9 But there was a certain man called Simon, who previously practiced sorcery in the city and astonished the people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone great, 10 to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, “This man is the great power of God.” 11 And they heeded him because he had astonished them with his sorceries for a long time. 12 But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. 13 Then Simon himself also believed; and when he was baptized he continued with Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs which were done. 14 Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, 15 who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 16 For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. 18 And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, 19 saying, “Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” 20 But Peter said to him, “Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money! 21 You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God. 22 Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. 23 For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.” 24 Then Simon answered and said, “Pray to the Lord for me, that none of the things which you have spoken may come upon me.”
16 Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. 17 This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.” 18 And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And he came out that very hour. 19 But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities. 20 And they brought them to the magistrates, and said, “These men, being Jews, exceedingly trouble our city; 21 and they teach customs which are not lawful for us, being Romans, to receive or observe.” 22 Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods.
References for James 4:9
As you are aware God has told us that this year is our year of supernatural promotion. Therefore there is no doubt that God wants us to be promoted and stay promoted. However for everything God does the devil has a counterfeit.
In this piece we will continue exploring the different types of promotion that exist. They include natural promotion, self promotion, people promotion, satanic promotion and God’s promotion. In previous write I shed light on natural, self and people types of promotion. I will now proceed to explain satanic and God type of promotion.
The satanic promotion as the name indicates is orchestrated and driven by satan, and all of satan’s activities revolves around stealing, killing and destruction. In satanic promotion, there are always causalities. It is like lottery majority loses and one person wins. In addition in winning the lottery leaves bitter taste and stirs up hatred, jealousy among the loser towards the winner. When satan promotes you in one area he pulls you down in several areas. Satanic promotion involves the use and operation demonic activities. I know of people that have used voodoo, witchcraft, joining the occult, human and animal sacrifice to gain wealth and promotion. I have seen people for the love of money mortgages their destiny. In the above scripture in Acts 16, the bible indicates the young girl through the spirit of divination brought her masters a lot of money. The girl in this case is the possession of both the devil and her masters and they make money out her demonic oppression and possession. In the Acts 8 we can see that through sorcery Simon held the region spell bound. A whole community is under satanic influence and one man is enjoying notoriety and celebrity status as a result. This kind of promotion always ends in destruction of many people. There is always much causality. In the kingdom of God we all win, under the devils government everyone eventually loses. In addition all the other types of promotion ( self, people and natural promotion) are exposed to satanic influence because the devil is the god of this world system. For example a person that started running as a passion and later adopted it as a career path after a couple of wins in events that result in fame and fortune. he suddenly becomes obsessed with staying at the top at all cost, so he began to use drugs and any possible means to stay at the top. This happens in every field of human endeavour the only satan proof promotion is the God type of promotion.
God type of promotion – God is the source of this type of promotion and it is based on his love and mercy for us and not our qualification. Ephesians 2 confirms that in Christ our status changed and therefore we were upgraded. And with the promotion comes security because when God promotes He protects as well. Furthermore, this type of promotion has both earthly and eternal value. The causality of the God type of promotion is the devil and his demons. When God lifts you up, he keeps you up. After God has promoted you he makes you the promoter of others. It is however, important that you are aware that like other types of promotions there are tendencies that come with the God kind of promotion. The tendencies include pride, lack of self control, and lukewarmness in your love for God. We will explore this in the next write up.
For further Study
Questions for you to reflect on
- Do you know you have new a status in Christ and you have been upgraded?
- What safeguards do you have in place to prevent you from the negative tendencies of promotion?
Personal declaration for the day
The Lord has called me up higher therefore I will be above only and never beneath. I am the head and not the tail.