November 28 2016

Have You Been Indoctrinated Into The Occult?

occult indoctrinationGrowing up I was not a happy child. I was always very lonely and sad. Yet as an adult I would never have looked back and told you there was something really terrible about my life. For me it seemed pretty average. I had a mom and a dad, as well as a sister. My parents both worked and I went to school every day. I always had a warm home and bed; nice clothes to wear and food on the table. I was never lacking in any of those basics needs. My parents fought a lot and were very angry all the time. We went camping during the summer, or to the lake to swim. I loved my family the best I could.

Looking back on my life I can start to put the pieces together. I can see things that I could not see as a child. I have an understanding of the world and how it works that I did not have as a child. As a child, many things were hidden from me, and it was not until I began looking that I began to have answers. I would never have told you I grew up in the occult and participated in satanic rituals as a child. Never. These was knowledge that was so well hidden from me that only God could reveal it to me.

When you look deeper into the meaning of the word occult, you will see that it goes much deeper than we even realize.

1. of or relating to magic, astrology, or any system claiming use or knowledge of secret or supernatural powers or agencies.

2. beyond the range of ordinary knowledge or understanding; mysterious.

3. secret; disclosed or communicated only to the initiated.

4. hidden from view

OR

1. to shut off from view or exposure :  cover, eclipse

So as you can see the occult can be something you are a part of and never even know, unless you have been given the right or power to know about it. That is how I lived my whole life in the occult and had no idea. Many people, like myself, have been indoctrinated into the occult with no knowledge of it whatsoever. They live their whole lives with hidden connections within them to the occult and this knowledge remains hidden from them. Many people would rather choose not to know. I can completely understand why.

There are many ways in which a person can be indoctrinated into the occult. You see, the devil will stop at nothing to rise up his own army that will come against Christ on the Last Day. He started generations ago and has planted a seed inside one that would carry into millions. That seed started with Adam and because of his choice, every blood line became tainted by sin.

How can a Christian be in the occult and not know? It starts with your blood line. Thousands of men have given over the right to their entire heritage and blood line through the occult. All general fraternities, such as Masons, Shriners or any other order, brotherhood, fellowship or group of knights or sons are all occult. Not to mention all lodges such as Elk and Moose and the Rotary Club. All these groups do satanic rituals and give allegiance to false gods and goddesses.

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Psalm 127:3-5

Then there are the cults, such as Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, Scientologists and many others. These groups all worship false gods and goddess also, and do satanic rituals. Then there are religions that worship false gods and goddesses, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Muslim, and many more. Yes, even Catholicism worships false gods and goddesses.

These are all groups that look good and positive on the outside. They are high functioning members of society that do good. Then we have groups that are openly a part of the occult, such as all groups of witches and pagans, as well as new age and satanists. This is such a small list of the number of groups that are a cover for the devils schemes. There are many others that I have not listed. This does not exclude Christians by any means. There are many Christians who are in a fraternal order such as Masons and have great influence over our churches today. These men have helped to bring the occult into the Christian church.

If you have had one family member in any of the groups I listed, you have a blood line in the occult. Each and every male member of these groups is indoctrinated in and has to give blood rights over to every generation after him in order to be accepted. Many of them have no idea of what they are really doing. Most men would never willingly cause these kind of harm to anyone else. The devil is extremely deceptive, and knows exactly how to draw people in, causing them to believe what they are doing is indeed good. Just like he did with Adam and Eve.

I am not saying that every single person in the occult has been a party to the same type of satanic ritual abuse I have been. However, there are many people out there, who, just as I was, were a part of this and had no memory whatsoever. It is only Jesus Christ Himself that reveals these things to us, when and if we are ready to know it. The fact is, that many more people who have no been physically a part of satanic rituals, have actually been a part of astral rituals.

But if any nation will bow its neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon and serve him, I will let that nation remain in its own land to till it and to live there, declares the Lord.

Jeremiah 27:11

We need to understand that the devil is using this as his fail safe. He wants to ensure that he will have as many turned against God as he possibly can. If we have parts of us that has allegiance with the occult, then it will be that much easier for him to use us in his own army. That is why it is so very important that we begin to remove the veils that have been placed before our eyes so we can allow God to bring us into alignment with who He created us to be.

Being connected to the occult sounds extremely scary. It sounds like you are evil or bad and that God is going to be very angry with you. It also sounds like you are powerless in helpless in an evil world. This is exactly what the devil would love you to believe, and exactly how he keeps it hidden from so many. We believe these hidden connections make us evil, and that we need to continue to keep them hidden, so we can live without fear or shame. Fear and shame are huge motivating factors for us. That is where grace comes in.

The fear of exposure and the shame of what we believe to be true about us is what keeps us in the dark. Staying in the dark is what is actually giving the devil the power within you. It’s not the connections to the occult itself that are dangerous, it’s the ignorance of them. Jesus has all power and authority over each one of these connections. So if you know about these connections, then Jesus can break them and set you free. If you see where you have hidden darkness within you, then you can expose it to the light of Truth; Jesus Christ.

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

John 8:32

In Hosea 4:6, God tells us that we are being destroyed because of a lack of knowledge. He is not referring to wordly knowledge that led us into sin., but the knowledge of the truth of who God is and the truth of who we are. God is a good and loving Father, and we are His people. He will never turn His back on us, but He welcomes us with open and loving arms. No matter what. When we believe that we are overcome by evil in an evil world, those beliefs are all based on lies about God. If we are evil, that makes God angry and harsh and condemning. If the world is evil, that makes God cruel and distant. It is those beliefs that fuel are fear and shame and keep us hidden in the dark.

During my childhood as I was abused, I was forced to worship false gods and goddesses and take on many, many spirits within my being. Everything that I did led me to believe I was evil and bad and terrible and that God could never love me or forgive me. That was the point of all the abuse; to turn me away from God and fill me with lies of who He is. All that made me powerless and helpless. It is the desire to find the truth in the midst of all this pain and find healing that has given me strength. Through my willingness to go into these dark places I have broken many connections with the occult and therefore made more room for a relationship with God.

I did not have to walk into this healing, and learn about my awful abuse, or the fact that I basically grew up in the occult. What a huge deception over my entire life. It was painful enough to feel as though my entire life was a lie, let alone to come to terms with the abuse itself. Many people that walk into healing of this depth actually quite before they get even as far as I have. It is a difficult process. Yet week after week I encounter God in ways that are so amazing and wonderful, I could never walk away. Exposing the darkness within myself has filled me with so much light and truth and love and peace, that it absolutely overshadows every thing else in this entire world. Nothing, and I mean nothing, compares to the love and knowledge of God I have now. And it just keeps growing.

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

1 John 1:5-7

graceIf we refuse to see where we have connected with the occult, then we are taking away from areas in our lives where we can have more of God. Once you have had a taste of the Living God, it will be hard to not desire more and more of Him. Freedom from oppression will bring into the presence of the Living God and we will experience Him in ways we never though imaginable. The devil will do whatever he can to stand in the way of that. Including leading you to believe you have grown as much as you can, causing blocks or oppression to keep you from going further, and much more. So we must keep fighting and pressing in to Him, seeking Him with all that we have.

I hear from many oppressed people in my ministry. Many of them are desperate and seeking answers, lost and confused about why they have been suffering for so long. Add in the fact that you actually have spirits coming against you to try to stop you from gaining freedom, and life feels impossible. Diving into that depth of pain is so incredibly difficult, but it is doable. If I can do this, anyone can. I promise you this. That is, without Christ. Christ is the answer to every single problem.

No matter how far any one individual comes with their healing, God will love them and accept them. He does not care how far we go in healing, although He wants us to each find freedom. However, God knows exactly what each person can handle and where their heart is. God is in charge of each person’s healing, and we only need to partner with Him and do our parts. Jesus loves you so very much. He is not concerned with where you are at or what you have done. He is not worried about what you watch or eat or do. He is only concerned with your heart. Give Jesus your heart and trust Him, and watch and see the miracles He will do in your life. It is only a matter of time.

My prayer for each one of you is not that you come into complete healing and freedom in this life, but that you come into a complete knowledge and understanding of God as your Father, and Jesus Christ as your One and Only. If we can achieve that, then we have gained absolutely everything in this world. Jesus is the reason we are here. We were created to love and be loved. We were created to carry out an assignment in this world. It does not take strength or courage to complete your assigned job here on earth. It only takes trust. Trust in the One who created the heavens and the earth to pull you out of the pit and restore your life. He is faithful. He is love.

 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
1 John 4:18
August 29 2016

Yoga and The Occult

yogaWhen I was in my late teens, early twenties, I was very interested in learning more about connecting with myself and finding myself. I wanted to find out about deeper and higher levels of consciousness, so I could connect with who I truly was. I wanted to connect with the universe and the power that it held. I knew it was a part of who I was and that through this connection I could find the answers to life’s greatest questions: Who am I? Why am I here? Why was I born?

During this time I did a lot of searching through eastern religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, etc. I learned about meditation, chakras, channeling energy, using crystals to bring healing and alignment within the body, yoga and more. I practiced all of these things on a regular basis in hopes to reach enlightenment and to become a better person. I wanted very much to be a good person and it seemed these were things that were going to help me bring that out.

I was very open to the eastern religions as I studied them, because they were the polar opposite of what I knew and believed about God. I believed God was a far away guy up in the sky, who looked down on people and judged them harshly. In eastern religions there are many different gods, and they all hold important roles in life. These religions offered to help you cut through the limitations of the human mind and body to move closer to a god like status yourself.

Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.

Romans 1:21

I would often spend time in meditation trying to “empty” my mind. I wanted to get to that god consciousness. I would then spend time with my crystals and gemstones, each one serving a specific purpose. Sometimes I would hold the gemstones to meditate on it’s qualities (such as love or peace) and sometimes I would place it on my chakras to help bring that good and healing energy into my body. I spent a lot of time with the crystals and gemstones in order to put my own energy into them, and then bring the positive energy out of it.

I would then practice various yoga poses that I learned from a book I had, that taught all about higher consciousness and Hinduism. I wanted to awaken my mind, body and third eye. The third eye is related to one of the Hindu gods and is the gate to your higher power. I loved doing yoga and even taught my boyfriend all about it. I felt great doing it and made a point to make it a part of my daily routine as often as possible.

At one time I even ventured to a Buddhist temple to learn more about the religion. I found it very interesting, but I was not going to be bound to any one religion. I enjoyed the freedom to pick and choose from different religions so I could find what worked best for me. Yoga was practiced at this Buddhist temple along with meditation time. At that time yoga was not as popular as it is now, and was not considered a form of stretching only, but a form of meditation and spiritual discipline.

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;  to be made new in the attitude of your minds;  and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Ephesians 4:22-24

As my life moved forward and changed drastically, I no longer had leisure time to meditate or spend hours reading books on eastern religions or do the witchcraft I was so fond of. I let go of a lot of the practices, but yoga was one of the things I held on to because it was relaxing. And as our culture progressed yoga began to become more and more popular, to where it was easy to pick up a dvd of yoga and pop it in a few times a week.

I continued that practice on and off for years, even when I became a Christian. As far as I understood, there was nothing wrong with yoga. It was good for the body, mind and soul, and it also felt good all over. It took me some time to realize that I had always used it for a spiritual practice, and that spirituality was not compatible with the One and True God of the Universe. As I grew in my relationship with Jesus Christ, I began to realize that you cannot disconnect from the spiritual nature of the practice of yoga.

Eastern religions have always been popular because of their claims to reach higher levels of consciousness along with the exotic world of colors, the beautiful artwork, the statues of gods, and the positive feeling that seems to permeate it. It seems to be able to morph with the times, giving freedom to the hippies of the sixties, and health and well being to people today.  What is not understood. is that each one of these religions is based around spiritual principles aligned with the many gods and goddesses, or the teacher who is like a great leader and prophet of sorts, who is worshiped like a god.

Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.

James 1:27

Practices such as yoga, meditation, channeling energy, tai chi, kung fu, karate, acupuncture, mantras, mandalas, reiki and feng shui are all based on these spiritual teachings or principles that incorporate the gods and goddesses or the channeling of energy. All gods and goddesses are false gods aka demons. There is only one God, and He is the One who created the heavens and the earth. Any other “god” is like Satan; looking to become like god in order to gain power and control over humanity.

Channeling energy is an age old occult practice. Demons use energy as one of the ways they can move from place to place. They use this energy movement to transfer from person to person, person to object, etc. It is a form of witchcraft and it is not a practice that brings a person into alignment with the Spirit of God. Even meditation is a form of moving energy, as you are trying to move your energy into a certain direction, thought pattern, or process in order to gain something. That is witchcraft.

Doing these eastern spiritual practices is aligning yourself with the kingdom of darkness. It is practicing inviting the demonic into your being and into your life. It can cause great harm to your physical being, as well as your spiritual being. Once you bring these practices into your life, you are also inviting these demonic entities into your home and your family. Yoga in particular is very dangerous, because of the momentum it has gained in our world today, even within the Christian church.

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.

Colossians 2:8

As I grew in my relationship with Jesus Christ I understood that yoga was a spiritual practice to invite demons in. What I did not realize was that I was taught to use yoga to channel demons into my being during satanic rituals as a child. During one of my inner healing sessions that I have weekly, the Holy Spirit revealed to me how yoga was used in satanic rituals. Each specific yoga pose has a purpose in opening you up to the alignment of your spirit and soul with different deities. It is channeling the kundalini spirit through your spine, said to be the lifeline of your body.

prayer-on-my-kneesThe kundalini spirit is harnessed by the power of the goddess Shakti from Hinduism. It was that particular energy that I was to ask into my body while doing a series of specific yoga poses to channel it inside of me, so that I could align myself with the goddess power she offered. I had no conscious memory of this event until the Holy Spirit revealed it to me, because during extremely traumatic events a child’s mind has ways of fragmenting these terrible memories into places where the conscious mind cannot access them. Without this ability a human could never endure this great of a trauma and survive to function normally.

There are many other individuals who have devoted large portions of their lives over to the philosophy and lifestyle of yoga and eastern religion who have now come forward and stated what the Holy Spirit has revealed to them. Yoga is a new age deception to bring innocent people into alignment with the kingdom of darkness and channel demonic spirits into their beings. It is dangerous and has consequences beyond our understanding.

Now if you faithfully obey the Lord your God and are careful to follow all His commands I am giving you today, the Lord your God will put you far above all the nations of the earth.

Deuteronomy 28:1

If you have participated in yoga of any sort, I urge you to take time off from the practice as you devote yourself to prayer in asking God to reveal His truth to you. We must bring everything before the Lord Jesus Christ to see things from the perspective that is far higher than our own. He is beyond time and space and knows all things, and it is that wisdom that we need to seek in order to have clarity and discernment in a world full of darkness and lies.

God does not hate anyone who has done or is doing yoga. He loves every single person period. He understands the hearts and minds of people and knows why we choose to do the things we do. He wants us to have freedom from our bondage so we can have an even deeper revelation of His Spirit. It is only through this freedom that we can truly experience and know God’s heart and His love for us. The devil wants to steal that from us by convincing us his dark arts are actually healthy and good.

We are on the brink of the promised land. Unless we are to step out in faith and take the hand of the One who loves us most, we are never going to taste the fruits that He has planted there for us. We do not need to listen to the lies of the world, full of empty promises in order to find hope and peace. We need only look to the Author and Perfecter of our faith to know these things. Jesus Christ is hope and peace, and so much more. Your Father loves you more than you can even imagine. Step out and let Him show you.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”

Matthew 5:6

 

March 13 2016

The Ex Witch And The Occult Connection

  • ex witchWhen I came into a relationship with Jesus Christ, I as an ex witch. I had not, to my knowledge, been actively participating in witchcraft anymore. I did believe in the paganism ideologies of oneness with the universe, higher self realization, many gods and goddesses, and much more however. I acknowledged the witch holy days such as Winter Solstice and Ostara, and I had many idols around the house in tribute to gods and goddesses. I also had books on the occult and new age beliefs I held, that I read still.

I was very willing to repent of all of these things once I gave my life to Christ. I believed with all my heart that God was the One True Living God and Creator of everything. I got rid of the books and idols, etc. as the Holy Spirit moved me too. I started learning more about how the beliefs I held were false, and contradictory to God’s Word. I was willing of absolutely all of it, because I had found true unconditional love  and hope for the first time in my life. That alone was worth far more than all the trash I had in my life.

The Holy Spirit made many, many changes in my life. I had lived a very wordly and sinful life up until that point. He moved me to do a 180 turnaround and was forming me into a new creation. It was a beautiful thing, and I could just feel the Spirit radiating from within me, as I continued to be obedient to His leadings. Yet as I continued to change I noticed that there were things that still plagued me. I had anger issues that were borderline rage. I had health problems that would not be healed no matter what I would do. I had depression that seemed to be healed after a life of it, then would creep back in as suicidal thoughts. I began to learn about demons and spiritual attack. I became desperate to experience true freedom in Christ. Yet it became illusive to me.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

Ephesians 6:12

Every time I would seek out help, prayer and deliverance I would have to tell about my past involvement with witchcraft. Each time I would willingly repent of it, desperate to just be free of it, if that was what was holding on to me. I could literally hear the devil speaking in my head, telling me he would never let me go. I was desperately afraid that this was indeed truth. With everything that plagued me, it seemed very true.

Finally I had a deliverance session that would forever change my life. I gained a lot of information through this deliverance session about generational curses and blood covenants that were made, but I had no idea what that meant. I had no idea the truth about witchcraft and it’s affects on ones life, even though I had been right in the middle of it. In these past few months I have come to learn more about witchcraft and what it does and it has blown my reality away. I thought I knew about magic. I had no idea.

When you are in the occult – practicing any form of witchcraft; you are opening a door to the demonic. This door allows and gives rights to demons (the minions of the devil) to you and your soul. Your soul is your mind, emotions and will. So in essence practicing witchcraft is turning over your thoughts, your beliefs, your feelings and your free will to the devil. This usually comes in stages and progresses as it goes. In most cases a person never fully gives themselves over to the devil the first time.

It is very easy to believe that once you have been saved by Jesus Christ and have repented of your sin of witchcraft, that you are free of it. But this is not true. Witchcraft is a very sneaky thing, much like the devil. You see, the devil is not going to waste his time playing around as a child with toys. He is very clever and divisive in his ways. He wants to make sure that when we open a door into his realm, we cannot easily get out. Like a maze. You walk in and think you will quickly find the exit, but find yourself wandering for so long you loose track of time. This is what witchcraft is like. Once you are in, you do not just walk out.

We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.

1 John 5:9

When a person does witchcraft (and this includes every form of witchcraft there is, even as “little” as yoga or Ouija boards), they open the door. Then each time they do witchcraft they are inviting in demon spirits. Each spirit brings something in with it to connect them within your person. This could be false beliefs or sickness or addiction, etc. More importantly it causes you to feel that you have tapped in to a power – which you have. The power of the demonic (aka the occult or witchcraft). You feel the power in some way or another. It may be a high, a surge, a force and “awakening” or something similar. This feeling is incredibly satisfying to our senses and fleshly ways and it creates a desire within us to continue to do it. So the person wants to delve deeper into the witchcraft practice, to reach higher levels of this power they have experienced.

What is actually happening is they are granting more and more access to the depths of their soul to the demonic, giving them more and more rights into them. Rights are permissions to use our bodies for their works and feed our soul with their beliefs and demonic spirits. Satan wants us to become portals for his evil work. Once we him access, we are connected to his power, and he sets up things inside of us that can work without our conscious knowledge. So basically, we are actually doing witchcraft and we are not even aware of it. The connection has been made and we have done it on our own free will.

How does this work? It is kind of like running a program on the computer. Say you open the internet and are surfing the web. Then you decide you want to start another project, such as writing an essay or making a poster, etc. You minimize the internet window, but it is still running. Maybe you need it for research later. You open up Word or another program and begin on your new project. You have forgotten you were on the internet. Yet in the background the internet is running. The connection was established. And even if you were to close the window, you can get back onto the internet in seconds, because you have already established the connection, and have the browser readily available.

That is what witchcraft is like. It is an open connection, already established and ready to be used at any time. All you have to do is tap into it. Except in this case, we don’t ever actually close it, like that window, so it is always running, even when we are unaware. That is the deception of witchcraft. It comes in disguise as light, but in reality it is the most dangerous thing you can ever do. You are like a loaded weapon walking around, and the devil can use you anytime he pleases, without any future consent. You have already given over so many rights to yourself, that you don’t need to give any more permission.

But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
    let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
    that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

Psalm 5:11

There is a lot of work that goes in to disconnecting yourself from darkness. The amount of work depends on the depth you have gotten into witchcraft. If you only ever dabbled in Ouija boards as a teen, there will be less work to do then if you were a full blown witch casting circles and doing spells. Of course most people who dabble in witchcraft, tend to dive deeper than they even realize. Magic is so deceptive and disguises itself in so many forms, that often times we are practicing witchcraft without even realizing what it is.

The first start to becoming disconnected with witchcraft is an in-depth deliverance session. I have talked to many people who have had past involvement in the occult, but are still plagued by various problems. Some are just physical illness and others are having supernatural experiences of one kind or another. They have all gone through the steps to repent, renounce, pray for release, etc. Yet they are all plagued. The devil wants us to think that we have walked away from the occult, so he can continue to use us for his purposes and damage our relationship with God.

There are many types of deliverance possible, and I have tried a lot! I have tried all kinds of healing prayer and having demons cast out for over a year before I found a ministry that really made an impact. This deliverance ministry goes right to the head demon inside. Demons have a hierarchy, just like the army, ranging from high ranking to low level. The head demon inside of a person is going to be a higher ranking demon, but still be under another more powerful demon than itself. It is going to have assignments in how it works to stop the call God has on your life and hinder your relationship with God, as well as working witchcraft around you.

For we walk by faith, not by sight.

2 Corinthians 5:7

way outYou can cast out as many demons as you want, spirits of infirmity, despair, rage, addiction, etc. But if you don’t get right to the head of them all, the head will just call more lower level demons in to serve him. Remember, you have already opened up the connection, and they need no further permission. If you go straight to the head demon and break all of his rights and kick him out, all his underlings will have to go to. It is a wonderful way to make a clean break and start your road to freedom.

Deliverance is just the beginning step to healing from being involved in the occult. You may have to go into a deeper, inner healing type of journey, to begin to find out where you have made other connections willingly with the devil, and then have Jesus help you break them. Every person is different, and you need to be completely led by the Holy Spirit in every step of a deliverance and healing. After a deliverance you should see major fruit of the freedom that you have gained from it. If you go through a deliverance and still have spiritual oppression or signs of supernatural activity in your life, you may have not gone through a proper deliverance.

If you have been involved in the occult in any way, and are wondering why you aren’t experiencing true freedom, then it is time to take this to God. He has a huge call over your life, and believe me, the enemy will stop at nothing to keep you from it! You have a choice to make: either stay comfortable in the life you have now, or take a step out in faith to ask for help and begin this most important journey. It is not an easy step. And if you have hesitation or anger about the idea of deliverance, it is because the demons inside of you do not want to lose their foothold! God has not brought you this far so you can just stay connected to darkness. You did not know you were involved with the devil when you were in the occult, because the devil had you fooled. Now you have new insight from the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, and it’s time to break every chain! Hallelujah!

When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”

Judges 6:12

 

 

 

 

February 22 2016

Are Tattoos Blood Rituals?

tattoosI was very excited to get my first tattoo. It was my eighteenth birthday and my best friend had offered to pay for it as a gift. I had been looking forward to getting a tattoo for quite some time! To me it was a symbol of who I am and of my freedom. She even picked out a place for us to go and have it done. I was a little leery when she drove me out to a part of town I didn’t know very well and it didn’t look very nice. This was about 20 years ago when tattoos were not so popular, and more hidden in the seedier areas of town. The guy that gave me a tattoo had his shop in the front of his house and was a biker. Perfectly nice guy, but very out of the ordinary experience for me. I originally wanted a small tattoo on my hand of the moon. Thankfully he talked me out of getting it on my hand and someplace I could hide it easier. So I got a medium-sized moon with stars on the inside of my right ankle. Truth be told I hated it afterwards. I felt like I made a huge mistake. It was not what I imagined, yet I was now stuck with it because I was going to have it forever!

That tattoo would come to mean more to me later as I began to worship the moon. It was more of a symbol of who I was as a pagan and witch. I would sit in the back yard on a full moon and worship it. I adored the moon and believed it was a goddess. I was in awe at the power and majesty of the moon. I would talk to the moon and bask in its light. It’s what I believed. I grew further in my beliefs of New Age and the occult while my practice of witchcraft intensified. A few years later I finally had the chance to get another tattoo to commemorate my dedication to my pagan faith and being a witch. I got a pentagram tattoo on my left shoulder, with a vine wrapped around it. I loved it. It was everything that I was.

 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

Romans 1:25

My next tattoo was many years after that. I let my at the time boyfriend tattoo me. He was not a tattoo artist, but aspiring to be. I let him tattoo a large black dragonfly on my right shoulder. It was big and badly down and black. Dark black. It was a very abusive relationship. It ended soon after that (after 5 years of hell) and I wanted very much to never see the vile tattoo again. Unfortunately it is very hard to cover up a black tattoo. I got a lotus flower over it, but it bled through. Three times. I could not cover this monster and reminder of pain up. Finally I went to seven tattoo artists to see about getting it covered up. I was told I would have to go big to distract away from the tattoo I was trying to hide. So I ended up getting a half sleeve. I didn’t really have anything I wanted to add to what I had, so I went with the suggestion of a koi fish and some water. It is a very pretty tattoo. I get compliments on it all the time. I really hate it. I never wanted a tattoo so big and I know the meaning of it. Pain.

When I became a Christian my tattoos became a symbol of my past. My involvement with witchcraft and the occult, and the pain of my broken life. I hated, no despised them completely. I was embarrassed by my pentagram tattoo. I was committed to Jesus Christ now and didn’t want anyone thinking I was still pagan. I went to a tattoo shop to find out about getting it covered up. I really didn’t even want another tattoo. It was another seedy tattoo shop with a guy who pronounced not only his love for Jesus but also smoking pot. He was very nice, but I was quite shocked by the whole thing. I didn’t have a lot of options for covering up the pentagram, except a flower. Or I could go big again. No way. I walked out thinking about just doing it, but not feeling very good about getting another tattoo.

“ ‘Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord.” Leviticus 19:28

The verse about tattoos in the Bible really got me to thinking. It seemed pretty clear that God was saying not to get tattoos. Yet I knew Christians who had tattoos, some were even in memory of the dead. I wanted to follow what God said, because let’s face it, He knows better than we do. If God said we should not do something, it is for a good reason. I just wasn’t sure what the reason was. I decided to explore more about tattoos and why Christians shouldn’t get them. I found many reasons on why a Christian shouldn’t get a tattoo, such as our body is a temple of God and we should not defile it, or we should be set apart and holy. There are some very good arguments for why a Christian should not get tattoos. Then I found an article about tattoos and blood rituals of ancient times. The article was very eye opening to me, because I was still very naive to the spirit realm and the ways of the devil. I never have been able to find that article again.

Since then I have learned quite a bit about blood rituals and sacrifices. In my deliverance from demonic oppression I found out that my grandfather gave the rights to my life over to the devil in a blood ritual, where he shed his own blood. A blood ritual is a satanic ritual that is done as a covenant or pact. There are at least two people involved in this type of ritual. The person who is shedding their own blood, and the person who is invoking a demon and its power.  The person who is shedding their blood is the recipient in this transaction. They are giving their blood (life) in order to receive some sort of benefit, such as life, prosperity, fame, fortune or power. The cuts are now an open doorway for the entrance of evil spirits (demons) which you have granted permission. By agreeing to and participating in the shedding of your blood, you have give the devil a right to you. Often people who participate in a blood ritual also give over rights to future generations.

These blood rituals have been going on for thousands of years, in many different cultures. Other forms of blood rituals involve cutting or mutilating yourself in mourning for the dead, or to appease the gods (demons) that you worship. It was believed that the gods were in control of everything from weather to health and people wanted to do whatever they could to show the gods that they would make them happy. That included shedding your own blood, or killing another human being. The gods were often angry and demanding and the people were very scared of what the gods would do.

For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life. Leviticus 17:11

I realize that tattoos are not exactly the same as cutting yourself. You are not taking a knife to your arm and cutting it. However, you are piercing your skin with a needle between 50 to 3,00 times a minute. You are also shedding your blood, and you are making a choice to pierce your skin and shed your blood. You also have to consider the person who is doing the tattoo. Where are they at religiously or spiritually? If they are another religion or hold spiritual beliefs of the New Age or occult, what does the tattoo mean to them? The one who holds the tattoo gun is the one who is shedding your blood. That is a very powerful position over you. If they are praying over you to their god or goddess, how does that affect you while you are openly submitting to them shedding your blood? Does it really matter if your tattoo is of a cross or a Bible verse in this case?

In this day and age tattoos are considered art work and symbols of things that have influenced our lives. Yet in ancient times tattoos were much more than that. In Egypt during the 1400 B.C. era, tattoos were often tributes to gods and goddesses, as well as symbols of protection from evil or a permanent magical talisman. They were also possibly used in rituals to mark allegiance with a certain god, or even a covenant to that god. These rituals would have needed shed blood and probably were sexual in nature as well. The Israelistes would have been highly influenced by the world of the Egyptians, coming out of Egypt and it being such a powerful nation. Egyptians are well known for their worship of many deities, as well as their obsession with sex, death and magic.

In ancient Greece and Rome, tattoos were used as a punishment and a sign you were a slave or criminal. Tattoos were used the same way in ancient Japan until the 18th century. Primitive tribes use tattoos much as the Egyptians did – as a form of connection with their deities and for protection. Tattooing has had some part in different cultures for centuries. Tattoos, from their origins are from the occult. Over time, tattoos have changed to go with modern times. It would not be acceptable in many cultures to use them as punishment anymore and most people claim tattoos as artwork. Yet tattoos hold very deep meaning for the people who get them most of the time.

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

I have no hard evidence that tattoos are a part of a blood ritual, but I think we can see from research that tattoos certainly are a part of a deeper spiritual practice that comes from ancient times. The Bible warns against getting tattoos or cutting yourself, because during that time it was common for the Israelistes to fall away from God and into the practices of the world around them. The world around them was steeped in the occult – witchcraft, worship of multiple deities, rituals, and sacrifices. Even though many people today do not have any intention towards being involved in witchcraft or blood rituals when they get tattoos, does not mean they are inadvertently doing so. The occult is deeply rooted in our world, as it is the tool of the devil to bring us into his kingdom. This world is the devil’s domain, and we are just here visiting. It is very easy to get caught up in this physical realm and all that we see, and forget there is a spiritual realm that is affecting us every minute. It is also easy to take everything at face value and not look deeper into the meanings and origins of what we do.

shedbloodDoes God hate tattoos? Is He angry at you because you have a tattoo? No. God hates evil, and God knows your heart. If you have tattoos that does not mean you are evil or against God. You must take your heart before the God of mercy and love and let Him work it out with you. God will show you what is right before His eyes and what is harmful to you. I am writing this because it has been on my mind for a long time, thinking about tattoos and why the Bible speaks out against them. I have heard many arguments about why the verse in Leviticus about tattoos isn’t relevant today, and that is why I wanted to present food for thought. As I learn more about my life and about the inner workings of the spiritual realm, I have realized how deep the deceptions of the devil go. He has layer upon layer of deception in this world, so that he may keep his lies and his devices against us a secret. He does a great job at it. I am here to help uncover them.

No matter what, you are a child of the One True King, and you are deeply and wholly loved by Jesus. He has died for you, so that you may have an abundant life. Yet it is God who determines what abundance is, not us. We look to things and accomplishments to find our riches, but our riches lie in Jesus Christ alone. We have no idea the wonderful things God has in store for us if we cannot stop and connect our hearts with His. We need to stop daily to align ourselves with the heart and will of our Creator God. He will lead us into righteousness, not this world. We just need to keep trusting in God, to bring us closer to glory, day by day, as we look to Him for all of our needs, and all of the answers for our life.

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. 1 Peter 2:24

 

February 15 2016

Occult Hidden In Our Society

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I know many people who believe that the world of the occult is limited to those who do witchcraft or magic, such as witches and satanists. They believe that they are not influenced by the occult in any way, and are safe from it. They celebrate satanic holy days such as Halloween, believing there is no harm in it. They watch television shows about witches and read books about magic and feel there is no involvement with the occult in these practices. However, the fact is that the occult is actually hidden in so much of the media and movies that you almost cannot help but be exposed to it.

Before we go into the occult in our world today, we must first define what the occult means. Here is the definition from Dictionary.com:

Occult1) of or relating to magic, astrology, or any system claiming use or knowledge of secret or supernatural powers or agencies. 

2) beyond the range of ordinary knowledge or understanding; mysterious.

3) secret; disclosed or communicated only to the initiated. 

4) hidden from view.

As you can see, the occult is the use or practice of witchcraft or supernatural powers, and it is secret or hidden. Let’s look at some examples of practices of the occult so we can get a better understanding of how to recognize it around us. These are all things also mentioned in the Bible.

contacting dead ancestors through mediums, predicting or telling the future through psychics or fortune tellers, knowing the future, astrology and horoscopes, magic charms, astral projection, calling on the dead, channeling spirits or dead ancestors, seeing or speaking to the dead, Ouija boards, palm reading, chakras, energy reading or moving energy around or aligning energy, spirit guides or spiritists, tarot cards, crystals, yoga, I Ching, automatic writing, white magic, incantations, chanting.

Then there is anything that is included in witchcraft and Wicca, and Satanism, as well as many practices of cults, secret societies and other religions that worship false gods, such as animal sacrifice, baptizing the dead, casting spells, doing rituals, cursing people or objects, worshiping idols, summoning demons, seeing and speaking with demons.

This is just a short list of the many things that are practiced in the occult. The occult is a creation of the devil. The devil uses things that look good and helpful to us to deceive us into stepping into them and then getting caught in his trap. Most people who get involved with the occult do so either by force or by deception. There are few (in my opinion) who knowingly step into worshiping darkness. There are those who also get forced or tricked into involvement, but then willingly decide to commit themselves to darkness.

The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.

1 Timothy 4:1

What makes the occult so dangerous? The occult is a gateway to the demonic. Once you open up the door to your soul through occult practices, you are giving the devil and his demons rights to you. Theses rights allow them to come inside you (not possess you if you are Christian), to mess with the way you think, what you believe, how you see the world and God, and your physical being and emotional/mental state. Some believe that only doing astrology or yoga or reading books is not dangerous. You are not really involved or it is not really too bad, because you are not actually practicing magic. You are involved and you are practicing magic. What about those who are just passively watching while it happens? Are they really participating or involved. Very much yes. You are right there open and allowing the demonic to enter in to you. Even just watching is a form of submission and acceptance to what is happening and is opening you up to evil. Even if you are just watching it on TV or a movie.

Now some things in our society are pretty obvious in showing magic – they are about witches, vampires and things of that nature. Other things are not so obvious to those who don’t have an understanding of the occult and how it works. That is why it is so deceptive, because it is hidden in plain sight. So you may be watching one of your favorite movies, such as Star Wars, Maleficent,  or The Matrix, or one of your favorite TV shows, such as the Super Bowl, Big Bang Theory or Game of Thrones which are laden with occult activity and symbolism and be involved in the occult. That is a pretty heavy statement to make I realize, and there are many who will shut down and not be able to hear this. I completely understand that. I lived most of my life involved in the occult and half the time had no idea. That is because as the definition says, it is a secret hidden from the uninitiated.

Nobody wants to think they are being indoctrinated into the occult or the belief systems held by the occult without their knowledge. That is something that is too shocking and upsetting to even consider for most people. And the truth is that the media that has the occult weaved throughout it, is de-sensitizing us to the occult and witchcraft in the movies and music, etc. It is hiding the occult in these things, so that the occult is normal and acceptable, not something bad or evil. More than that even, it is just unnoticed and therefore nonexistent to us. But our minds and souls are taking it all in, integrating it into our thoughts and actions subconsciously.

But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:3

 It is not limited to TV or movies either. It is in music, books, commercials and more. The occult is deeply immersed into our culture, in every way possible. Why? Because the devil runs the show on earth. It is his domain. He is prince of the earth, and does what he wants, which is to fill each of us up with as much evil as he possible can. That way he can steal us away from God, kill our souls, and destroy ever shred of hope we have to go to heaven and to know Jesus. He has succeeded many times in destroying souls and bringing them into darkness with him. I am living proof of what the devil tries to do – but God is greater! He has redeemed me from a life in the occult and witchcraft, even when I thought I wasn’t a part of it anymore. The occult gets so deep into your soul that you cannot just renounce it and walk away. It takes time and work to cut all of the ties that bind you in. That is the way it was designed. The devil is not stupid. He gets you started as a child – just look at the cartoons for children now days – Gravity Falls, The Lego Movie, Frozen – they are all rife with magic. Children as young as 2 and 3 are obsessed with Frozen and have it on everything they own; clothes, bedding, lunch boxes, toys, toothbrushes. Frozen does a wonderful job at making magic look good. After all, the sister who has the magic powers has suffered and is really just a good girl. It is not her fault. And in the end she can use her magic powers for good. Children sing the theme song, which is a tribute to the occult. Just read the lyrics.

So as children we begin our descent into the occult, without ever realizing it. The devil is very sneaky. As we get older we naturally gravitate towards the things of the occult. Again they seem harmless and fun. Things like yoga, astrology, psychics, and movies about witchcraft (Harry Potter, etc), crystals, karma, numerology, Ouija boards, Reiki, auras, meditation, therapeutic touch and much more. These are things that are acceptable in our society, and many Christians participate in them or watch them on a regular basis without realizing that it is a practice of the occult. All of these things are tapping in to the power of the demonic and harnessing the energy of said demons. All of these things open a gateway for the devil into your heart and mind. There is nothing more dangerous in this world than inadvertently opening yourself up to demonic oppression, because you don’t even know you have done it. Then the devil has an in and you are completely unaware.

Once the devil gets a way in, he begins to cause problems first with our beliefs and thoughts about the world and God. We slowly start moving away from the Biblical mindset and start moving into a worldly mindset. Remember, the world is the devil’s domain and the opposite of the Truths of God. Once we began to believe the lies that he implants, we stop listening to the convictions of the Holy Spirit. We go back to the same place as Adam and Eve, when the devil tempted them in the Garden. “Did God really say?” he asks you. And you question whether or not God said not to watch movies about witchcraft or whether Frozen really has witchcraft. You question whether or not visiting a psychic is really harmful, or if getting healing in a Reiki session is wrong. The Bible doesn’t actually list any of those things specifically. And if I am hurting and haven’t found an answer, then why not give it a try.

 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12

But guess what – part of the reason you are hurting and searching is because the devil has already done a job of causing a rift between you and God. He has also gotten into your body to cause you pain, infirmity, sickness, disease, depression, anger, despair, and many, many other problems. If you want to walk through life believing your problems are just due to having a bad season or bad circumstances, etc, then you are not remembering the Truths of the Bible. You have an enemy who wants to destroy you. Only one enemy – and you have to stop giving him the power in your life to wreak havoc. You have to open your eyes to what you are allowing into your home, your heart, your mind, your children. God has warned us countless times in the Bible to not fall prey to the ways of the devil, but we keep ignoring Him, and falling into the ways of the world, just like the Israelites did.

JesusGod is not angry with you for letting the occult into your life. He understands the ways of the devil and knows that we are weak and fall prey to temptation easily. But God always gives us a way out. God gives us strength in our weakness. He is here with us, every day, for all of our lives on earth, to help us learn more about Him, so we can rely on Him to do this thing. Once you become aware and know the Truth, you are now responsible for acting on it. If you do not, you will be held accountable for your choices. God wants to help you, but you must draw closer to Him. There is not condemnation in Christ Jesus. He loves you, and He wants only the best for you. He knows how difficult life can be, but He also knows how a deep intimacy with Jesus can bring you the greatest joy and freedom you have ever experienced. There is nothing more exciting and satisfying in this world than Jesus Christ!

If you are struggling and feel like you are addicted or obsessed or have no control over things like watching Harry Potter, or the Ouija board, or anything else I have listed (or maybe didn’t list) then you are in very deep and need help. God will free you and send help for you, if you just cry out to Him. You are not alone!! Jesus will never, never leave you – no matter what choices you are making, or have made. Just know that God has the most amazing plan for you! Bigger than any dream you could even imagine for yourself. You just have to begin a trust walk with Him, to move closer to Him, and let His light bring you healing and redemption. The occult is not bigger than God. Jesus has defeated the devil, and he will not win. No matter how bad the state of the world looks, this Truth will never change. So step out in trust and see what God has for you! You have an amazing journey ahead my dear brothers and sisters! It is time to persevere!

 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

1 Peter 5:8