lives, in the church or elsewhere as we avoid appearances of all evil as we bind demonic activity and shut all doors which allow darkness to operate. I shared before how the Lord laid it on my heart to stop tolerating Jezebel, just as it was written in Revelation to not “Suffer her to operate.” Defined in Greek this means: To allow, permit, not restrain or not reveal. My prayer is when this entity comes knocking on our hearts, it will find nothing in us and therefore flee being bound and unable to perform. The not tolerating the control of Jezebel starts within us individually.
In our next Study Series we are going to go much further into the characteristics of Narcissists Personality Types and their characteristics. Today we went over HOW they operate and next time we will expose who they really are so we are better able to discern when they are at work around us, in order we can resist the mission they have been commanded to carry out.
Isaiah 54:17 says:
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.
Interpreted – We know no tactic or tool formed against us as the Body of Believers in Jesus Christ shall overtake us or be profitable for their kingdom of darkness to rule over us. Therefore, also we understand that every single mouth which rises up against us by judging the Lord will condemn them because we have an inheritance being the Lord’s servant who are infused with His righteousness.
There is an exception though to the Promise of this Scripture. Should we be doing that very thing, we ourselves, open ourselves up to the Godly Order of sowing and reaping, which is required for us to experience that which we have inflicted upon another void of repentance.
This is an extremely serious time we live in. In addition, for our own protection and safety the Lord has blessed us with the Bread of Life, His Word. The Bible. I caution myself and those listening that time is simply just too short to sow anything other than that which is permissible by our Lord. Just like we have discussed today, the enemy has tools, however the Lord has not left us defenseless. Our command is to walk in love at all times and the tools He has placed within us to overcome all things are peace, love, joy, kindness, longsuffering, gentleness and self-control. We are planting a garden and Harvest time is certainly near. We have been entrusted to tend to that Garden of Love for there is shortly coming a day that what is within (us) will be Harvested. What shall be found within us and as it is… So will be our eternal Harvest.
May the Lord Bless You in His Love,
?Angela~Marked By Heaven