1 Sam 28:7-10
7 Saul then said to his attendants, “Find me a woman who is a medium, so I may go and inquire of her.” There is one in Endor,” they said. 8 So Saul disguised himself, putting on other clothes, and at night he and two men went to the woman. “Consult a spirit for me,” he said, “and bring up for me the one I name.” 9 But the woman said to him, “Surely you know what Saul has done. He has cut off the mediums and spiritists from the land. Why have you set a trap for my life to bring about my death?” 10 Saul swore to her by the Lord, “As surely as the Lord lives, you will not be punished for this.”NIV
Last week we were able to see the second way people follow other than the right way. The third way we shall be looking at today that people follow is:
SATANIC WAY: 1Sa. 28:7-10; 2Kgs 1:4: There is a common thing between the first two ways discussed and this third way. That thing is that one can practice them together. One that follows a personal way can also be on that of religion and satanic ways. This is why some people are in the church, live as they like, and belong to one or two cults.
Saul as a Jew supposed to be obedient to God and follow his word as given by the prophet chose here to go satanic. He had condemned sorcery and divination but now turned to be one of them. Pretending to be working with Prophet Samuel but disguised himself and secretly went satanic in the night. Many people in the world today follow the satanic way. Unfortunately, there are also some in the church today that look religious but they follow the satanic way. They practice sorcery, divination, and all manner of occultism. Some at best will disguise it to look religious as if they are doing the right thing.
Instead of praying to God for their needs, such people go for talismans. They will rather consult native doctors for solutions rather than come to God. They depend on charms, amulets and practice all manner of secret things. To them, those things are a way of life and their trust and hope are cast on those things. The satanic way must fail those following it and ends up in destruction.
King Ahaziah in 2Kg. 1:1-4 was sick and decided to send for inquiry from Baalzebub the god of Ekron. To him going to enquire from an idol god of the foreign land was the rightful way to follow for information and cure. God was angry with him for choosing to follow the wrong and satanic way. That caused his destruction.
There are people today even in churches that follow such ways and such ways seem right to them. Following the satanic way lead to destruction and must be jettisoned. Those who are doing so should make a rethink and discontinue and find the right way.
This week I decree that your faith in the Lord shall increase as you trust him for deliverance in whatsoever situation you might be in the name of Jesus Christ.
Remain Raptureable, see you next week if Christ tarries.
Rev. Ifeanyi Okafor.