As Christians we should be careful what we mess with or bring into our homes. Some things seem innocent enough, but they are not pleasing to God at all. He thinks we should look to Him in all things.
Exodus 34:14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.
Modern teachings of accepting things as innocent that God proclaims as deadly, have produced spiritual failure in the church.
Friends, there is a spiritual world moving around us all the time, because you can't see it or hear it doesn't mean it isn't there. You can surely see the effects of it.
No one could see the legion of demons, that Jesus cast out out of the man at the tombs, but they could see the effect they had on the man, and also the effect they had on the hogs.
Your life is being effected by spiritual things whether you believe it or not.
Many Christian people don't believe in witchcraft.
Then there are Christian people who have items of witchcraft in their homes or they look to witchcraft for advice, and haven't been taught that these things are contrary to God's Word.
Let's take a look at Isaiah chapter 47. Isaiah 47:11-14,
11 Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth: and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put it off: and desolation shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know.
12 Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail.
13 Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators (horoscopes), stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.
14 Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it.
God doesn't want you looking to these things for your future, or for your protection. Friend, my future is not written in the stars. It's written in the blood of God's Son.
Friend, if you don't believe in witchcraft, you should know that God does. Saul got in trouble for asking council of a witch.
1 Chronicles 10:13-14
13 So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the LORD, even against the word of the LORD, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit (medium), to inquire of it
14 And inquired not of the LORD: therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse.
Isaiah 8:19 And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits (mediums), and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Amp: For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.
Horoscopes, psychics and the like, may seem like harmless entertainment, but instead they are an invitation…and invitation for evil to enter your life because these “deceiving spirits" distract us from following Christ, and thereby distract us from “knowing the Truth. These things can lead us away from the plans that God has for our lives.
Even the encyclopedia Britannica defines astrology as divination.
The definition is: A type of divination that involves the forecasting of earthly and human events through observation and interpretation of the fixed stars, the sun, the moon, and the planets. Devotees believe that an understanding of the influence of the planets and stars on earthly affairs allows them to both predict and affect the destinies of individuals, groups, and nations.
That is all the serpent did in the Garden. He lead Eve away from the plan that God had for them. Take a good look at what she brought into their lives. Discord and even murder broke out in her family. She opened the door to all that by listening to someone other than God, by being led by something that was against God's Word.
Leviticus 20:6. And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.
When witchcraft grows in a nation of people, it also causes other things to grow. Spirits are released. A people caught up in witchcraft will eventually bring about their own destruction.
Isaiah 47:9 says that because of sorceries and enchantments two things shall come, the loss of children, and widowhood, and it says they shall come in their perfections. ( This means in maturity or fulness.)
Friend these things are not harmless. They are not games.
When we think of witchcraft we often think of some old hags sitting around a pot of brew.
But witches and witchcraft comes in many forms, and we are not to be partakers of any of it.
There is no such thing as just a harmless horoscope reading or lucky charm. We are not depending on luck. We are depending on our God.
While we are here let's look at charms for a while.
Why would a child of Almighty God hang dreamcatchers in their home?
If you want to have something on your wall to repel evil spirits, put the word of God there.
That's what Jesus taught us to use. I don't need a dreamcatcher hanging over my bed.
My temple is marked by the Blood of the Lamb of God
Christians shouldn't engage in that type of mysiticism, especially something that is supposed to involk something supernatural. Since it's not from God, if you think it actually works in some way that is wrong. Even if you don't think it does anything, then why hang something occultic in a Christian household?
It's linked with spiritism.
I don't need some old Indian to bless my home.
Some rock or piece of crystal in a leather pouch tied around your neck won't bring healing to your body.
Only by the stripes that were laid on the back of Jesus will your healing come.
I have said all this because it is very important to know where our help and strength comes from.
Psalms 91 is my future. Because I have set my love on the Lord, no plague shall come nigh my dwelling. Hang that on your wall.
Don't hang up something that says to the spirit world that you don't think your God is enough.
We don't need some dial-a-witch (psychic) to predict our future, if we have put it in God's hands.
Jesus said this in John 14:26: But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in
my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come
For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future].
You don't need someone to predict your future. You need someone who can change your future.
Christian, by instruction of the Lord, I warn you today, turn away from other gods.
Deuteronomy 18:10-12. Thou shall not be found among you anyone that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire or that useth divination or an observer of times or an enchanter, or a witch or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirit or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord.
Christian and sinner, I will say this, it is time to decide who you are going to turn to. Now is the time.
Will we sit by hopelessly?
Will we pity ourselves 'till it is too late?
Will we cast aside idols and pride and call on the name of the Lord?
There is One Name to call on; One place to go. Only One that can save your soul. His name is Jesus, the Son of God.
Do you know Him?
Others may be able to predict you future But Jesus is the only one who can change you future.
I have heard Brother Graham say this many times, "I dont know what my tomorrow holds, but I know who holds my tomorrow."