KEY SCRIPTURE: Exodus 7:12 ” For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods”.
Every child of God must be very much aware that the devil always seeks to counterfeit the gifts of God. He does this to confuse men about the power of God and that of the devil.
In our key scripture Satan through king Pharaoh of Egypt caused his magicians to work a miracle to challenge God’s power and hardened the heart of the king. In this instance Moses’ rod which had become a serpent swallowed that of the magicians of Egypt.God would always overpower the devil if only Christians would stand for him.
The following story illustrate how the devil counterfeits God’s power.
A village in Java a town in Israelis dominated by mostly Christians. The following story explains how it happened so.
Some years ago a young Dutch Christian lady missionary came to that village preaching about Jesus and his power to save. A witch doctor confronted her, telling her to leave the place because both of them could not live on that land together. He explained that he works miracles there and she can’t also come and talk about miracles. This lady missionary said she was not going anywhere. The witch doctor said they should go into a contest to prove who was more powerful implying the winner takes over.
They announced this contest to the neighborhood, whilst this witch doctor fasted for three days and the lady missionary did her normal activities of preaching in the village. On the fateful day the villagers gathered, whiles the two people met in the arena. The witch doctor asked the lady to act first to prove how powerful her God was, but she declined and asked the man to go ahead. This witch doctor lay on the floor and instantly began to rise like a log of wood lifting itself from the floor.He got to about a knee high and remained there.
The lady did not know what to do.She asked the Lord and He told her to go push him down with her foot and cast the devil out of him. She did exactly that. The demons in him came out and the man came to his normal senses asking where he was? He had been filled with the demons for so long a time that he had lost touch with the real world. This man accepted Jesus with the whole village.
All the miracles he did were demonic Satan is still using his agents to counterfeit the miracles of God and many are deceived. The lady needed courage to stop him. We have to also stop these people canvassing for people to come for money rituals etc. Christians have the true power and must be bold to confront these people with the gospel and the power of God.
Heavenly Father, I pray for boldness for all Christians to arise and boldly preach the gospel stop these witch doctors deceiving many.
Acts 13:9-11. Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, And said, O full of all subtlety and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.
Acts 8:9. But there was a certain man, called Simon, which before time in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: