And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
Matthew 14:26 (KJV)
Cried out for fear – Did you catch that? The Apostles didn’t stop and converse with the spirit that it might have some information for them. Because of their fear, they cried out.
Think about this today. Many claim that we’re an Apostolic religion, but yet our actions don’t seem to align with the Apostles. Instead, when we see spirits, we converse with them. That just doesn’t sound right, does it? When the Apostles saw something, the were terrified. Why isn’t this our reaction?
No, instead we practice witchcraft and converse with familiar spirits. That’s forbidden in God’s law (Deuteronomy 18:10-11). We aren’t to speak with the dead, or spirits and demons. Yet this action is becoming more and more acceptable. Let’s talk with them, let’s find out what they want. Rather we should drop to our knees in prayer and in fear. Why has witchcraft entered our congregation? How do we rid it from our service? How do we rebuke those who are practicing it right in front of our eyes?
Most importantly we should recognize that not everything spiritual is from God. The Holy Spirit may not be the spirit revealing these things to you… especially if you think it’s okay to break the law of God and converse with these spirits.
Next time you see something “spiritual” it’s important to realize that there are visions, but visions aren’t interactive. They are something revealed to you to drive home a message. That’s it. If you’re interacting with them, it’s time stop and think about the line you are crossing. You just went from a witness to a partaker of witchcraft.
The Greek word above for “fear” is phobos. It’s where we get our word phobia from. It’s very concerning that we don’t drop to our knees in complete fright. Or as John the Revelator did before the presence of Yeshua. Maybe we should strive to be more Apostolic in our service. Think on this next time someone comes out claiming to interact with the dead, or our ancestors, or other such spirits and demons.