Part one of……
We will talk about “heaven and God” but we are reluctant, afraid, or even unaware of the very real spiritual warfare and enemy we have. The very one Jesus Christ defeated. The very one who is after our souls of every human life. The father of lies who will do anything and everything to convince you Jesus Christ isn’t real, and should you realize Jesus is real, satan will surely try to find a way to have you believe in another jesus, or attempt to keep a true believer paralyzed and inoperative.
Early on in life I was in contact with the spiritual realm and while this may seem unreal to many people it is very real and very dangerous. During my childhood I became very aware of a very large dark silhouette presence in my childhood home.
Now, one might say I just imagined it or perhaps made an “imaginary friend” but this “imaginary friend” woke me up at night because it literally sat on the foot of my bed. I could feel the weight of it as it sat on my bed, so much so that it woke me from my sleep. I had been playing with a Ouija board that I had hand made. I learned it from the older neighborhood kids. I would go to their homes as a young child and adolescent and their moms would regularly read my tarot cards, tea readings, Ouija boards, and casting sheets were about as normal as stopping at a neighbor’s house to use their bathroom. It was very normal and for the most part most people (still do) regarded these practices as harmless. I recall being at a friends home and standing in front of a mirror with candles lit and chanting. I didn’t know what I was invoking but I certainly knew it wasn’t the Lord, with the numbers 666 written in lipstick on my friends mirror.
I went on to practice the occult on my own and often alone. I knew I was invoking “something else” but I was not aware of how dark it actually was. Especially after the death of my biological father I had an unusual bout of visitations. I was not seeking these visitations by what seemed to be “my father” rather they sought me. These experiences were not able to be explained nor swept under the rug as my imagination.
A handful of years later a group of friends wanted (“just for fun”) to play with the occult and you would think I would’ve said no considering all the ungodly spiritual encounters I had already had– but I missed my dad and wanted to “talk to” him. So I proceeded to contact my “father” using witchcraft. I truly believed I was in contact with my father. I was certainly and immediately contacted back but it was not my dad, rather a familiar spirit, but I wouldn’t come to realize that until many years later.
I was not born again in Christ yet at this time and I reflect back on these things and see just how much the Lord protected me even when I wanted nothing to do with Him. While many people look at these occult practices as harmless or “just a phase” I can tell you that doing such things have serious dark spiritual consequences and bring real danger.
There is a reason the Lord calls these occult practices abominations and detestable and NOT to partake in these things on any level. Deuteronomy 18:10 -11 “There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, (a necromancer), or one who calls up the dead.”
Today Christianity or “so called” is exactly as described in …. With influences from the East in Isaiah 2:6.
Many of these practices are passed off under the guise of Christianity as “spiritual” and even permissible according to leaders, pastors, people who should have the whole counsel of God and Godly Wisdom.
According to Scripture they are not permissible and God calls such practices abominations. So how are they practiced and to the undiscerning eye seem ‘good’ and perhaps even ‘holy’?
How does that happen?
Here are a few of many ways it happens:
- Shepherds sleeping on the job and leaving the pasture gate open. John 10:12-18
- Watchmen who are mute dumb dogs and don’t bark. Isaiah 56:10
- Sheep who prefer to eat weeds instead of green grass. 2 Timothy 4:3
- satan who disguises himself as an angel of light, who prowls around seeking whom he can devour. 1 Peter 5:8
- Biblically illiterate churches. Romans 10:3
- An overall tossing out of Scripture for an experience based “christianity” which lands people in the counsel of the ungodly and despisers of the knowledge of God.
The occult is alive and well in the churches and it’s not wearing horns and carrying a pitchfork screaming “heyyy ……I am sent from satan!” No, because he disguises himself as an angel of light. And his ministers and workers “appear” righteous. There is a reason Jesus warns of deception and to take heed you are not deceived.
Deception is…. well…. deceptive!
More to come on many of the ways the occult is all intertwined and crept in unaware into the body of Christ.
1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.