Divination is the attempt to gain secret knowledge and power through demonic means. The result is self-glorification rather than to glorify God. The counterfeit for the gift of knowledge and prophecy is the spirit of divination. Divination is the practice of attempting to foretell future events or to discover forbidden knowledge by supernatural means. The occult process or ritual practice to gain insight into a question or situation.
Gifts of the Spirits
(Ref: I Corinthians 12:8-10)
- Interpretation of tongues
There is a counterfeit spirit- Satan/demons.
But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough.
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as a angel of light.
II Corinthians 11:3-4,13-14
The counterfeit for the gift of knowledge and prophecy is the spirit of divination.
Divination is the practice of attempting to foretell future events or to discover forbidden knowledge by the supernatural means
The occult process or ritual practice to gain insight into a question or situation.
Manifestations of the spirit of divination:
- Mediums Sorcerers
- Law of Attraction
As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling.
What is the spirit of divination?
“the spirit of Python”
She followed Paul and us, crying out, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.”
“Krado-zo: = to cry or shriek like a raven or animal-type voice; to croak.
And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour.
And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction.
Divination leads to forbidden knowledge
- Process of getting information guidance from Satanic powers rather than seeking it from God.
Divided loyalty will hinder your ability to hear God clearly.
When Saul saw the army of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart trembled greatly. 6 And when Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD did not answer him, either by dreams, or by Urim, or by prophets. Then Saul said to his servants, “Seek out for me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her.” And his servants said to him, “Behold, there is a medium at En-dor.”
I Samuel 28:5-7
- Divination evokes God’s anger and judgement.
“You shall have no other gods before me. 4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me,
And they abandoned all the commandments of the LORD their God, and made for themselves metal images of two calves; and they made an Asherah and worshiped all the host of heaven and served Baal. And they burned their sons and their daughters as offerings and used divination and omens and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, provoking him to anger. 18 Therefore the LOED was very angry with Israel and removed them out of his sight. none was left but the tribe of Judah only.
II Kings 17:16-18
Altars grant supernatural powers (good and evil) to operate at certain times and places.
EXAMPLE: Elijah and Baal priest.
For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.
For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
The test for God’s people is determined by the purity of their alter.
- Symbolizes the idea of unlimited knowledge is a power reserved for God alone.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’