Of all the sins man may commit, none is as rigorously condemned in the Bible as involvement in anything of an occult nature.
The word “occult” is derived from the Latin word occultus which means "hidden." It refers to the pursuit of hidden things, hidden knowledge, hidden power, hidden supernatural.
There are TWO sources of supernatural power: God, and Satan. Satan will always have a counterfeit for everything of God.
God has made available to us an immense amount of knowledge, incorporated in the books of the Bible. He has revealed what he wants us to know about himself, his purposes, what he wants of us, what it’s all about. In his Word, we are commanded NOT to delve into supernatural things beyond what HE has made available to us.
"The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law." Deuteronomy 29:29
Principle: Whatever God has and whatever God does, Satan will counterfeit it.
For every gift or calling that God gives his people, Satan produces a counterfeit. Are there prophets? Then there will also be false prophets. In pursuing occult experiences, one is not only going beyond the bounds of what is allowed to us, but in being involved in occult things one is actually delving into the kingdom of Satan, and committing, in God's eyes, harlotry, or "spiritual adultery." Turning to occult sources for information, knowledge, or power is "spiritual adultery. It's a slap in the face to God.
One can’t help but notice when reading through the Bible, that this particular offense is the one that angers God the most, and that’s because it’s spiritual adultery. God wants usto look to him alone for our needs, to look to him alone for anything of a supernatural nature, and to shun all occult activities because they are of Satanic origin.
What Are Occult Activities?
"There shall not be found among you anyone who: makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, (one who supposedly predicts the future) or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, (a channeler, or one who gets guidance from a “higher” spirit) or one who calls up the dead. For allwhodothesethingsareanabominationtotheLord…” Deuteronomy 18:10-12
So occult activity is anything having to do with fortune telling, magic, witchcraft, contacting the dead, etc. Ouija boards, tarot cards, tea leaf reading, palm reading, “psychic” predictions, astrology and horoscopes, and so forth. In short, every attempt to gain supernatural knowledge or power outside of the Bible is occultism, and the Lord calls it spiritual adultery, and theindividuals who do those things are “an abomination” to God.
Results Of Dabbling In The Occult
“Without exception, those who have become involved in any kind of occultism will eventually suffer Satanic oppression in some manner.” For many it's mental illness or premature death, and the curse can go down to the 3rd and 4th generation.
Principle: One does NOT have to be doing this knowingly. Any form of occultism, even in ignorance, will open those doors and oppression is inevitable.
Based on research among men of God in the “deliverance” ministry, i.e. those who cast out evil spirits, the notable results of any dabbling in the occult are:
1. Mental illness 2. Deep depression 3. Premature death, especially among the children of those who have dabbled in the occult 4. Suicide 5. Repeated heavy-duty trauma such as houses burning down, car accidents. These things can happen to anyone and not be related to the occult, but when you see repeatedinstances of trauma in a family, occult involvement should be strongly suspected.
The Judgment Usually Spans Generations
"You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children tothethirdandfourthgenerations of those who hate me…” Exodus 20:3-5
“…but he by no means clears the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children tothethirdandfourthgeneration…” Numbers 14:18
"…you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children tothethirdandfourthgenerations of those who hate me…” Deuteronomy 5:9
Don't absolve yourself saying that you don't hate him. HE said "If you love me, keep my commandments." John 14:15
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