Don’t Believe ‘the wicked one’
by Fred Pruitt
My dear brother —
I am 67 years old, and have been in Christ since I was 21 in 1972. I was baptized in the Spirit in my beginning days and operated in the spiritual gifts. Most of the ensuing years I have been in ministry of one sort or another. I have never had a stranger request than the one you have sent me. In my days before Christ I knew of witchcraft and had some small dealings with it, but since I’ve been in Christ not ever, not even one time in 46 years, have I dealt with or even been concerned about witchcraft or witches or spells or any the other stuff that goes along with it.
I learned early on I don’t deal with the devil. His works do not touch me nor anyone in Christ who believes. Jesus said, “The prince of this world cometh but he hath nothing in me.” There was nothing in Jesus the prince of this world could touch, even though it is true that Satan engineered the crucifixion. He put it in Judas’ heart and the scripture even says Satan entered Judas when he went to the high priest to betray Jesus. And Jesus sent him to that task, knowing exactly what Judas was going to do. Why? Because even though He knew His death was being set up by Satan, He called it, “My Father’s Cup.” Peter urged Him not to go, and Jesus told Peter, “My Father’s cup, shall I not drink it?”
And Peter even said in his great sermon on the day of Pentecost, that even though “wicked hands” had taken Him and murdered Him, He was delivered into their hands “delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God,” (Acts 2:22-41). In other words, it was God Who purposed Jesus’ death by the hands of wicked men under the power of the evil one, in order that He might deliver those same “wicked hands” who killed Him, out of the power of evil, since He cried from the Cross, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And of course, not just them, but all of us, who have ever lived, are recipients of His Blood and Body deliverance.
Satan did his absolute worst he could to Jesus, killed His body, but the evil one still could not hold Him because of Who He was and is. Likewise, Paul said, “Give no place to the devil,” simply meaning, do not believe he has any power or rule or any ability to touch you in your essential spirit-self. He may be able, if God allows it for whatever reason, be able to touch your body or emotions or reason, but he cannot touch who you really are, because Christ lives in you, and he cannot touch Christ.
Even in Numbers, when the King of Moab tried to get the prophet Balaam to curse Israel by paying him money, and Balaam tried to do it, for the money, he was prevented by the Spirit of God from cursing Israel, instead declaring, “Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel.” (Num 23:23). Get that? There is no spell or enchantment or any false divination (power of a false god) that can affect Israel — which means the true Israel, those who are the circumcised in heart, in Jesus Christ.
He cannot touch you nor anyone else in Christ! So even if you believe there is some “spell” some person who calls him or herself a witch that will affect folks in Christ, it cannot. We are in the kingdom of God and they cannot touch the kingdom of God. They’re in the dark kingdom and they can yell and maybe even convince people the devil can affect them which might pull a person temporarily out of faith but we can trust Christ in us to hold onto us even when we cannot hold onto ourselves.
I have no idea how to “call back” your words, but “spells” are lie of the devil and not to be believed. And you need not fear him if you know the One Who lives in you, Who is FAR FAR FAR greater than the one who is in the world. My word to you is to drop your fear and replace it with faith. Faith not in your ability to do anything, but faith in the One in you to uphold you and to keep you! We do not keep ourselves. He keeps us!
If we think we have to keep ourselves, which mistaken preachers who sow fear all the time falsely tell unsuspecting believers, putting them in more in fear of the devil than faith in the Lord to uphold them, exhorting them do all sorts of things to keep themselves, when the only truly effective thing is to “Be still, and know that I AM God.”
“Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will show to you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more forever. 14 The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” (Ex 14:13,14).
Finally, my friend, hear the Word of the Lord from Psalm 4:8: “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.”
As Jesus said over and over and over, “Why do you fear, O ye of little faith? Be not afraid, only believe.” That’s all I have to say. Go to sleep in peace.