“Witchcraft, Halloween & Conscience Issues” October 15

 

Witchcraft, Halloween & Conscience Issues - Magic, mediums, spiritists, witchcraft & Halloween: What does the the Bible have to say about these things? What about Christians and our participation in Halloween? What does any of this have to do with a biblically informed conscience? How does your family handle this holiday and why?Magic, mediums, spiritists, witchcraft and Halloween: What does the Bible have to say about these things? What about Christians and our participation in Halloween? How is this a conscience issue?

And what about the increase in the interest of magic and the occult in the world today? Is it becoming more and more normal? Has the evil eye replaced the cross as the trendy new thing to wear and why?  Continue reading

“Mediums, Wizards & Warning Shots” September 8

 

Mediums, Wizards & Warning Shots

Judah had received a “warning shot” meant to wake them up and help them see their need for Him and His protection. Instead, many called on their mediums and wizards to tell them what to do.

Could it be that America, too, has had a series of “warning shots”? Have we, instead of turning to God, turned to our own mediums and wizards? What will we, ultimately, do as a nation? Will we repent and turn back to God or will we continue on a path of rebellion against Him?

 

Today’s Readings:
Isaiah 7 & 8
Psalm 105.37-45
Proverbs 24.30-34
1 Corinthians 16.1-24

 

Mediums, Wizards & Warning Shots

 

Isaiah 7 & 8:

God’s Warning Shots

 

Here in chapter 7, Judah’s King Ahaz had become discouraged because of attacks from Syria and the Northern Kingdom of Israel. The Prophet Isaiah both comforted Ahaz and gave him and the nation a strong warning. He told him that the armies of Israel (the Northern Kingdom) and Syria would not prevail against him at that time, but because God knew they would not repent, instead continue in their wicked ways, he warned him that God would eventually allow their destruction.

Yet, even in the midst of that warning, He didn’t leave them without hope. He told them of the coming Messiah who would be born of a virgin, that the Messiah would be called “God with us” (Is. 7.14; Matt. 1.23), and gave other prophecies which would not be fully realized until the birth, life, death and resurrection of Christ.

Perhaps the planned attack by Israel and Syria was God’s “warning shot” meant to wake them up and help them see their need for Him and His protection.

Could it be that America, too, has had a series of “warning shots”? Things like: 9-11, the banking crises, the failures in the housing market, the numerous terrorist attacks around the country, the rise in lawlessness in many cities, natural disasters, and the changes in our laws that are an all-out attack on the family and biblical Christianity.

What will we do as a nation? Will we repent and turn back to God or will we continue on a path of rebellion against Him? Will we seek God and His wisdom or will we continue to look to our mediums and wizards, all the so-called experts? Chapter 8.19-20: Continue reading

“White Magic, Jesus & Resisting the Devil” May 13

 

White Magic, Jesus & Resisting the Devil - Is there any such thing as white magic? Is it OK for Christians to read their horoscopes or study astrology or numerology? Is there anything wrong with tarot cards, cleansings, Ouija boards, and palm reading? Have you ever dabbled in those things? Would you know how to talk to someone who has? If there is a spiritual world out there, should we be afraid of them? How do we resist those things?Is there any such thing as white magic? Is it OK for Christians to read their horoscopes or study astrology or numerology? Is there anything wrong with tarot cards, cleansings, Ouija boards, and palm reading?

Have you ever dabbled in those things? Would you know how to talk to someone who has?

If there is a spiritual world out there, should we be afraid of it? How do we resist those things?

 

Today’s Readings:
1 Samuel 28
Psalm 61.1-4
Proverbs 16.6
John 3.1-18

 

White Magic, Jesus & Resisting the Devil

 

1 Samuel 28:

Mediums and Spiritists

 

This is one of the more bizarre stories in the Bible and difficult to understand at first glance. The chapter opens by telling us that Samuel has died and that Saul has banished all the mediums and spiritists from the land. Then when God won’t answer him, he resorts to seeking out a medium himself.

How about you? How do you respond when answers to prayer are slow in coming? Do you continue to wait on God or resort to your own solutions?

We can’t put God in a box or demand that He do things on our timetable. Just because we have decided to walk in biblical love and forgiveness toward our spouse, doesn’t mean God is, immediately, going to cause him or her to change.

Just because we give financially doesn’t mean all our debt will disappear or we’ll instantly have the job of our dreams. In fact, our expectations are often part of the problem. We are to obey God out of a desire to please Him, not to get some desired result. Instead, we need to trust Him for the right result. It’s not that blessings don’t come as a result of our obedience, but our attitude is not to be one of “giving to get something.”

 

White Magic

 

God has always forbidden His people to seek after spiritists and mediums.

Deuteronomy 29.29 says, “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.”

In fact, under the law anyone practicing such things was to be put to death! And God’s attitude about them has not changed. There is no such thing as “white” or harmless magic, witchcraft or spiritism, even if its practitioners claim to believe in God or talk about Jesus. It’s not the Jesus of the Bible. Remember, the devil Continue reading