We don’t need to look far before we see how much pain is in the world we live in. Sickness, death, joblessness, divorces, pain, abuse and the list is endless. As pain is on the rise, so also is the quest for knowledge. The answers to many questions is the tap of a finger away. We tap and speak to our gadgets and answers pop up. Information is sought for in a level it has not been in previous years and generations.
We want answers. We want to be kept in the know. We don’t want life taking us unaware. The if, when and how questions all needs answers. The hunger for knowledge has created a vacuum for answers.
Prophecy is a beautiful gift which i sincerely desire to work more in. I believe is a gift we should desire as believers because it helps us to be aware of what is happening and what will happen. God promised us in Joel that we will prophecy by His Spirit.
“Then, after doing all those things,
I will pour out my Spirit upon all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy.
Your old men will dream dreams,
and your young men will see visions. John 2:28 NLT
As believers, we have been forewarned that not all prophecies are from God. The quest for knowing what God is saying have exposed many to receiving “prophecies” from the spirit of divination. We are quick to tag every passionate voice as prophetic without taking a moment to question the source. It is true doesn’t always mean it is from God. Many are unable to discern the truth of Christ because we have allowed emotions to mask our views about Christ. Being passionate doesn’t always mean what is being said is true.
Spirit of divination is from the devil. It is the evil spirit behind fortune telling, horoscope, astrology and star signs. As a believer i refuse to associate myself with any star sign. The only sign i cling to is the sign of heaven which tells me that i am a child of God. Instead of reading horoscope to find out what my future holds, i read the bible where my identity is revealed.
Zodiac signs, horoscopes and the likes are masked with fear and manipulation. The lure you into the kingdom of darkness and this spirit starts controlling you by pulling you to itself with a force that you easily cannot say no to.
In Acts 16:16-19, we see a clear case where the spirit of divination was in operation.
What the slave girl said was true. However the source from where that revelation came was wrong. This grieved the spirit of Paul and he rebuked her.
We need to test all spirits to know whether they are of God. We shouldn’t be so comfortable with anyone to the point where we don’t carry out checks to verify the prophecy they give us.
When we expose ourselves to receiving prophecies from spirit of divination, we open up ourselves to spirits of fear, anger, pride and self awareness.
So how do we differentiate between prophecy and the spirit of divination? I have created a table below that helps with this.
Differences Between Prophecy and Spirit of Divination
Spirit of Divination
|Heavenly driven||Money and worldly driven|
|God takes the glory||The ‘prophet’ takes the glory|
|Stirs up a hunger for Christ||Manipulative. Makes you become clingy to the ‘prophet’|
|Encourages forgiveness||Creates enmity, hatred and division|
|Reveals extraordinary truth||Always ‘prophecies’ the obvious|
|Always in line with the bible||Doesn’t always tie in with the bible|
|Aids spiritual growth||Doesn’t pay attention to spiritual growth|
|Promotes things of the spirit||Promotes self|
|Restores you to fellowship with God||Leaves you in condemnation|
|Gives you peace||Grieves the spirit of God in you|
I would encourage you to use the above table as a check for any prophetic word that someone says to you.
May we be wise.