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

 

June 20 2016

What Is Witchcraft?

witchcraftWhen I was a teenager, I was absolutely fascinated with vampires and witches. I used to watch any shows I could about the subjects, such as Sabrina The Teenage Witch or Teen Witch, and I would devour whole book series, such as The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. There was nothing more exciting and romantic than the prospect of falling in love with some hunky vampire and becoming one, or even better, wielding the power of witchcraft myself. These shows and books painted a picture that a teen girl could easily become enraptured with, especially one who desired to escape reality.

With the ideas of pop culture firmly planted in my head, I believed that witches were exactly what I saw in the movies: a woman who wore long black dresses, had long dark hair, and had a black cat and a broom. What else could a witch possibly be? Oh yes, she could also be young, beautiful, sexy, powerful, and have the ability to change reality to whatever she desired at the flick of her wrist. What girl doesn’t want that?? Yet I didn’t think it was something actually achievable in real life. Witches are just for stories and for fun, right? That is what I thought until I met two real live witches in person.

When I was about 18 I met a couple who were Wiccan at a cafe where I read poetry every Thursday. They did not fit the picture of your typical witch in my mind. The guy had red hair woven into short dreadlocks and dressed very colorfully. He was boisterous and energetic; not sullen and dark. The woman did wear a lot of dark colored long skirts, but she had platinum blonde hair, and was quiet and reserved; not sexy and powerful. I got caught up very quickly with this couple, and soon found out they came from a family of witches, their mother being the head of a large coven. None of them looked like the stereo typical witch, and I am quite certain that anyone who came in contact with them on a daily basis would have thought any of them were witches. So much for that idea!

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Romans 1:21

As I formed a relationship with this couple, they began to first teach me about their viewpoints on god, then on what witchcraft was and why it was important to them. I got a very quick education about the basics of witchcraft from these two, and it had nothing to do with cauldrons, black cats, or pointy hats. What it did have to do with, was harnessing the power of your intent. A white witch, which is a witch that has intention for “the good of all” and never to harm, uses the power of the goddess and the gods to help elevate and execute this powerful intent that is being sent out into the universe. So a witch would say a spell or incantation, or do a ritual, and it would be focused on accomplishing a goal. The goal could be something as simple as getting that job you want, or it could be more complex, like trying to bring a lover to you. Either way, it must be done carefully, as a white witch must never cause harm. They believe very strongly in the “law of threefold” or whatever you do, comes back to you three times. So if you do something with ill intent, it will come back three times worse than what you sent. It is a lot like karma.

Since this couple were white witches, this is how I learned how to perform magic. After I parted ways with this couple, I began to practice solo, reading as many books as I could on witchcraft so I could learn more. I taught myself about the holy days (such as Samhain), about the different gods and goddesses and why they were important, about the purposes for altars and the tools used in rituals, and much more. I also taught myself about other religions, such as the Kabbalah (which is Jewish witchcraft) where I got my hands on a book that taught me to astral travel in a very powerful ritual. I didn’t stop there either. I also taught myself about other religions so I could learn how to channel energy, find enlightenment, and bring me to my higher self. As far as I was concerned, they were all very relevant to each other. As long as I focused on my love for my mother earth and not harming anyone or thing, I was good.

As time went on I got into a relationship with a man, who I taught everything I knew too. Together we practiced magic and did spells and rituals often. Before I knew it, we were crossing the line from white witchcraft into grey magic. Grey magic is in between white magic and black magic. Black magic, as you may know, is to cause harm to others, or as I thought at that time, totally evil. So grey magic is crossing the line into a grey place where you aren’t doing anything for the good of all, but you also aren’t doing anything to cause harm. For a white witch, it is a place you dare not go, because of that law of threefold. It was this short season in my practice that I found out why it was dangerous to cross that line. The spells, incantations and rituals we performed all backfired, and my husband (at that time) landed in jail, then left me for another woman, and didn’t see his children (including the one born at this time) for 6 months. It was about that time I laid some of my practices down for a break.

You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

John 8:44

It was not until I became a Christian that I began to learn the truth about what witchcraft really is. And that discovery was a journey in itself. Even as I came to Christ and told my testimony, I did not change the view of what witchcraft was. Over time I began to realize that there was no such thing as “white” or “black” magic. All magic was actually something that came from the devil. That does not infer that witches are evil, what it means is that the gods and goddesses they call upon for their power are actually demons in disguise. I know that witches that practice magic in the name of doing good do not believe they are actually harnessing the power of demons. If they thought that to be true, they would not do it. They do care about the earth and other people, but they have been lured into the same deception that I was: magic is good and gives you power and connects you with a higher power.

The truth is, that is what every human heart desires, because that is what we were created for. The problem is, is that witchcraft is a counterfeit for what God has made us for. He has made us to connected to His goodness, and have His power (the Holy Spirit) and be one with Him. Yet people get lost in this world of lies and illusions and get trapped into choosing a counterfeit. Often times they make these choices because magic was handed to them as an alternative to pain. They have believed the lie that God does not exist, and if He does, He is cruel and unjust. And who can live in a world where that is true? So they make the reality of a world that is much brighter in comparison to that, just as Adam and Eve did in the Garden of Eden. The only difference is Adam and Eve discovered they traded the truth for a lie much faster than many of us ever do.

Satan has many counterfeits in this world, and witchcraft is the counterfeit of praying to God. With prayers, you are using your emotion and intent and the Holy Spirit carries them to the throne room of God. It is the will of God that carries out these prayers. With witchcraft, you are using your emotion and intent, and the demonic inside of you (or that you are attached to), uses it to carry it out for you. Witches use their spells, incantations, rituals, etc. sort of like a prayer, except they are sending it to the gods or goddesses of their choice. Often times they invoke more than one god each time. They ask the gods and goddess to help them with things in life, just like we pray and ask God for help. They light candles and burn incense to conjure their gods and goddesses, just like we sometimes do in church in honor of God. Yet when you open a door to witchcraft, you are opening up a door to the devil himself.

I had no idea during the season of my life that I did witchcraft that it had anything to do with evil. I did not even believe in the devil! You do not have to believe in the devil for him to be real. All you have to do is invite him in by doing witchcraft. Witchcraft comes in many other disguises than the ones I have described white witches as doing. Witchcraft is deeply rooted in our society, and has been since ancient times. If you look at the Old Testament, you can see how prevalent witchcraft was then. They sought out fortune tellers to tell them the future and necromancers to talk to their dead. They sacrificed their children to the god Molech (the god of human sacrifice). They tried to use divination to tell their own future or sorcery to protect themselves. These are all things done in witchcraft today. Nothing has changed. The only difference between now and then is, at that time it was all done out in the open, and now the devil has gotten good at hiding these things in plain sight.

When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there.  Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, 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; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you.

Deuteronomy 18:9-12

Witchcraft is always disguised as something that is good, helpful, positive, uplifting, etc. Some examples are yoga, reflexology, acupuncture,  and channeling energy (meditation). These all look like healing practices but are based on channeling demonic energy into your body. Other examples are witchcraft hidden in games or movies, such as Harry Potter, Frozen, World of Warcraft, Dungeons and Dragons, Ouija Boards, Charlie Charlie, Game of Thrones, Magic the Gathering, Yu Gi Oh. I could go on and on and I haven’t even mentioned video games. Movies and games about witchcraft or witches are actually bringing witchcraft into your life. They look innocent, but they are dangerous. Witchcraft always makes big promises and always takes something from you in return. You may be promised, fun, enlightenment, healthy, wealth or even power, but you always pay a price to get it. It looks innocent, yet has the power to actually bring the devil into your body.

Witchcraft is not a simple thing, although I am trying my best to make it understandable to everybody, because I feel it is important to become aware of it’s reality in our everyday lives. When you practice witchcraft of any kind, including any I have listed here, or in other blog posts, then you are now open to practicing witchcraft. It is as easy as taking a yoga class, and channeling the kundalini spirit. You cannot separate yoga from it’s spiritual root. The practice of yoga is channeling energy of the Hindu gods through your body through movement and meditation. It does not matter whether you know you are doing it or not. You can actually do witchcraft and have no conscious recognition of doing so. Once you have opened up your body and soul to the demonic spirit of yoga, then it is in you. You invited it in. Now that intent and strong emotion can be harnessed with the power of that demonic spirit in you to send it to other people around you. All it takes is getting angry at someone and thinking bad thoughts about them, and that demon has your intentions and it’s power to attack that person. That is witchcraft. It is really that easy.

So if you have done anything that is witchcraft, you have a high probability that you have invited a demonic spirit inside of you. That is how you open the gate or door inside of you to demons  It is possible that some leave and don’t come back, but the fact is, they want to have that right to be inside of you. That is how they wreak havoc in your life, and the lives of those around you. Yes, you really can watch a show such as the Game of Thrones and be inviting demons into your home. They are spirits, and can use any mode of energy to transport themselves they like. That means electromagnetic waves and sound waves are carriers and conductors that they can use. So when you are watching a move/tv show/video game, there is their open portal in.

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

powerofgodI am not telling you any of this to scare you. As a matter of fact, I do not think you should be scared. Fear is not of God, it is of the devil. God tells us to trust in Him implicitly, because He has the whole universe in the palm of His hand. The devil is a created being and limited in power, therefore he is just trying to do what he can to make up for the fact that he is so limited. Using these techniques is underhanded and deceitful, because that is all he has to work with. If anything learning these truths should inspire you! You were created to have a relationship for Jesus Christ, and to walk in the power and authority that He bestowed upon you. So if you have been unwittingly been participating in witchcraft, then it is time to get back to your roots. Jesus tells us He is the vine in which we are to be fed, yet we have been plugged in to alternative power sources. We need to wake up so we can pick up our swords and fight. There is a battle going on around us, every single day. We can either learn how to fight in it, or we can just sit in the midst of it and let it toss us around until we die. Either way, there is still going to be a battle.

Trust and faith in Jesus Christ is the only way we are going to accomplish anything in this life. If we want to do great works for the Kingdom, then surrender yourself to God. If you want to experience freedom from pain and oppression in your life, surrender to Jesus Christ. If you want to grow and learn more about God and the Bible, surrender and let God do the work that needs to be done. We are incomplete when we come to Christ, because it is only His work in us that brings us to completion. It may take a lifetime to get there, but the reality is, many will never get there in this life, because they have already given up the fight. We need to never give up the fight, because God certainly has not given up on us. He could have given up, but God was willing to go to extreme lengths to bring us into a right relationship with Him. What Jesus has done did not end for you because you believed in Him. No, that was only the beginning. God has amazing and wonderful things, beyond what you dare dream, in store for you in this world, right now! Just trust Him! Believe that He has planned a good work in you that He will be faithful to complete! Then keep running the race with perseverance. The devil can take you down, and he can scare you into quitting, but he can’t take you out, unless you allow him too. The best thing to do is get on your knees, brothers and sisters, and lift your eyes to your Father, who is waiting for you to surrender all of your heart to Him. Then just wait and see where He will take you!

Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

Revelation 12:7-9

February 15 2016

Occult Hidden In Our Society

occult

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

October 12 2015

The New Age Deception

NewAgeOn a recent weekend, I had the most amazing getaway with my husband! We had not been away alone, without kids, in about 8 years! As soon as I found out we had a sitter for two whole nights, I started planning our trip. I was unbelievably excited, and I wanted it to be super romantic! After much searching around I decided to book a room at a little inn we went to 10 years ago where I first fell in love with my husband. It is a tiny town where a gorgeous river meets the Pacific Ocean. There are other little towns near by, and so I knew that we would have lots of adventures while we were there.

We got to the room late the first night, almost 9 o’clock, because we stopped to have dinner before checking in. We found a cozy restaurant with views of the river and the ocean, where we watched the sun set. It was a marvelous beginning to a romantic weekend! The room was actually a whole house with two stories. We resided mostly on the bottom floor, where there was a bathroom, kitchen, living room and bedroom. Not to mention a private deck with hot tub. The house was very old, probably about 100 years or more, and didn’t look like it received a lot of upkeep. We were excited nonetheless, because hey, we were alone!! You really can’t beat that, no matter how dirty an old house is.

It is funny because the house was kind of eerie. And when I say funny, I mean if you would have asked me a couple of years ago (before I was Christian) I would have told you that the house seemed haunted. There was just something about that old house that really creeped me out. Not to mention the Buddha statue in the back  yard. The next morning we went to the inn’s restaurant for breakfast. I noticed right away an altar in the corner of the room, complete with a large Buddha statue, crystals, and other such things. It reminded me quite a bit of the alter I had back when I was a witch. There was a sign attached about wanting to spread good vibes because there is enough negative in the world already.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6

My inner alarm was going off by this point. I knew that being near the ocean there was a chance that we would run into a New Age mindset, but I thought this sleepy little town would not be affected. Oh how wrong I was. This was only the beginning of the New Age movement I would see on our trip. We visited several stores, shops, and boutiques in the surrounding towns, and every single one of them was filled with charms, idols, crystals and other New Age items.

What exactly is the New Age Movement? New Age is a mix of different spiritual and religious practices that each person chooses to adopt for their belief system. It includes things such as witch craft and the occult, shamanism, mysticism, Hinduism, Buddhism, yoga and much more. It is a way to identify who you are spiritually, and to find higher ways of consciousness and thinking, or enlightenment. It’s main purpose is to help a person to connect with their inner being, and with the universe around them. New Age promotes oneness with the universe and the earth, because they are sacred and living beings in which we are connected to, and come from. The New Age movement teaches that everyone is basically good and a part of god. God can be one or many gods, but always an impersonal force that manifests in many ways, such as nature. New Age also teaches that evil does not exist, especially Satan and hell.

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.

Psalm 14:12

I know this all very well, because I spent a good part of my adult life heavily involved with the occult and New Age. I had no idea that I was even involved in New Age though. It started with my interest in the occult (okay interest is not really the right word. I was a practicing witch.) I became very interested in Eastern Religions and everything about them. I studied Buddhism and Hinduism as I tried to understand higher levels of consciousness and loosing myself to be more god-like. I can’t say I really knew what I was doing, but I really wanted to be connected to the higher power I knew I was a part of. It just wasn’t the Christian God. I tried meditating and placing crystals and gem stones on my chakras and opening my third eye. I tried yoga, astrology, tarot cards and reading the I Ching. I did this alongside of my normal practices of casting spells and performing rituals as a witch.

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

When I stopped actively practicing witch craft I still had my New Age thoughts and practices to lean on. I was ever searching for the Truth of what the meaning of life was, and why I was here. I wanted desperately to connect with whatever higher power there was out there. I worshiped the earth and practiced being a good person and taught my kids about being good people. It was so very important to me to be ‘good’ and do rack up good karma points. I wasn’t sure what was waiting for me after death – possibly reincarnation, but probably just my spirit being released back into the energy I came from.

All of this might sound a little out there to some people, but to others a lot of this (or maybe even a little) is going to resonate as truth for you. You have been searching, and you may even already be a Christian. You have never made a deeper connection with God or maybe were not sure if you really believed that Jesus is God. You have been hurt and alone for so long, that you want to find that deeper connection. And very possibly you had no idea that you had been lured in to the New Age Movement. The New Age is very seductive in its ways. It comes to you wrapped in sweet-smelling incense, the health consciousness of yoga, and the beauty of connecting with your higher self or nature. It is so very appealing! Yet I am here to warn you on how dangerous the New Age Movement is.

Once I became a Christian I spent the first few months coming to understand who God the Father is, and what Jesus had done for me. I received the Holy Spirit and He began to do a great work in me, to help me understand the will of God. So I easily got rid of many of my New Age items. It was a process, because it took me a year to realize that the yoga I had been doing was also part of the Eastern Religions and was actually a form of worshiping other gods and inviting the demonic in. I easily got rid of the more obvious items, such as Buddha statues, books on witch craft, and tarot cards.

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

John 8:34

It has been two and a half years as I write this that I have come to a glorious relationship with Christ Jesus. He has taken all of the New Age and occult beliefs I instilled in my heart for so long, and redeemed me and filled me with the Truth I so desperately had been searching for! I can’t tell you what comfort I have in the knowledge that I was created for a purpose! By a loving God who knows me by name and loves me deeply enough to die for me. And to know I was created, not evolved from monkeys are some sea sludge (yes I seriously believed that too). And there is no more fear of death for me, but sweet joy in the knowledge that I will be with Jesus in heaven! Hallelujah!

Thanks to the gift of the Holy Spirit in my life, I have been giving great discernment and understanding of the workings of the spiritual realm. Satan meant to destroy me with his New Age deceit, but God has turned it around for my good, by giving me this gifts. I now can see how the enemy has tried to harm me and many others in this world by propagating the New Age lies. The New Age Movement brings death and deception, unlike the Truth that Jesus died to save us from death and hell. What glorious freedom we have in Christ Jesus!

So back to my vacation. In times past I would have been very charmed by the shops with the Hindu gods on the walls, and the incense burning, and the Indian music playing sweetly in the background. I would have felt peaceful and enchanted. Now I felt repulsed for the first time by these things. I could feel the demonic presence emanating from these occult and New Age trinkets and other cursed objects. It only took two steps into a building to register the evil that had been welcomed into each place. At first I was repulsed and afraid. I know how to deal with the demonic and walk in the power and authority Jesus has given me, but it was surprising and overwhelming. But eventually I just felt sad and angry. The New Age Movement has brought death to so many people, while they unwittingly fall prey to its beautifully packaged lies.

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth.He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

John 16:13

cloudsI wanted desperately to help these people, to bring Christ into their lives. Jesus is the only True source of Power! So as I walked through the last of the shops I prayed silently or in a whisper to bring the Holy Spirit into these places. To ask God the Father to come in with His power and authority and make Himself known to these lost souls. We need our Father so badly. We just can’t do this life without Him, and we were not meant to. We were created by Him for a loving relationship. We are so passionately loved by Him, and He wants nothing more than to bring each one of His children into His Kingdom!

If you have fallen prey to any of the lies of the New Age, then rejoice now! Rejoice? Yes! Rejoice because your freedom is now here! It is as simple as renouncing all activity you have done that has purposefully or inadvertently involved you in the occult and New Age. Then repent of these things and ask God to forgive you. Which He has already done! Ask your Father to show you anything else you have done unknowingly to practice New Age beliefs and to cleanse you of them all. Then ask Him to bring you the knowledge and wisdom of His Truth. It really is that easy! Your Heavenly Father is here to walk you through this, by way of the Holy Spirit. He loves you and is not at all angry with you for any of these practices you may have done. On the other hand, He is very saddened to see His children be lured into this horrible deception that leads to the path of destruction.

Thank you Father that you have loved us so much that you sent your only Son to die for us. Thank you Jesus for your work on the cross, and for defeating sin and death for each one of us. Thank you Holy Spirit that you live in each one of us, and lead us in all Truth and wisdom. We love you so much, and we ask for your protection from any ways that the enemy might try to deceive us from this day forward. We pray this in Jesus mighty name. Amen!

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

 

April 16 2015

The Seduction of Magic

magicThere is a battle waging for your soul, right in this very moment. Whether you have any idea at all, there is an enemy lurking in your life, and pitting the powers of hell against you. Sounds crazy, huh? Yeah, I would have thought so too a few years ago. As a matter of fact, I did not even believe in Hell or the Devil. That is exactly what he wanted though. To convince me that all the lies he spun in my mind were true. Once I became a Christian I started to read the Bible. And the Bible makes it very clear that Hell and Satan are very real indeed . And because I choose to believe that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God, I had to believe that things did exist, whether I could see them or not.

And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:15

As a brand new Christian I had very little understanding of the spiritual realm and how it worked, even though I had entered in to it many times during my time with the occult. Little did I know, all those years I was opening up the door to Satan and welcoming him in. I had no intention of doing so; only intentions of doing good. You see as a witch it was very important to never harm anyone or anything, and to never use black magic, which would be of the devil. Another lie I believed. All magic comes from the power of evil and darkness, and is a counterfeit of God’s power, which is holy and pure. You are literally harnessing the powers of darkness to do magic and other occult and new age activities.

Ouija boards, tarot cards, divination, crystals, chakras, mediums, psychics, astrology, numerology, palm reading, yoga– these are just a few of the examples of participating in the occult. Many people have dabbled in these seemingly innocent things all in good fun. I got my start into the occult as a pre-teen when my sister made a ouija board one night. I had no idea what it even was, but when it began to move on its own it opened my eyes to a whole new world. It was scary, but intriguing. That was just the beginning of my fascination with things of darkness and mystery. Soon I was obsessed with vampires, witches, checking my horoscope daily and trying to understand astrology and how to predict how my life would go.

It seemed innocent enough, but it was really a path leading me straight into darkness. I began to desire more, to  fantasize about a life in darkness as a witch, or to meet a vampire lover. It sounds so silly now, but as a young girl it was very real to me. I wanted to wield magical powers and have a life that was so much more than the mundane and depressing one I was living. I wanted to escape into a world of magic. It was not hard to do as I spent my time watching movies and reading books and writing my own stories. I could not see the bigger picture of how romanticized these things was so very dangerous to me. I could not see I was entertaining evil or how it was enticing me into a seductive life that was far away from God. Of course at that point in time I cared very little for God.

It is very easy for me to look back now as see how this fascination as a young teen drew me into the world of the occult as an adult. A world that held on fast to my heart and wrapped itself around everything that I believed. I can see now, in hindsight, how dangerous walking into the world of the occult was, and the repercussions of it that I still am dealing with so many years later. At the time it was just innocent and fun; a fantasy. I can see now how it was no accident that drew me into this darkness, but someone with an evil intent for my life. An intent to steal me away from the life I was created to live.

It was not until about a year ago, when I realized that spiritual attack was real and it was happening to me. I began to have horrible brain fog (confusion, memory loss, inability to focus and understand things). At first I just thought there was something wrong with me. I began to seek treatment for my problem, desperate to find out what was wrong with me. But as time passed I would seem to get better and then I would just get worse. More symptoms began to appear. I sought out prayer from healing ministries and would begin to get better, only to get worse again. It made no sense, and I could only come to the conclusion that is was not just a physical problem, but a spiritual problem.

Why would Satan want to keep me oppressed in brain fog? Because when I had brain fog, I could not read the Bible, I could not pray for myself, I could not encourage and pray for others as I had become accustomed too. During this year my spiritual gifts began to blossom and God was moving me in amazing ways. But with horrible brain fog, those spiritual gifts were of little use to anyone who I might help. It is like being held captive in your own mind.

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8

It was through many different prayer sessions that God began to reveal to me truths that had been hidden from me by the lies of the enemy. Lies I had completely bought into. Satan had been working hard to oppress me since I was a young girl. He wanted to turn me far away from the path God had before me, and it worked. I fell into a life of drugs and the occult. But Jesus is so much bigger than that, and His plans would be accomplished. I was saved by Jesus and now here I was, still held captive by the devil. How miserable it is to find the most amazing saving grace and mercy of God, to know Him, to experience Him, and then to be cast into darkness all over again!

Do not think you are exempt from the schemes and attacks of the devil. He is a hunter, and you are his prey. He knows all your weaknesses, your fears, your guilt and your shame. He knows your past, and the darkness inside that haunts you. He will use all of it against you, to feed a never-ending string of lies to you so he can keep you in some form of bondage. Many of us are captive to a stronghold in some area of our lives, and Satan is all to happy to keep us there. He will place temptations before us and try to keep us distracted.

The New Age Movement has only grown in the past 20 years since I became involved in it. It has seeped into many Christian homes, with seasoned Christians falling prey to its seductive ways. All Satan needs is an open door into your life, and he can begin to bring his demons into your home. He can start with something as simple as a TV show or music, and once you let that in, it opens the door to more. God has warned us many times not to have anything to do with things that take us away from Him. It is a subtle trap, waiting for someone to stumble into it.

Psalm 91: 1-6

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
 I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his pinions,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
 You will not fear the terror of the night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
 nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
    nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.