Cheryl is a poet, freelance writer, author, and former newspaper columnist. She has degrees in Psychology and Biblical studies
Your rod should swalow all others
Exodus chapter 7 tells an interesting story. where the power of the Almighty flowed through the rod-staff-walking stick of Aaron.
10 And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the Lord had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent.
11 Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.
12 For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods.
Aaron's power came from the Creator of the universe but Pharoah's magicians obviously had a mother source for their magic. When Aaron's rod turned snake opened its mouth and devoured all the others this should have been a sign of where the true power lies. Anything man can do on his own or through the power of evil spirit, the Almighty can always do much better. This scripture indicates that power is not the issue, but the source from which it is derived. In some of today's churches, we have Christians bringing in psychics and trying to make them equal with prophets who are under the authority of the Holy Spirit. There are women who call themselves Christian witches and many believers who use tarot cards. When those who are called by Christ operate in His authority they trump all the other sources and their rods swallow up all others.
David and Golliath
In I Samuel verses 45 and 46 we read a powerful exchange between the teenage shepherd boy and the great giant.
David said to the Philistine, "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I'll strike you down and cut off your head.Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.
Notice David said that his actions would prove the existence of the God of Israel, His actions were not to show off his own strength but to let everyone know that his power came from the Living God. Please consider Daniel 11:32 in the AMPC version. "And such as violate the covenant he shall pervert and seduce with flatteries, but the people who know their God shall prove themselves strong and shall stand firm and do exploits [for God]." Supernatural abilities for those who have accepted Jesusu Christ are always to bring glory to Him.
Don't work for the enemy
Satan is the adversary of all who have been washed in the blood of Jesus. Those who say they belong to Him should not represent the enemy. The devil wants to take us all to hell and he can trick people into believing they have magical abilities all on their own, when it actually comes from Him. Jesus promised in Mark 16 that all who believe in Him would be able to do great things.
15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
You cannot cast out devils if you are obtaining your power from them. You must choose sides because there is no middle ground.
Behold He gives power
In Luke 10:19 Christ said to his disciples: Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. There is no way that we can access His power over All of the enemy's power if we are playing both sides against the middle.i have heard so many stories of believers in Christ who became frustrated because God did not answer a prayer the way they wanted. In their anxiety and anger, they turned to the occult. Satan loves nothing more than leading Christ followers in the wrong direction. When we go through valleys where He seems silent or allows something to happen that is uncomfortable don't allow it to shake your faith. it's not worth it to gain the power of the enemy and lose your soul. Keep praying, repenting, fasting and seeking Him with your whole heart. He knows when you are able to handle His power and how much of it to allow. There is power from witchcraft, magic, the occult, and sorcery and then there s the power of the risen Savior. You choose this day whom you will follow.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Cheryl E Preston
Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on January 07, 2021:
Thank you Nell Rose
Nell Rose from England on January 07, 2021:
I am not conventionally Religious Cheryl, but I always love reading your Bible stories, they make me think. Keep safe x
Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on January 05, 2021:
Thank You MS. Dora. God bless.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 05, 2021:
"We have Christians bringing in psychics and trying to make them equal with prophets who are under the authority of the Holy Spirit." Not every Christian discerns these undertakings, and not all who discern will say something about it. I admire you for your obedience to point out these threats to the Kingdom. God's best to you in the New Year.