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Sorcery, Mediums and Witchcraft

Standing at my door was a girl I had known since 1st grade. At 8 years-old she had a fascination with magic, mediums and consulting the dead in séances. As a child I had never heard what God thought about these things, it just wasn’t talked about in my church. I didn’t know for sure that it was wrong but I felt it wasn’t right and never participated in her lifestyle.

 

By the time we were teenagers she had gone much further in her quest for magic and power. I prayed for her all the time and told her my desire was that she would someday come to Christ. She smiled at me and said, “You’re so naïve Sharon, you just don’t see who I am, do you?”

 

She looked like death, her body near skin and bones, her hair matted to her face and dark circles around her eyes. What started out to her as innocent magic or “white witch” power, devastated her life. In all my years of knowing her I had never seen her cry, but today she was crying. “Sharon, can I stay with you for the night? It’s horrible.” Immediately I said, “Yes!” Surely this is the night the Lord will use to bring her to Him I thought.

 

Ignorantly I invited her into my home. It was probably the darkest night I’ve ever experienced as I battled in prayer against the forces of darkness that gripped her, and were now taunting me.

 

Before that night, I never realized the intensity of spiritual warfare – of demons and angels and how they operate in the spiritual realm. God led me to pray in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, and evil was forced to obey me when I did. What Satan meant to harm or scare me that night, God used for good to strengthen my faith in Him.

 

Satan and his angels (demons) will try to make you think they are all-powerful, but at the name of Jesus Christ they are rendered powerless. Our kids need to know this truth. Read Luke 10:17-20 to them and talk about how they should handle situations like the one I found myself in when I was a teenager.  Tell them they can rebuke evil in the name of Jesus Christ.

 

That one night radically shaped my parenting. I want to make sure that I teach our children that God has strong opinions about dabbling with the enemy’s games – things like ouija boards, tarot cards, or fortune-telling.   God instructs us to have no part of them. I also watch out for books, movies and TV shows about sorcery or mediums. Many people think these things are harmless entertainment but they are not according to God.

 

This Halloween, check out the activities your children plan to participle in. Pray over your home and children in the name of Jesus Christ. Ask Him to protect your loved ones from evil and to shine His light of love and truth through them – He’ll do it!   We can rejoice because all authority in heaven and earth has been given to Christ our Lord and He gives believers this authority–in His Name!

In tomorrow’s post I will answer the question: What are Ghost’s?

 

Deuteronomy 18:10-12 “Let no one be found among you who. . . 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. . .” (NIV)

 

Galatians 5:19-21  Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions jealousies, outburst of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissentions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in the time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. “ (NKJ)

 

Ephesians 6:12 “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (NKJ)

Ephesians 1:18-21, “the eyes of your understanding[a] being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.” (NKJ)

Comments

  1. Lori Fitzgerald says:

    Outstanding message! We never ‘did’ Halloween when the boys were little. I realized that observing it — even in a seemingly ‘innocent’ way, was condoning it and all that that day means. I have always referred to it as Satan’s Day. Sadly, you are all too right about the way people — including most people who profess Christianity — view Halloween and ‘scary’ movies, books, videos, etc. They do indeed think that it is just harmless entertainment, and will often look upon those of us who think (know) differently as being over dramatic. How many friends of mine suggested that the Harry Potter series was a good way to get kids interested in reading… my answer has always been that it is just another avenue for Satan to subtly enter into their heads. My sister can tell you how very real the outja board ‘game’ really is — as a young teen she experienced some very scary things while ‘playing’ this game that can be purchased at Toys R Us. The biggest thing people need to remember about Satan is that he is subtle… sneaky… a thief… he slithers in and desensitizes… As Christians, we always need to be on guard in this imperfect world — using prayer as our ‘weapon’ of choice!!

  2. thanks Sharon for being bold to speak truth to others about the celebration of Halloween! I appreciate you and the Truth! We don’t celebrate Halloween in our house because of God’s instructions. I do pray for those who are lost and not understanding the slippery slope of the culture trying to lure us with costumes, parties and candy. LOVE YOU

  3. Deidre says:

    Most importantly, what is the rest of the story about your dear friend?

    • I talked with her 15 years ago and she still had not come to Christ. I still love her very much and will always pray for her. She will never forget that night, that’s for sure.

      • Deidre says:

        But, do you still keep in touch with her? What is her life like today, i.e. family, friends, job, health etc.?

        What exactly happened to her the night when she was in your home which made it unforgettable to her?

        • Deidre, I don’t know her last name now and can’t find her. She was still receptive to me 15 years ago but had not found the Lord. If I see you in person I could tell you about that night. It was very intense and something I’ve never experienced since, thank You Lord. She had experienced things like this before but didn’t mean to bring me into it the way she did that night.

          • Deidre says:

            Thanks for telling a bit more. I always have questions when reading something like this because it all seems mysterious.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wow thank you for the info, my family and I used to celebrate Halloween but since getting more involved with our lord and church we haven’t celebrated it in 3 years…..so I have a question for you, I hope I don’t sound silly….. So the haunted fear fest at kings dominion we shouldn’t go to? Or Halloween party’s that we’re invited to?….. We go to our church on Halloween which they call it Fall festival and have a wonderful time it’s nice to be around christins and to know u are safe and the kids love it is it ok for the kids to dress up for fun or they shouldn’t?

    • I’m so sorry I’m replying after your Fall festival! My daughter went to the fear fest at Kings Dominion once and after I found out what it was I told her to never go back. Your question wasn’t silly at all! Love, Sharon

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