|Turn not to those [mediums] who have familiar spirits or to wizards; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.
The person who turns to those who have familiar spirits and to wizards, [being unfaithful to Israel's Maker Who is her Husband, and thus] playing the harlot after them, I will set My face against that person and will cut him off from among his people [that he may not be included in the atonement made for them]. Lev 20:6
| THE OCCULT
This is not a subject I am looking forward to discussing. But several folks have requested it, and I agreed to write it seeing how many innocent children, teenagers, and adults are being caught up in the snare of the fowler, which is another name for the enemy of our soul: Satan.
Let's first establish a few facts:
Is Satan without POWER?
It’s popular today to speak of Satan as having his teeth pulled out rendering him completely unable to cause any one any harm, is this true?
1Pe 5:8 - Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour
Ac 5:3 - But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
1Co 5:5 - To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
1Co 7:5 - Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.
According to the Word of God Satan still possesses the power to deceive and destroy all who allow it. We’re not to rejoice and mock Satan either:
Lu 10:20 - Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven
Jude 1:9 - Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
You might hear, the angels are here to serve us so the above scriptures don’t really apply to us:
Heb 2:9 - But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
It is now established that man is still a bit lower then the angels, so if they dare not mock Satan, neither do we, the scriptures were written for us the Children of God, not the angels.
Do we have power over Satan? Of course we do in the mighty name of Jesus:
Lu 10:19 - Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Now that we have laid this groundwork, lets look into the occult
According to Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary Occult means: matters regarded as involving the action or influence of supernatural or super- normal powers or some secret knowledge of them.
This is the using of knowledge and influence of the demonic powers.
How does a person get caught up in the Occult?
During the 1960’s and 70’s, there was a great Revival of the Lord sweeping across this land [America], the churches were filled and His Spirit was sweet and mighty. We’d stay in church half the night as a group, being lost in the worship of the Lord. This really was an awesome time to be in church.
But, while the Holy Spirit was moving so was the adversary the devil. He too had a great revival moving across this land, especially among the young adults.
Many of us began by reading the astrology section in the newspaper, and catalogs. We’d read all of it as we tried to plot our days and lives accordingly. This would move us on to numerology. Numbers were the big thing as well.
The Occult Seduction
It was during the late 1960’s when my best friend Kathy and I discovered the Ouija Board.
The Ouija board is an alphabet board with a pointer used for various forms of divination and/or spirit contact. Dating back to ancient times, it’s believed the participants are contacting a departed loved one or some one from the past, who has information. It usually starts out as innocent fun and then can lead to addiction. The force behind the board is demonic.
Satan uses this to deceive the one who is asking questions. It should come as no surprise that nine out of ten times the answer just happens to be what the person wants to hear. It could be a family member or someone talking for them saying they are ok in the here after.
Most people mock this "toy" saying it's just a game and one of the "players" moves the pointer. I want to share an experience with you:
One night my friend Sue and I were at her home where she was coloring my hair. While we were waiting to rinse it out, we decided to use this "harmless" board. While asking quistions of it, we both all of a sudden felt a presence, her little dog growled and ran from the room to hide.
We kept on asking away despite this "feeling" we both had.
It was time to rinse my hair out, so we went to her bathroom to rinse it in the tub. I was kneeling on the floor while she rinsed my hair. I felt her next to me and since by legs were getting real tired, I just went ahead and leaned against her not thinking anything about it.
When she was through rinsing me, she shut the water off and toweled my hair. When done I looked up and she was on the other side of me, saying she hadn't moved! We both got good and scared!
This is no toy, but a very serious vessel for the demonic spirits to invade not only your home but your very soul.
Once contact is established, Satan lures the victim in to other occult activities. Most will indulge in Psychic's, and fortune-tellers to get answers to many questions, instead of asking God.
Many years later as a Child of God I destroyed a Ouija Board that was at my mothers. When she found out she was furious, whether I was right or not I don't know, but I did what I thought was right at the time. I saw one at the store and thinking to buy her a new one to get past the bad feelings she had towards me over this, I picked it up and I felt an oil on my hands from it. A heavy cloying nasty type of oil, I quickly put it down and rebuked it off me. There is real demonic power in this thing, and not to be messed with!
Sorcerers or necromancers, who professed to call up the dead to answer questions, were said to have a "familiar spirit". Such a person was called by the Hebrews an 'ob which properly meant a leathern bottle for sorcerers, and were regarded as vessels containing the inspiring demon. This Hebrew word was equivalent to the pytho of the Greeks, and was used to denote both the person and the spirit, which possessed him (Leviticus 20:27; 1 Samuel 28:8; Compare Acts 16:16). The word "familiar" is from the Latin familiaris, meaning a "household servant," and was intended to express the idea that sorcerers had spirits as their servants ready to obey their commands.
Necromancer is One who inquires of the dead.
Deu 18:10-11 - 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.
Isa 8:19 - And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?
Le 19:31 - Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.
Le 20:6 - And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.
Le 20:27 - A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.
These “familiar spirits” can and do tell the host things that are happening in the present as well as the past. It’s no big mystery when you think about it; the spirit realm can see what’s happening the same as we can.
The false gifts of ESP and the psychic powers are simply the works of familiar spirits telling the host what is needed to ensnare those not knowing the truth.
I want to say here that we all can come under the influence of these spirits if we aren’t on the alert. By this I mean, well let me show you an example:
I knew a very sweet older lady that was very active in the church and a dedicated Christian. Her first husband Fred had died many years previous to my meeting her. She would tell how he would appear to her telling her what to do, to run the household and etc. Thinking this was her former husband, she would listen and obey him.
There was another friend of mine whose son had died of Aids before I had met her. She would tell me how he would come to her in the hallway of her home. After rebuking this "familiar spirit" he no longer showed up there.
A dear Pastor friend of mine [which was very much alive] was said to have been showing up in peoples home and looking at them, this was in the spirit not physical. It was said he would say things about them causing trouble for these folks that he would come to look at. It also was believed that he prayed to Satan and was secretly practicing witchcraft. This was being "revealed" to a few ladies in the church through the "Word of Knowledge" and dreams
Well one day I saw his face outside my home looking at me. I thought it strange he didn't come in like I had heard he does. But then my ministry has been one of Spiritual Warfare so I figured this was the reason. It was strange to say the very least. There was this man’s face just staring at me through the wall. Then the Holy Spirit told me this was a "familiar spirit" sent to destroy his name and ministry.
My husband and I went to see this dear pastor and explained to him what the talk was and how the spirit of deception along with the familiar spirit were trying to destroy him. After taking a few days off he resigned from the church. To this day I hear he’s not doing at all well in the ministry he was called to walk in. We cannot run from these spirits, we need to deal with them, this was and is very sad to me, he was a very good preacher, but pride kept him from accepting the help we offered.
Each one of these cases was caused by a "familiar spirit", posing as a person both dead and alive, with the intent of causing destruction of the ministry and spirit. The ladies thinking they were hearing the voice of God did much damage and were very deceived again by this same demonic spirit.
These are but a few examples of the deceptions sent our way. There's the one that is convinced she hears from the Lord each time she hears a voice or senses something. Every voice we hear is not the Lords nor is every feeling sent from him. We need to mature in the LORD to know His voice and we need to seek a witness to what we see and hear. The Lord will always witness what He sends us. We need to be open to correction and teaching. Pride will kill what the Lord is doing in us.
Before moving on to part two, lets take a moment and hear a wonderful word from you Lord:
1Sa 22:23 - Abide thou with me, fear not: for he that seeketh my life seeketh thy life: but with me thou shalt be in safeguard
Ps 27:1 - The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Ps 23:6 - Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever
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