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The Occult & The Bible

The occult is not a joke, it's not to be taken lightly. The recompense of dabbling or going deep into the occult is extremely costly, in your daily living and for eternity if you stay in it.

Deuteronomy 18:10-12 Let no one be found among you [..] 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 [..]

 

The Deception

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The occult is any method of trying to tap into the supernatural or the unknown that is not of God. Consider a Psychic or Medium, one who claims to predict the future and another who claims to contact the dead. A psychic can not predict the future, it is only possible by God (2 Peter 1:21) For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit [NIV]. Nor can a medium consult the dead because the dead are not roaming around (Hebrews 9:27). If you have used these methods at any time in your life you have opened the door to Satan and given him permission into your life. It seems harmless doesn't it? Of course, but Satan runs around looking like an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14).

Mediums and spiritist will defile you (Leviticus 19:31), you are also prostituting your soul by following them (Leviticus 20:6).

1 Peter 5:8
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

Bondage and Oppression

You may not realize this now but you will later; The occult puts you under bondage and oppression of the devil and evil spirits. The occult opens a door for the evil to enter your spirit and it gives the devil a foothold and a stronghold (Ephesians 4:27). The occult always comes with pride to seek out power for yourself.

Side effects at some point will feel like: life is an illusion or nothing is real, confusion and fear, nothing matters, and you will go through many cycles of terrible feelings, many similarities to Hinduism. The ultimate goal of Satan is to kill you. Everyone that has practiced the occult gets a spirit assigned to them to confuse, oppress, and encourage suicide or mislead the masses. These evil spirits are very real and they can destroy your life, you may not even know you have demons but the Holy Spirit can reveal this to you if you are a Christian.

1 Corithians 14:33
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

You will never have peace and joy from the devil, he will tell you nothing but lies that warp your mind and lead to your destruction. Forinication is also a dangerous thing as you become one in flesh with another person, you need to break soul ties.

The devil is crafty and deceitful, above all a liar. He speaks his native language when he lies, there is no truth in him (John 8:44). Whether you think you are finding knowledge and you may have unraveled the deep mysteries of life you must understand the devil only leads you into confusion and you may think you know something, but you do not know as you ought to (1 Corinthians 8:2).

The side-effects of playing around with evil spirits is a heavy price. Your dreams are haunted, you may see evil spirits, you hear voices, even a spirit of fear will can infect you. This is not a joke. This is terrifying bondage. Freedom appears far off which often convinces one that suicide is the cure. The devil has come to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10).

Breaking the Yoke

The good news is that there is deliverance. As deep as you've gone, Jesus goes deeper. As dark as you've gone, Jesus shines further. The Son of God, Jesus Christ, destroyed the works of the devil (1 John 3:8). Your duty is not to win the battle yourself, it's to submit to God and join Christ in His victory. Submit to God, and resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7).

Here is what the people did in the Bible when they found out about Gods great salvation:

1 Corithians 14:33
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
Acts 19:19
A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas.

That's right, they had a book burning! To get free the first thing is to confess to God your sin of involvement in the occult and ask Him to forgive you in Jesus' name. Then follow up what you just confessed with faith and act upon it. God sees everything. Remove and destroy any magic books, crystal balls, ouija boards, incense and anything relating to what you've practiced. You may be tempted to keep something because of it's personal or monetary value, don't, destroy it once and for all! 

Be prepared for a battle! When you realize the truth about the love and power of Christ, and you start leaving the occult, you will soon see another side of the devil. The first side was deception; The devil got you to believe his lie with false hope which resulted in bondage. Now he will harass and torment you with fear and temptation to keep you from escaping. Don't be discouraged, keep praying and seeking Gods face, He will set you free.

Mark 9:29a [NIV]
He replied, "This kind can come out only by prayer and fasting."

God is a deliverer, he came to seek and save that which was lost, to set the captives free. That is exactly what you are at the moment, a captive. If things get really rough in your soul, it's probably time to do at least a one day fast. This requires humility and submission to God, to deny yourself and pickup your cross and follow Him. If you do this in humility seeking the LORD by professing and possessing the word of the testimony and power of Jesus Christ, God will honor your fast. Be diligent and press in! When the battle in your soul and/or surroundings becomes difficult lift your head up and be doubly encouraged, often the devil will try one last strong effort to stop you before God is about to move.

The LORD Cares About You

The LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones (Isaiah 49:13). His unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor will His covenant of peace be removed,the LORD has compassion on you (Isaiah 54:10).

Jeremiah 29:11 [NIV]
"'For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope'"

The LORD also promises to restore the years the locusts have eaten! He will restore the years you have been defeated and destroyed in bondage and hopelessness (Joel 2:25). We have an Almighty, Holy, loving God and Savior Jesus Christ!

God desires you to open up to Him and surrender your heart to Him, he takes care of his children. You must be adopted into his family by repentance and becoming born again (John 3:3), confess Jesus is Lord and pray to be baptized by Holy Spirit and submit to His will and no longer your own!

List of Occult Practices

Here are some occult practices you need to stay away from: