Our people believing that they have some power has slowed our progress from reuniting with our true power.
We somehow think that we have the power to manifest something that is not in the will of The Most High or believe that we have the power to change an outcome that The Most High wants.
1 Samuel 28 tells the story of King Saul, who chose His own will over The Most High yet is trying to figure out why The Most High is not dealing with him. Here is the context. The Philistines were about to go to war with Yisrael. The prophet Samuel had previously instructed King Saul (from the command of The Most High) to rid all of the witches out of the land. King Saul was afraid of the Philistines and instead of having faith in YAH, He was fearful of his enemies. So Saul went out and sought a woman with a familiar spirit so he could get some answers.
1 And it came to pass in those days, that the Philistines gathered their armies together for warfare, to fight with Israel. And Achish said unto David, Know thou assuredly, that thou shalt go out with me to battle, thou and thy men.
7 Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor.
8 And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night: and he said, I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me him up, whom I shall name unto thee.
9 And the woman said unto him, Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath done, how he hath cut off those that have familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land: wherefore then layest thou a snare for my life, to cause me to die?
14 And he said unto her, What form is he of? And she said, An old man cometh up; and he is covered with a mantle. And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground, and bowed himself.
15 And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do.
19 Moreover the LORD will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of the Philistines: and to morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me: the LORD also shall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.
21 And the woman came unto Saul, and saw that he was sore troubled, and said unto him, Behold, thine handmaid hath obeyed thy voice, and I have put my life in my hand, and have hearkened unto thy words which thou spakest unto me.
You cannot will something into your life that is not in YAH's will.
There is no level of manifestation you can bring that will change an outcome YAH wants for you. 1 Samuel 15 speaks about this. The Amalekites laid a snare for Yisrael, so Samuel told Saul that YAH wants him to smite all of the Amalekites. Saul determined in his own heart what was good for him as in, what was and was not defiled. He was living according to his own will.
6 And Saul said unto the Kenites, Go, depart, get you down from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them: for ye shewed kindness to all the children of Israel, when they came up out of Egypt. So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites.
9 But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.
12 And when Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning, it was told Samuel, saying, Saul came to Carmel, and, behold, he set him up a place, and is gone about, and passed on, and gone down to Gilgal.
20 And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and have gone the way which the LORD sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.
22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
We are a people that sit back and say, "This is good," and will make what's bad good. Samuel was upset at this because he knew that as a king and leader, when you disobey YAH, the entire nation will be punished. The sad part is that Saul acted as if he did what YAH commanded. This is similar to what happens today. People will say, "I love God," even though they live according to their own will and not YAH's. Saul then tried to flip it like he was considering YAH the whole time when he was really just considering himself. When you try to live according to your own will, YAH sees it as evil. The Most High values obedience the most!
Think about a relationship. If someone cheats on you, then comes back with gifts to make up for the breach, would you rather have the gifts or rather that your partner didn't cheat? 1 Samuel 15:23 says,
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
When you are being stubborn, that means you're trying to go your own way and not the way YAH wants you to go. This is the same as idolatry. And the punishment for that is death. When you have stubbornness against YAH, He's going to depart from you. King Saul put what people thought about him over what YAH would think about him. We lower our standards to appease people and then give YAH whatever we have left instead of raising our standards to please YAH. The spirit of rebellion is in all of the children of Yisrael. This is why we can't completely turn back to YAH. We've been standing in our own way trying to live accordingly to our own will. Taking the word of someone else over YAH is rebellion!
We keep trying to find salvation in everything but YAH.
That one act of disobedience from one man's decision meant so much that it turned the direction of Yisrael. Hopelessness is what led the children of Yisrael to witchcraft. Jeremiah 27:8-15 shows that YAH instructed King Zedekiah to go under the submission of the King of Babylon. Why would YAH want us to have our necks under the yoke of Babylon? It was our punishment.
8 And it shall come to pass, that the nation and kingdom which will not serve the same Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, and that will not put their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, that nation will I punish, saith the LORD, with the sword, and with the famine, and with the pestilence, until I have consumed them by his hand.
9 Therefore hearken not ye to your prophets, nor to your diviners, nor to your dreamers, nor to your enchanters, nor to your sorcerers, which speak unto you, saying, Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon:
11 But the nations that bring their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and serve him, those will I let remain still in their own land, saith the LORD; and they shall till it, and dwell therein.
Not accepting our punishment and saying that we want to be out of punishment is just getting us into more trouble. We haven't taken accountability for what we've done. YAH is trying to warn us against those who practice divination that try to tell us that there is a way to escape the punishment that YAH put you in. This is more rebellion! Leviticus 19:31 speaks about this:
Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.
Exodus 22:18 also speaks about what should happen to those who practice witchcraft.
Micah 5:9-15 shows that this captivity comes with soothsayers, witchcraft, and diviners. These curses are now attached to us!
Deuteronomy 28:46 is the sign that we cannot escape our punishment. Nothing we've been doing has freed us from the bonds.
How is it that all of the ways out of our condition are keeping us where we are?
We'd rather accept eternal captivity than to turn back to YAH and receive real salvation.
Yawitazah & Dejyah Yisrael contributed this article.
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