The word pharmakeia is a Greek word that means witchdoctor. It is the word we get the English word pharmacy from.
When you think of the word witchcraft, what do you think of?
Let’s go to a few scriptures and see what the word says.
1 Samuel 15:23 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. KJV
The word witchcraft in this verse is strong’s OT:#7081 qecem (keh'-sem); which is taken from the root word OT:7080; a lot: also divination (including its fee), oracle:
OT:7081 qecem (keh'-sem);
KJV - (reward of) divination, divine sentence, witchcraft; a primitive root; properly, to distribute, i.e. determine by lot or magical scroll; by implication, to divine:
So in 1 Samuel the word witchcraft not only means divination, but to pay for and distribute these teachings for money not just rebellion.
19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. NIV
1.Debauchery-A wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity. 2.Dissensions-Disagreement among those expected to cooperate. 3.Factions-A group or clique within a larger group, part, government, organization, or the like.
Notice that it says that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. That is people who continue in this type of behavior as a lifestyle.
But I want to look at the word witchcraft. In this verse we use the Greek translation because it’s in the New Testament.
Witchcraft means pharmakeia in this verse Strong’s NT:#5331 pharmakeia (far-mak-i'-ah);
And that comes from the root words which is strong’s NT:#5332; medication ("pharmacy"), i.e. (by extension) magic (literally or figuratively):
KJV - sorcery, witchcraft -sorcerer.
NT:5332 pharmakeus (far-mak-yoos'); from pharmakon (a drug, i.e. spell-giving potion); a druggist ("pharmacist") or poisoner, i.e. (by extension) a magician:
So the use of the word witchcraft in this scripture means one who makes spell-giving potions: a druggist or pharmacist.
We learned from a lady that came to Friday Road Worship Center, that for a drug to be FDA approved it had to be toxic, a poison.
Do not stop taking your medication!
This lesson is not intended to cause anyone to feel bad if they are on medication. This is to help us understand that we were designed to live in health and not disease, diss-ease. There is a place for doctors and for medication but; when we use medication to give us ease or an altered state of mind or consciousness, to deal with the pain in our life, the real problem goes undealt with. Continued uses of drugs, legal or illegal, allow the enemy to enter our lives.
Most people take medication because they need relief. Let’s take painkillers for example most are beta-blockers; they shut down the pathway of pain. You still have the pain but your body doesn’t know it.
High blood pressure medication is a beta-blocker, which will short-circuit the nervous systems pathway that causes it. It lies to your body. High blood pressure is a stress disorder, but you are not dealing with the stress/sin, this can be generational. Stress makes the cell walls stiff causing back flow and narrowing of the arteries. Then the drugs relax the veins/arteries so the blood will flow easy. Some of the things that cause stress are: fear, worry, anxiety, self-rejection and depression. Fear is the opposite of faith and it is sin. Instead of dealing with what is causing the fear we take a pill. We have been taught this; pills are not God’s way to deal with disease. We have to retrain ourselves to go to God first, call on the elders, to pray for us ask God to show us what is in us that is causing the sickness before we go to the doctor. Also when we go to the doctor we get the name of the disease.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; KJV
So we go to the doctor and get the name of what is ailing us and then we put it under the name of JESUS.
There are some germs that are common to man, like a cold. It hits us and we take an antibiotic to get better. The antibiotic doesn’t alter our thinking it doesn’t affect our brain by altering our moods. It is in a different category then mind altering medications. That is not to say we don’t pray and ask God to heal the cold. Let me say again this is not to condemn anyone on medication; this is to teach us to rely on the Holy Spirit for our healing.
Ps 34:4 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. KJV
We don’t go to the doctor because we are afraid of what they might tell us.
2 Tim 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. KJV
This verse tells us fear is a spirit and it didn’t come from God.
Deuteronomy tells us: if we keep the commandments he will not put on us the diseases that were on the people of Egypt.
11 Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which I command thee this day, to do them.
12 Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the LORD thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers:
13 And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
14 Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle.
15 And the LORD will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee. KJV
We are commanded to obey God, not because HE is mean and doesn’t want us to have fun, it is so sickness and disease will not come on us.
Prozac is a bad substitute for the Holy Spirit and it has dangerous side effects. Most of the psychotic murders that we have had in America, including Columbine, were on Prozac. Prozac causes an altered state of mind that opens us up to the demons attached to the drug. Its side effects are hostility, violence and psychotic behavior. Neurogenesis is the continued remanufacturing of neurons that are responsible for memory and emotions. Prozac does this chemically and artificially. We are not dealing with the root problems of our lives; we are turning to drugs to do for us what we need to do for ourselves by getting in the Word of God and applying it to our lives.
An altered mind set, leads us down a path away from God.
Another thing about medication, when you are put to sleep you are in an altered state, put the blood of JESUS over you and renounce any curses from the medication or the surgeons.
12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed — not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence — continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. NIV
If the Holy Spirit is dealing with you about your life, don’t let the devil (or doctor) tell you that you will be on medication your whole life. GOD said we are healed! Whose report do you believe? Change your old mindsets and by faith receive the divine health GOD has for you.
2 Cor 5:17
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. KJV
We have become a nation drugged to avoid the responsibility of sin and it has produced sickness and disease in us. Not only adults but also our children. How many millions of children are on Ritalin?
Again do not feel bad if you are on medication. It is a tool to get you to the next step in your receiving your healing from Christ. And do not stop taking any medications without talking to your doctor. These medications cause bad side effects if you just stop.
2 Tim 2:24-26
24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. KJV
We are not to have strive with others or ourselves, did you catch that … oppose themselves!! When you are at strive with someone it is working against you also.
Let me give you an example of stopping medication without tapering down. I had bronchitis and my sinuses were not drying up so the doctor gave me Prednisone, a steroid. It caused me to have such bad hot flashes I just stopped taking it. A few days later I got conjunctivitis, it is pink eye kicked up a notch or two. I took a week of antibiotic eye drops and it still didn’t go away. I went to the eye doctor and she said that the conjunctivitis could have been from stopping the steroids without tapering down. The steroids help dry up the fluid and when I stopped them the fluid had nowhere to go. Not to mention it cost me $60.00!
Satan wants to keep us sick and poor.
Disease management is not GOD’s will for us. HIS perfect will is not even to heal us. It is for us to not get sick at all.
If you feel GOD told you to stop taking your medicine, that’s between you, your doctor and GOD, but make sure it is GOD speaking to you, because the drugs create an altered state of reality causing your body to want it. So to retrain your body not to need them takes some time and could result in withdrawal, and other symptoms. You need to reprogram your body to exist without the drugs. How do we do this, by going to WORD and seeing how GOD tells us how to deal with unforgiveness, fear, stress, depression, guilt, self-rejection, anger. These are also the most common spiritual roots to disease.
Ps 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. KJV
Our emotions are God given and are not bad if we don’t let them make decisions for us. When we are angry, if we hit someone that is letting our emotions control us.
2 Tim 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. KJV
Walk in the sound mind God gave you, tell the devil to get lost, fear is an evil spirit and the WORD says we have authority over demons. It’s a choice, what voice you listen to good or bad. If it doesn’t line up with the word, it’s from the enemy.
9:1 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. KJV
In most of the scriptures that tell us we have authority over devils it also speaks about health. Devils and sickness go hand in hand.
James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. KJV
That is what deliverance is; confessing our faults and breaking the strongholds satan has on us to be whole physically, mentally, and spiritually.