Witchcraft in Relationships

15 May 2011


1. Introduction

Acts 13:4-12 Paul’s encounter with a sorcerer in Cyprus.


2. Witchcraft and The Occult

(i)   Distorted perspective – he focussed on problem and not on God (v3)

(ii) He became afraid – He felt fear, dread, sick- He drew back from his responsibility (v3)

(iii) Isolation - He separated himself from relationship – a mistake! (v3)

                     - Disconnection from relationship is a fruit of witchcraft operating.

(iv) Discouragement and Depression – “He sat down” (v4).

(v)  Death Wish – “He desired to die” (v4). A sense of hopelessness

      overwhelmed him.


3. Witchcraft in Relationships

·         When people are in relationship with one another they have influence on each other.

·         Witchcraft = to manipulate another person to impose your will upon theirs. So they do what you want, rather than what they really want to.

·         This manipulation of others to asset your will may be –

(i)   Direct: shouts, threats, violence.

(ii)  Indirect: subtle manipulation of emotions – guilt, blame, self pity, demand.

·         The agenda may never be spoken but a “pressure” to agree and to please the person is “flet”.

·         You might experience – guilt, dread, anxiety, grief.

·         You can never be at rest to be yourself when witchcraft operates.

·         Example of Peter and Jerusalem leaders

Gal. 3:11-14 “Now when Peter had come to Antioch I withstood him to his face”

4. Witchcraft and The Flesh


(i) Witchcraft is also a Work of the Flesh

·         Gal. 5:17-21 Witchcraft is connected to idolatry and hatred.

·         Selfish agendas war against the low of the Holy Spirit and are contrary to Him.


(ii)  Rebellion is as Witchcraft

·         1 Sam. 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.

·         Rebellion = 4805 = to be bitter, to resist, to rebel.

·         Underneath witchcraft are bitter roots and rebellion against God’s order.


(iii) Religion can be a form of Witchcraft

·         Gal. 3:1 “Oh foolish Galatians – who has bewitched you?”

·         Bewitched = 940 = to charm, put under a spiritual influence, bring evil on a person.

·         The Galatians had come under the influence of religions legalism.

·         Religion – activities to please God that have form but no power (1 Tim. 3:5).


(iv) How God has designed us

·         Man is designed to be spirit, soul and body (1 Thess. 5:23)

·         The spirit of a man energises his body and soul (Prov. 4:23)

·         Spirit life flowing from within a person is first seen on the face. E.g. Ps 34:5. Gen. 4:5-7 – Cain.

·         What is in a person’s heart overflows as a “spiritual presence” or atmosphere.

·         Demons can manipulate people and fill that atmosphere (Eph. 4:26-27).

·         Whatever a person focuses on he will open his heart to release. (Mt. 6:21).

·         Examples of Spiritual presence ‘felt’? – body posture, voice tone, atmosphere.

*Anger   *Peace   *Uncleanness   *Anxiety   *Arrogance   *Blame   *Self Pity

·         Unrestrained negative attitudes within a person overflow and influence people around them placing a “pressure” upon them.

·         When witchcraft operates people “feel” – sick, dread, fear, anxiety, pressure, tense.


5 How to Deal with Witchcraft in Relationships

·         It is a doorway to the demonic – you must confront it (Gal. 5:1).


(i)   Identify the influence                                            (iii)  Prepare self to respond

·         Reserve – something is ‘not right’.                        *     What am I responsible for?

·         Loss personality, spontaneity, freedom.               *     What am I not responsible

·         ‘Pressure’ to please, appease, yield.                          For?

·         Fear, anxiety, dread.                                             *     Do I need support?

·         Desire to flee – avoid.                                    

·         Disconnecting relationally.                              (iv) Confront the Darkness (Eph.


(ii)  Pray strongly (Eph. 6:10-12)                                      *     Find suitable time/place

·         Energise spirit man – tongues                              *     Speak directly

·         Ask Holy Spirit to reveal what can’t see               *     Say what feeling/sensing

·         Hold back until see clearly (Acts 16:18)               *     Bring issue out to open

                                                                                    *     Explore possible solutions

                                                                              *     Establish clear boundaries                              what you will/will not


                                                                              *     Stay Calm.