“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
Do you start your day by reading your horoscope? Do you call the psychic hotline when you’re facing a problem? Have you gone to a fortune-teller, attended a séance, or spoken to what you thought was the spirit of a dead relative? Have you played with a Ouija board or experimented with levitation? If so, pay close attention to what I am about to tell you, for it is literally a matter of life or death.
All of the activities mentioned above are part of what we commonly call the “occult.” Webster defines the occult as “matters…involving the action or influence of supernatural agencies…” I would add that the occult involves the action or influence of demonic supernatural agencies. Angels are supernatural agencies, but they are certainly not occultic in nature.
If you’ve been involved in the occult to any degree, you’ve probably encountered forces outside the natural realm. Most likely, these forces have produced fear in your life, perhaps even nightmares or panic attacks. In some cases, these evil forces, or spirits, may have even taken over your personality. But be encouraged, for there is hope for you.
The Bible, God’s instruction manual for mankind, has this to say about the occult: “Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord . . . . “(Deuteronomy 18: 9-12).
If you are involved in the occult, you are on a road that will surely lead you to destruction and death unless you turn around. Why? Because the occult is the realm of Satan and his demons, and involvement with them always leads to spiritual, and often physical, death.
Demons are fallen angels that sided with Satan when he rebelled against God (Isaiah 14: 12-15 and Ezekiel 28:12-19). As a result of their rebellion, they were thrown out of Heaven and now roam the earth, enticing unsuspecting people into their traps.
The primary goal of demons is to get you to doubt the Bible and, in so doing, to steal from you, kill you, and destroy you not only physically, but also mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Bottom line, they want to take you to hell with them.
The primary weapon of demons is deception. Through your thoughts they try to convince you that involvement in the occult has no serious consequences. After all, they say, playing the Ouija board is only a game, and reading your horoscope just helps you to make wise decisions about your future. But beware! Like Satan their leader, demons are liars by nature (John 8:44). They cannot tell the truth.
If you are involved in the occult or have only “tried” it once, here are some things you must do:
1) Run to God and repent of your sin. God is full of mercy and will gladly forgive you. If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, do so right away.
2) Read the Bible every day.
3) Find a church that teaches the Word of God without compromise.
4) Seek deliverance from evil spirits if you are oppressed by fear, nightmares, etc. Find a pastor or a born-again Christian who is experienced in these matters. If you have difficulty finding someone to help you, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5) Avoid movies, TV programs, music, and reading material that deals with the occult. Also, avoid friends who refuse to give up their involvement in the occult.
6) Pray continually. A close relationship with God is essential in keeping you strong and alert against the traps of the devil.
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