Overcoming the Spirit of Whoredom

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The spirit of whoredom is the root behind idolatry, idol and other demonic activities causing many havoc in the body of Christ.

My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused them to err, and they have gone a whoring from under their God. – Hosea 4:12

We all know what whoredom is in the physical since, but what exactly is “the spirit of whoredom“? In the physical since, whoredom is when someone has no chastity, no faithfulness to abstain from the lust of the flesh, and no heart for the pain they cause to others in pleasing their own lust nor care for the breaking of the heart of the one they are suppose to be faithful too. In the spiritual since, it means the same.

One who has cheated on God through idolatry, which is placing anything before God, time with God, or obedience to God’s will and word. One who has not been faithful to abstain from fulfilling the lust of the flesh. One who cares not that their selfish actions break the heart of God, their first love, even Christ who gave all for us, His bride.

“For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one (spiritual) husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 11:2

The spirit of whoredom is when the bride of Christ (believers) choose to leave their first love to indulge the lust of the flesh, even if only for a temporary rendezvous. The entire book of Hosea is a similitude that expresses this sad truth and the anguish it causes God’s heart. Once we are saved we become the bride of Christ, yet Satan is ever tempting the bride to indulge in acts of spiritual whoredom. From tempting you with food while fasting, to entertainment when God calls you to prayer, to seeking attention from people rather then from God, to immoral and sinful acts that please the flesh while causing you to turn away from obeying the will and voice of Christ. 

Anything that causes you to make a self-pleasing, flesh pleasing decision that opposes the will and word of your Spiritual husband (Christ) is the spirit of whoredom. In essence it can be broken down to self rule with no regard for the heart of God whom we hurt every time we choose a lust of the flesh over Him. Just like whoredom in the physical since breaks the heart of our earthly spouse, in the spiritual since it shows that we truly love ourselves and thusly care about pleasing ourselves more than we love and care to please God.

That is a very hurtful place to be, and though God is merciful and patient in His cries for us to repent, if we refuse to do so He will not choose to stay in that hurtful place indefinitely.

I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 

Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent – Revelation 2:2-5

It is so hurtful a situation to God that He would rather forget that He ever knew you then to continue having you call Him your own while pleasing the will of another. We serve a merciful but powerful and just God. In the end, if you choose to forget your other lovers, idols, sins, and selfish desires and put your full faith in Him, He will choose to forget your sins and welcome you with open arms. Yet if you will not turn away from loving the world and the things thereof, He will choose to forget He ever knew you even if you call yourself by His name.

In the like manner that an adulterous wife might still carry the name of her husband in her own mouth, yet through the abundance of her adulteries and refusal to submit to His will, she has lost his heart.

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. – 1 John 2: 15 – 17.

I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images – Isaiah 42: 8

“Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord God of hosts. For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands; and thou saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every high hill and under every green tree thou wanderest, playing the harlot. Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me?” – Jeremiah 2:19 – 21.

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:” – Matthew 7: 21 – 28.

“Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.” – Psalms 80: 3.


SPIRIT OF IDOLATRY

There are three demonic spirits that are causing havoc in the end-time church today.  I believe that God exposed these three spirits because He wants to cleanse the church from it before He entrusts us with the end-time harvest.  When we disciple people, we often duplicate what is in us in them and the Lord doesn’t want us to duplicate these spirits in the people that He wants to entrust to us.

The first one we will address is the Spirit of Idolatry:

SPIRIT OF IDOLATRY
‘You shall have not other gods before Me… you shall not bow down yourself to them or serve them; for I the Lord your God is a jealous God.” Ex 20:3

“Look to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth!  For I am God and there is not other.” Is 45:22

In general people worship a god to gain his favor for protection and provision.  God is our Provider and He is our Protector and we look to Him to supply in all our needs.

Once I prayed about some of my needs and the Lord said to me that my needs are so important to me, to which I obviously agreed!  He then said that when He created me, He created me with needs: the need for water, food, oxygen, love; and if He created us without needs we wouldn’t have needed Him!  We often think we have a need or a lack because the enemy stole from us (which is sometimes true), while it is actually a meeting point with God our Provider.  Our needs are supposed to drive us TO Him!

The moment we look at someone or something else to provide in our needs in a way that only the Lord can, we open ourselves to a spirit of idolatry. 

We create an expectation in our hearts of how that person should provide in that need.  We would often use positive or negative manipulation tools to get the person to provide in our needs, and if it doesn’t work we get angry and frustrated.  Idolatry is rooted in anger because your selfish needs were not satisfied.

We look at husbands and wives to make us happy, to provide in ways that they cannot.  We look at churches, organizations, ministries to provide in something that God wants to provide.

If you have a spirit of idolatry it is HARD TO LOVE that person with God’s love because you will use love as a positive manipulation tool to get what you want. 

The spirit of idolatry will give birth to a spirit of disappointment that will cause spiritual death.

GOD WILL NOT PROVIDE THROUGH YOUR IDOL
The moment that you expect something from someone, you give that person the RIGHT TO MAKE YOU HAPPY OR UNHAPPY; you give him the right to determine your joy! Jesus didn’t look at man to provide in His needs, He always went to His Father!

God will not provide for you through your idol because He knows it will take you even further from Him. Unless you persist in your idolatry which will result in God giving you over to your idols!

Many relationships and friendships were broken because of ungodly expectations and disappointment.

REPLACING ONE IDOL WITH ANOTHER
Ex 32:1-2 “When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, they gathered together to Aaron and said to him, Up, make us gods to go before us; as for this Moses, the MAN who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.  So Aaron replied, Take the gold rings from the ears of your wives, your sons and daughters and bring them to me.”

In this Scripture it is clear that the Israelites made an idol of Moses and didn’t realize that it was God Who led them out of Egypt and not a man!  Therefore, when Moses disappeared they just replaced him with another idol, a golden calf!

We do that too!  When one idol fails us, we just replace it with another idol.  When a church fails us we just go to another one.  When a friend fails us, we just find another one.  And so we stay in idolatry!

CHARACTER OF IDOLATRY
Col 3:5 “Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire and greed which amounts to idolatry. … 8 But now put away and rid yourselves of all these things: anger, rage, bad feelings toward others, curses and slander, and foulmouthed abuse and shameful utterances from your lips!” (Fruit of idolatry)

In this Scripture we see the things that amounts to idolatry, and it is clear to see that it is all about ‘me’, doing things for what you can get out of it no matter whether it is a blessing to the other person involved.

And if you do not get what you want, the way you want it, the you will see the manifestation of the fruit of idolatry: ‘anger, bad feelings toward others, curses and slander, and foulmouthed abuse and shameful utterances from your lips!’

RESULT OF IDOLATRY
The result of idolatry is that we are deeply disappointed with people, leaders, spouses, children, churches and friends and with life in general.  Eventually you will project this disappointment to God as well and the feeling that God failed you will find a dwelling place in your soul.  This will cause a spiritual death to creep into your soul and you will feel spiritually dry:  you don’t get any revelation anymore when you read the Bible, you don’t hear the voice of God anymore, you cannot worship anymore and all the teachings and preaching feel totally without anointing!

You will find that you do not testify about God’s goodness anymore.

PRAYER AGAINST A SPIRIT OF IDOLATRY
Sit before the Lord, open your heart to Him and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you of whom you made idols in your life.  Maybe your spouse?  Children?  Friends?  Church or a specific church leader? Parents?

Pray the following prayer.  Feel free to expand as the Holy Spirit leads you.  This is just an example of how you can pray.

Lord, please forgive me for looking at ________ to provide in my needs and not going to You with my needs.  (Pray this for every person).

Lord, forgive me for placing ________ under so much pressure and hurting _______ with my ungodly expectations.  Forgive me for rejecting, criticizing and slandering ________ when I felt he/she failed me.

Lord, forgive me for breaking godly relationships because of idolatry.  Please bring restoration and reconciliation in every relationship that is from You.

Lord, forgive me for manipulating the people in my life to get out of them what I want.  Please remove manipulation from me and help me to deal with people in love and respect.

Lord, forgive me for making an idol of You.  Forgive me for being angry with You when You didn’t answer my prayers the way I wanted it.  Thank you for not giving me what I want when I want it because You know it might destroy me and what You have for me is to prosper me and not to harm me.

Spirit of idolatry, I rebuke you and I command you to go and be loosed from me, in the Name of Jesus Christ!

Spirit of disappointment, I rebuke you and I command you to go and be loosed from me, in the Name of Jesus.

Lord Jesus, please fill me know with Your Holy Spirit and take back the territory of the spirit of idolatry and disappointment in my life.  Fill me with Your love and teach me how to serve the people that You entrusted to me with love and respect.  May my relationships be a glory unto You!

And I now declare:  He who the Son sets free, is free indeed!

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