Well, I guess you are used to me posting some off the wall stuff. I am a Charismatic, by biblical conviction and by personal experience. I believe in the gifts of the Spirit in 1st. Corinthians 12 as well as the gifts mentioned in other lists in the New Testament, none of which are exhaustive in outlining the ways in which the Holy Spirit may make His presence and activity manifest. From time to time, through some of these spiritual gifts available to all God’s people, God has helped me “see” something for people which carries His power to free them from destructive influences when it is shared in love and faith and received by faith.
OK, this is one of the most off the wall “words” yet, but I have learned at cost, in fact at the cost of somebody’s life on one occasion, never to ignore the nudging and hunches the Holy Spirit gives. You get these nudges and hunches too, don’t you? Of course you do, and just need the courage to step out and do something with them. Do it! Do it humbly. Folk may mock you at times, but that gets easier to ignore the more it happens over the years.
Anyway… to the point:
There is someone reading this, whose life and ministry has come under the destructive influence of Voodoo. I get the impression that involvement was in a form that would have been easy to dismiss as “nothing harmful”: a piece of jewellery, a charm type thing, watching a T.V. programme or documentary, or even “just” a liking for music that springs from Voodoo. By something that you felt was harmless, a foothold, a landing pad was created, silently guarded over all the many years since. That opened gateway has been watched over and used by destructive spirits with designs upon your life, your relationships, your ministry, your finances and your physical and mental wellbeing. They have not acted in an obviously evil way, but bit by bit, a measure here a measure there, they have seen to it that you have gradually sunk beneath the waves.
The Christ who awoke on the sea of Galilee has just opened your eyes recently to wonder if there is something demonic going on in the waters around your life. There is, but there is no need to panic in the water, that will only make things worse. Have the humility simply to renounce the thing you have always – at times quite angrily – defended as harmless. You dismissed it as harmless because you maintained that obviously, as a born again Christian, you did not actually believe the spiritual content behind it for one moment!
Wrong! Sins of ignorance, of which there is a measure in this matter in regard to yourself and Voodoo, are still sins we are accountable for in the bible. Ignorance is no excuse in the eyes of the law of God. But praise God, Jesus has borne the penalty of the law of God, death, for our sins of ignorance as much as sins we are consciously aware we are guilty of. Jesus prayed and prays still for forgiveness for those who know not what they do. This is important. In prayer ask that God will sprinkle you with the blood of Jesus by the Holy Spirit. Satan is a legalist. He knows he has no claim upon you with regard to any sin placed beneath the blood of Christ . He will pretend he still has, roar like a wounded lion, but don’t be afraid. “Be alert” but “be not afraid.” God disarmed him at the cross.
So then, confess your sin, put it beneath the blood of Jesus. Renounce the involvement and get rid of any object connected with the evil spirits behind Voodoo. Ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit to strengthen you to obey your Heavenly Father in all things whether you see the point in what he asks of you or not. That is called humble obedience, a key weapon God wants to help you use more and more in your living “the Jesus life.”
“Drowning” is the best word to sum up how you have been experiencing your life. I actually think that from some sort of event in your past you are familiar with almost drowning in the physical sense. As I say, God has opened your eyes to wonder if there is a demonic attack involved in all of this. There is. If anything this “word” is perhaps just to confirm that recent insight before you dismiss it as rubbish, just your own imagination.
So then, shelter in Jesus, confess and renounce your sin, rejoice in the blood of the cross. Jesus is Lord!