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A Work of the Flesh (Galatians 5:16-21)

Introductory Thoughts

Many have erroneously suggested that witchcraft is a spiritual gift, but the Bible plainly declares that it is instead a work of the flesh. As such, it is anti-Spirit and lustful. It is of the same kind as adultery, idolatry, hatred, heresies, murders, and drunkenness. No Christian who finds joy in these practices can rightly claim to be led of the Spirit, and so it is with Christians involved in witchcraft at any level. Unfortunately, many beguiled saints have grown increasingly accepting of witchcraft, at times even suggesting there are hidden scriptural messages. Men should not be deceived into thinking that God will partner with a work of the flesh to accomplish His work.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): God hates witchcraft (Exodus 22:18; Micah 5:12). If you are attracted to it, it is not God doing it (James 1:13) but your own desires and longings (James 1:14). Remember, in God's eyes there is no such thing as a "good" witch no matter how the world dresses them up to appear so (1 John 4:1).
  • (For everyone): No man can rightly suggest that God led him to get drunk or to commit adultery. Yet, why do you think people justify witchcraft as a harmless endeavor?
  • The works of the flesh have bombarded mans entertainment. Do you find witchcraft, adultery, and drunkenness entertaining?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask God to help you rid your life of the works of the flesh.
  • Ask God to give you wisdom to know what is right and wrong.