The possessed slave girl
Witches and warlocks both can be redeemed. But it all depends on how leadership, especially the congregation of GOD decides to handle such sensitive matters after a witch or warlock has been discovered among the flock. We have to be mindful when we encounter such ones, many of them are possessed – being controlled not BY CHOICE.
Do we not recall the plight of a certain slave girl who was possessed with the spirit of divination by her master (Acts 16:16). We see this account in the Book of Acts. Let’s revisit this account to see what beneficial information we can gain from this account.
PR Service Rendered by a possessed girl
As I mentioned earlier, while Paul and Silas were on their missionary tour, they encountered a young possessed girl who was being controlled by her masters. These men or warlocks had trained this possessed girl in the arts of fortune-telling. As a result, these men had made a great deal of profit off of this young girl’s ability to tell people fortune.
So, we see at Acts chapter 16, verse 17, this young slave girl encounter Paul and Silas who are visiting her city to preach and teach the gospel among the people. This young girl starts to follow these two men around declaring truth about their presence and their capabilities . Now, the truth in which she spoke concerning Paul and Silas was not based on what she was told about them. Or what she observed concerning them. She gained the knowledge she knew about Paul and Silas through her art of divination aka witchcraft or fortune-telling. (Today, we call such practice psychic reading).
As I was saying. This possessed girl followed Paul and Silas around declaring, “these men are the servants of the Most High GOD, who proclaim to us the way of salvation” (Acts 16:17).
Now, before we continue with this account, I want to ask a rhetorical question to get you all thinking, especially for those ministries who may be having a similar situation currently occurring in your congregation.
The first thing we must ask ourselves is, how this possessed girl became aware of Paul and Silas' presence in town. Paul and Silas did not pre-publicize their arrival nor their plans prior to arriving in town. So, who informed her of Paul and Silas' presence and what their plans were in order for this possessed girl to show up to try to disrupt Paul and Silas’ forward progress to minister to the people in the city? This is an important question that needs to be answered by every congregation leader in GOD’s house when they notice or are informed by prophetic people in their ministry that a witch or warlock is operating in their church.
As I was saying, once they arrived, Paul and Silas did not put up a huge advertisement campaign declaring that they were there or what they are going to do or offer to the people while they were in town. But somehow, this young slave girl became aware of these two men’s presence and their activity. Shortly after becoming aware, this slave girl shows up during Paul and Silas’s missionary tour to disrupt GOD’s plan for the people in the city through Paul and Silas.
So, as Paul and Silas went about preaching and teaching to the people in the city. This possessed girl followed them everywhere they went, declaring that (1) Paul and Silas were true servants of GOD, (2) and through them, people can gain salvation. She did this for many days without Paul and Silas saying a single thing to the girl.
It wasn’t until after some time has passed and Paul became annoyed by this girl’s constant promoting them through her declaration that Paul finally turns his attention to the problem this young girl created, to do something about it.
We must ask ourselves this important question. If Paul had not become agitated by this girl’s PR campaign, would he and Silas left this girl in her state? Would he not address her issue? Would he not approach her to address the problem with the young girl?
Either way, the Scriptures made it clear that Paul did not address her issue UNTIL he became annoyed by her constant actions.
Now, I will suggest that you read the remaining account Paul and Silas had with the possessed girl at Acts 16:16-24. But let’s end this point with the following.
The ministry of reconciliation
We all have to be mindful that we all are called to a ministry of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:18-21 says,
As ambassadors of Christ, GOD is making HIS appeal through us to ALL of mankind. THIS INCLUDES and NOT EXCLUDES WITCHES AND WARLOCKS. When dealing or confronted with such individuals IN OUR CONGREGATION, we must take the same actions as commanded of us as disciples of Christ, at Matthew chapter 18, verses 15 through 17. It is a failure and a sin on our part if we do not take these steps.
But we must keep this one critical point in mind as we applied such steps concerning witches and warlocks we encounter in our ministry or in our local churches.
1. We cannot be afraid of them – witches and warlocks. For GOD gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7). He has given us the authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy AND nothing will harm US. (Luke 10:19).
2. Our goal is to ALWAYS is to set individuals FREE. (Compare to Isaiah 61:1). If they want it. Some may choose or prefer to stay in that state of mind they are in. And that’s okay if that is what they choose for themselves.
3. It is extremely important when we are applying the steps stated at Matthew 18:16, that we be very careful in our selection process concerning those who will help us in such matters. (1) Not everyone is mature enough or spiritually equipped to handle sensitive situations or information. (2) Nor is everyone trustworthy enough to keep what needs to be kept confidentially sealed. (3) Not all persons, and this includes leaders, are a reliable resource. We really have to know the heart, motive, especially the true spirit of people. Let me explain through a few examples provided in the Scriptures.
At Exodus chapter 18, Jethro, a priest and the father-in-law of Moses observed Moses counseling and judging the acts of God’s people that was in the camp in the wilderness (Exodus 18:13-14). Jethro observed the way Moses was doing it was taking too long and was the less effective method to conduct such matters. Therefore, Jethro suggested a better way to manage such matters in verses 17 through 23. The Scripture says that Moses heeded the counsel, the direction of Jethro. And Moses followed Jethro’s instructions explicitly.
Okay, one more example. Go to Acts chapter 6, and look at verses 1 through 15. In these few verses, we see the dispution that arises between the Greek and Hebrew servants of GOD concerning how the Hebrew widows were being given preferential treatment over the Greek widows when it came to food distribution. You can read about what took place on your own.
What we want to look at together is the solution the brothers (the leaders of GOD’s congregation) put in place to resolve the problem. In verse 3, 7 men were selected who were (1) well respected by all men and women. (2) Men who were full of the Spirit and wisdom. For it to be decided that these men were qualified, all 7 men had to be fully vetted and observed by leaders as well as individual congregational members in the Body. These 7 men had to be known for not showing favor, biases, or prejudices towards any members in the Body of Christ. They had to be known by both the Greeks and Hebrews for not showing any biases of any kind, being fair in their judgment, and being pure in their motives.
Now, I want to bring out one more point. When I say they were pure in their motive. I am saying that these men WERE NOT competitive nor jealous, or envious toward another member of the Body of Christ – their fellow brothers or sisters. (That competitive, jealous, and envious spirit is poison, a dangerous spirit to have to deal with in the Body of Christ). Far too often, in the local congregation of GOD, I have seen men become envious of how GOD is moving in and through certain men and women of GOD. Resulting in some men (leaders) acting out rebelliously toward these GODLY men and women by bulking the system that GOD has put in place. In the beginning, often time, these ones display this rebellious spirit under the radar in a quiet and secretive manner by challenging divine authority that has been put in place by GOD. And yet, their actions ARE VERY NOTICABLE to those who have spiritual eyes to see. Because these individuals who are secretly bulking the system are very territory driven. They are wild dogs who feel the need to mark their turf. (Even when that turf actually belongs to GOD).
So, whenever a servant of the true GOD brings certain issues to the attention of an appoint authorized leader concerning issues that need to be addressed in the congregation. These magnate individuals in GOD’s house immediately leap into action and begin to bark, howl, and growl in a passive way concerning such issues. Not because they really have a spiritual concern for the people and want to really see real solutions be applied to the problem. But because someone has stepped into their territory to suggest or implement real solutions – Kingdom solutions. This is very dangerous because when such actions are allowed to continue in the House of GOD, it allows for evil altars to be established or rebuilt in GOD’s house. This is why it is so important that Pastors, who are called to be shepherds over GOD’s house really know FROM GOD’S DISPOSITION the hearts, motives, and true spirits of every man and woman in his house. Otherwise, pastors are setting up his house to become a house of cards.
Whose operating under your leadersHip
What’s the point? We have to really know the hearts of all men and women that are supporting our mission. We have to give it to GOD to reveal to us the true condition of man’s heart. So that, when we encounter a witch or warlock in our ministry or among our church members. We handle ALL MATTERS in a just way because we need to see as GOD sees. We need to do as GOD will do. We need to respond in the same manner as GOD would have. Therefore, it is important to appoint men or women over certain matters according to the will of GOD and not according to who we think we can trust in our ministry.
word of correction
god decides who will deliver his people - Part 3 of 4
In Part 1, released on Monday, August 29, GOD’s WORD of Correction drew our attention to us as GOD’s servants. It provided us instructions on how we need not only to listen to the counsel and direction given by Apostles and Prophets that GOD has positioned in the Body of Christ today. But we must be doers to the things they are saying as well. Part 1 pointed us to the Scripture principles mentioned at James 1:22 and Amos 3:7.
In Part 1 of this WORD of Correction, GOD used HIS prophetess, Felicia Crawford, to prepare us for the WORD of Correction that is needed for the Body of Christ in Parts 2, 3, and 4.
This is a hard WORD to give – which is why GOD decided to deliver it in four parts. This will allow those who receive the WORD, the time needed to give prayerfully thought to what GOD is saying to them particularly and to their church or ministry.
Prophetess Felicia Crawford said to us in Part 1 that we all need to seriously consider and reflect upon this.
She goes on and says that GOD is LIGHT and no darkness dwells in HIM. But when we the people try to “incorporate things of the kingdom of darkness – like how we measure success in the Kingdom of light base on the kingdom of darkness – WE ARE IN ERROR. And we need correcting and rebuking. So, we can be trained in righteousness. That is GOD’s righteous.”
god did not initially spEAK to me through his word
In the last few verses of Acts chapter 7, we see a lot is going on. In verses 44 through 53, it speaks about GOD’s true Tabernacle. Verses 51 through 53 focus on how the nation of Israel, GOD’s people, who resisted that is rejected, Holy Spirit. And finally at verses 54 through 60 talk about the murder of Stephen at the hands of GOD’s leaders.
I will admit, when I first read those last 16 verses. I wasn’t sure in what direction GOD wanted to go. Especially when considering that this dissertation is supposed to also be A WORD of Correction from the LORD – spinning off of parts 1 and 2. So, I asked the LORD. How is what I read here supposed to tie in with what was recently released? Initially, I did not get a response from GOD. So, I elected to spend more time in prayer before coming back and reading GOD’s WORD again. And this time, this is what the LORD spoke to me.
god speaks the following to me
repent my people
Repent my people. Repent GOD’s people before it's too late. The hour is coming and it is here; where GOD will judge HIS HOUSES first. If your house is found unswept and not clean before a holy GOD. HE will remove you and your house. In the same manner, Matthew spoke at Matthew chapter 18, verse 6.
But GOD is a righteous and just GOD. There is no darkness or evil in HIM. HE does no wrong and HE never acts in an unrighteous or unjust way. Therefore, if your house is found clean, holy, and swept – HE will bless you and your house with even more until your house cannot manage all that HE will pour out upon you and your house. Amen.
for our learning
a word of correction to the body of christ - god's hammer
Part 2 of 4
In the previous verses (verses 37 through 43 of Acts chapter 7), we discussed how and why Israel not only rebelled against GOD. But they also rebelled against the one GOD sent to deliver them from the harsh hands of Pharoah. So, let’s continue reading the remaining part of Acts chapter 7 to see what else GOD needs to show us that fits us today. But before we do that. Let’s review one Scripture we touched on the last time that is so critical for all Christians to get into their soul. I mean we really need to get this one verse in our soul and live by it.
I believe in this season, it is really vital to understand, the simplicity of what the Apostle Paul is saying in these verses we are about to review. As we take a deeper look at it. We all need to consider; do we really understand what Paul is emphasizing in these verses. Or are we just surface reading it – seeing it as not as significant as other verses in the Bible? We also need to ask ourselves – are we really applying what the WORD says in GOD’s WORD? Can we say as a Christian – no matter how old you are; are you really examining yourself according to the words of Apostle Paul at 2 Corinthians 13:5? If you are not, you should for two simple reasons. Because as Apostle Paul said at 2 Timothy 3:16, ALL, not some; not even the ones you personally like. But ALL Scriptures are inspired by GOD…. Which makes ALL Scriptures beneficial to ALL of us.
for our learning
Alright, so, let’s look at or review that one verse that I mentioned before that is so critical to every Christian life. Are you ready because it's going to shock you? It is a verse you will least expect. Okay, let’s read it. It says
This verse is so vital to our existence and future that we need to look at it in different versions of the Holy Writings so we don’t miss its validity yet simple point.
In the New Living Translation (NLT), it says
In the American Standard Bible (ASB), it reads
The Amplified Bible Classic Edition (AMPC) states
Now, let's stop right there for a moment. Because the Apostle Paul did not say – just the parts in the Scriptures that you agree with or like that you can apply. No, he did not. He said WHATEVER was written. WHATEVER you read from this book the Bible. All of it is applicable whether you agree with it, like it or not. From the first verse in the Old Testament at Genesis 1:1 to the last verse in the book of Revelation in the New Testament in chapter 22, verse 21.
Now, listen to me closely because many of you are not going to like what I am about to say next. There are two critical points, insight, and wisdom we can gain here.
1. That the entire Bible is relevant TODAY. You, meaning pastors who are leading the congregation of GOD. Do not need entertainment or a club-like atmosphere to draw people into the pure Houses of GOD. You do not have to adapt your sermons and sanctuaries to the liking of this culture and generation to be appealing. Pastors do not have to try to be relatable or trendy. NO! You do not even need a social media platform where far too many of you spend more time talking about what Eminem, Beyonce, Kanya West, well-known pastors and other spiritual leaders, and other famous athletes and mega stars are doing and saying. Where is the glory in that? How is that giving real praise, worship, and glory to the supreme GOD of the universe?
I’m telling you. If that is the method by which you are using social media tools. Then, you are using it to be relevant and attract people to you and your ministry. While at the same time, calling what you are doing as the works of the LORD. You better be careful. You are treading dangerous water each time you declare from your social platform
Here are several famous lines that many of you like to say that really are bringing glory to you and your ministry and not directing people to GOD.
“GOD told me to tell you or share with you….”
“This is very important what I am about to say to you – so make sure you like and share this with everyone….”
“Look at how God is blessing me….”
“Do you need a miracle? Share this right now. Hit that share link below….”
“I had a dream about so and so and you must share it….”
Look, it does not matter how big your social media audience or followers are. You are still treading on dangerous grounds.
In the Bible, when we are professing the above quotes about ourselves and the statistical (numbers) success of our ministry, are we really doing it because GOD directed us to do so? Sadly, most do not. Most do this to validate the things they are doing in order to declare before many - "see, GOD is with me." HE is blessing not HIS HOUSE or HIS people at large, but blessing that leader because he or she has high social media stats. You know the things I mentioned in the last 4 paragraphs, what GOD call these things? – Prideful gossip and self-glory and praise. Twisting the WORD of God to fit your agenda and lives on your social media platforms.
Now, it is nothing wrong with addressing issues that some mega social media leaders bring up. But if that is your platform’s main focus, I question whether it is truly GOD that is calling you to this type of platform or even ministry. There is no such thing anywhere in the Bible, of any ministry or church or individual or leader that only calls people out or talks about other people’s dirty laundry. NOWHERE.
Where is the redemptive story behind such works? Your impressive numbers? Your so-called followers and likes? Where is the gospel message in airing out a person’s shady lifestyle? Where?
Preach the GOSPEL! The full GOSPEL of Christ. It is His message that is relevant and vital to people today. Especially these superstars whose lifestyles are visible to all of us. They do not need to hear you talking about the latest gossip or rumors that are going on with them. They all need to hear the full counsel of GOD.
Consider this. Instead of starting a gossip and a groupie channel on your platform by mainly talking about folks. How about pointing out one or two points about a person and then preaching directly to them about the GOSPEL of GOD from your Bible? Or, use your live stream to pray for these individuals’ souls before your audience. Now, that is Scriptural and pleasing to the LORD. But most of you will not do that. Why? Because that will mess up your bottom line, and your social media commission. You will lose followers and likes. Individuals will not click your post.
2. Let’s state the second point before moving on. My brothers and sisters. I appeal to you. If you are following or listening to any man or woman that is not teaching the full counsel of GOD. If they believe that the Old Testament is not relevant but only the New Testament. PLEASE LEAVE THAT CHURCH OR MINISTRY. Move on to another ministry or church. Please. People or leaders with that kind of mindset are either angry with GOD or take a personal issue with a Scripture in the Bible because they have not experienced that themselves. Or because some leader misconstrued, twisted, or misused the WORD of GOD. Or, they are just simply mad with GOD.
People with this school of thought violate what Apostle Paul was inspired to write in Romans chapter 15, verse 4. Let’s go back to Romans chapter 15, verse 4 for a minute to finish up that verse. Again, it reads
For whatever was thus written in former days was written for our instruction
And why was it (the Bible) written for our instruction? Why is this instruction that is in our Holy Bible so vital to us today? So … that by [our steadfast and patient] endurance and the encouragement [drawn] from the Scriptures we might hold fast to and cherish hope.”
There you have it. GOD wants us to have hope and not feel despair from living in this crooked and wicked generation. And we can gain hope, and encouragement, gather our strength and gain the patience that we need to be steadfast and endure all things by reading and studying the Holy Scriptures that GOD has provided for us.
But we need to be mindful, that it is a sin, a sin for any man to invalidate, disprove, refute, to claim in whole or part that the counsel of GOD’s WORD is invalid. We as men have no authority to do so. NOWHERE in GOD’s WORD does it give us, mankind such power or authority. For any man who thinks he possesses such authority, sees himself like GOD. (Compare to Isaiah 14:13-14).
Prophet lovy l. elias
One final point before we close. As Prophet Lovy L. Elias said in his live stream prophetic service, posted on August 26. Speaking about Moses and Aaron’s staff and the staff of Pharaoh’s magicians (or wise men and sorcerers).
To view Prophet Lovy's prophetic service, click here.
Alright, I know that was a lot to take in. But I think GOD has been wanting to say that for a minute – even to the men HE loves that are doing such horrible things in the name of Jesus before the congregation of GOD. If this is you, please repent, stop, turn around in the opposite direction, seek GOD and let HIM cleanse you with the blood of Christ. So, you can be made clean and holy once again. Return to your first love once again.
To view Part 1 of 4 of this WORD of Correction to the Body of Christ, click here. Or click the video below.
A WORD OF CORRECTION FROM THE LORD
A WORD OF CORRECTION - GOD's Hammer
To listen to the full prophetic WORD OF CORRECTION FROM THE LORD, click the video below.
To hear more prophetic WORDs or Life Lessons by Prophetess Felicia Crawford, visit her website at https://www.feliciacrawford.org/ or her YouTube channel at @Felicia Crawford Ministry .
To read more prophetic WORDs or Talking Points by Apostle Deaidre Newby, visit her website at https://www.deaidrenewby.com/. You may also visit her YouTube channel, under the playlist, Dreams, Visions & Prophetic Words at @Deaidre (deaidre1).
music was by Purple Planet Music
WORD OF CORRECTION
A prophetic WORD OF CORRECTION is not a WORD to harm or place fear in GOD’s people. Here is an opportunity for GOD’s people, especially HIS leaders to apply the principle GOD stated to HIS prophet Jeremiah at Jeremiah 1:10. God reached out, touched my mouth, and said, “Look! I’ve just put my words in your mouth—hand-delivered! See what I’ve done? I’ve given you a job to do among nations and governments—a red-letter day! Your job is to pull up and tear down, take apart and demolish, And then start over, building and planting.”