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Occult: Freedomm or Bondage?

The Occult: Freedom or Bondage?


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Today there is a surging interest and involvement in spiritual phenomena. Occult and New Age stores are busy selling books on Astrology, White & Black Magic, Channelling, Visualization, Yoga, T.M. and a host of other subjects.

Many People ignorantly reject the occult and demonism as nonsense. However, abundant evidence proves that the spirit beings behind the occult are real! The News media regularly report events like the tragic suicide of teenage boys involved in the occult. Our TV's bring occult movies into our homes. Talk shows promote Channelling, Spirit guides, and Psychic Healing. Video Stores rent a menu of occult videos and games.

Newspapers carry daily horoscopes. Although there is deceit connected with astrology, there are many cases where the horoscopes have come true. Perhaps, yours has! Behind the scenes demons are manipulating to make the horoscope come true. Your life (unknown to you) has become controlled by demons! Note that the Bible shows that Almighty God is greater than these demon powers. It declares that astrology cannot save you from God's judgment. Isaiah 47:13-14a says, "...Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, and the monthly prognosticators stand up and save you from these things that shall come upon you. Behold, they shall be as stubble, the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame..."

In Acts 16:16-18 Paul cast a spirit of divination out of a fortune-teller. On the basis of the character of the Lord Jesus Christ she was set free from the demon. She could no longer tell fortunes! That ability had come from the indwelling demon.

Genuine fortune-tellers (there are fakes), whether reading tea leaves, tarot cards, or palms, are controlled by evil spirits. They enable you to say things of which you had no prior knowledge. Through fortune-telling you become enslaved to evil spirits.

Because of a deep longing to know about life beyond the grave you may be seeking out mediums to communicate with the dead. However, the spirits are not the spirits of deceased loved ones, but demons who impersonate the dead. This shouldn't be surprising when Satan himself can transform himself into an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14).

Satan can also enable you to heal. "Why would the devil want me to heal?" you ask. It is a part of his master plan to deceive you into rejecting the true and living God of the Bible. Satan's passion is for you to worship him instead of God. By being an instrument of healing (although via a spirit) you would be positive that the power exercised was good. However, the "God" of these demons is "the god of this world," Satan!

The ultimate goal of the devil is to destroy you! Jesus contrasts goals in John 10:10, "The thief [Satan] does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." On a number of occasions in the New Testament the inhabited person's life was threatened by demons (Mark 5:5; 9:18-26). Many individuals who murder, rape and commit suicide are demon possessed. Their own testimony verifies that fact.

Enchantments to stop persecution, to gain revenge, for defense and healing are part of the black magic scene. Maybe you are one of those who has resorted to black magic, having sold your soul to the devil by making a pact with him. In Los Angeles, New York, Vancouver, Toronto and scores of smaller places there are Satanist groups where one only becomes a member by subscribing himself to the devil.

Perhaps occult books play a large part in your involvement. You may use the charms found in the Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses. The possession of these type of books has its own penalty.

The cost of occult involvement is high! Perhaps you have been present when an occultist was dying. Observers tell of seeing dreadful looking demons with sneering faces hovering over the death-bed, waiting for the fear-filled person to die. In other cases mental disorders set in. Apparitions are seen at night. Others hear voices. They can't rest and are uneasy.

Even Christians,who have dabbled in the occult, can no longer pray or read the Bible! Disgust sweeps over them in relation to the things of God.

My friend, you must make the decision to BREAK OUT of the web of the occult. Study the following list carefully. Check off any area that you have been involved in or used. Note: in some cases a particular item might not be occultic. It can depend upon the practitioner. You should also add any areas that you have been involved in but are not listed.

--acupunture --astral projection --aura reading --automatic writing --astrology --black magic --channelling --clairvoyance --divination --Dungeons & Dragons --fortune-telling --hex signs --iridology --Martial Arts --ouija boards --pendulums --ring/needle on a thread --seances --spirit healing --tarot cards --telepathy --T.M. --transmigration --visualization --water witching --witchcraft --hypnosis --biorhythm --Cabala --blood pacts --charming --conjuring --herbology --graphology --horoscopes --levitation --necromancy --palm reading --soothsaying --sorcery --table moving --Yoga --reflexology --vitagenics --white magic --Zodiac signs

The Scriptures teach that those who become involved in the occult are an abomination to God! Deuteronomy 18:10-12a states, "There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD..."

In the context (verses 9-15) we are warned (1) against learning to follow occult practices, v9 (2)against associating with anyone involved in the occult, v10 (3) that God will judge those practising the occult, v12b and (4) that the Lord does not want His children involved in the occult, v14b.

Paul warns Christians in 1 Corinthians 10:20-22 not "to have fellowship with demons." He commands believers in Ephesians 4:27 not to "give place (foothold, opportunity) to the devil."

Those who dabble in the occult are often troubled at night by apparitions and spook phenomena. You become the prey of wicked spirits you thought you controlled! No human power can set you free. Many who have tried, by their own power, only enraged the evil spirits. When the demons see that you are trying to escape their clutches they will torment you until you become insane or take your own life. You will have an inner resistance to the Lord Jesus Christ because the demons are trying to prevent you from accepting Him as Saviour, from receiving eternal life, and from being set free!

No human power can help you! Only the power of God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ can set you free! 1 John 3:8 tells us one of the reasons that Jesus came: "For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil." Colossians 2:15 tells us how the Lord Jesus won this victory over Satan: "Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it (the cross)."

Jesus, Himself, in Matthew 4:10-11 commanded Satan, "Away with you, Satan! For it is written,'You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.'" Then the devil left Him...

Regardless of your involvement or what the demons are telling you - the Lord Jesus Christ is ready to set you completely free. He died on the cross as your substitute, for your sins! Then He arose from the dead triumphant over all the power of the enemy.

How can you be freed?

1. Confess your sins to the heavenly Father. Proverbs 28:13 says, "He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy." Attempting to hide your sin will prolong the problem.

2. Respond to these promises: Jesus said, "The one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out." (John 6:37) "Behold, I stand at the door [of your life] and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me." (Revelation 3:20)

3. Invite Jesus Christ into your life. "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23) "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name." (John 1:12)

4. Thank God for saving you! "And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life." (1 John 5:11-12)

If you find it difficult to talk to God on your own, pray something like this,

"Heavenly Father, I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner. I confess my sins to You (name them, including the sin of occultism). Lord Jesus, I thank You for dying on the cross for me, as my substitute. I praise You for shedding Your blood for my sins! I invite You to come into my life right this moment and make me Your child. I acknowledge You as Lord of my life! I praise You for Your forgiveness and cleansing from sin. I thank You for giving me the Holy Spirit to be my helper. Grant me a hunger for the Word of God. Grant me Your protection and guidance in the days ahead. Thank you!"

I would also encourage you to speak verbally to the devil something like this, "Satan, on the basis of my union with the Lord Jesus Christ, I resist you and your demons. The Father has delivered me from the power of darkness and has translated me into the kingdom of the Son of His love - the Lord Jesus. I now renounce all of my involvement in the occult including (read the areas checked on page 4). I also renounce any curses that may have been placed upon me or my family. Through the reality of Christ's death, burial and resurrection I stand on the resurrection side of the cross in spiritual union with Christ. Any ground you think you have in me I surrender to the Lord Jesus and to the Holy Spirit who indwells me. You no longer have any foothold in my life. Therefore in the precious name of the Lord Jesus Christ I command you to leave, and to go where the Lord Jesus sends you."

"Thank You Lord Jesus for Your deliverance and freedom!"

See Job 1:9-10; 1 John 2:14; Ephesians 4:20-6:20; James 4:7 says, "Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you."

Written by M. Anhorn

Published in Canada by Western Tract Mission Inc. 401 33rd Street West, Saskatoon, SK S7L 0V5

The Bible text in this article if from The New King James Version, Copyright 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.


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