Psychic / Psycho

 

Scripture: (Deuteronomy 18:10 -13KJV)  There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God.

 

 OK, no inspirational stories, no witty jokes, no striking poetry, just real good advise from the very word of God. This weekís message is one that hits to home with me because of the depths of my past involvement in these occult practices. I write about these things this week because not only has God pricked my heart to do so, but I can see our society being drawn deeper and deeper into this lie that leads to destruction. Now some may insist that I am being a right wing reactionary or overly dramatic about nothing but some good clean fun. I mean what harm could Diane Warwick and her so-called psychic friends be causing. Most people do it simply for its entertainment value. People who read their horoscope every morning just do it out of habit and find it amusing when it lines up with the unfolding day. I mean come on Pastor Bob not everyone delves so deeply into something as you do. Most people can handle a little psychic amusement. Well you are right, not everyone does pull back the curtain on lifeís mysteries but when you do and find a truth that can determine the direction of you entire life I think it imperative that you let as many people know as possible. So I will start out by giving you a little history of my own encounter with the psychic world. I will then try to pull back the curtain a little farther so that you can see for yourself the ugly truth behind the deception. And lastly by revealing the glorious beauty of Godís love for you, give you an opportunity to be set free from any psychic strongholds.

            I do not think we were unlike many kids that play around with ouigi boards and sťances and the like. It was not like we did it all the time, but whenever we did, something real strange and often destructively powerful would happen. I remember once when we were living in Owego, New York, my brother and sisters and our cousins were trying to hypnotize each other. Mostly we were just making believe that we were being hypnotized and laughing about it but then something strange started to happen to Mary. It was as if she was no longer herself. If she was acting she was doing a lot better job of it then any of the rest of us had done. Some how she ended up outside and a storm quickly came up and lightning struck a tree in the front yard. That seemed to snap her out of it but man, you could feel the strangeness. Then there were the sťances in the Bennet kids attic. But all of that was just kids playing around. It did not get serious until after my older brother had died. I guess that is when a lot of people start looking into the occult. When a loved one dies and you just cannot let them go. Well, soon after Tom died I started reading books by Ruth Montgomery and putting myself in psychic trances. Now remember it was two years before my brother died that I had accepted Jesus Christ as my savior. I was a Christian playing in enemies sand box. I can look back on a lot of it now and say that I just did not know what I was doing, but if I was real honest that would be a lie. I knew and I think everyone who dances with the devil on this psychic dance floor knows it to. Well for many years nothing came of it. I was an on again and off again Christian. More off then on, but a Christian nonetheless. I think that is so sad. Can you imagine how many people are going through life calling themselves Christians and never really having a personal life-changing encounter with the Lord of all creation? It is one thing to believe with your head but it is something completely different when you get the real thing and God Himself takes up residency within your heart of hearts. But sadly for me that did not happen until many years later. I tried many different religions. If I have to be honest the religion depended on that of the girl I was dating at the time. I was Jewish for a while, Catholic, Russian Orthodox, Pentecostal, Baptist, Buddhist, Taoist, you name it I was ist. Just to let you know. My favorite was Russian Orthodox. Not only was it so rich with tradition and artistic pageantry, it held within its mysterious traditions and religious rites great spiritual truth. You see religion is not the spiritual awakening but it can be a door way to that awakening. The difficult part is that sometimes you cannot be sure if you are dreaming or if you are awake. The Eastern religions with their rich emphasis on meditation can take you into a level of conscientiousness that you might believe is a spiritual plane. Well, the truth is it may very well be on a spiritual level but what we end up discovering once in that spiritual terrain is that not everything spiritual is good. In fact we know that at least one third of it is very, very, evil.

            Am I still on my history in this? OK. So I started combining many different religions. That was when I was introduced to what is known as Wicca. It is in fact witchcraft. It is easy to see how people can get caught up in this stuff. After all nothing has be really researched. Most of the Wicca stuff is made up as you go along. But when you start really researching it you find some heavy players in the background. It was this Wicca that led me to the Golden Dawn. Becoming a high priest in this occult religion gave me a feeling of inward power but outwardly my life was falling apart. The Golden dawn used a lot of the ancient Hebrew Cabbala mysticism combined with guess Elisabethís enochian magic, to come up with what Alister Crowley called magik. There is so much more that I could open up to you about this power but my advice for you today and from now on comes right out of the Word of God. If we would just listen to and obey His word we would save not only ourselves from an eternity in hell, but we would release hellís control upon our life today. Whatever power you give yourself to is the power that controls you. God drove out the people from the land of Canna and gave the land to the Israelites, not because the Israelites were so good, but because the people in Canna were so bad. Lets look at the scripture above and really listen to what God is telling us today.               

            There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God.

            God is telling us in no uncertain terms that we should not 1. be sacrificing our children, 2. We are not to use divination. That means no Tarot cards or Runes or any such ways of divining the future. 3. We are not to be observers of the times. What does that mean? I believe it is astrology. That your hororscope. If you believe it you will make it so. Reading on we are not to be enchanters or witches or charmers nor are we to consult familiar spirits, not being wizards or necromancers, who talk to the dead. Now, if you know me if someone tells me what I cannot be doing I want to know why. God tells us why. Because these things are and abomination unto the LORD. I do not think I can say it any clearer. They are an abomination. God hates it when we fall into these traps. And they are traps. But why? Why does God hate it so much that He would call it an abomination. Firs notice that it was because of these abominations that God drove the people out of the land. Then God tells us that we should be perfect with the LORD. Now, we all know that that is not possible. Letís look to the Hebrew for the answer and maybe shine the light on this matter at last. The Hebrew word translated perfect is tamiym. It comes from a root word, which means to be completely with. The best translation of this passage that I found was in the New Revised Standard.        

 (Deu 18:13 NRSV)  You must remain completely loyal to the LORD your God.

It all comes down to whom you put your trust in. Do you trust your own wisdom or are you going to trust in Godís. If you say you trust in God then trust in God. Do not say you do then turn to that which He hates for instruction. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. You can trust Him that He knows your past He is with you today and has a wonderful plan for your future. The main pint that God is making today is that you cannot serve two masters. Please you can be set free right now from the curse of this abomination. Submit yourself unto God and the strongholds of the occult will be broken down by Godís love for you. All I ask of you today is to think about how much more you can trust in the truth of God then the lies of the world. Let the Holy Spirit Guide you in all wisdom and truth. In Jesus name I pray Amen.