The Subtlety of Satan


The Subtlety of Satan

According to Deuteronomy 18:10-13, the LORD God forbids us in practicing communication with the dead, divination, sorcery, fortune telling, witchery, casting spells, and holding séances.  But do you know that there are many of God's children unknowingly doing these things?  Satan deceives subtly or cunningly.   Here's how:

Example #1:  When my Step-Father died (whom I loved very much), the LORD Jesus reminded me to tell my children that if their grandfather appeared to them in a dream, that it was not him.  I explained to them that their grandfather was with the LORD and if he was to appear to them in a dream, then it would not be him.  It would be a demon masquerading as their grandfather; and they would need to rebuke it in the Name of Jesus and command it to leave and never return.  Well, it happened!  My daughter said, "In my dream, I saw granddaddy coming toward me.  I remembered what you told me and I immediately began to scream at the demon and telling it that he was not my granddaddy.  I rebuked it in the Name of Jesus and told it to leave."  If I had failed to warn my children in what the LORD told me, my daughter would have been communicating with the dead.  But the dead would not have been her grandfather.  It would have been a demon spirit posing as her grandfather.  There are many children (and adults) whose loved ones have died and demons have posed as them so that they could have an open door in coming into this realm.  Communication with the dead will eventually lead a person into other areas of divination.  

Example #2:  When I was a teenager, the coolest thing among us, was keeping up with our horoscope (or sign).  When I was able to purchase a two-door car, I immediately went to the department store and purchased my horoscope or "sign" to place on the passenger side of the car.  One day, I was on my way to work.  I stopped at a stop sign when all of a sudden, an old lady with rags tied around her neck and face, opened my door and seated herself. She then told me that she wanted a ride around the corner.  I did not think much of it because she was old and it looked as if she suffered from arthritis (because my pastor's wife covered herself the same way and suffered from arthritis).  Since I loved to help the elderly, I did not mind that she hopped in for a ride to go around the corner.  When I proceeded to turn, all of a sudden, she became agitated and commanded me to let her out of the car.  I lovingly told her that I will give her a ride to where she wanted to go, but she kept on commanding me with great agitation to let her out of the car.  So I did and did not think any more of the situation until many years later when I committed my whole heart to the LORD Jesus. This is when the Holy Spirit reminded me of that incident.  So I asked the LORD, "What was wrong with that old woman?"  Then the LORD told me, "That was not an old woman."  I then asked him, "What was it then?"  He said, "That was a demon posing as an old woman."  I was then startled and continued to ask the LORD, "What gave that demon the right to appear unto me?"  The LORD asked me a question, "What did you have on your car?"  I then thought about it and then the Holy Spirit brought it to my remembrance.  Then I said to the LORD, "I had my horoscope or "sign" on the passenger side of my car."  Then the LORD said, "That was the legal or open door that the demon used to gain access into this realm.  His intention was to harm and destroy you.  But I would not allow him."  Then the LORD asked me another question.  He said, "Do you remember the empty space between you and the demon?"  I said, "Yes."  The LORD said again, "When you turned the corner, I sent my swift angel down and sat right between you and the demon.  You could not see the angel, but the demon did.  And he was very scared.  That is why he appeared to you as being agitated."  Dear Hearts, after the LORD revealed this truth to me, I first asked him to forgive me for practicing divination through the horoscope or "sign" and then I began to praise and thank him for His protection, mercy, and grace.  

I shared these experiences with you because some have been subtly and cunningly lured into practicing divination.  The word divination is from Latin divinare,  which means to foresee or to be inspired by a god.  The application "fortune cookies" attempts to foresee one's future.  Any application whose purpose is to predict your character or future is divination.  The LORD God has forbidden this practice! He said in His Word, "People who do these things are an abomination to GOD. It's because of such abominable practices that GOD, your God, is driving these nations out before you.  Be completely loyal to GOD, your God."  He knows that Satan and his evil kingdom only have the intention to kill, steal and destroy human lives!  Remember, it is always the truth that we know will set us free. Selah.

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